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Gross-ery shopping

There was a story on the news the other night about some grocery stores installing mini car washes to wash their shopping carts after each use. At first I thought it was an ex... read more...


That’s not a mint on your pillow

If you haven’t booked a hotel room online yet, you’re in for a treat. Sue and I needed to stay overnight on a long car trip to a relative’s place last week. “Find a hotel half... read more...


Santa don’t gift jobs, little buddy

You ever wonder what I do the 364 days between Christmas Eves when I’m not delivering toys? Mostly, I try to figure out what your kids will want this Christmas. You’ll notice ... read more...


The children of Depression 2.0

My Dad never lost an opportunity to tell us how hard he had it during the Depression. While he never actually said, “I had to walk 20 miles to school. Barefoot. Up hill each w... read more...


No more cam’pain’ ads!

One of the great things about the recent election is that we won’t have to see another political commercial for two or three months, when, after a short break, the campaign fo... read more...


Sorry, I don’t watch TV

I live next door to the most annoying couple in the world. You may have neighbors you don’t get along with or neighbors that you have no use for, or neighbors with yapping dog... read more...


Foreign lands where the dollar still rules

The parking lots of the big discount stores have been getting more and more crowded since the economy went over Niagara Falls without a barrel. The people who used to shop at ... read more...


Howie Mandel would liven up a boring presidential debate

The verdict by all the TV pundits about the last presidential debate was unanimous. It was boring. Unlike, say, those riveting post-debate, cable-TV shows. There’s nothing lik... read more...


When can we play the blame game?

“This is not the time to play the blame game,” I hear a lot of politicians talk about the financial crisis. When they weren’t saying that, they were saying, “This is not the t... read more...


‘Ladies and gentlemen, your Powerball losers’

I flipped through the morning TV shows last week, and I didn’t know who any of their “famous” guests were. Obviously, I am not watching enough television. “Here’s what’s-his-... read more...


Why can’t the government be run like business?

Sometimes, when I’m waiting in line at the grocery store for a price check on a box of Ramen noodles or waiting for the cashier to get a new roll of nickels or waiting for a m... read more...


It’s time for atomic clocks everywhere

I got a satellite clock for my birthday a few years ago. Sometimes they’re advertised as “Atomic Clocks,” but since they run on a little nine-volt battery, and since most peop... read more...


I’m gray and I’m proud

My hair is so gray it makes thunder clouds look bright and cheery. Being gray doesn’t bother me. After all, at least I still have a full head of hair. I don’t have to do comb-... read more...


Who will ever forget ...

Wouldn’t you be surprised if, in the middle of the World Series, the announcers cut away to do a five-minute interview with the pitcher’s parents? While the game continued? W... read more...


Getting away with shopping

I received a call from my credit card company the other day telling me there was some “unusual activity” on my account. Hmmm, 12 65-inch plasma TVs, 18 iPhones, 22 Xbox games,... read more...



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