Even a blogger needs to eat. This blog is primarily Charles' hobby. But if he is intent on continuing to woo the Hooter's waitresses
in Chatanooga he needs something that pays.... wings don't come free you know. Here's a link to his
day job where he works the education beat
and, assuming he can't annoy enough people that way, is sometimes allowed to write opinion pieces.
Need perspective? Watson offers readers all they could possibly eat. For a unique view on current events, namely how they look from
orbit, here's Chuck's Real-Time(ish) Satellite Imagery of Areas of Interest.
Whenever it strikes his fancy, and there's good telemetry, Chuck will
process and post near real-time images of locations in the news. Eminently engrossing.
Wanna get into the head of a Japanese salaryman? Why, for Chis'sakes?! Well, assumin' you do, feel welcome to check out
the on-line journal of
Campbell's English class. Everyday, a group of disaffected salarymen are required to spill out their inner-most thoughts about life, the universe
and everything in broken English. Amazingly prosaic.
Shoutin' across the Pacific
Chiizu taberu koufuku shiteiru saru ga kangei-saremasen.
Wednesday, February 23, 2005 The Original Mr. T.The Chattanoogan has a nice interview with the widow of long-time area broadcaster Harry Thornton.
Harry's Morning Show was very good local TV. But to be blunt, he was a lousy wrestling announcer. After decades in the business he never learned even the basics of wrestling and -- unlike Jim Ross or Ed Capral or Gordon Solie -- never could sell what was going on in the ring as a true sporting event. (Which was what the promoters were trying to do.)
Worse, he constantly inserted himself into what was going on. He was especially bad about standing up to and even physically confronting the bad guys, robbing them of their "heat."
Still, he and partners Nick Gulas and Roy Welch put on some entertaining shows for years on WDEF-TV and at the Memorial Auditorium.
Social Insecurity? Domenic points to this piece on Social Security privatization. I must admit I haven't given much thought to the subject, mostly because I really don't think we'll see any significant changes to the system in my lifetime. (Okay, we'll see payroll tax increases, benefit cuts or -- most likely -- some combination of the two in my lifetime, but that's not a fundamental change in the system.
Saturday, February 05, 2005 A Belated RIP To Max Schmeling. He was indeed a class act.
He was also a modest man. Joe Louis's family didn't reveal how he'd supported Louis until long after the Brown Bomber's death. Schmeling didn't want to embarrass his old opponent. Similarly, the Lewin brothers, the two Jewish children Schmeling sheltered, didn't step forward to tell how he'd saved their lives until 1989 because Schmeling wanted no praise.
Schmeling was long known for his philanthropy, but it really wasn't until the last couple of decades that the extent of hsi giving to charitable causes became know.