Author Archives: David

BEFORE YOU BUY TRACFONE – you need to know this — (Never, ever buy América Móvil stock)

Tracfone (owned by América Móvil ) somehow screws up my phone so it can’t make calls. Then to fix their mistake they try to make me responsible for their error. After speaking with at least 4 “Support staff” (the earlier ones … Continue reading

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Signal Sucks – All Kinds of Security Problems. Use Wire.com instead for easy encrypted calls, texts, video chat and super-high quality voice calls.

Edward Snowden uses Signal for making encrypted calls and emails/texts. So even though I’ll never need to call him, as a backup to Wire, I decided to install Signal while visiting overseas. I was not happy that Signal invasively wanted … Continue reading

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Richard Nixon Did Something Good ???

I have to reluctantly give ex-president Richard Nixon credit for one good thing. But first let’s put his actions in context. Hunter S. Thompson summarized Nixon so wittily — “Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him … Continue reading

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Mutiny on the Colorado at 60,000 cfs

The mighty Colorado River was thundering. Gushing at one of its highest flows in recorded history; some 60,000 cubic feet per second. That’s some serious roaring whitewater; towering, tumultuous, treacherous rapids. But on the paddle boat, raising a few eyebrows, … Continue reading

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DMV – Losing Its Reputation !

Fasten your seatbelts. Because I’m going to tell you a true story — that you simply won’t believe. For context, you may be familiar with the theme of how the California Department of Motor Vehicles (“The DMV”) has a reputation … Continue reading

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Bet you wrongly believe you know the world’s tallest mountain :-)

Ok — What’s the world’s tallest mountain ? Did you know a correct answer to this depends on your definition ? 1. Do you want to know what point is father from the center of our Earth?

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Soaring Magnificence – Morning Glory Hang Gliding in Land of Oz

Had a marvelous flying adventure recently – two soaring flights on the magnificent, breathtaking, Morning Glory of Northern Australia.  Morning Glories can be hundreds of miles long. They are the rarest of five types of soaring and only happen reliably in Northern … Continue reading

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“Smart”car Start Process wins Award for Most Vexatious Unwanted Puzzle at The Wrong Time

(c) Copyright 2018 David Dilworth I relish puzzles. My parents gave me books of them when I turned five, to keep me occupied while we drove cross-country. As they told it – I’d finished them all by the second day. … Continue reading

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First Wild Wolf in a Century seen in Carmel Valley, Monterey County ?

This is an exciting, sincere narration of an event by a captivating humorist: Daphne Wynne Nixon A very bright, outdoor painter, who has a track record of finding cool  stuff no one else has noticed for centuries (she found California’s missing … Continue reading

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Parmesan Cheese Hard as Brick – Fixed: “Soft” Again

My enjoyment of Parmigiaheno-Reggiano cheese, more often known in America as “Parmesan,” is a bit above average. I’m slightly hesitant to admit how sometimes I enjoy it all by itself. Today I found a sizeable block of Italian Parmesan cheese … Continue reading

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The Giftmas Tree

(c) by David Dilworth I love trees. My dear brother does too, but its probably related to how he loves opening presents – which sometimes magically appear under trees. (We’re both diagnosed as genetically happy.) Of course most of us relish getting … Continue reading

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Buying a Home in Pacific Grove? Beware of a Huge Secret Cost.

There’s a frighteningly large (and mostly secret) debt that you will have to pay to live in Pacific Grove due to years of horrible politics. This article about how it happened is researched and written by a Pacific Grove resident, a … Continue reading

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World’s Funniest Compass – a Tates Compass

Ever heard of a Tates Compass ? Originally alleged to work only in the Southern Hemisphere as it points South instead of North – it inspired the saying —

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A French Toast to Serendipitous Living

Some years ago, a splendid, incisive article about the French culture appeared in a coffee table magazine written by an American woman who’d lived in Paris for 20 years or so, having married a Parisian and raised children there. Having … Continue reading

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Improve – Not Change

You want to “change” the world? Whoa. That’s frightening. George W. Bush changed the world . . . acclaimed worldwide for making our world worse. In a horrible way.

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Everybody Loves Boobs

This is a scream – with a deadly serious message.

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Protected: Waterfalls, Rainbows and Bears – Oh my !!! Expedition to British Columbia’s Crown Jewel

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Protected: European Sojourn – Spontaneous Concinnity 2016

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Protected: Top 10 USA Insanely Evil, Deadly and Stupid Backfiring Acts

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Dave’s List – Shameless Promotion — for Pretty Good Products

To help make your life easier and maybe a bit more fun – here are some pretty good products that I use and recommend – that can help make your life better. If you buy something through this web page … Continue reading

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