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August 04, 2010 - I'm among the dullest knives in the drawer, but I didn't need our electrical supplier to tell me how hot the last 30 days were. I got even hotter when I saw their most recent bill was $90 more than the same period in 2009.

Edison explained: "Average temperatures for this billing were nine degrees warmer than last billing. As a result your appliances may be working harder to make you comfortable."

Thanks for that, DTE. Now get me a towel.

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• I love baseball and I love the Detroit Tigers, but not when they're on an 11-game losing streak. During that streak their "hero hitter" Miguel Cabrera hit a long fly ball to right field. The cameras held on him standing at the plate watching the ball. Then the cameras switched to the ball landing inside the park. Cabrera barely made it to first base, when he should have been playing for the team, not himself, and been on second base. So I switched my allegiance to "The Closer" tv show.

• Do we learn from our dogs, or they from us? Ma'dog Shayna rides with me in the car often. When I see a person walking on the bike bath coming toward me with a dog on a leash, I'll remind Shayna, "Hey, here comes a dog!" Her head stays forward-looking until that dog gets car-side. Then her head does a 180, and stays focused way too long on that dog's rear end. She didn't get that habit from me, but I do know a lot of guys who make the same commitment when females pass.

• For the past several months I've had trouble falling asleep at night. I waited far too long to tell my older (only) sister my failing. She knows everything. She told me I need carbohydrates and to eat some crackers and cheese or ginger snaps and milk. That seemed to work, along with my Ambien sleeping pills.

• I shared some of my Chinese Sweet and Sour Pork with Shayna. She loved it. I swear she said, "Ming Ho!"

• Ever notice how often many announcers drop the right side of their mouth when talking?

• Daughter, Susan, and her husband allowed their 10-year-old twins and 14-year-old daughter to have sleep-overs the same night. The eldest had two with her. How could anybody sleep?

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Glenn Beck, Fox news person says: "Churches should teach you liberty."

No. I believe churches should teach you the Bible. I've seldom heard Glenn Beck do much more than promote his next show, his most recent book and "Be sure and tune in Friday for something you don't want to miss."

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On another recent hot summer eve I was sitting in my living room on a sofa, and heard the back door open, then close. I guessed it was grandson Trevor. His dad was in the pool when Trevor came out and announced: "I got good news and bad news. The good news is grandpa says the water is warm. The bad news is I saw him in his underwear."

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I was passed along a clipping from the Ladies' Home Journal by Ron Rolando, owner of Oxford's Great Lakes Merchandise store. In it "The Doctor" said - Eat bacon and plenty of it. "A fine food for delicate children who need fat and up-building. Easily digested, great for diabetics, produces vigor, energy, vitality.

The doctor also says bacon can injure: It's in the manner of curing. A lean hog means a poorly nourished hog - poor quality meat.

The Doctor writes for Armour's Star Hams and Bacon. And, "No other bacon is so carefully selected, and so skillfully developed as the Star grade of Armour Bacon."

I knew there had to be a commercial in Rolando's offering.

Reading a little further, I see the date of this Ladies' Home Journal is August 1906.


Gracious, Rolando, how old are you?

Jim Sherman, Sr. is president of Sherman Publications, Inc. He has penned "Jim's Jottings" since 1955.
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