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The Brooklyn Accent Free

Born two years after Charlie Brown's debut; mainframe geek for three decades for a great metropolitan bank, now semi-retired and keeping busy as a spelling and grammar geek for an investment company (with a couple of side gigs). I've identified with Charlie Brown as a kid, Mike Doonesbury in college, Dilbert at work, and Opus in my free time.

Recent Comments

  1. about 9 hours ago on Speed Bump

    And everyone remembers the name of the seventh planet. There’s a fifth-grader hiding deep inside each of us. (Maybe not so deep in some.)

  2. about 10 hours ago on Speed Bump

    But no one’s tried a Diet of Worms since the 16th century.

  3. about 10 hours ago on Frank and Ernest

    “This happened once before, when I came to your door: no reply.

    They said it wasn’t you, but I saw you peek through your window."

    —John, O.B.E. (returned)

    “Waiting for your knock, dear, on my old front door:

    I don’t hear it. Does it mean you don’t love me any more?

    —Sir Richard

    “What’s all this laughter on the twenty-second floor?

    It’s just some friends of mine and they’re busting down the doors."

    —Keith & Sir Michael

  4. about 19 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    I don’t much like the taste of most alcoholic drinks, and I don’t much like the feeling of being drunk: it doesn’t make me happy or sociable but just makes me want to crawl off into a corner and nap.

    Those are my personal responses, and no one else’s need to match. You want to have a few beers, I’ll drink Diet Coke and be the designated driver. Just be responsible enough not to throw up in my car.

    A happy holiday to all!

  5. about 19 hours ago on Close to Home

    Not everyone knows how to drive a stick any more.

  6. about 19 hours ago on Peanuts Begins

    “I get knocked down, but I get up again…”

  7. about 19 hours ago on Speed Bump

    In the days when I was traveling with my wife (allergic to yeast) and my son (allergic to dairy), we’d tell the server at first appearance, “We want to warn you that we’ll be asking a lot of pain-in-the-butt questions about ingredients.” Many of them, given the warning and the reason, were happy to go out of the way to help—sometimes even bringing empty wrappers out of the kitchen for us to read the fine print. We tried to tip appropriately for service above and beyond.

  8. about 20 hours ago on Speed Bump

    Leftovers reheated at home make a nice lunch or supper the next day. Two meals for the price of one: what’s not to like?

  9. about 20 hours ago on Speed Bump

    Merriam-Webster’s definition is “a waiter’s assistant specifically : one who removes dirty dishes and resets tables in a restaurant.” That seems reasonable to me.

  10. about 20 hours ago on Frank and Ernest

    You don’t know what was in those pies that made him want to keep eating…