Wry & Dry


Last words...

"Burkini, topless, it's all the same to me - just as long as public decency is not offended."

-  Enzo Canepa, the mayor of Alassio, an Italian resort town experiencing a surge* in burkini-clad bathers fleeing a crackdown over the French border.

His worship probably didn't realise the subtlety of his comments.

*The media headline reported a 'surge'.  The underlying story said two women.

First Samuel client events calendar

Oct & Nov  FY-17 CIO Investment Dinner Series

Dennison Hambling

"Investing for the next three years"

Over 30% of clients' share portfolios have now been 'refreshed.'  

Hear how and why at one of a series of intimate client dinners with investment presentations by Dennison Hambling, First Samuel's Chief Investment Officer

Various restaurants in Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula. Invitations sent.

Some lightly salted absurdities from all over...

At the extreme left-hand of the bell curve

In Knoxville, Tennessee, firefighters were called to a home in July when a woman tried to barbecue meat in her bathroom.  And, in addition to losing control of the flame, melted her fiberglass bathtub.

Firefighters limited the damage.  By turning on the shower.  Something she failed to think of.


What was she thinking?

The continuing crisis in...baseball

San Diego Padres outfielder Justin Upton Jr. was traded on July 23rd to the Toronto Blue Jays.  In the middle of a series between the Padres and the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Normally, such a player would merely gather his belongings and walk down the hall to the other team's locker room. However, Blue Jays players, themselves, are Canadian employees, and if not residents must have work permits.

Upton had to leave the stadium in Toronto and drive 140 kilometres over the border to Lewiston, New York, which is the closest place he could find to apply to re-enter Canada properly.  And back again.

He made it back by game time.

(New York Times)

From the archives

In August [2012], a Michigan government watchdog group learned, in a Freedom of Information Act request, that the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department still has one job on the payroll as a "horseshoer."

Problem: the Department owns no horses.

No problem.  The city employees’ union fought to retain every job, no matter its relevance.  So the position has become a patronage slot paying about $57,000 a year in salary and benefits.

(Michigan Capital Confidential)

W&D doesn't really wonder why the City of Detroit became the largest municipal bankruptcy in the history of the US, in June 2013?

Have a wry and dry weekend