(Hopefully useful info rooted in the S.F. Bay Area)

Helpful assistance to mechanics:
go to
Bosch Application Notices
These are hard to find online...

1933 Pierce Arrow. Have cars really advanced much in 8 decades?

Excellent Web Hosting and Domain Registration Services:
a reliable and responsive firm with good prices.
Are you paying more than $4 a month for unlimited web traffuc and email hosting plus your annual domain registration?

The Best Radio-Alarm Clock EVER!
Do You Wake Up Different Times on Different Days?
Are you OK with reading instructions?

My Little Green Book:

Thought-Provoking Maxims:

Use what you have

"If it's not one thing it's another."
-- Roseanne Rosanna-Danna (Gilda Radner)

"Perseverance Furthers"
-- from the I Ching

"Don't be sorry; be a student."
-- Rabbi Marc Liebhaber

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
Albert Einstein

"It's better to owe it to you, than to cheat you out of it."
"All good things come to those who wait"
-Minnie B.Karter

The Universe has a predilection for returning to Balance

When in doubt, do nothing.

Whoever does it, gets to choose

"The road to Hell is paved with good intentions"--Jack Norman Karter (1906-1995)

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."--John Lennon

Happy families are all alike.
Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
--Leo Tolstoy

"No art comes from the conscious mind" -- David Mamet, Three Uses of the Knife

"Where do we come from? Where are we? Where are we going?" --Paul Gaguin

"The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity."
-- Francis Maitland Balfour

"Love like you've never been hurt.
Work like you don't need the money.
Dance like nobody's watching." -- author unknown.

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And these corollary maxims, recited by friends:

"Whoever present are the right people, whenever it begins it's the right time, whatever happens is the only thing that could have happened, when it's over, it's over."
--Barbara Fess.

"If you have a problem, turn it into an opportunity"
-- Karen Stern

"You will be picked up at the hospital, most likely." -- Belita Lewis

"Living well is the best revenge." --George Herbert (1593-1633) as quoted by JFK and AES.

"Make your home comfortable." -- Arnie Paster

"You think too much." -- Chaya Engels (1949-2009)

"I'll be later than I think." -- David Leach

"I'm gonna get me some." -- Len Frazer (~1941-1998)

"You can dish it out, but you can't take it." -- grade school taunt


What's truly important?
Just what is "Reality"?

Wise teachers tried to slip us the secret of life when we were mere children. Was it obscured as you grew up by the barrage of commercial messages appealing to your lesser instincts? Here it is in a nutshell:

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream


Wouldn't you say that some of the most important things that have ever happened to you were too coincidental, too appropriate, to be explainable rationally? Didn't they happen almost the way they would happen in a dream?
Life presents scary and unexpected issues and events, just like dreams; but somewhere in the back of our minds we realize that this dream will be over and we will breathe a sigh of relief and have one more opportunity to experience a new day, all the brighter for being more comfortable than last night's dream.


Why You Should Hesitate to Accept Paypal Payments.

As a longtime fan of eBay, I had heard complaints over the years about Paypal's policies favoring buyers over sellers, but doubted them and continued to enjoy the convenience and security of the Paypal system, even though it's a bit expensive to the seller. I learned that the complaints were true.

Briefly, I sold a printer on eBay. It was unused, in factory packaging. The Purchaser made a claim to Paypal and sent me back his identical, but broken, printer.

Paypal routinely approves all buyer complaints without investigating whether claims may be fraudulent, or even having a capable arbitrator look at evidence. Paypal refunded his payment, including shipping charges, and charged it back to me.

Paypal says their decisions can be appealed. I did appeal it and although I received a notification from Paypal that they would consider the appeal and notify me within a month, that time has long passed and they never replied to me at all.


Consumer tips --

What to buy where around the San Francisco Bay...

Cheapest gas in Marin County: Arco, hwy101 West side,just South of Mill Valley Blithedale Exit, A few cents higher at 2nd and D Sts. San Rafael

Spiral Notebooks, Notebook paper, pens: TARGET
Less expensive than office supply or drugstores

big bags of Wild Bird seed: KayDee at Pet Club, Corte Madera.

HUMMINGBIRD FEEDERS: The one the hummers like best and the bees and other birds don't, is the PerkyPet 30oz with the perch that encircles the small feeding holes and the glass jar: $14.95 at Pet Club, Corte Madera and other locations.
Ants can be a problem.

COSTCO, for Appliances: if they have a model you want. They'll deliver. One major purchase will justify the annual membership fee.


My rant from 2004, which came true regarding the war:

There are numerous explanations as to how we got here. Even if we give the current administration all the benefits of all the doubts, and try to find some interpretation of their actions that could be construed as well-meaning, the fact remains that the rest of the world that still has some affection for America is waiting to see how we vote November 2nd. Now, they can say that it is only this administration that deserves their disrespect, not the American people. But if Bush is returned to office, after telling us his mountain of never ending lies, then we, the people, will also be to blame.
Beware if that happens, for there are countless ways the people and nations of the world can and will work toward the diminution of U.S. economic and cultural power in the world. The repercussions will be felt for decades.


updated 3/18/2010



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