All posts by Rand Simberg

A Space Shanty

A very nice one.

[Update Saturday afternoon]

OK, now let’s come up with some verses for “What Shall We Do With The Drunken Belter?”

[Update a couple minutes later]

Laura Montgomery has another one from a few years ago, but no known tune.



I’ve seen this coming for a couple years, with the empty shelves, and going to a consignment business model. I don’t think it would have survived anyway, but the pandemic was the last nail in the coffin. It’s the end of an era.

[Thursday-afternoon update]

Bryan Preston remembers Fry’s. Our Fry’s was Tahitian themed. It was probably also the smallest store in the chain, perhaps because of real-estate prices in Manhattan Beach. It never carried appliances. If I wanted to have more selection, I had to drive to the ones in Commerce, Canoga Park, or Fountain Valley.