Alto el Fuego!

I’ve been going over my house supplies list and realized that nearly everything I buy is just some (often expensive) variation of soap and paper.

Soap: handsoap, bodywash, shampoo, baby shampoo, SoftScrub, bleach, kitchen dishsoap, dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent…

Paper: toilet paper, paper towels, printer paper, art paper, napkins, newspaper…

A Cuban friend of mine, Jorge once remarked how silly this was: Una crema for this, a special handsoap for that…

He once noted that Americans are so spoiled that they would stop in the midst of battle: Mosquito! Alto el fuego! Alto el fuego! (Hold your fire!) Then he motioned an insect spray bottle. Pffft! Pffft! Pffft!

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Someone’s (Un)lucky Day

A correction in The Baltimore Sun today tests the fates: “The Maryland Lottery evening Pick 4 numbers yesterday were incorrect. The numbers for May 23 are: day, 4472; evening, 0412.”

Alas, it’s either a don’t-count-your-eggs tale that proves most cynics right or fodder for a fiction short story . . . imagine who threw away the winning ticket . . .

What the M-HEC?

Why is it always one step forward, four steps back?

The most recent loss for middle-class parents in Maryland is the axing of the distinguished scholar program, a scholarship that can provide up to one-third the cost of tuition at state universities.

See my letter to the editor in the Baltimore Sun. You can also check out a related story I wrote regarding the limitations created by the state oversight board, the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) that ran in the October 2010 issue of Urbanite magazine.

Worry-free Cruising?

I was out on the Atlantic Ocean for the past week. Took a very anxious mother on a cruise through the Bermuda Triangle (first time she has ever been out of the country). When I suggested a cruise as a great way to go international, her first question was: What about pirates?