Jigsaw Puzzles and Mindfulness

In Dec. of 2019, Rob Gronkowski, NFLsuperstar, was being interviewed as he assembled a jigsaw puzzle in his kitchen as therapy for his concussions he suffered throughout his career. This was pre-pandemic so my wife and I had never even thought about jigsaw puzzles until then. As we watched, I casually turned to my wife... Continue Reading →


This is an unabashed, unpaid endorsement of Costco stores. I've never done this before for any company, but here's the exception. For about 10 years, every visit to Costco has been a positive experience for us. My wife and I always wind up buying more items than we had planned. I figured out why ----... Continue Reading →

Gregory Arias

"Bob" is such a nothing name. It means or signifies nothing. It can be a noun or a verb, but it's never a reference to a person. There are at least 28 noun and 13 verb definitions for "bob". How did I wind up with the name? It's an abbreviation for Robert. Unfortunately, when I... Continue Reading →

Fecks and Fetters

(A Boomer Logophile’s Rant) Unfettered? Feckless? We think we know what these words mean. But what do the root words mean, where did they originate? If something is now unfettered, logic dictates that at some point in the past it was fettered. Similarly, if I’m now “feckless”, I must have had some “feck” in the past.  A former colleague... Continue Reading →

V and V

Vitale and Viviana This is a tale of two very special rabbits. Their special skills and intelligence are the side effects of being subjects in a clinical psychology experiment to test the effects of varying wavelengths of light on brain function.   Researchers have found that; “Pulsed transcranial red/near-infrared light therapy using light-emitting diodes improves cerebral blood flow and... Continue Reading →

We Need More Lawyers

I went shopping for a ladder. I mistakenly began to read the attached warning labels.In no time at all, I was puzzled. So many labels attached --- mostly stating the obvious like, “don’t fall off” “falling can lead to injury”. There are hundreds of labels (not all on the same ladder). With my intellectual curiosity aroused, I quickly jumped... Continue Reading →

Falling Leaves 2022

Last year, Nov. 19th to be precise, I wrote the first version of Falling Leaves. It's that time again This morning, while sitting out on the screen porch, I wondered how much longer I would need to wait for the last 5 remaining leaves on my Beech tree to fall. If you recall, as I'm... Continue Reading →

Last Tuesday’s Election.

The following was written by my brother. Literally, I could not have said it better. Well, yesterday was a very long day. I felt like an old man after working from 6am to midnight at the polls.  Wait! -- I am an old man. This election marks the first time in my experience that a security... Continue Reading →

What Could Go Wrong

Here’s what makes our current voting system work so well. Each of the 50 states control their own elections using a large % of volunteers. The inherent diversity of procedures makes it so much more difficult for any one bad actor to interfere. The people who run the elections are unsung patriotic heroes.  Most of... Continue Reading →


Obesity falls under the heading of a pandemic. A Pandemic is defined as an epidemic which spreads over multiple countries or continents. Biologists can create vaccines for physical ills but, there will never be a vaccine to cure obesity. The cure lies in awareness, education, and our commitment to changing our behavior. The following is... Continue Reading →


Cooper has belonged to both major political parties and has run for local public office under both banners. Now, in his own words, “I’m for myself!”


In case anyone tells you that the tattoo process isn’t painful, don’t believe it. It’s extremely painful.

The Cost of Prejudice

I’ve been laboring over several long articles and in the process getting nothing done for publication. It’s my blog. I can make new rules if I so desire. New Rule: If I have a brief anecdote worth sharing, I will publish it! The title of this one refers to a monumentally stupid stock trading decision I made in... Continue Reading →

Titanium Glow

Digression Alert! If you have no life and want to learn more about Titanium, google titanium/Wikipedia. I dare you.


Learning How to Retire. When I first began my blog, I made a deliberate attempt to avoid revealing my age. Who is going to want to read what old people have to say? But when the essence of my blog is my life’s story, I realize now how dumb that was.  I’m 76 years old... Continue Reading →


100% Cotton --- Almost. I’m so proud of myself. I figured out last December that the reason I was experiencing serious skin irritation all over my body was the alleged 100% cotton sheets we were using.  The locations of the rashes on me corresponded exactly to my sleeping position. I always sleep on my right... Continue Reading →

Shopping For My Maserati

This time it’s for real. I just completed a 3-hour ride to and from the nearest “Foreign” car dealership. That’s what they call themselves --- “Foreign” A rather peculiar name for a dealership trying to sell cars in North Carolina.  I already own one Maserati. Bright red! My granddaughter, with her cruel sense of humor, gave it to me for Christmas. It’s 3 inches... Continue Reading →

Axe Throwing

Since retiring I have a lot of extra time on my hands. I get up early and stay up relatively late, seldom sleeping more than 7 hours. I stay busy with home improvements, exercising, the stock markets, reading, and TV. Still there are days when it seems I just don’t have enough to do.  This morning as I... Continue Reading →

The War of the Shower Shoes

There’s a great movie, The War of the Roses, starring Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas, and Danny DeVito. Although 33 years old, it still plays well today. It demonstrates. to the extreme, how one-upmanship between husband and wife can turn ugly real fast.  In the past 24 hours Joan, my wife, and I went through a similar, although much less... Continue Reading →

Body Language

To all of my followers --- this article is intended entirely in jest! I doubt that that needs to be said, but millions of people are overly sensitive to the issue. Only if I suddenly became The Benevolent King of our wonderful country --- King Bob --- would or could any of this happen. On... Continue Reading →

A Letter From Santa

The following is Santa’s attempt to explain to our 4-year-old great granddaughter why he left a gift for her at Nana and Papa’s house to be opened the day after Christmas. That’s when our family will be celebrating Christmas due to some family members arriving the day after. I didn’t want everyone opening gifts while there were none... Continue Reading →


Photo by Los Muertos Crew on Pexels.com There are a lot of guys out there, like me, named Bob, and one, unlike me, named Baab(pronounced bob), which I’ll get to later. The internet has many clever websites extolling the virtues of one of the most likeable palindromes in the English language. The formal version of Bob,... Continue Reading →

What are the Odds?

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com It’s Thanksgiving Day. My swimming pool is closed. My daily exercise will be walking in the neighborhood park with the usual stop to buy lottery tickets. The new numbers look at lot better than the old ones. The odds of winning??? --- Not so much!  As I arrive at the park, I rest at a... Continue Reading →

Falling Leaves

As I ponder while sitting on the screened porch outside first thing this morning with my coffee and cigarette, I realized that I was focused on how many leaves remained on my favorite tree in our back yard. And then I wondered ---- Just how predictable, and boring does your life have to be to get you to the point of counting unfallen leaves? I... Continue Reading →

Sunday Morning Stroll

It’s a beautiful Sunday morning --- nothing but happy thoughts. Due to the swimming pool being closed on Sunday’s, a long walk is the second order of the day, not the first. The first order of the day is still caffeine and nicotine. With that out of the way, time to walk  The first stop on my route is... Continue Reading →

Pee Before You Leave (PBYL)

10/24/2021 Yes! I’ve backtracked to naming my articles with the full date below just in case a literary critic, 19 years from now decides to do ananthology of Bob’s best articles. Its date stamped! On to the task at hand…….. A significant part of my life’s odyssey is influenced by the Packer factor. i.e. The Green Bay... Continue Reading →

Slippery Slope

We were discussing politics and science. My granddaughter and I can do that and still love each other dearly when we’re done. Now, just to prove to her that I do listen, I’m going to elaborate, examine, and dissect an idiom which she used to accent her argument. It’s very common today on the news shows and internet.... Continue Reading →

Extended Family

Photo by Imprensa AgruBanu00ae on Pexels.com I’m all done searching for the world’s best topics, titles, and catchy subject matter. In keeping with my blog’s title, I’ve suddenly realized that my Odyssey includes the present as much as the past. I'll make an effort to write every day, ideally at the peak of the day’s... Continue Reading →

The Depths of Deprivation

It’s here! We’ve hit rock bottom. Up until last Saturday, our family was just fine dealing with all the product shortages being blamed on the Pandemic. But when we called to order a pizza, the message said “due to the labor shortage, we are closed”.  What? One of the pillars of modern American culture is... Continue Reading →

All Cats go to Delaware

I haven’t written a facetious rant in quite a while. Note!!! Facetious!!! Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Delaware just happened to be on the other end of the bridge. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge is a fascinating sight with a captivating history for a buff like me. After convincing my wife Joan that we will not die... Continue Reading →

Primal Screaming

Footnote: # For seven years I worked at a large airport in security. I wore a badge. I followed government regulations to the finest detail. Many of those details amounted to dialog --- What we were required to say to the passengers. Whenever a bag or a person required further examination, we were required to inform the... Continue Reading →

Good Morning, Dexter

As I wander along in my personal odyssey, periodically, I bump into a simple, striking realization --- an epiphany.   This morning began just the way I like it. Coffee and a cigarette. Very good/expensive coffee and an organic/healthy/no additive/expensive cigarette. As I puffed and sipped, Dexter showed up to greet me. Dexter’s a hummingbird.  Last... Continue Reading →


Can’t help myself. When an obscure adjective comes shooting out of the big screen TV, it hits my brain like a speed bump at 30 MPH. This morning the commentator used “truculent” to describe the Russian leader’s attitude during an interview. My immediate thought was it’s safe to bet that half of the viewers have no idea what it... Continue Reading →

Truth, Trust, Transparency

As far as the substance and value of today’s U.S. political network TV commentary shows go, Fareed Zakaria is the best at giving viewers actual information versus just opinion. Take a look at his biography and sample his show. You’ll learn something.   Listening this morning to one of the world’s renowned diplomats (his name is... Continue Reading →

Yearning (anhelo), Wistfully (pensativo)

I’m going to try to tell you how I feel about Málaga, Spain.  This city sits right on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in the Iberian Peninsula. The city itself is all about tourism. However, one hour, due North, on thin, unmarked roads sits the village of Sayalonga. I was there in 2015. I keep the attached photo on my favorites... Continue Reading →


My last career job was with a federal agency which required wearing a uniform. I worked my way into the position of Supply Logistics which included ordering tailored slacks/pants for 300 officers. The ordering forms referred to them as “trousers”. Not once did I ever hear a fellow officer use the word “trousers”. The supplier offered free tailoring... Continue Reading →


When I googled the definition of quack, the first one listed is “the sound a duck makes”. This article is not about ducks. This article is about the “snake oil salesman”. He (I found no examples of female quacks)usually an alleged “doctor”. In the late 19th and early 20th century, quackery was big business.  Promising a cure for any and... Continue Reading →


My excessive body weight has been …………that’s how I was going to start this article. The simple, abbreviated fact is I am FAT!  When I am mobile, I’m carrying over 50 excess pounds of body weight. Imagine having to carry that same weight in the form of a concrete block every time you move. That’s what my... Continue Reading →

One Year Later

In December of 2019, Joan and I dove into jigsaw puzzling. 30 puzzles later, we now have a gallery of puzzles we’ve completed since then. Starting with a 550-piece scene of the “Hill” in Chapel Hill, N.C., we graduated this month to a 1500-piece photo of Notre Dame. For various reasons we had to trash... Continue Reading →

So, This is Christmas!

Inspiration for my articles tend to spring up in a flash. The title of this one is a little-known Beatle’s song, but my version should be read more like, Really? this is Christmas??? I am attempting, with my marginal writing skills to capture this moment in time ---Christmas Day, 12/25/2020 at 1:45 P.M. I just finished, for medicinal purposes, a large... Continue Reading →

Packers Puzzle

As you read on, this article may sound like it’s about football.  But, WAIT! It’s about nostalgia and the visions “that were planted in my brain” (Thanks, Simon and Garfunkel) and will always remain until I can no longer detect the smell of peanut butter from 11 centimeters away. I know you’ve never heard that line before,... Continue Reading →

Good Company

What’s this blog all about?  Humor--- original humor, Puns--- a play on words. “Pun spelled backwards is NUP, and that’s “anup outta you!” Listening to Steve Martin on CBS Sunday Morning I was inspired to write about the theme of my blog and why, specifically, I avoid sharing any of my political or religious views.... Continue Reading →

Dixville Got It Right

The last time I checked, there were still 24 hours in the day beginning at 12:00 A.M.  Every 4 years on election day, the people of Dixville Notch, New Hampshire count and certify their Presidential election results for their entire population of 12 beginning precisely at 12:00 A.M., Tuesday. What they got right was not who they voted for --- What... Continue Reading →


HERE is the link to the Facebook posting of my very own Gofundme page and I did it all by myself. I titled it “Bob’s Maserati”. It’s the 2020 version of begging. Not like the old days! Not like the guy I saw earlier today standing on the median strip, dangerously close to cars moving... Continue Reading →

Titanium Glow

The first thing that comes to mind as I read the title ---- You can’t make this up! I couldn’t. Before yesterday, I would never imagine coupling these 2 words. But Joan and I were in a new car dealership signing a lease on an awesome new car ---- awesome by our standards anyway.  Digression Alert! If you have... Continue Reading →

We Need More Lawyers

I went shopping for a ladder. I mistakenly began to read the attached warning labels.In no time at all, I was puzzled. So many labels attached --- mostly stating the obvious like, “don’t fall off” “falling can lead to injury”. There are hundreds of labels (not all on the same ladder). With my intellectual curiosity aroused, I quickly jumped... Continue Reading →

The Garage Gallery

What do you do with a jigsaw puzzle once it’s completed?  After spending up to 2 weeks assembling each one, you develop an attachment to and an appreciation for them. Just like reading a book,  what do you do with the book itself when you’re done? Chances are they’ll wind up on a shelf destined to be dusted every 6 months. Right... Continue Reading →


Photo by Magda Ehlers on Pexels.com Our obsession, compulsion, and addiction to assembling jigsaw puzzles continues as strong as ever. Currently, we are wrapping up another Ravensburger, 1000-pieces. Yesterday, with our current effort, we reached the point where you feel the satisfaction of knowing you have, once again, met the challenge. With each puzzle there is a predictable... Continue Reading →


There are a lot of guys out there, like me, named Bob, and one, unlike me, named Baab(pronounced bob), which I’ll get to later. The internet has many clever websites extolling the virtues of one of the most likeable palindromes in the English language. The formal version of Bob, Robert, means fame, glory, or renown in... Continue Reading →

Everything is Funny to Someone

I’m back. I’ve been away for a while. The big issues surrounding all of us right now (no, I won’t go into them here) had been getting me down to the extent I was finding it hard to sleep.  After delivering a swift mental kick and a “Snap out of it” in the hindquarters to myself, I’ve decided to fall back on my blog... Continue Reading →

Big Words

As I watch the TV talk show political banter every day, I’m noticing a consistent trend. First, let me acknowledge the futility and self-inflicted mental anguish which comes from watching political banter. My hope is that one day politicians will begin to behave the way, I’m sure, their Mothers wanted them to behave i.e. friendly,... Continue Reading →


The cursor is blinking at me waiting for input.  Still blinking! O.K. I’ll get started. The mental puzzle that I most recently had to deal with was what to get Joan, my wife, for her birthday. At our age that’s a struggle. The discussion always starts out with, “What would you like for your birthday”. The... Continue Reading →

“What Have We Learned?”

The title is a line used by Keith Olbermann every Friday on his political punditry show, “Countdown”. Today, he’s an excellent example of how immersing yourself in American politics can motivate you to eventually ignore politics. Keith Olbermann is current immersed in efforts to rescue dogs. His Friday night segment focused on high and low points of that week. The phrase has... Continue Reading →

When Flashing Help is on the Way

Hi! How’s that for an introduction? This is my first blog. So, after a month-long struggle and millions of suggestions about how to launch my blog, I’ve decided to go “minimalist”. Does the reader really care about the authors biographical details? Probably not. You care about the content, and right now you’re probably wondering why... Continue Reading →


I love landscaping.  Starting with designing --- on to planning and procurement (buying stuff), sweating and scarring(installation), and finally, enjoying the view I’ve created. The deeper I get into this process, the more attached I am to these plants and trees.  I care for them and I care about them.  No, they do not talk to me... Continue Reading →

Maggie’s Eyes

I was 8 years old. Our family lived in a rented farm house on about 50 acres of land at the intersection of Donges Bay and River Road in rural Wisconsin.  At that time it was no longer an operating farm, but it held the lure of open spaces, a pristine river nearby, and countless daily adventures for a young... Continue Reading →

We Knead Your Dough

Where do I start?  At the beginning?  O.K. It all started in Kansas City in 1987. Just another week-end jaunt down Ward Boulevard with 2 teen-age kids in tow aimlessly wandering the shopping mall(s) to find ways of disposing of our disposable income.  Having no idea how that this would be a watershed decision for our future, we stopped at a bakery. Not your... Continue Reading →


Take a close look at the photo above. What is this sign saying to you?  To the average football fan, it’s an attempt to encourage your team to play better defense.  However, not everyone “gets it”. I know a guy who didn’t get it As the camera panned the fans in the stands, this guy watching... Continue Reading →

Timing is Everything

In sex, comedy, and football, timing is everything. The right partner, the right topic, and the right play, at the right time will ensure success. At the moment, as a comedian, I’m having a hard time finding humor with all of the turmoil we see in this country. But I refuse to be deterred. I will never... Continue Reading →

Out Of Stock

The jigsaw puzzle craze has not subsided since it first began in December of last year. Yes, that’s right! The first spike in jigsaw puzzle demand occurred as a result of a CBS Sunday Morning story about Rob Gronkowski, an NFL star player using jigsaw puzzle assembly as therapy for his concussions. By the way, since... Continue Reading →

Sweet Black Cherries

“Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries” is a song that’s been bouncing around my brain for many years. The only part I remember is this: Life is just a bowl of cherriesDon't take it serious; it's too mysteriousYou work, you save, you worry soBut you can't take your dough when you go, go, go So... Continue Reading →


As stated in my last article, I am now addressing puzzling human behavior separately from jigsaw puzzle assembly. Today, I’m addressing the aggravation of assembling jigsaw puzzles. Why?  Why would I allow myself to get frustrated when the puzzle in progress becomes a challenge for me? Let’s go back to the original premise of this blog. Jigsaw... Continue Reading →

Negotiating With a Shark

This article will have only one topic. No longer will I attempt to discuss both puzzle assembly and puzzling human behavior in the same article. This one’s about puzzling human behavior using non-human behavior as a model. Let’s examine America’s response to the current pandemic. I say “current” purposefully. This is not the first worldwide pandemic. We have sufficient documentation that past... Continue Reading →

Puzzleless Part Two

It’s Thursday, early morning. We’ve been without a puzzle now for 16 hours.  Fortunately, we received an email from FedEx on Wednesday promising that they would deliver 2 puzzles today. So now, we sit at the front window wistfully watching and waiting.  We were also yearning. How many times can you recall hearing the word “yearning” in everyday... Continue Reading →

Puzzleless // You’ve Been Warned!

Here we sit right now, again, without a puzzle to assemble. Last night, we completed an interesting puzzle featuring extinct and/or endangered wildlife from a company called EEBOO. Lotsa bugs, beetles, and butterflies.  Excellent quality, but not very challenging. We completed it in 3 days ----- a record for us. But, 4 new puzzles are on their way.  Now we... Continue Reading →

Suitable for Framing // Bollard

As promised, my readers always get a two-fer with each posting. On the physical puzzling front, I have once again discovered that my bad ideas, in time, can become good ideas --- i.e. from my wife’s perspective.  Switching from a cable TV service to a satellite service was a bad idea in her opinion. I did it... Continue Reading →

By Appointment Only

Right now, jigsaw puzzles are in high demand and hard to find. To help you with that, I’m sharing with you my secret source.  Call Samantha. Samantha runs a small toy store with inventory catering to parents and grandparents who really care about the value of the gifts we select for our families. Check out... Continue Reading →

In the Weeds and Techie Two

We’re working on the Springbok Water Wheel. We’re in the weed bed phase of puzzle assembly. With over 750 pieces still scattered on the table, finding the next piece is like searching a weed bed for a golf ball that I just sliced waaaay to the right. I know where the ball is, but not exactly. That puzzle piece is on the table somewhere, all we... Continue Reading →

A Springbok Water Wheel and “Techie” Part One

“Puzzling”, the blog, was launched on the 2nd of February of 2020.  Thanks to all of my followers for reading (listening).  With every article you get a two-fur.  The first half of each post deals with the jigsawpuzzle that my wife, Joan and I are currently assembling, while the 2nd half gives you a unique, original and humorous look at the power of and my obsession with the English... Continue Reading →

Too Many Syllables

Our latest jigsaw nemesis is complete and we have the photos to prove it. We completed it in 15 days compared to the 2 months it took to do the Eiffel Tower. We started a new Ravensburger yesterday and the degree of difficulty compared to Springbok is huge with the former being refreshingly easy compared to the... Continue Reading →

The Department of Nonsense

For 15 days now, we’ve been wrestling with the assembly of Hatley Park, a Springbok 1000-piece puzzle.  One Autumn leaf looks a lot like every other.  The next puzzle I do will have no bright red in it.  I’m sure you’re wondering what I do with completed puzzles.  I just mounted the first completed puzzle in... Continue Reading →


The house is completely quiet. I’m at the peak of my daily caffeine high right now and ready to rock, roll and write! Joan, my wife, after providing a memorable real time jigsaw puzzle piece anecdote for my last article (see my last article), she provided another real-life puzzling gem on Friday. While working on the very challenging Springbok,... Continue Reading →


On the puzzle assembly front, the Springbok bridge scene we’re working on is proving to be a major challenge, more challenging than any Ravensburger we’ve done. We now write down the start date, in this case, 3/30/2020, inside the puzzle box. We include the year to avoid any confusion. Right now, we’re convinced that pieces must... Continue Reading →


I found a company which does custom jig-saw puzzles up to 1000 pieces. https://piecetimepuzzles.com/They are not taking new orders now. They are severely backlogged after being featured on CBS' Sunday morning news show. I am going to just wait until they start taking orders again and buy a custom puzzle commemorating the heroes in the... Continue Reading →

Room Available

I wish I could write simultaneously while assembling a puzzle. I was, just a moment ago, attempting to assemble the most difficult section of the Springbok puzzle shown below. Specifically, the upper left-hand corner had me stymied.  Taking one piece at a time, which might be a match, as I normally do, and attempting to find the correct... Continue Reading →

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