Author Archives: bobosbest

About bobosbest

I am a 79-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.

Galileo’s “Gift”

Several years ago, we received a gift from our Italian friend, Eido Digati, who spends six months in St. Petersburg and six months in Italy. It is a Galileo thermometer, which I had first seen in Salzburg, Austria. This conversation … Continue reading

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What Did You Say?

My partner uses the kitchen as his office while I have a real computer room with a desk and desktop computer. If he is not at his kitchen “desk,” he is in the living room watching TV. The point is … Continue reading

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My “Constipated” Clock (Updated)

When I left my wife and moved out of the house, I left almost everything behind. One of the things that she offered me later was my Centurion chiming clock which I had bought with my CITGO credit card. She … Continue reading

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The Cure for Nail-Biting

Ever since I can remember, I bit my nails. My parents fussed at me and tried various rewards to keep me from putting my hands in my mouth and biting my nails. I remember once my mother purchased something called … Continue reading

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Playing with Words

I love language. Maybe that’s why I became an English teacher. As a teacher, I always pushed vocabulary, stressing that the more word choices one has contributes to their being understood and to their understanding others. Because I love words, … Continue reading

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My High School English Teacher

My senior English teacher at Clinton High School in Clinton, South Carolina, was easily the most polished grammarian as well as the politest person I have ever known. Whenever she orally quizzed a student, her response to an incorrect answer … Continue reading

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Please Deliver the Paper

We have whittled our subscription to the Tampa Bay Times down to once a week, largely for the coupons. Our world and local news comes more from the computer and TV channels. Not infrequently, we have failed to receive a … Continue reading

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