Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Happily single … that’s my story. And I’m sticking with it. 🙂

I heard something about this book. Downloaded it on a whim.

Modern Romance: An Investigation is a research book written by American actor and stand-up comedian Aziz Ansari and American sociologist and New York University professor Eric Klinenberg.

The book was published in 2015 and provides research information exploring the change in romantic society that has occurred in the past decade. …

As a selfish guy who almost never went to any effort to chase any woman I’d seem to be the last person to be interested in modern dating.

Yet I really enjoyed the book. The dating scene in 2015 sounds hilariously dreadful.

I learned a lot from the book.

On the upside, it seems to me that Tinder has got the right model for quickly getting introduced to people who might be a tiny percentage of 1% interested in going out with you.



downloading audiobooks from the library

I’m using the IOS Libby app from OverDrive.

It’s similar to the old IOS Overdrive app, but is somewhat newer. Perhaps better.

And it works well. Overdrive was horrible, terrible, hilariously bad for many years … but they finally figured out a good interface.

The selection of Audio books available is in 2018 quite good. Better than in the past. I have no problem finding things I want to read.

I wait anywhere from 2 – 12 weeks for a book to arrive. The library sends email notification when it’s available.

my travel medical insurance

I travel a lot.

Currently I’m buying coverage from my bankTD Canada Trust.

I can take multiple trips / year up to 30 days at a time. Cost is about CAD $200. It jumps over $400 for maximum 60 day trips.

For my policy you must be under age-65 and have no serious pre-conditions.

Cancellation / trip interruption is NO LONGER covered. Everything else looks good.

New Balance 1260 running shoes

UPDATE — Durability is not all that great. I wore through my first pair already.

Still … since I love the shoe I ordered two more pairs from New Balance Canada.

9 1/2 4E and 9 4E. CAD — $224 each in the wide size.

I’ll see which length fits better.

___ original post from October 2017:

Having once again misplaced my indoor Gymnastics coaching shoes, I bought another pair at New Balance Montreal.

Ex$pen$ive at over C$200 including tax.

But I love New Balance 4E. It’s the widest I’ve found from any brand.

These days I want as much cushioning as I can get. This shoe is good for road and trail running. So far I’m happy with the purchase.


Samsonite MVS Spinner Backpack

In 2014 I bought a laptop backpack. I’d been looking for one that both wheels AND has backpack shoulder straps.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

$103.99 on Amazon. I got it on sale for CAD $103 at an Airport shop.

Within a year the wheels were already getting bad. I finally junked it March 2018.

On the road I had to replace it. Best I could find in Miami was exactly the SAME Spinner Backpack. This time it cost me US $126 + tax.

Though it’s not very durable, there are many features I really do like about the Spinner. It’s lightweight. The elevated laptop cannot hit the ground. And four wheels truly are better than two.