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 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

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Insanity | Off Kilter

The number of columns I have written is not really so interesting, but the things I’ve seen and heard while I’ve been writing newspaper columns really have, on occasion,... — Updated 6/24/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Stir crazy | Off Kilter

Okay, so how are we all managing with this coronavirus lock-down? For this family, rather well. My wife returned from Fred Meyer the other day with (wait for it!) toilet paper!... — Updated 6/10/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

The meaning of folk music | Off Kilter

I’ve written about music before. This week I thought I’d look into folk music. Sometimes folk music was music transmitted orally, music with unknown composers, or music... — Updated 5/26/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Another new decade | Off Kilter

Well, far be it from me to rain on our parade, but I must point out that 2020 really isn’t the start of the next decade, at least not yet. My reasoning? It’s simple math (math... — Updated 5/19/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

What to do as you are hunkering down at home | Off Kilter

OK, so we’re all spending lots of time at home – Working from home, schooling online at home, ordering from Amazon Prime at home. So I thought I’d make some suggestions, as th... — Updated 5/13/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Reading and writing | Off Kilter

I got to thinking about just how much the written word means to us all. Just think, you can read up on just about any subject you wish. This is so enlightening. And best of all,... — Updated 5/10/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Being a consummate New Yorker | Off Kilter

This column is about being a consummate New Yorker. Now there is nothing more “consummate” in being a New Yorker than Times Square. Let’s start with the physical manifestation... — Updated 5/7/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Snow shutdowns | Off Kilter

Two winters ago, we had over 5 inches of snow (down on the Sound in Edmonds, where we now live) and very cold temperatures around here for a few days. Mill Creek got over 7 inches.... — Updated 5/5/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

One man's take on the future | Off Kilter

It’s quite easy to make predictions about the future. After all, no one can prove you’re wrong if you adopt a very long-term outlook – say a couple of centuries. Never the... — Updated 5/5/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Finger lickin' good | Off Kilter

We live in a world surrounded by “fast food”. I always like to refer back to my favorite TV series, Seinfeld. Larry David, the genius behind the program wrote an episode called... — Updated 4/22/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Ode to Joy

Beethoven composed his 9th Symphony (based upon a poem called Ode to Joy by Frederic Schiller) when he was in his late forties. Of course, at that time he had already gone... — Updated 4/8/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Off Kilter: Frozen ponds and ice skating rinks

For those of you who have lived in the northeast, we have a rich tradition of ice skating on frozen ponds, lakes, etc. in winter. Unlike greater Seattle, which rarely gets a cold... — Updated 4/3/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose

Every once in awhile, the song done by Janis Joplin as well as Kris Kristofferson (who wrote the song) pops into my head. The actual song title is “Me and Bobby McGee.” While... — Updated 3/18/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Plenty to see on Puget Sound

What can you say? We’re fortunate in living along the water’s edge in Puget Sound. Our home has an unobstructed view to the west looking across the Sound toward the Olympic... — Updated 3/11/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

The Academy Awards and other Outrages | Off Kilter

OK, I’ll admit it right off the starting mark. I can’t stand the over-blown, over-exposed, over-anticipated ceremony marking the annual pilgrimage of the world’s greatest... — Updated 2/19/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

The government shutdown | Off Kilter

I don't know if you remember, but our government was shut down for over three weeks last year. Did you notice? I certainly didn't. Let's start with economic analysis: (Assuming... — Updated 2/12/2020

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

'The Internet of Things'

OK, many of you know I’ve been a serial entrepreneur – starting seven previous computer companies. I’m currently working on my eighth. All have been in and around professional... — Updated 10/9/2019

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Becoming our grandparents isn’t for chickens; and we need the eggs l Off Kilter

Michael Gold, a self-described “gadfly” who lived on the East Coast before moving to Mill Creek, then the Picnic Point area, is a serial entrepreneur who combines his East... — Updated 5/8/2019

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Growing into curmudgeon hood l Off Kilter

As kids, we all knew an older person who lived in the neighborhood and would scream loudly whenever your ball wound up on their front lawn: “Get off my lawn!” That, to me, is th... — Updated 5/8/2019 Full story

 
 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Off Kilter

Michael Gold, a self-described “gadfly” who lived on the East Coast before moving to Mill Creek, then the Picnic Point area, is a serial entrepreneur who combines his East... — Updated 4/26/2019

 

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