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Name: Tom Conroy
Gender: Male
Hometown: CT
Home country: USA
Member since: Sat Mar 6, 2021, 08:56 PM
Number of posts: 2,008

About Me

65 years old. Lifelong democrat. Saw JFK in New Haven CT on election eve 1960. I was all of 5 years old. Cast my first vote for Jimmy Carter. Stayed up all night at the English Speaking Union I London to watch the returns. We celebrated the results about 9 AM London time. I cried the morning I learned Bobby Kennedy had been shot. I don't think I ever quite recovered, although President Obama's election helped a lot. These days I'm a moderate democrat and a cultural conservative. I miss the world of good manners, fancy dress and dancing cheek to cheek. Big TCM fan.

Journal Archives

Who Put the Bomp? - Barry Mann

I've always wondered!

Booster eligibility: more than you might think.

With more people becoming eligible for boosters I checked out the list of health conditions that put you at higher risk for severe covid. It's a list of about 12 conditions. They include mood disorders, including depression, and not just obesity, but simply being overweight is on the list. That has to cover a bunch of people:


For the Pfizer booster and I assume for the ones about to be approved the CDC lists three groups at increased risk of severe covid (nowhere do they seem to use the phrase 'high risk'): Those over 65 and those 50-64 who have the medical conditions listed should get a booster. Those 18-49 who have the listed medical conditions may get the booster after making an individual assessment of the risks and benefits.
You kind of need a doctor and a lawyer to figure this all out.

The true cost of a new iPhone

Let’s talk about buying an iPhone for $1,000. Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, once compared this eye-popping price tag to buying a cup of coffee a day over a year. No big deal, right?

But financial advisers see this differently. By some estimates, an investment of $1,000 in a retirement account today would balloon to about $17,000 in 30 years.

In other words, $700 to $1,000 — the price range of modern smartphones — is a big purchase. Fewer than half of American adults have enough savings set aside to cover three months of emergency expenses, according to the Pew Research Center. Yet one in five people surveyed by the financial website WalletHub thought a new phone was worth going into debt for.

Tech companies fairly argue that our smartphones are our most powerful tools for work and play and thus worth every penny. But they also play numbers games to downplay the costs of a new phone. Samsung, for example, has said the price of its new Galaxy phone is $200 — but that’s only if you trade in a year-old phone for credit toward the new one. The true price is $800.


One of the reasons people don't become rich: They go into debt buying a phone they don't need.

New Haven Pizza Guide

New Haven, CT is famous for its thin crust pizza. The first pizzaria, Pepe's in Wooster St., dates back to the 1920s. It is now opening franchises nation wide. Pepe's historic rival is Sally's, a few doors away. It is nearly as old. Sally's name was featured on pizza boxes appearing in early Doonesbury cartoons. Both places feature brick ovens which some think is key to a great thin crust.
The local paper recently featured a guide to some of the area restaurants featuring New Haven style pizza. It's worth saving for when you happen to be in the area. Be forwared: Places like Pepe's, Sally's and Modern can have long lines at times. People seem to think the pizza is worth the wait:


Because - The Dave Clark Five

Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen

Anybody else reading 'Uncontrolled Spread'?

Just started it. Dr. Gottlieb is a really good writer and I'm learning stuff I didn't know about the start of the Covid crisis.

Apologies re: NE Covid story.

Some pretty sharp person convinced me he was right that the NY Times got it wrong with their table showing increases in Covid in New England. I think it's more accurate to say VT and NH have been elevated. ME went way up but is now declining.
MA, RI and CT are pretty steady.
I used to tell my people: If you aren't making mistakes, you probably aren't doing anything.
As I have said on other threads: Paper went to hell when Red Smith died.

Gov. Lamont and Dr. Gottlieb on dealing with Covid.

This is a recent tv special from a CT station. Gov. Lamont and Dr. Gottlieb report their personal experiences of dealing with Covid
Both are really critical of the failings of Trump and the CDC. Interesting stuff.
Worth a look:

A Lover's Concerto - The Toys

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