Sunday Morning Fish Wrap: So Thirsty!

California drought

The Fish Wrap: a spasmodic caboodle of captivating bits and bobs, loosely grouped by subject matter around personal finance, investing, news, and maybe the odd rant or recipe. "Whiskey is for drinkin', water is for fightin'" ~ Mark Twain Well, this is what happens when you live under a self-placed rock, you miss the story of California's ongoing drought. Not that I'm a stranger to this topic, having canvassed door-to-door for a Bay Area environmental group back in college years (hey, I needed the work, starving student and all that...). "Cadillac Desert" by Marc Reisner was almost required reading, as training material for the squads of earnest young people who would cadge donations from enviro-shamed affluent … [Read more...]

Forget About That $64 Dollar Tomato… Here’s Some Real ROI

All this for a lousy $2.49...

There's nothing like the arbitrage spread to be gained by a little  rosemary, basil and other garden herbs. Two bucks and forty-nine cents (!!!!) for a few aromatic sprigs or leaves from your local neighborhood grocer, versus some measure of delayed gratification by purchasing a little potted plant from well, from anywhere that sells such things in spring time. We tend to favor small local nurseries over big-box stores, but just about any store from Wal-Mart supercenters to the local hardware tack-and-feed  will be flogging seedlings for sale in the spring and all through the fall. Rosemary, Baby! While basil is glorious and aromatic and great on caprese salads, pesto and salads, rosemary seems to be its scruffier, more … [Read more...]

Stupid Interview Questions (Career Tip #19)

"Leo Tolstoy Working At A Round Table" (and writing down rockin' interview questions) - Ilya Repin, 1891

  A long-running series on career tips for, well, for anyone. It started out as a series of advice to young people starting out in the workforce, from someone with more than a little gray in his hair.  And now, just observations and reflections on job and career.  Other examples can be found here and here. Stupid interview questions.  No, not open-ended saws asked by employers, like "Tell us about yourself". These are the questions that interviewees themselves may be at some point be prompted to ask, and which are most always flubbed. The unprepared will blankly stare and offer nothing.  The mildly prepared will let fly, for form's sake, with canned questions lifted from career websites.  The truly prepared will use … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Fish Wrap: Frozen again. Time For Soup.

How about some soup?  MMMMMM!!!

The Fish Wrap: a spasmodically sporadic salmagundi of refreshingly readable articles and tidbits, occasionally organized around personal finance, investing, news, and maybe the odd recipe or two.  Another Sunday, another cold front blowing in.  Wind chill below zero, sleet and ice and snow. Good time go out and try the new four wheel drive. Or not. Best to say in and make plan some Minestra di Pane, or Tuscan bread soup.  Minestra di Pane or Zuppa di Pane is not necessarily Ribollita, as widely interpreted.  Ribollita, or re-boiled as literally translated, is eaten as second-day leftovers from the first iteration.  A good, old-world peasant dish given new life by new world chefs.   If you can read Italian, here you go. If not, … [Read more...]