Monday, June 24, 2013


I purchased a portable oxygen concentrating machine because I have reached a point at which I can barely walk a hundred feet without feeling exhausted.  I first bought a Inogen One G3, because it advertised itself as the smallest.  Not only is it not smallest, it is also very noisy and pretty heavy.  I emailed the company and told them I wanted to return it.   They suggested sending me a different model which would be a lot quieter, the G2.  It was a lot quieter, but it also was a lot heavier.  I will not be that person you see pulling the machine around behind him because it's too heavy to carry.  So I sent back both the G2 and the G3.  I then found, on the internet of course, a unit calledAirSep Focus.  It weighs about half of the G3 and is almost half as small.  It is a little more noisy than I would like, but I'll put up with a little more noise to have something that is more easily carried.  The first real test will be when we go to Boston in July.  I'm so hoping it works as advertised, because that would mean we can go to Europe again.


Dumb Law of the Week: In Denver, it is illegal to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next-door neighbor.

À la prochaine, mes amis.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Late For Dinner

Saturday we had dinner at Candela. I had the Grouper with veggies and a Gazpacho Sauce, while Robb had the Red Snapper with Shrimp. 

Monday we had dinner at Dapur because they gave me a $15 coupon for my birthday. We started with the Shrimp Martini and followed that with the Crispy Duck. You may have noticed we have the duck almost every time we go to Dapur. We do that because it's very good and there are only a couple of places in Fort Lauderdale where we can get it. When we were seated, the waiter informed us that the kitchen would be closing in about two minutes. Even so, they only rushed us a little and it was basically our fault for waiting so late to go out.


Dumb Law of the Week: In California: It is illegal to shoot any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.

À la prochaine, mes amis.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Thai Spice

Dinner at Thai Spice because this is my birth-month and they offered a free(?) entrée (with a $40 purchase). We did not get the FREE entrée because they only offered five and we didn't care for any of them. But we both had the Chillien Sea Bass. with (according to the menu) coconut cream sauce, which turned out to be a curry sauce. It was excellent. For dessert, I had the White Chocolate Cheesecake and I don't remember what Robb might have had (it was almost a week ago). I don't think we've ever been disappointed at Thai Spice although they are following what seems to be a trend in South Florida...every place is becoming a restaurant/lounge. I guess that sits well with the under thirty crowd, but I prefer quieter surroundings when I have dinner.


Dumb Law of the Week: In Arkansas: It is legal for a man to beat his wife, but no more than once a month.

À la prochaine, mes amis.

Monday, June 03, 2013

Bradley Manning

Is anyone following the Bradley Manning fiasco? In case you don't know, Bradley Manning is a 25-year-old Army intelligence analyst. He shared a lot of so-called "classified" material with Wikileaks and is now, after being held with no charges for three years, on trial for "aiding the enemy", among other ridiculous charges. 

One of the most damaging things he shared was One of the most damaging things he shared was a classified video of a United States Apache helicopter firing on civilians in New Baghdad in 2007. The video, available at, shows Americans shooting and killing 11 individuals who do not return fire. Two of those killed were Reuters’ employees, including 22 year old Reuters’ photojournalist Namir Noor-Eldeen and his driver, 40 year old Saeed Chmagh. 

The video includes an audio recording of the internal commentary by the American soldiers before, during and after the shooting. The soldiers repeatedly request and are granted permission to open fire, encourage one another and joke about the dead and dying civilians.

A total of 11 adults were killed. Two children, passengers in a van that arrived on the scene after the first bout of gunfire had ceased, were seriously injured when the Apache helicopter opened fire on their van.

In 2007, Reuters called for an investigation into the attack. In response, a spokesman for the multinational forces in Baghdad stated: “There is no question that coalition forces were clearly engaged in combat operations against a hostile force.”


Dumb Law of the Week: In Wisconsin: It is illegal to kiss on a train.

À la prochaine, mes amis.