Freeform Friday

The local casino/resort has still not refunded the money when it charged me twice for one massage. I am thinking I will have to drive out there and park my butt inside the spa until they process a refund.


Here are links to two articles from CNBC:


Bill Gates says crypto and NFTs are ‘100% based on the greater fool theory’

The greater fool theory argues that prices of an asset can increase because people are able to sell overpriced assets to a “greater fool.” That is, of course, until there are no greater fools left. Last November, Bitcoin was trading at more than $60,000; today, its “value” is about $20,000. I think it has no intrinsic value at all.

Don’t make these 11 punctuation mistakes that ‘irritate people the most,” say grammar experts

I am “guilty” of one of those mistakes, the use of ellipses (…). Many people consistently make more than one.


My best friend, Dr. Zal, composed his list of the greatest NFL coaches of all time and asked that I do the same. I asked him not to send me his list until after I had created mine. Here are the two lists, Dr. Zal’s first:


1a Vince Lombardi

1b Bill Belichick (a bit of a cop out, but I couldn’t decide)

Paul Brown

Bill Walsh

Chuck Noll

Tom Landry

Don Shula

George Halas

Joe Gibbs

John Madden


Honorable mention:

Andy Reid

Curly Lambeau

Bill Parcells


I didn’t rank my list:

Bill Belichick

Vince Lombardi

Paul Brown

Bill Walsh

Tom Landry

Don Shula

Joe Gibbs

Andy Reid


Dr. Zal thought I had simply forgotten about Chuck Noll, long-time coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I didn’t; I excluded him because: 1) the Steelers only made the playoffs once in his last seven seasons as head coach and had four losing seasons among those seven, and 2) I think he benefited tremendously from the Steelers’ excellent scouting and the lack of free agency at the time. Of course, if the Steelers had drafted Dan Marino instead of Gabe Rivera in 1983, who knows what would have happened.

I also excluded people like George Halas and Curly Lambeau because I think pro football changed dramatically after the NFL-AAFC merger in 1950 with the permanent adoption of unlimited substitution and the real integration of the game. I just don’t think that the Green Bay Packers’ 1929 “championship” or the Chicago Bears’ 1932 “championship” are relevant. (In case you don’t know, or even if you do, Halas was the founder and long-time coach of the Bears while Lambeau, for whom the Packers’ home stadium is named, coached Green Bay in those “prehistoric” days.)

For the minority of you who are football fans, I would very much like to read your thoughts on this topic.


I guess I must have scratched my automobile itch, at least for now. Yesterday was the first day in many months that I did not peruse car listings on the Internet. Once again, a couple of pics of the car that will soon live in our garage:



Of course, I had to sell a small part of my stock portfolio to pay for the car. I executed those sales yesterday, a day when equity prices tumbled sharply. Of course…(hey, ellipses are what I do).








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4 thoughts on “Freeform Friday

  1. Re selling stock to buy the car:
    First, that’s what the stock was for;
    Second, the market is going lower, don’t believe these dead cat bounces…


  2. I had to go back and read your previous posts before I could comment on this one regarding the Cascada. Good luck with your new wheels. 🙂
    I’ve had good luck in involving the credit card company when I’ve had duplicate charges from a vendor, especially with a service that is unlikely to have been performed twice on the same day.


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