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Monthly Archives: December, 2015

IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR

ON THIS LAST DAY of 2015, it’s fun to mention SimanaitisSays.com topics during the past 12 months that occurred to me unexpectedly. Like the dotty old lady remarked, “How do … Continue reading

December 31, 2015 · 4 Comments

AUTOMOTIVE HEADLIGHTS, PART 2

THE BOSCH AUTOMOTIVE HANDBOOK devotes 37 pages of fine print to the subject of Lighting Equipment. Wikipedia’s Headlamp entry is also extensive, with 116 references. Here I offer highlights, with … Continue reading

December 30, 2015 · 3 Comments

AUTOMOTIVE HEADLIGHTS, PART 1

IN 1940, the Society of Automotive Engineers said, “Let there be standardized automotive lighting.” And the lighting was good. But not as good as Europe’s. Things evolved over the years. … Continue reading

December 29, 2015 · 3 Comments

WHAT’S PLAYING IN OUR HOUSE THIS CHRISTMAS

I WENT SEARCHING for a particular CD to include in our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day musical selections and, while doing so, unearthed several others I haven’t heard in a … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · 3 Comments

A COLLAGE OF CAMELS—INCLUDING SNOOPY’S

“CURSE YOU, RED BARON,” declares one of America’s most recognizable World War I pilots, at least in his imagination. However, Snoopy can be proud that in real life Sopwith Camels … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

LIBATIONS FOR THE SEASON—AND OTHERWISE

’TIS THE SEASON to be jolly. And, only in moderation, of course, alcoholic beverages comes to mind, especially their origins and etymology. Herewith, in no particular order, are several libations … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

AROUND THE WORLD IN COLORS—WITH PUZZLES

ELABORATE COLORING BOOKS are all the rage and, while Christmas shopping at Books Kinokuniya (part of our local Mitsuwa Marketplace), I bought myself a present. Originally published in an English … Continue reading

December 21, 2015 · Leave a comment