Updates from everywhere

The Scotsman Hotel in Edinburgh wants us to know that the well-being of their guests and teams is their “absolute priority.”

The hotel will “adhere to the strictest possible terms of all advice issues by (the World Health Organization), as well as the protocols advised by local and international authorities.”

Furthermore, any employee returning from a country affected by COVID-19, or has been in close proximity with someone from one of those areas, has been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

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The week gone by — March 15

We decided to start streaming “Succession” last night, since we heard it was good.

It seemed like the whole point of the first episode was to show that everyone involved was somewhere between merely insufferable and purely evil.

We’ll see how it goes.

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When have I been brave?

I am not easily stumped.

I wouldn’t be much help if you asked the secret behind the device that fits in my hand yet gives me access to seemingly all of the world’s information (and bullcrap) while also letting me talk to people, but on most everyday questions, I can probably provide reasonable answers to reasonable questions.

But I saw one the other day that left me with nothing.

”What’s the bravest thing you’ve done?”

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Day one as a post-Powerball non-billionaire

Originally posted Jan. 14, 2016. Unfortunately, I’m still not a billionaire yet.

Well, I didn’t win Powerball.

Of course I didn’t. But it would have been nice to get at least one of the numbers, especially the first one …  you know, to build the suspense for at least one or two seconds.

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Trying to avoid the dunce cap

The instructor had nice things to say about every project, and called for a round of applause after he was done reviewing each.

And, little by little, my dread increased.

I knew my project wasn’t as good as the ones I’d just seen, so I was worried what he’d say when I handed over my flash drive.

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The week gone by — March 8

When Suzi and I were in Scotland a couple years ago, the Six Nations rugby tournament was a major topic of conversation.

We even got into a chat with our cab driver taking us from Edinburgh to the airport.

Ever since then, I’ve tried to watch a little rugby, especially since I’m always up for picking up new sports.

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A little bit of help … a little too late

I saw a job listing from a company that included the phrases “leads ideation sessions” and “drives the executional design.”

Because apparently they prefer 25-cent terms and not nickel ones like “ideas,” “brainstorming” or “execution.”

Had the listing been interesting otherwise, I might have forgive its assault on the English language and applied, but it didn’t, so I didn’t.

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Getting out of the ‘vacation monastery’

Because we’re considering going to Switzerland this year, I’m going to take an interest in articles about traveling to the country.

In particular, one section of Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s “This Is How You Live on Swiss Time” got my attention, even if the story was a few years old by the time I saw it.

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The volleyball game that showed I’m getting old

Originally posted March 28, 2012 (and the volleyball court was not the one pictured).

My wife, father-in-law and I were walking out of the Ryan Center at the University of Rhode Island Tuesday night at about 9:30 p.m. after watching Connecticut win the NCAA East Regional Final — by the way, the Ryan Center is a splendid little place to watch a basketball game or three — when we saw people playing volleyball in a gym.

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Planes, trains and fears

My grandmother recently turned 87.

She has never been on an airplane, and is adamant that she never will be.

Meanwhile, her 2-year-old great-granddaughter (my cousin) just flew to Australia with her parents, the type of trip that can be daunting even for people who travel for a living.

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