What is it today with people not following the rules? And I’m not just talking about being polite, that is a whole other worry. Yesterday, I was standing in line at Best Buy, first in the “please wait here for next available representative,” and a guy just walks right past me and takes the next available representative (I guess “salesperson” must be demeaning.) Did I go up to the guy and say, “Excuse me, sir, I’m next in line?” No, you just don’t say that kind of thing nowadays without worrying that you might get shot. Don’t litter, use your turn signal, mute your cell phone, express lane – 10 items only, and I am sure you can think of a lot of other examples where people just don’t think the rules apply to them. So what am I worried about, anarchy? No, but life would be less stressful if everyone followed the rules.


When at a restaurant, is salad the dieter’s friend? The leafy greens and many of the other vegetables you find in salads are low in calories but the salad dressing is not. And most of the low-cal dressings available taste horrible. Many people order the dressing on the side. Then they dump it all over the salad. The little cup may contain more dressing than the chef would have given you in the first place. I have found the best way of dealing with dressing on the side is to dip just the ends of the tines of your fork in the dressing, spear a piece of lettuce and then enjoy. You get a little flavor of the dressing with each bite but don’t end up using all the dressing. For an even lower calorie way of dealing with the salad, dip once, spear twice. This technique works well with tartar sauce, too.

Tomorrow, an amazingly good low calorie dressing recipe!


If you are a crossword puzzle fan, you’ve got to love Will Shortz, crossword editor of the “New York Times” since 1993. Recently I discovered that he is also the puzzlemaster on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday.” Each week he presents a challenge for the audience to solve. One of the correct solvers plays an on-air game as well. I know the show is on at 6:40 AM Mountain time and 7:40 AM Pacific time. Too early for you to be up on a Sunday? The puzzle can also be found on the NPR website –

Here’s a word whose definition is very useful in crosswords due to its vowels.

sniggler -A person who fishes for eels; an eeler

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