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 By Mike Gold    Opinion    January 29, 2020

Off Kilter | The future of television

Since the widespread implementation of the internet, many of the things that have been in our lives for 50 years or longer are undergoing a radical change. Television is one of them. I was a kid when...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    January 22, 2020

Off Kilter | Buying a car in this market

Sounds simple doesn’t it? From time to time, we all need to buy a car. This subject has become so complex that it really isn’t that simple. First decision: buy or lease? The manufacturers have des...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    January 15, 2020

Off Kilter | The little things in life

I got to thinking about all the little things we take for granted and that make our daily lives so much more pleasant. For example: We live on a remote street that does not have natural gas supply or...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    January 8, 2020

Off Kilter | Why would we eat this stuff?

If we didn’t eat, we’d die. In fact, liquids (water, actually) are far more important than food. Without water, we’d probably not make it more than a few days. Food we can do without for...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    December 31, 2019

Off Kilter | Being an athlete

I’m certain that every little boy envisions themselves becoming the next Russ Wilson or Tom Brady. I can recall as a young man playing touch football on an empty lot in Brooklyn. It was a very...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    December 18, 2019

Off Kilter | Christmas – Left Coast vs. Right Coast

Having lived on both the East and West coasts, I’ve had an opportunity to observe some holiday season differences. In fact, there is a considerable difference during the holidays on the East Coast b...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    December 11, 2019

Off Kilter | Our place in the universe

The title of this article comes, of all places, from that old rock and roll song: Up on the Roof – by the Drifters. The words from the song are (in part): “On the roof, it's peaceful as can be,...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    December 4, 2019

Off Kilter | The future of food retailing

A recent story about the Kroger supermarket group (Fred Meyer, QFC, Ralphs, and many others) is quite interesting. About 94% of Kroger revenue comes from food stores, so this announcement is a really...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    November 27, 2019

Off Kilter | Being parochial

No, this column is not about the Catholic Church. It is about how we often seem to zero in on our local surroundings. In my own case, I was brought up in Brooklyn, New York and eventually wound up...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    November 20, 2019

Off Kilter | To maintain a healthy level of insanity

This week I thought I'd write about an unconventional way of looking at the world. Why? Because we're much too serious about life. Hopefully, you'll get some enjoyment from reading this. At lunch,...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    November 13, 2019

Off Kilter | Electric Armageddon

I know this column will register with all of the readers. This week, I'd like to describe how our society is being transformed in how we communicate. Let's start with e-mail. In the distant past...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    October 30, 2019

Starbucks: Who needs them, and other 'status symbols' l Off Kilter

OK, I’m prepared to get hammered by you Starbucks devotees. It’s the price of being counter cyclical. Why do I say “who needs them?” Here’s why: I get the Seattle grunge movement. You only...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    October 23, 2019

Colors l Off Kilter

Most of us are not aware of how deeply ingrained in our daily lives and society colors are. For example, have you ever been “green with envy?” I’m not certain, but I think envy may be one of...

 

The Stupid (Super) Bowl

So another NFL season begins. The “last game” has an alternate name which comes from my wife. In many people’s viewpoint, there is nothing so special about a bunch of 250-pound or more men runni...

 

Is thriftiness part of the northwest culture? l Off Kilter

Having lived in both Mill Creek for eight years and now Edmonds for five, and also having lived in New England for many more years, I got to thinking about how these two areas are alike and are differ...

 

New England oddities l Off Kilter

As we lived in greater Boston (and New Hampshire) for over 30 years, I thought it might be of interest to look at some of the odd things about living there. Expressions When you want a soda in a...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    September 4, 2019

Packaging l Off Kilter

I’d guess that most of us haven’t given much thought to packaging – unless and until you are asked to open something that you just purchased and that is contained in a modern package. A few...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    August 28, 2019

Every boy should have a band l Off Kilter

Every young man can probably envision himself as the next Beach Boys, Beatles or Rolling Stones. Why do I say that? Because that’s what I remember thinking when I was a young man. If you had any...

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion    August 21, 2019

Language – or how to get in trouble without really trying l Off Kilter

Over the years, it has occurred to me that language can be both unclear as well as clear and also funny. For example, when we say, “I’m having an old friend for dinner” does that mean that the...

 
 By Mike Gold    General    July 31, 2019

Volunteering l Off Kilter

I’ve volunteered some of my time for quite a long period. It started while I was still a relatively young worker. I was working at Raytheon in Waltham, Massachusetts, building anti-aircraft...

 
 By Mike Gold    General    July 24, 2019

About stuff l Off Kilter

There is a TV show called “Hoarders.” It is about people who have a mental disorder that does not allow them to get rid of anything. You will see someone (usually the Real Estate agent charged wit...

 
 By Mike Gold    General    July 17, 2019

Animal trapping l Off Kilter

We’re in the process of building a new home. It’s located on a now empty lot down on the water in Edmonds. Turns out we have colonies of mountain beaver living underground on this parcel. They... Full story

 
 By Mike Gold    General    July 10, 2019

Annual physical

OK, for those of you a bit squeamish, you need not read further. I just took my annual physical exam. Let me start with the “check in procedure.” First, you fill out at least a half dozen forms,...

 
 By Mike Gold    General    July 3, 2019

Stephen Hawking: A brief history of time

We lost one of the most brilliant minds last year. Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76. This genius spent his entire academic career trying to explain the universe: Why it is, where it came f...

 
 By Mike Gold    General    June 26, 2019

Things that simply don’t make sense

We live in very complex times. What I mean is that sometimes things get so complex as to defy logic. For example, did you ever consider traffic lights? There you are driving along at a moderate...

 

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