Strange to read this after all these years. I have moved on to an IPod and Bluetooth earbuds. Yuval Noah Harari’s book, “Sapiens,” is keeping me intellectually stimulated these days. He is a polymath up there with Jared Diamond. There are another dozen books loaded up, ready to entertain, exasperate and captivate me for hours on end.

Down Under

Yesterday was a red letter day in more ways than one. The weather, first of all. Melbourne goes through more weather in an afternoon than Florida gets in a year. Take a look at the forecast on any given day and you are likely to see a dozen different predictions that would, in an ordinary place, be mutually exclusive. Heavy rain, sunshine, high winds, gentle breezes.

Cloudy with meatballs. On April fool’s day, you would expect the weather gods to have conjured up something strange and spectacular–lightning, thunder, hail, hurricanes, a snow storm or two. Instead, we got a wonderful day– a long day of late summer sun at its finest.

It was a perfect day for a ride but I’m attempting to condition body and brain to a workout routine, so I made my way to the gym instead. The one device that makes a workout (or dentist appointment…

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