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Tossed Salad Friday

~~~Here’s a little plea to avoid driving me crazy, should you have occasion to leave me a message:  when I announce my name on the voicemail and ask you to leave yours, don’t repeat my name each and every time you call.  I know my name!

~~~It occurs to me, after hearing yet another story about a customer stretching out payments for months on end, that if banks would just get back to lending money, printers, manufacturers, accountants, service providers, and parts suppliers wouldn’t have to act as banks.

~~~Standard & Poors has declared that the real estate market has been in “an unambiguous deceleration” since May 2010. Quelle surprise! 

~~~An “unambiguous deceleration” is also a flat-out downturn, right? I guess you can’t charge big bucks for predictions and reports unless you multifariously manipulate words.  Want another example?  An economist quoted in the NY Times on Wednesday gussied up the description of unsold houses gutting the real estate market, calling them an “enormous supply overhang of existing homes.”  How did I get one degree in journalism and another in law, and still not be as adroit in word narratives as economists?

~~~How true this is! http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2011/01/27/133249676/for-sale-on-the-web-you?sc=fb&cc=fp

~~~Thanks for all the comments and emails expressing your condolences about the Jets’ loss last Sunday.   I am distraught and so down, even now, that I am unable to articulate anything adequate to express my deep disappointment. I wouldn’t devote a huge part of my free time to following the teams I love if I didn’t start each game (and each season) full of hope that it would end on a winning note, so I am not yet ready to embrace the “it was still a good season” line of self-delusion.  Maybe you’ll remember to check back with me in April. By then, my raging frustration may have mellowed into semi-contentment.

Have a great weekend! Though the NHL All-Star break is nigh, hockey will be back before next week’s Tossed Salad musings, so here I go:

LET’S GO RANGERS!

GO NY GO!

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