Compulsion Wins

I wasn’t going to post today. I had one of the worst reflux “episodes” of my life last night. What’s worse is that I have no idea what triggered it. Usually, when I experience what the doctors call “breakthrough reflux” I know why.

Anyway, since I don’t have to talk to write this post (I can barely speak this morning, stomach acid is not good for your vocal cords) and I have OCD, here is an effort at a post.


Brevity is the soul of wit. People who use superfluous words don’t seem to know that. For example, if a house is listed for $x, why do so many realtors say, “That’s a good price point?” How about, “That’s a good price.” The word “point” is unnecessary AND it does not make you seem more intelligent, at least not to me.

Of course, some might say that anything I write is superfluous. People are entitled to their opinions, even if they’re wrong.


After a long moratorium on book purchases, this arrived yesterday.



As I have written before, I am not as big a fan of the C1 Corvette as most Vette aficionados, but if I were to pick a year it would be a 1961 model like this one. Of course, these are not inexpensive, anymore. Of the 21 1961 Corvettes currently listed for sale on Hemmings, the least expensive has an asking price of $48,500. The most expensive is $225,000 for, supposedly, a car whose VIN ends 00002.

I like ’61 Vettes, but I don’t love them and many cars are ahead of them in line.


Remember this photo?



In the post I mentioned that we would be replacing that “awful tile” in January. Here is a picture:



What I didn’t write is that both times my wonderful wife and I saw this house before purchasing it, we told the listing agent, “Oh, the tile looks better in person than it does in the photos.” That was a crock; we were just being nice.

If the company we hired could have been here sooner, then we would have replaced the tile in early December, not early January. No behavioral paradigm is always appropriate. I think that sometimes, especially when the consequences are benign, it’s OK not to always tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Sometimes, manners matter more. Of course, making that call isn’t always easy.


OK, my head is still pounding so I’m going to call it quits for the day. Stay safe and be well.








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6 thoughts on “Compulsion Wins

  1. Ok, now you have me wondering if I ever used the term “price point” during our conversations. If so, my apologies…..LOL. I dislike superfluous words too! And the new tile is beautiful!


  2. You know what I will do with regards to your acid reflux. That happening is never a good thing.

    The new tile reminds me of marble, Very nice choice.

    The ’61 Corvette is pretty in spite of it being a Chevrolet, said the Ford fan. I am a fan of the round bulby lines of the 40s, 50s and 60s cars.


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