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Unknown Benefactor

May 15, 2014

The only print magazine I subscribe to is Home Handyman.  There is usually some tidbit of useful information in each issue, not to mention the Bloopers page in the back.  We used to get it through my daughter’s Girl Scout troop.  Last year, my subscription expired around October.  My daughter’s troop had stopped doing the magazine thing, so we just let it go.  My 50th birthday was in November.  In December Home Handyman started coming to our house again.  According to the address label, I’m now subscribed through 2017. We did not renew the subscription and no one who I would suspect of renewing it has admitted it.  I even asked the few who even knew I got the magazine.  There was no notice of this being a gift, it just started coming in the mail.  Whoever subscribed me for the next 3 years, since you haven’t identified yourself, I thank you.

The Zombies Made Me Do It!

August 24, 2010

A few months back, John Wells came out with his newly updated English-Esperanto-English dictionary. Being as I have 3 of his previous effort walking around the house, and I’m notoriously short of cash, I put off buying a copy of the new one, figuring I could look up any problem words via the internet as needed.

Well, with this project of translating the dialog of Attack of the Moon Zombies, I decided it would save me a lot of time if I had a more modern dictionary. I ordered mine from the book service of our national Esperanto organization, Esperanto-USA. I discovered that I still had a $10 credit I had earned by successfully solving a crossword puzzle in the bulletin.  Hurray!

So Yesterday I received my dictionary.  Upon first perusal, I was very pleased.  It reads just like his previous work, but with a lot more modern entries. D-ro Wells has done a superb job in my humble opinion updating his already superb dictionary.

It’s also a slightly larger format and is thicker. It feels like a richer dictionary. I can only wonder if he might come out with a version in smaller print to return the dictionary to ‘pocket size’ status. In any case it remains supremely useful. One feature I particularly like is that on the Esperanto-English side, he will list an Esperanto word which has questionable parentage, but will mark it with a frownie face.  He will then point you to a better choice for that word, and then give the English equivalent.

If I found any fault at all in this new dictionary, it’s that it lacks the word ‘fango’ which means mud or slime. Fango appears in a song by the music group Kajto and it took me a devil of a time to figure out what it meant. I finally discovered it by comparing it to Italian.

As far as Zombies goes, the team of which I am a part is approaching the half way point in our initial translation.  Following that, we’ll be looking over each other’s work to check for problems.  Let us hope edit wars do not ensue.

Kudos for Staples and Radio Shack

March 8, 2010

I had to go on a hunt for a new battery for a my tante’s cordless phone/answerer. The numbers I got off of the old battery didn’t jive with anything in the Walmarts in Franklin or Newton, so I went over to the Staples store.

No luck with the numbers there and the cashier’s only help at that time was to suggest bringing the old battery with me to compare.

Then I went over to the Radio Shack store. I hadn’t been in there in like 15 years because the last time I was looking for a battery and the salesman was trying to sell me a cell phone. So in Radio Shack a guy asked me if I needed help, so I told him my tale. He managed to cross reference my numbers with an equivalent using his magic computer. But asla, the store didn’t have that one, nor did the other Radio Shacks in the area.

I mentioned Staples and instead of being annoyed, this greatly helpful guy prints out the specs on the battery I needed including a picture!

Armed with this info, I go back over to Staples and grab the closest match I can figure out of my 3 remaining choices. At the register, I mention how I got the info, and laying the printouts of the specs on the counter to dig out the payment, the cashier sees the lower Radio Shack price, reconfigures the sale and gives me a discount!

That’s two stores I’d have no problem giving my business in the future. Kusos Guys!