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 By Michael Gold    Opinion 

Food for thought | Off Kilter

This week I thought I'd write about some of the greatest places to eat both east and west. I'll start in New York – where I grew up. To me, there is nothing more "New York" than... — Updated 3/3/2021

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Things my parents taught me | Off Kilter

Everyone’s parents have their own way of teaching us things. In my own case, I can remember some specific lessons and I can also remember things my friend’s parents taught them... — Updated 2/24/2021

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

The future of work | Off Kilter

It was Mark Cuban (of fame from his billion dollar wealth, his fame as a successful entrepreneur and owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team) that was talking about automation... — Updated 2/17/2021

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

A visit to New England | Off Kilter

Let me start by saying that my wife and I immediately felt comfortable when we moved out here from New England. Reason? We find that Northwesterners share a common trait with... — Updated 2/10/2021

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Some local Seattle culture | Off Kilter

The Mariners and the Seahawks: For some reason, professional football seems to have taken the place of professional baseball in defining part of who a city is. Growing up in New Yor... — Updated 2/3/2021

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Pattern recognition | Off Kilter

If you’re paying attention, life has patterns in it. What patterns am I talking about? Well, my dad was a musician so I inherited some of this ability. In fact, music is nothing... — Updated 1/27/2021

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Being an undergraduate college student | Off Kilter

For those of you who attended college, what you are about to read should be somewhat familiar. For those who didn’t attend college (and I mean sleep away college, not a local... — Updated 1/20/2021

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

There's no business like show business | Off Kilter

Today I’d like to give you a brief glimpse into the world of show business. Let me start by saying there are few places or experiences on earth that have the peaks and valleys of... — Updated 1/13/2021

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

What don't we know | Off-Kilter

I’ll just tip my hand in advance. I don’t trust the Chinese Communist Party. In my opinion, the massive disinformation campaign by the CCP is just barely getting under way.... — Updated 1/6/2021

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Insanity definitions | Off Kilter

Albert Einstein said, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results." So, what are some of these definitions? I’ll start... — Updated 12/30/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Remembering the 60s? | Off Kilter

Remembering the 60s? One famous saying about the 60s is “if you remember the 60s, you didn’t live through them.” What was so special about the 60s? Well, for one, it is when... — Updated 12/24/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Losing gracefully | Off Kilter

OK, we’re all finally accepting the results of the presidential election. As we sit here, it appears Joe Biden is going to be the president-elect and Donald Trump is going to... — Updated 12/16/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Relative value | Off Kilter

This morning I attended my usual breakfast with some friends. We were talking about a visit to the barber (salon if you’re a woman or Nancy Pelosi). At any rate, I related a... — Updated 12/9/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

International safeguards | Off Kilter

Having traveled and lived all over the world, I thought it would be interesting to look at how others outside the U.S. take care (or don’t) of their individual person. Let’s... — Updated 12/2/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

The great debate | Off Kilter

Well, I’m certain, no matter which side you’re rooting for, that the great presidential debate of this political season was a massive underwhelming and disappointing event. I... — Updated 11/25/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Longevity | Off Kilter

A local guy that used to play tennis with us passed away last month. He had reached the age of 100. In fact, he played tennis until he was in his early 90s. (Automatically becoming... — Updated 11/18/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

It never ends | Off Kilter

We all have our daily chores to do. I am always joking with my wife about whether doing our daily chores actually accomplishes something – or whether it is an exercise in... — Updated 11/5/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Linda Ronstadt and other big star recording artists | Off Kilter

Linda Ronstadt was admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 – about 20 years after she was eligible. Frankly, to me, this was an outrage. I think she should have been... — Updated 10/28/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Fishing season | Off Kilter

This morning, and on a half dozen other days, we saw several hundred small boats moored just offshore near our house. They were, obviously, fishing. The boats appeared to be... — Updated 10/14/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

The insanity of gas pricing | Off Kilter

There are a lot of things that make perfect sense, economically. Likewise, there are a lot of things that do not. I got to thinking about this earlier this week as I read about... — Updated 9/23/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Jerry Seinfeld is back, with a new show | Off Kilter

Jerry Seinfeld has been producing (and starring) in a “made for streaming” television program called “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” on Netflix. As if Seinfeld needed... — Updated 9/9/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Home tools and appliances | Off Kilter

This column will firmly establish me as a curmudgeon. Why? Because I’m going to complain about all the laborsaving devices we have in and around our homes. Let’s start with the... — Updated 8/26/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Golf again! Hooray! | Off-Kilter

May 6 was the second day of the re-opening of our Washington state golf courses. So of course, two of us ventured out to play 18 holes. First mistake, if you are going out for the... — Updated 8/12/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Graduation season | Off Kilter

OK, we’ve now entered the “graduation season.” That is the time when all parents and grandparents are subjected to the most inane boring never-ending speeches done by grammar... — Updated 7/22/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

People are funny | Off Kilter

There was a TV show, which starred Art Linkletter called "People are Funny." It is still around in syndication (but you have to search for it on the more obscure cable channels at... — Updated 7/8/2020

 

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