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 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Off Kilter: Insanity

The number of columns I have written is not really so interesting, but the things I’ve seen and heard while I’ve been writing newspaper columns really have, on occasion, brought me up short. Albert Einstein used to say,... — Updated 6/19/2020

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Off Kilter | Stir Crazy

Okay, so how are we all managing with this coronavirus lock-down? For this family, rather well. My wife returned from Fred Meyer the other day with (wait for it!) toilet paper! I, on the same day, had a conversation with a... — Updated 6/5/2020

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Off Kilter | Goosebumps and spectacles

The word spectacle is derived from the word spectacular. How does one know you are witnessing a spectacle? Easy, first and foremost you should feel a chill or goosebumps. That is your body telling you that you are seeing something... — Updated 3/10/2020

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Off Kilter | The Academy Awards and other outrages

OK, I’ll admit it right off the starting mark. I can’t stand the over-blown, over-exposed, over-anticipated ceremony marking the annual pilgrimage of the world’s greatest “stars” to Hollywood. What do they do there? They... — Updated 3/1/2020

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Off Kilter | The future of television

Since the widespread implementation of the internet, many of the things that have been in our lives for 50 years or longer are undergoing a radical change. Television is one of them. I was a kid when wide-scale nationwide... — Updated 2/7/2020

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Being an athlete | Off Kilter

I’m certain that every little boy envisions themselves becoming the next Russ Wilson or Tom Brady. I can recall as a young man playing touch football on an empty lot in Brooklyn. It was a very small leap from playing this local... — Updated 1/3/2020

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Off Kilter | The future of food retailing

A recent story about the Kroger supermarket group (Fred Meyer, QFC, Ralphs, and many others) is quite interesting. About 94% of Kroger revenue comes from food stores, so this announcement is a really big deal. Now when you read... — Updated 12/6/2019

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Packaging l Off Kilter

I’d guess that most of us haven’t given much thought to packaging – unless and until you are asked to open something that you just purchased and that is contained in a modern package. A few days ago, I purchased some D-cell ba... — Updated 9/5/2019 Full story

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Every boy should have a band l Off Kilter

Every young man can probably envision himself as the next Beach Boys, Beatles or Rolling Stones. Why do I say that? Because that’s what I remember thinking when I was a young man. If you had any musical talent (in my own case,... — Updated 8/28/2019 Full story

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Language – or how to get in trouble without really trying l Off Kilter

Over the years, it has occurred to me that language can be both unclear as well as clear and also funny. For example, when we say, “I’m having an old friend for dinner” does that mean that the friend needs to cancel the... — Updated 8/21/2019

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Road hazards l Off Kilter

This morning I hit a glancing blow to a deer. There I was driving within the speed limit, and off to my left side I thought I saw something moving. In fact, it was a deer, which proceeded to run directly in front of my car. I hit i... — Updated 8/14/2019 Full story

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Volunteering l Off Kilter

I’ve volunteered some of my time for quite a long period. It started while I was still a relatively young worker. I was working at Raytheon in Waltham, Massachusetts, building anti-aircraft missiles (ground to air). At any rate,... — Updated 7/31/2019 Full story

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion

About stuff l Off Kilter

There is a TV show called “Hoarders.” It is about people who have a mental disorder that does not allow them to get rid of anything. You will see someone (usually the Real Estate agent charged with selling the property) walk in... — Updated 7/24/2019 Full story

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Animal trapping l Off Kilter

We’re in the process of building a new home. It’s located on a now empty lot down on the water in Edmonds. Turns out we have colonies of mountain beaver living underground on this parcel. They have lived in the Pacific... — Updated 7/17/2019

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Annual physical

OK, for those of you a bit squeamish, you need not read further. I just took my annual physical exam. Let me start with the “check in procedure.” First, you fill out at least a half dozen forms, of which most of the... — Updated 7/10/2019

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Stephen Hawking: A brief history of time

We lost one of the most brilliant minds last year. Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76. This genius spent his entire academic career trying to explain the universe: Why it is, where it came from, what is its future? Hawkin... — Updated 7/3/2019 Full story

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Things that simply don’t make sense

We live in very complex times. What I mean is that sometimes things get so complex as to defy logic. For example, did you ever consider traffic lights? There you are driving along at a moderate speed, then, as you approach a... — Updated 6/26/2019 Full story

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Sports and falls: Time to rant l Off Kilter

The Mariners and the Seahawks: For some reason, professional football seems to have taken the place of professional baseball in defining part of who a city is. Growing up in New York City, it was the Brooklyn Dodgers (when they... — Updated 6/19/2019

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Truth (or consequences)

No, this column is not about the old TV show “Truth or Consequences.” Rather, it is about our perception of what is real and what is myth. I read both fiction and non-fiction. Sometimes, I have trouble differentiating what in... — Updated 6/12/2019 Full story

 
 By Mike Gold    Opinion

Flori(duh!) l Off Kilter

Let me say, at the outset, that my wife and I lived in Boca Raton for six years just after I retired (for the first time). The weather was beautiful (other than from about mid-March to end of October, when the daily temperature... — Updated 6/5/2019

 

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