Randumb Thoughts for November

***Anyone else note that Christmas lights and decorations are showing up prior to Halloween? Used to be around or after Thanksgiving.

***More home stereo notes. Ebay is a good source for finding used, quality stereo gear for your home. For years I've used a variety of Integrated amps from Yamaha (my favorite), Qinpu, Cambridge Audio and Dayton Audio. But very recently I procured a used Denon pma 520 built about 25 years ago. Got it for only $100 and it is as close to mint condition as any stereo component from that era could be. The sound is excellent and was well worth the cost. Yamaha has always been my favorite brand of Integrated Amp due to the mellow and neutral sound of most of their gear. The Denon is comparable but has a bit stronger Bass and offers a wee bit more emphasis on the lower Midrange frequencies. Not as neutral as the Yamaha which has a more balanced sound but still a wonderful sound quality nonetheless. Paired with a pair of speakers that don't have good Bass will bring out the Bass to an acceptable level for most people.

***Now that a lot of people are not watching the NFL now due to the politics being imposed onto the ticket buyers and also some of the other nonsense going on, I would like to offer the following as a means to get your weekend sports fix. Figure Skating. Yes, Figure Skating. I've watched it for decades ever since my friend's brother and his girl friend nearly skated in the Pairs competition in the 1980 and 1984 Olympics. Today while watching Figure Skating on TV I noted that Papa John's Pizza ran a commercial for their pizza. Probably an indicator that some former NFL watchers may be checking out the sport. I recommend it. The grace and skill displayed by both the men and women is something to behold. Every bit as enjoyable as watching hockey. And now with the Winter Olympics just few months away, I hope the USA will win field a very competitive team again just like the last Winter Olympics. More fun IMHO than the Summer Olympics!

***And it looks like that Nutty Buddy in North Korea is finally toning down his talk of war against anyone willing to take him up on his offer to be on the receiving end of one of his nuke missiles. Getting the cold shoulder from most countries and perhaps the threat of having his country leveled by a real foe has made him think twice about trying to bait a country into engaging in nuclear combat with his country.

***And a message to the terrorists that keep attacking unarmed civilians in this country and also other parts of the world. You are not winning too many friends to your cause and will only be met with more resistance if you keep killing unarmed, innocent people. You can trap more bees with honey than balsamic vinegar. You want to convert the rest of us into your sick world? It won't happen.