More Personal Auto Biographies

~~~ Our Car Disappeared in Hawaii

     On our 50th Anniversary, we flew to Hawaii with another couple and boarded a cruise ship for a 7-day vacation of the Islands, as well as a sojourn to Christmas Island (the largest atoll in the Pacific and discovered by Capt. James Cook in 1777). After returning to the Hawaiian Islands we picked up a rental car to tour the major port areas. We stopped at one of the seaside hotels for lunch, and then continued our tour of the Islands, only to be stopped by the police and accused of stealing our rented car.  After a few hours of being held as suspects, we were released after we learned that the hotel had given us an identical leased car that was very similar to our original leased one. We showed our lease papers which, of course, did not match the car we were driving. It was the first time I had ever been arrested; you MIGHT know what the feeling is all about. It took a couple of hours to straighten everything and once again we were on our way to tour the islands after everything was made" right with the world!"

~~~ When I Was a Soda Jerk

     The description above was mainly used by those patrons who visited such premises such as Loft's who had many stores in the NYC area. I became one while awaiting a call from my draft board to serve in the Armed Forces of World War!!  Making a soda took some smart thinking while in the process of creating this famous drink at a soda fountain. The ingredients added into a tall glass consisted of a dash of milk, a half spoonful of syrup, and a large scoop of ice cream, followed by a squirt of soda or seltzer from apparatus with facets for dispensing soda and other beverages. An ice cream soda was one of the basic drinks served at a soda fountain at Loft's and the basic, correct, way was to pull one of the dispensing arms of the soda in such a manner as not to spoil the ingredients. You had to pull the arm a certain way to finish with a frothy head, some solid ice cream mixed properly with the milk, syrup and ice cream to have a professional "soda". I was a pretty good soda jerk since the company raised my starting salary of 15 cents per hour to 25 cents after two weeks of work.

~~~ Proofreading Ain't Easy

     One of the hardest jobs in the publishing business, (besides writing the original copy) is proofreading. My wife was my major proofreader in all the copy produced by our company, Karandell Corp. (And in case you are interested, the name of the company was created by using the first three letters of my three daughters' first part of their first names of KarAndEll). There is an art to proofreading and/or editing. Both demand close and careful reading, but they focus on different aspects of the writing and employ different techniques. I handed this chore to my wife who did a pretty good job, except once.

     When I wrote the copy for a mystery-suspense book, I used to give her four chapters and a red pen, admonishing her to be careful. All went well until the last four chapters. Two days after I gave her this last part of the book, she returned the proof pages...without a single correction! Uh oh. Can't be, especially from my experiences with the first part of the story. I immediately questioned her about the corrections. "Oh my gosh," she exclaimed. "I forgot to proofread the story I was so much intrigued on what happened at the end." Embarrassed, she took the chapters back and returned them within a day with a few corrections. "Sorry, that won't happen again"...and it never did.



This edition we are using the letter "C"


Carol criticized certain comedians,

Causing creditable choruses continually.

Commoners could create caustic comments, 

Casually conducting complaints comprehensively.


Bernie is a real person who resides in one of our Brookdale communities. Many of the stories he has written are based on factual evidence from newspaper stories and other sources available to the public.  He uses his imagination in parts to help supply the “twist” at the end.  The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Brookdale Senior Living.


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