Saturday, January 22, 2011

Photos could help find baggage, family

Many of us who travel check our bags in at the airlines and wonder if we will ever see them again.

One way to help yourself is to take photographs of all your bags. If your bags get lost in foreign countries, you will be able to show pictures instead of trying to describe them.

You should take photos of your family too, so that you can find them if they get lost. That is, if you want your family back.

However, it won't do you any good if you put the photos in the bags you check in.

Blackie Gadarian

(Letter published in The Maui News Mar.15, 2005, Lahaina News Mar.24, 2005, )

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sara's response to Blackie's letter about cooking

I have to answer my husband's December 25 letter of accusations about my poor cooking skills.

For many years after we married, he ate my cooking consisting of meatloaf, spaghetti, beef stew, etc., even though they never came out the same way each time.

He gave me an Armenian cookbook and asked me to cook the recipes. During the 50 years we have been married, I have tried to cook these strange Armenian recipes, but to no avail.

I have given up. If he wants an Armenian dinner, he should have married an Armenian.

Sara Gadarian

(Letter published in The Maui News Jan.3, 2011 and Lahaina News Jan.13, 2011)

Prepared dishes have saved marriage

Food was not on my agenda when I married Sara 50 years ago. Since then, Sara demonstrated that cooking is not one of her better points. She kept trying with many disastrous results.

In recent years, supermarkets and warehouse clubs have come to town with their freezers and shelves full of wonderful prepared dishes I haven't seen for years.

Sara is preparing the good things from the instructions on the package. The markets have saved our marriage.

Bless the markets.

Blackie Gadarian

(Letter published in The Maui News Dec.25, 2010 and Lahaina News Dec. 30, 2010)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Being Forced to Exercise

I have noticed many couples jogging or fast-walking together in our neighborhoods. One person is leading the way, and the other person is trying to keep up.

From the looks on their faces, I can guess that one person is forcing the other person to do this exercise. I sympathize with the person being forced to exercise.

Humble Blackie Gadarian

(Letter published in The Maui News February 21, 2005 and Lahaina News March 3, 2005)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A Benefit of Inflation

We are being told that there is no inflation. However, everyday things we buy are in smaller packages, and the price is higher.

But then higher prices mean that we can't afford to buy things.

The less we are able to buy, the more we go without.

It's one way to go on a diet.

(Letter published in The Maui News November 30, 2010, and Lahaina News December 23, 2010)