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So tap water, as I said last week, got a bum rap. Even for many who drink water from the kitchen faucet, a very lucrative industry of home water filters has sprung up. Don’t drink the water until you have tortured it to a fare-thee-well, shriven it of its chemical sins. Ironically, much bottled water these days is just purified (and glorified?) tap water. And they are supposed to say so on the label. But back to that in a minute.


All day I face the barren waste
Without the taste of water, cool water
Old Dan and I with throats burned dry
And souls that cry for water, cool, clear, water.

(fr. “Cool Water,” Bob Nolan, 1941)

Excerpts From the Ship's Log of the 'OSX Tiger IV'

Excerpts from the ship's log of the 'OSX Tiger IV,' which as recently discovered by sarcastic deep-sea divers/Mac users.

Finder's Log, 08/20/06

His Poor Wife

No, I am not referring to the Long-Suffering Diana, though some might like to make that case. I am referring instead to the recent spate of disgraced politicians and others, those whose sexual shenanigans, real or alleged, have been exposed for all the world to snicker and gawk at, to mull over in glee or in dudgeon.

10-4, Good Buddy

I had to laugh.

David Brooks, University of Chicago B.A. (History, ’83) and conservative pundit, was hunkered down with an over-the-road trucker in a diner in Virginia,* which got me fantasizing George Will jawing about porkbelly futures at the feed store or Thomas Sowell…but I find it too painful to fantasize Thomas Sowell.


On the streets of Florence, second only to reproductions of David are reproductions—often keychain size—of Pinocchio, the world’s most famous puppet. This is as it should be, I suppose. Just as Michelangelo was a revered native son, so was Carlo Lorenzini, who gave us one of the world’s most famous children’s stories.

eScams Collide

FROM: Koffi Mensah-Maafo (
TO: Dear Friend: kZinSky_4_Prez (
SUBJECT: Your Urgent need for Money business relationship sir!

Dear prospectively partner,

This is Honorable lowly Koffi Mensah-Maafo writing for you, being behalf of Very Honorable Mr. Iwo Kepsaan Otoo, the much slain upon Former Minister of Richness of Ghana.

A Grouch Abroad: Pictures

Il Duomo

Street scene, w/ Campanile, "Bruno," "Gladys"

I'll have his name in just a minute!

The Long-suffering Diana

A Grouch Abroad II

Friday afternoon, I think it was, we spent six months in the Uffizi Gallery. It sure felt like that, traipsing from room to room to room to room...

A Grouch Abroad: An Idiosyncratic Report

(Being an account of the recent trip that Shea and Diana, his long-suffering wife, took to the city of Florence [the one in Italy]. Cosmopolitan readers will note that the perspective is American and somewhat provincial. You have a problem with that?)

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