Beware of Google Chrome Browser

Recently, I started getting annoying pop-ups on my screen. I had a tough time removing them, because when I deleted one, another popped up. And there were several. It took a while to get rid of all of them. Shortly thereafter, it happened again. It is quite a distraction,  particularly when the ad window blocks a dialogue box of the software you are using.

The culprit was the Google Chrome browser.





It would seem that when you add an extension to this browser, Google slips in a feature that allows ads to be inserted into your computer screen. Lots of them.





There are many remedies. Search for them on your browser, and good luck. I had my tech support service do it as part of my periodic maintenance.

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Parking Problems Persist

Parking in NYC is difficult, particularly in shopping areas. I was lucky to find a space today.

The introduction of Muni-Meter parking has eased the process somewhat.






Drivers may pay with coins or by using an app on their phone.

Traffic cops are supposed to allow a grace period for drivers to feed the meter. The cop today was a vulture and was ready to issue a ticket as I was about to pay with my phone. Fortunately, I was able to stop him. He was not happy about it.

Getting out of the space was also frustrating. I was blocked by a delivery truck. Luckily, I was able to locate the driver in the local supermarket. After he made room for me to exit, he proceeded to block the empty space I had just vacated.

That’s how it is in New York. I guess it happens elsewhere as well.


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Broken Zipper

You are a rare person if you’ve never had a zipper pull break off in your hand as you are pulling up a zipper.





The reason zipper pulls break off so easily is that they are usually made from a composition of fine metallic granules laminated or bonded in some other way. Over time, these become brittle and disintegrate, whereas those made of solid metal do not.


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How Do You Describe the Native of a Place

The terms that describe the residents of a place are diverse, interesting, and sometimes funny.

Some terms are simple and obvious, such as “Texan.” But if you are from New York, you are a “New Yorker.” Peculiarly, people from Florida are called “Floridians.”

If you are from Ohio, you may be called an “Ohioan” or you may be called a “Buckeye.” New Hampshire residents are sometime call NH’ers, or if they were originally from another state, they could be called “Flatlanders.”

The residents of Brooklyn are referred to by the colloquial term “Brooklynites.” Connecticut residents are referred to as “Nutmeggers rather than the cumbersome and somewhat laughable “Connecticutian.”

People from France are French; residents of Spain are Spanish; residents of the United States are American, but are frequently referred to as “Yanks” by foreigners. If you are from England, then you are English, but if you are from the UK, you are British.

For a larger collection of state name, please see

How do you refer to yourself?

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The Y’know Epidemic is Getting Worse

I know, y’know, that I have written about this before, but I needed to vent about it once more because I find it so repulsive.

The use of “y’know” as a y’know crutch word is so y’know annoying to me that it y’know distracts me to the point that I y’know stop listening to what they are saying.

It is sad and unfortunate that those who do it cannot help themselves.

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Pronunciation 4.0

There are many words the television newscasters should pronounce correctly without difficulty. However, I have witnessed numerous news clips where the word anti-Semitism has been pronounced incorrectly. One was on CBS 11:00 pm news last night. It concerned a woman whose office had been defaced with red swastikas.

The newscaster said “anti-Simm-mett-ism” rather than “Anti-Semm-mitt-ism.”. Obviously, she was not aware that the word is derived from “Semite.”

The term “Semite” itself is also misunderstood. It does not only apply to Jews (Hebrews).

For the record, a Semite is a person speaking one of a group of related languages, presumably derived from a common language, Semitic. The term came to include Arabs, Akkadians, Canaanites, some Ethiopians, and Aramaean tribes as well as Jews.

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Bar Mitzvah is a Person, Not an Event

It is disappointing to me that many Jewish boys and girls (men and women as well) use the phrase “when I was bar/bat mitzvahed.” I have observed that many non-Jews use the term in same way.

The language to fully articulate the concept of bar/mitzvah is awkward and cumbersome. As a result, it has evolved to describing the ritual rather than the person..

The correct use of the term is “to become a bar mitzvah, and no party is necessary. Age is the only requirement (usually 13 for boys, 12 for girls). Reaching the age of bar/bat mitzvah signifies becoming a full-fledged member of the Jewish community with the responsibilities that come with it.

Bar (בַּר‬) is a Jewish Babylonian Aramaic word literally meaning “son” (בֵּן‬), while bat (בַּת‬) means “daughter” in Hebrew, and mitzvah (מִצְוָה‬) means “commandment” or “law” (plural: mitzvot). Thus bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah literally translate to “son of commandment” and “daughter of commandment.”  Although the term is commonly used to refer to the ritual itself, the phrase refers to the person.

It is the practice in Conservative and Reform congregations for a boy to be called to read selected portions from the Torah on the occasion. In most Orthodox congregations, however, women are not called to read from the Torah.

There is much more to be said on the subject.
Peruse the Internet at your pleasure.



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