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A speck on the wall inside the Grand Canyon | Off Kilter

Whenever I find myself becoming too involved in all the trivia of day-to-day living, I find myself ”Up on the Roof.” Look at the first stanza’s words: … When this old world starts …

Buying a car, part 2 | Off Kilter

Last year I wrote about some of the decisions one has to make in buying a car. I covered both new cars and used cars. This week, I write about some of the things that you should look out for in …

Computers – A necessary evil? | Off Kilter

Now the title of this column might make you think that I have something against our computer-based society. In fact, it is the exact opposite. I am a 100% committed computerphile. You see our …

You know you're a senior when … | Off Kilter

OK, we all dread growing older. However, there really is no alternative, at least none I’ve ever discovered. A lifelong friend sent me a photo taken when he and I were first married (Note, not …

These things really happened to me | Off Kilter

The great movie “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” always gives me a chuckle. The story is about a group of otherwise “normal” people who happen to see an auto accident. As the driver lies …

Silly season | Off Kilter

This is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek look back at the 2020 and 2022 elections. So, in my opinion, that represented the silly season of politics. If one believes in half of what each party is saying …

The free market at its best | Off Kilter

Just in case it hasn’t been obvious until now, I have been a lifelong capitalist. In other words, I’ve always admired the free market at work. The following are just a few examples I’ve noticed …

Summer and the other 'seasons' | Off Kilter

Those of us who live here in the Pacific Northwest have been spoiled by our summer weather. All of you know that our summers are simply “perfect.” Moderate temperatures, low humidity. Other …

It's a matter of scale | Off Kilter

Unfortunately, we had another mass shooting over the weekend. Now, this particular event appears, at first look, to be directed rather than random. Further narrowing it down, it seemed to be directed …

Really smart animals | Off Kilter

We’ve all seen animals perform tricks. That includes just about every animal on the planet. For example, there are a number of companies that have trained animals for “rent” for making …

It's the little things | Off Kilter

As the year turns again to where it is no longer as big a deal as when I was much younger, I started thinking about some of the simpler things I’m thankful for. Mostly, it’s the little things …

Communication in the internet age | Off Kilter

Way back, say in the 1800s, there were “newspapers” – but in many cases, you did not receive the paper for days, perhaps weeks, or months. Imagine you’re out on the trail in a wagon …

Loss | Off Kilter

Jerry Lewis passed away in 2017. He was 91. I read about an interview he gave the year before, when he was a “young” 90. He said, “I have so much left to do and so little time in which to do …

Interesting facts about nature | Off Kilter

I am always amazed by nature. It is so all-powerful. I actually think (if nature can think!) that it has a certain disdain for humans. Mostly because nature has been around as long as our planet, …

Things that make me laugh | Off Kilter

Some things make me laugh that shouldn’t. Others make others laugh but are not funny (at least to me). The word Schadenfreude, adopted in English from German – where in German derives from: …

Standard of living in the United States | Off Kilter

The other day, a friend happened to mention to me that they were having a hard time putting $200 together to buy something. This got me to thinking about whether putting $200 together was a unique …

Tricks when building a house | Off Kilter

For those of you who followed my Facebook page last year, each day you could see additional progress being made to the house we were building just down the street from our current home. What has …

Coming of Age | Off Kilter

I was rewatching the movie “A Social Network.” This is a great film about the founding of Facebook. As I watched, there were quite a few scenes about Mark Zuckerberg’s time as an …

Unplugging from society | Off Kilter

OK, like many of you, we had the displeasure of involuntarily disconnecting from society due to the windstorm that hit us a few days ago. First, we lost power for almost a full day. Fortunately, …

The Seahawks – a substitute for 'real life' | Off Kilter

I’ve often thought about our fixation on our professional sports teams. Locally, that includes the Seahawks, the Mariners and now the Kraken (oh yeah, there is a professional soccer team – the …

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