Simanaitis Says

On cars, old, new and future; science & technology; vintage airplanes, computer flight simulation of them; Sherlockiana; our English language; travel; and other stuff

Category Archives: Just Trippin’

THE ADVENTUROUS LIFE AND MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF C.F. HALL    PART 2

YESTERDAY, 19TH-CENTURY ARCTIC adventurer Charles Francis Hall immersed himself in Inuit culture while exploring the Canadian Arctic. Today in Part 2, let’s celebrate his discovery of 300-year-old Frobisher relics and … Continue reading

February 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

THE ADVENTUROUS LIFE AND MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF C.F. HALL    PART 1

I BOUGHT CAPTAIN C.F. Hall’s Life with the Esquimaux, 1865, for three reasons: It would be the oldest book in my collection. For its time, it was richly illustrated. And … Continue reading

February 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

PARLIAMO ITALIANO

ON THE LONG shot that you might be dining (likely these days outdoors) at  an Italian restaurant, here are culinary translational tidbits gleaned from a little guidebook. It’s more than … Continue reading

February 6, 2021 · 3 Comments

MY EGYPTOLOGY STARTED WITH CLEOPATRA’S NEEDLE   PART 2

YESTERDAY, I BEGAN sharing tidbits from two entertaining book reviews, both discussing Toby Wilkinson’s A World Beneath the Sands: The Golden Age of Egyptology. Today’s Part 2 continues digging in … Continue reading

December 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

MY EGYPTOLOGY STARTED WITH CLEOPATRA’S NEEDLE   PART 1

I CAN RECALL encountering Cleopatra’s Needle on London’s Victoria Embankment, just down Carting Lane from the Savoy Hotel. It was during one of my “early retirement” sojourns; I’d stay a … Continue reading

December 17, 2020 · 2 Comments

ELEPHANTS ARE THANKFUL FOR TWO EL CENTRO LADIES

ONE OF THESE stories is as timely as today’s headlines; indeed, it recently was in the headlines. The other part of the tale, rather more obscure, involves Wife Dottie when … Continue reading

December 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

OZY AND THE WOLF

I’M UNSURE HOW my email got linked to OZY’s Presidential Daily Brief, but I am perfectly happy to receive it. On November 17, 2020, OZY offered an intriguing item: “Robot … Continue reading

November 25, 2020 · 2 Comments

ELECTION LORE 2020

BALLOT BOX STUFFING! The executive-in-chief favors one candidate; a sex toy retailer favors another! The incumbent gracefully withdraws, even before the election begins! And everything turns out okay.  In what … Continue reading

November 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

BESPEAKING DURING A PANDEMIC

SAVILE ROW, LONDON’S legendary street of bespoke clothiers, is caught in a Covid-19 bind. Even if not locked down, it’s difficult indeed to tailor a custom suit while social distancing.  … Continue reading

November 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT! (NO KIDDING….)

A recent topic was “The World’s Most Dramatic Airport Approaches.” Here are tidbits on three of the article’s eight that I’ve actually experienced, together with comments about my flight simulator … Continue reading

November 10, 2020 · 1 Comment