jtaylor's picture
Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 10:26am

It's time for a rant. A few years back, I wrote an op-ed for the Fresno Bee complaining about how the phrase "you're welcome" -- when a good deed brings thanks -- had been replaced with "no problem."

The other day I got a marketing letter from a financial adviser named Ken Fisher that began: "One sentence about myself."  If I can't trust his literacy, how could I give him my cash?  Wall Street Journal editorial writer Collin Levy agreed in a Jan. 14 op-ed with the headline, "Me, Myself and I." 

wholderman's picture
Monday, January 21, 2008 - 1:15pm

Each time my sons come to visit, sometime before they depart, they ask me this question......they are 30 and 28.....I love it! They're not too old to have 'ole Mom rub their backs. It may seem "gross" to some, but it's special to me and as my one son says, "see Mom, we're spending some quality time together".

wholderman's picture
Friday, January 18, 2008 - 11:52am

Albeit self-proclaimed. There is however, a friend of mine in Modesto (the Mayor of Modesto) where my husband and I lived for over twenty years that every time he sees me, calls me by that name. Those of you who know me are surprised that I ride. By the way, I'm not the passenger, I have my own.....not a Harley, but one that costs a whole lot less but is just as functional-a Yamaha V Star, 650-she's a beaut! Black and red. Studded saddle bags, a large studded "tractor" seat, and loud pipes! (that's for safety you know, so folks can hear you coming).

jtaylor's picture
Friday, January 18, 2008 - 9:41am

I remember having breakfast in Sacramento some years back, with then -Assembly Speaker Willie Brown at the table across from me. About every third word in his conversation included the F-bomb.

Politics, like football in the rain, gets pretty mucky. Which reminds me of a Steve Wiegand column in today's Sacramento Bee about an oddity that speaks volumes about the people we elect (and pay about $116,000 a year, plus more than $160 a day for expenses while they're "in session").

jtaylor's picture
Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 3:54pm

Beware people who list themselves as "futurists." They can be wickedly fun, insightful and terribly wordy.

Case in point, Ian Morrison. I've heard him speak twice, and just finished reading a ridiculously long Power Point presentation he made at a California Association of Public Hospitals event (available at )