Tagged: Michael Konik

Getting There

Ford announced that they’ll stop manufacturing their biggest cars and will delay the release of their new F-Series truck.  The Metropolitan Transit Authority in Los Angeles announced that last week’s ridership on the commuter rail was the highest they’ve ever recorded. Gasoline prices eclipsed $4.50 at many stations around the city. United Airlines is raising...

Tiger, Burning Bright

Watching Tiger Woods do what he does better than anyone on the planet simultaneously inspires and humbles those who dare to be great — at anything. His deal is golf, a sport that poetically integrates athleticism with introspection. But it might as well be something else. Woods is clearly someone who has harnessed the dual...

Boom and Bust

The snowshoe hare, a long-eared cutie at the bottom of the Arctic food chain, roams the 6 million acres of Alaska’s Denali National Park, eating the bark off of spruce saplings with the voracity of locusts. When the rabbits (and the squirrels, and the picas, and all the other little critters that provide sustenance for...

A Modest Proposal: Solving Our Oil Problem

You can almost picture how the history books are going to describe what we must do. Our decision is, you know, an economic imperative. At this point, we’ve got no choice — not unless we want to return to the days of horse-and-buggy.  The Arabs won’t cooperate, even though they have more money than they could...

Tigran

For the past couple of years, musician friends of mine have been telling me about an Armenian pianist who they believe is, variously, “a freak,” “a genius,” and “the next Keith Jarrett.” Since almost nobody but the disgraced Cultural Elite know who Jarrett is, despite his nearly mythic status among jazzheads, being the next him...

The Gas Tax Holiday

Desperate to curry favor with short-attention span voters, both John McCain and Hilary Clinton have proposed plans for a “gas tax holiday” this summer, when Americans drive most. The explicit reason for such a plan, which is gaining popularity among Congressman facing reelection challenges, is to give consumers “a break” while the economy is poor...

Alcohol Versus Cannabis

Everyone has a friend like Tony. He’s the guy who is really cool when he’s straight. He works hard running a small company. He’s a great single dad to his precocious son. He’s funny. He’s smart. He’s a pleasure to be around during the day. At night, however, he likes to drink. Mostly beer, though...

The Ella Update

Ella Guinevere Konik, the lab-greyhound mutt who inspired the best-selling book “Ella in Europe” and the subsequent Animal Planet TV show “Ella & Me” is getting old. Not just “older,” but old. Depending on which set of medical records you believe, she’s either 14 or 15. Iin human years that’s around 100. She’s dealing with...

Poem: Henry Done Good

When you can make old men remember childhood  In suburban glades — it’s the trees that do the trick.  What a trick!  The stain of rape, washed away by acres of fruit trees and mown lawns.  Even birds from Central America want to visit, and then stay. For who needs to go  When all is...

Protesting Business As Usual

The normally jovial and celebratory Olympic Torch Relay, a mostly symbolic journey meant to link the entire planet in the joy of quasi-amateur athletics, has been transformed into a kind of Keystone Kops fiasco, without the comedy. In London and Paris, pro-Tibet demonstrators were so civilly disobedient that the riot police had to be summoned...