Hard to believe it’s already November. Where did summer go? And Autumn? Next week, election. Normally, I’m an election addict. I love it the way other people love sports.


Politics is my sport. Not this year. Too much at stake. See you next week, by which time (presumably) the votes will have been counted.

What was your favorite subject in school?

English and art. You didn’t guess?

If you could have a servant come to your house every day for two hours, what would you have them do?

Dust. Vacuum. Dust. Vacuum. And wash the kitchen floors.

Where did you live when you were in the third grade of school?  Is it the same place or town you live now?

This is P.S, 35. It's still there, but I'm not.
This is P.S, 35. It’s still there, but I’m not.

I lived in Holliswood. In Queens, one of the five boroughs of New York city.


I haven’t lived in New York city since 1964 when I moved into a room near Hofstra, in Hempstead (Long Island, a suburb  of New York city). Then, in 1978 I moved to Jerusalem, Israel. Back to Long Island in 1987 and to Boston in 1988. To Uxbridge in 2000 and here we have stayed. I don’t think we’re going anywhere anytime soon.

Okay, so it's my sixth grade class. But I don't have my third grade picture. Same school.
Okay, so it’s my sixth grade class. But I don’t have my third grade picture. Same school.


In your opinion, list some places that are great for shopping?

I do almost everything except grocery shopping online. I don’t get around well — part of the reason — but the bigger reason is I don’t like shopping. Also, we don’t have much shopping locally. The big malls with lots of shops are more than 40 miles and a hour’s drive from here. We have a good lumber yard and hardware store, a few hair dressers. On weekends from spring through fall, you can always find a yard sale. For everything else, there’s Walmart.

So, a lot of stuff comes from Amazon. L.L. Bean. Lands’ End. J.Jill. Adorama. I have a great place for automobile tires, but how often do you buy tires? I patronize places that pride themselves on good customer service. I go where I am treated like a valued customer and they offer free shipping.

Fortunately, the Internet brings choice to the otherwise choiceless. And … they deliver!

15 thoughts on “AND NOW, IT’S NOVEMBER …”

  1. Seems that the complete WordPress blogger disciples all shop at Amazon. I shall have to keep an eye on it and see who I meet there, although I have only bought my Kindle there up to now. November is a great month, so great that the weather report told us yesterday we will get the first snowfall next week.


    1. I know that Amazon is different — slightly — from country to country. Over all though, they have a huge selection of goods, so you can do a lot of comparison shopping without dragging yourself through malls or across uneven sidewalks … or through inclement weather. They have excellent customer service. If something goes wrong, they don’t hassle you, or make getting a refund, replacement, or anything else difficult. They want you to be a happy customer

      As time goes on and good service becomes in danger of extinction, I appreciate Amazon more. Are they always the cheapest? No, but they are usually within a few dollars of the cheapest and with free delivery, it often ends up costing the least anyway. At least when I buy something from then, I’m reasonably sure I’ll receive it quickly. You can’t ask for more.

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      1. I can agree. After a few months my Kindle would no longer connect and upload. I phoned them which was the most difficult part, as I could not find the telephone no. at first. We do not have Amazon in Switzerland, they are in Germany and so everything is sent from Germany. In any case I got a replacement. I had to return mine, but they had sent all the necessary labels I needed for the package, as well as customs receipt. It was perfect service. I would order more, but generally order from Swiss online companies as the transport is better to follow being in Switzerland myself.


      2. November and they’ve just wrapped one of the greatest World Series ever.
        Now, as Frank Skeffington/James Curley/Spencer Tracy would say, time for our favorite spectator sport, POLITICS — and its own World Series — The Presidential Election.
        Orange Head would have us believe it’s the Black Sox scandal again.


  2. Marilyn, we are all on bended knee hoping you get this right next week.
    I hate shopping too but there’s one place I really love and that is Long & MacQuade music store. I’d love to have one of each instrument.


    1. I had a lot of instruments not that long ago and most of them, I didn’t play at all. Often because I didn’t and still don’t know how. I gave most of them away to people who really DO play them. My house is less cluttered and some people are really happier. I now stay away from music stores. It’s even worse than places that sell books and movies. Lethal! I’m helpless and suddenly feel a need to buy a drum set or a harp.

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      1. They have new kinds of instruments out there too. We do have a lot of instruments here anyway. There are a few missing that I might want to try. Might keep the violin. I’ll try and convince Peter to get it for me for Christmas.


    1. And clothing that actually covers you. I’m am really not into the bare stomach school of dressing. And it isn’t just age. I didn’t like it when I was young enough to wear it. I favored a-line skirts and turtleneck sweaters. I’ve counted on Bean and Lands’ End to get me through periods when fashion and I parted company.

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