This and That

Vice President Walter Mondale called on the 10th of November to remind me, that 56 years ago, on November 9, 1964, I first went to work for him in the Minnesota Attorney General’s office. For the next six weeks, before he was appointed to the United States Senate, I was his driver.

Some things do work

There are certain pills that I take for which Medicare determines that I can only secure 30 pills at a time. I order these pills from a CVS Specialty Pharmacy located in Pennsylvania.

At an appropriate date I get an email notice that it is time to re-order. I answer a number of questions including how many pills I have left. I have to be sure not to order when I have 10 or more days of pills left. I then agree to a date by which the pills will be received.

A bit later I get a notice that my order is being prepared. At an appropriate time, I receive a notice that the pills have been shipped, via UPS (United Parcel Service), and when they are to be expected. When they have been delivered (in my case to the front desk of our condo) I get an email saying the package has been delivered.

I have been using this service for just over five years, only once did it not work perfectly. On that occasion I called the appropriate number on the CVS website and it was relatively quickly resolved. [WW]

Sarah McBride, who won election to Delaware’s state Senate, became the highest-ranking openly transgender official in the country. [Broadsheet]

95% of disaster relief workers are volunteers. [NYT 10/11/20]

Miami of Ohio is one of just four schools to produce both a U.S. President and a Super Bowl-winning Quarterback.

  1. Miami (Ohio): Benjamin Harrison and Beth Roethlisberger
  2. Stanford: Herbert Hoover and John Elway/Jim Blunkett
  3. Michigan: Gerald Ford and Tom Brady
  4. Navy: Jimmy Carter and Roger Staubach

It is important to remember when your time in the spotlight has passed. [WW]

A message carried by a military carrier pigeon that failed to reach its destination has been found by hiker 110 years after it was sent in northeastern France. The message was sent in 1910 and related to German military exercises in the area. [Numlock News 11/10/20]

“Paraprosdokians” are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected and is frequently humorous. Here are an additional half dozen.

  • Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
  • I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
  • I used to be indecisive, but now I’m not so sure.
  • Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian, any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
  • You’re never too old to learn something stupid.


By Sheenagh Pugh

Sometimes, things don’t go, after all, from bad to worse.
Some years muscadel faces down frost, green thrives, the crops don’t fail,
Sometimes a man aims high and all goes well.
A people sometimes will step back from war, elect an honest man, decide
  they care enough that they can’t leave some stranger poor.
Some men become what they were born for.
Sometimes our best efforts do not go amiss,
Sometimes we do as we meant to.
The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow that seemed hard frozen,
May it happen for you.