First thing every morning…

…I ask Siri how many days until Spring. This morning she said 30. I hope she's right. It's been snowing all day, but just a little bit. So, maybe.

She probably knows better than that groundhog, at least.


Whew. I was almost running out of things to worry about.

The U.S. is in a crisis of love - The Washington Post

According to a 2015 survey from the pet health company VetIQ, 69 percent of American pet owners reported planning to give their pets a Valentine's Day gift. In contrast, only 61 percent planned to give a gift to a spouse or significant other.



Your Valentine's Day alert from the FTC

Romance scams will cost you | Consumer Information


36 days until spring

Also 364 days until the New Hampshire primary. So if it feels like spring will never get here…

Bears run out of ice, attack Russia

Polar bears 'invade' town in Russia's Novaya Zemlya archipelago, driven by climate change - The Washington Post

Novaya Zemlya is a Russian archipelago stretching into the Arctic Ocean. It once played host to Soviet nuclear tests, including the largest man-made explosion, when the "king of bombs" detonated in 1961, releasing 50 megatons of power and deepening an arms race that threatened to turn the Cold War hot.

So that explains it

President Trump says he doesn't have a dog because, 'I don't have any time' - The Washington Post


No dog!

Of course I don't have a dog either, but I'm not President, which is a good thing for us all.


Does this look like a guy with NO AMBITION or what?

Sure, who wants fake change?

Myrtle Beach donut shop: Man used fake bill, police say | Myrtle Beach Sun News

After using a fake $100 bill to buy doughnuts, a man fled from a popular Myrtle Beach drive-thru without his change Tuesday night, according to a police report.



'Alita: Battle Angel' Review: A Muddled Cyberpunk Origin Story – Variety

It is a view broadly held in Hollywood that writing is not the greatest of James Cameron's manifold filmmaking gifts: The visual storytelling of his blockbusters is what sticks, not the plywood poetry he sticks in the mouths of his often perfunctory characters.

"Plywood poetry." That's pretty harsh. 

Of course, maybe if you owned a lumber store…

I just learned something very cool

I dictate text to my iPhone because trying to use that tiny little keyboard is an exercise in abject futility. So this morning I was trying to send a short text to somebody and I wanted to stick an emoji on the end but I was tooo lazy to punch that tiny button so I just said "smiley face" and the iPhone did :-)

How awesome is that? :-)

If you already knew it, don't tell me. :-(