Friday, July 29, 2005

The rumor of Blackie's demise is true!

Blackie died today. He was a Black Moor, a fantail type fish with a chunky body and a flowing tail. These are hardy fish but prone to swim-bladder problems. He would swim upside down when he got tired of trying to swim with his buddies. There was nothing to do but put him to sleep in a small container of tank water with sodium bicarbonate (found in Alka-Seltzer or Eno).

Don't flush your fish down the toilet. That is cruel because they die slowly under mean conditions. Also don't buy fish from crowded tanks. That would encourage the keeping of these poor creatures under stress. The rule is one gallon of water per inch of fish.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

If you park like an idiot.. watch out!

Soon frustrated drivers will be carrying these nifty park-like-an-idiot stickers. Note that the sign is not for you to make a proud announcement, rather it is for that other idiot who can't park neatly between the lines or the cars that are already parked. These folks must suffer from some combination of arrogance and stupidy. Now it is time to take back the parking lot!

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Bob's Your Uncle

The expression "Bob's your uncle" always implies simplicity of execution and success or satisfaction with the result. Practice the KISS principle (Keep It Simple) so you can soon say- "Bob's Your Uncle". The following links give lengthy explanations. Apparently, thieves and pickpockets were once called "bobs". The reference does not say but I think London policeman are now called "bobbies" because they used to catch "bobs".