Rainy morning breakfast–distraction from the election

This morning with the rain outside and the election looming, Larry came to breakfast with a story about Warren Buffet. He met with Jeff Bezos at some point and Bezos said, “You’re investment strategy is so simple, why doesn’t everyone try it?” Buffet’s answer, “Because no one wants to get rich slowly.”

He also told me that he effected a rule change for his over 55 softball league, the Walnut Creek . The leadership team had made a rule that you can’t tag out a runner to first base. There are many rules like this that are designed to avoid too much contact between older and somewhat fragile players. Larry said the rule made sense that the first baseman shouldn’t be able to tag the runner out, as he might be sweeping back from a wild throw, and there could be a collision, but that if the pitcher could pick up a poorly hit ball and simply step up to make a tag of the runner, that should be allowed. He said of all the rule changes that were voted on at the meeting, his was the only change accepted. Yay for super Larry, who still plays softball at 80!

Whatever happens today, at least I live with someone I love who makes me laugh.

Living with Larry

shirley-temple-14I’m making scones. Larry is reading me snatches from the NY Times, including this from the Book Review: “When Shirley Temple Black died at 85 on Feb. 10, The Times’s obituary made brief note of her connection to Graham Greene. In a review of the 1937 film ‘Wee Willie Winkie,’ Greene wrote that Temple’s ‘infancy is her disguise, her appeal is more secret and more adult. ‘He unwisely continued: ‘Her admirers — middle-aged men and clergymen — respond to her dubious coquetry, to the sight of her well-shaped and desirable little body, packed with enormous vitality, only because the safety curtain of story and dialogue drops between their intelligence and their desire.’

images-2In his memoirs, the film director Alberto Cavalcanti said Greene fled to Mexico, where he wrote “The Power and the Glory,” rather than face a possible prison sentence in a libel case inspired by the review. Cavalcanti wrote: “Very likely Shirley Temple never learned that it was partly thanks to her that, during his exile, Graham Greene wrote one of his best books.”

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Resolution vs. intent

new-years-resolution-appleIt’s a strange custom we have, resolutions at the New Year.  About 10 years ago, I took a tip from my daughter: “Aim small and succeed.” Since then, several excellent small resolutions have become part of my life:

  • Only eat good chocolate
  • No biopics
  • Keep a bottle of water in the car
  • Always pee before leaving the house

Those last two sort of go together. Continue reading “Resolution vs. intent”

Larry on flat tax

A lot of people have been sending around an email about a 28th ammendment–along with Warren Buffet’s great quote about the budget deficit: “I could end the deficit in 5 minutes,” he told CNBC. “You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.”

However, according to Larry (and verified by Snopes),  most of the information in the email is inaccurate.  In regard to the “tax the rich” discussion that’s also current, Larry sez:

“If you want a flat tax (by far the simplest, most equitable solution), you need to get 218 congressmen, 60 senators (enough to prevent filibuster), and 1 president to stop selling their votes to special interests.” Larry says he’s heavily short on this possibility.

As if to prove his point, he pointed out that two New York Senators, Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, are sponsoring a bill that would make selling fake maple syrup a felony.