Westside Story – Election Reflection

Just 12 days of slick, misleading political recycling trash junk mail.

November 4, 2014, Election Day, has come and gone.

I remember middle school elections of the 1950s.  Candidates made posters. Candidates made “Vote for me” paper badges for their supporters.  Little effort was expended determining which candidates were most qualified. It was a silly juvenile popularity contest based on superficial issues such as who had the best posters.

As I reflect on elections in my adult life, it appears to me that not much has changed.  Today’s elections are still much like middle school;  silly  and juvenile.
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Westside Story – Downton Abbey

Crawley family and servants greet Cora’s mother (Played by actress, Shirley MacLaine) as she arrives from America.
Downton Abbey cast in front of the Crawley Estate.

Downton Abbey cast in front of the Crawley Estate.

Are you a fan of the globally popular TV series, Downton Abbey?

I know Downton Abbey sounds like a show for the gals, but Downton Abbey can grab a guy’s interest on multiple levels such as scenery, architecture, costumes, history, characters, story lines, classic cars and historical employment rolls. [Read more…]

Westside Story – Infomercial #2


Being retired is great, but living on a fixed income can be challenging. To combat the downside, I have established a brand new business called Boyle Innovative Products or B. I. P. My business plan includes designing and selling ingenious products you will not find in your local brick and mortar stores.

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Treat your eyes right this Halloween

Halloween is a time for Tricks, Treats and Things That Go Bump in the Night. Unfortunately, Halloween is also a time of sight-related hazards. But with some care and planning, you can make sure that you and your little goblins enjoy a safe Halloween.

Masks & Makeup – Decorating the face with makeup approved for the skin is almost always preferable to wearing a mask.  The eyeholes in a mask are often too small to allow full vision and may shift during wear and obstruct sight. The Food and Drug Administration suggest these ways to avoid eye irritation:   [Read more…]

Westside Story – Roadway Catapult


With over two decades in law enforcement, I have investigated plenty of cases involving unnecessary injury and death to innocent victims. While it is true I am retired, I can still spot potential trouble from a mile away.

Check this guy out. He loaded a heavy water heater onto the trunk deck of his car and then with some flimsy cord and a single bungee cord, tied the load down by running the line through his open back windows. Down the road he goes. [Read more…]

Westside Story – Old Paint Cans


In the 1950s when I was a 12 year old kid, I used to go to the dump with my dad in his 1936 Chevy pickup truck. As soon as we left the highway, he let me drive the old truck around the dump. That is right; no high school driver’s training for me.

We had the entire truck-bed loaded with trash, garbage and junk. By the way, we called this magic place the dump, not some fancy name like Recycling Center, Recovery Site or Landfill. If you had something you wanted to get rid of, you hauled it to the smelly dump, fought through the army of flies and pushed it out of the truck, with no questions asked. There were no rules to complicate life. [Read more…]

Around the Sound: A Corny Identity Crisis

National Identity Crisis day is fast approaching—who/what will you be this year?

Maleficent? a Ninja Turtle? Princess Elsa? Olaf? the Black Widow? Capt. America?

In case you’re debating your solution to that Hamlet question: you know “to be or not..?” on Oct. 31, consider the Dark Knight. Why?

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