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About “Rotten Mary”

Upon further consideration, I’ve decided to reveal the secret identity of “Rotten Mary,” the pseudonym I assigned to the previous owner of my P.O. box in one of yesterday’s postings. The actually name of the business in question is Evil Bettie Motor Wear. I made the decision to out Evil Bettie when I realized that her web site still lists MY post office box number as her mailing address!

I would like to make it perfectly clear that I am NOT Evil Bettie.

From the department of “Stuff I Not Only Don’t Wanna Do, But Shouldn’t Even Hafta”

July 7, 2008

Red Light Camera Enforcement Program
P.O. Box 4996
Houston, Texas 77210-4996

Re: Notice of Violation #0100800975xxx

To Whom It May Concern:

I wish to contest the above-mentioned Notice of Violation on the grounds that the vehicle shown in the recorded images of the violation is not my car.

As you can see from the enclosed Photo A (from your web site), the car in violation is a beige Toyota Camry. My car, shown in Photo C, is a dark blue-gray Nissan Maxima. Note the contours of the trunk, taillight features, etc.

I believe that a careful examination of Photo B, the offending vehicle’s license plate, will reveal that the vehicle’s license number is xxx xxT. My license plate, as shown in Photo D, is xxx xxY.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need further information.
Yours truly, etc., etc., etc.
Hearing Request Form
Copy of Notice of Violation
Photos A, B, C, and D

[Heavy sigh.] The things with which we have to put up if we want to live in a civilized society.

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What an Optimist the Sign-Maker Is!

As I turned my car into the parking lot at the Height Post Office today, I noticed a sign that reads, “Customer parking only. 15 minute limit.”

Incompleat Iconoclast in the News

I’m so excited! My blog has been cited by Bingo News (“Complete Bingo Resource”). I’d like to thank the spider or robot responsible for this moment in the sun.

I never suspected that there were resources for bingo players. Oh brave new world…!

Some trivia about the blogger

  • I’m left-handed.
  • I’m the only person in my immediate family who was born in an odd-numbered year.
  • Once I met Nadia Comaneci, and I shook hands with Pope John Paul II at an audience in St. Peter’s Square.
  • Once I slept through an earthquake.
  • I’m impatient with people who make noise in movies.
  • The day after I arrived in Japan, Emperor Hirohito died.
  • I was born in the year of the Tiger. I enjoy this meaningless distinction better than being a Capricorn.
  • I was in Poland in 1980 when the Solidarity Movement strikes began. (I swear I had nothing to do with them. I was in Warsaw at the time…although I did go to Gdansk the day after the strikes started.)
  • I used to have a pet cockatiel, Jack Nicklaus “Nicky-bird”
    Cockatiel Swanson Gumnick, but he died last summer at the age of 20. I buried him under a lemon tree in my backyard. I grew that tree from a seed I planted when I was a freshman in college.
  • I have an opinion on everything.
  • I can say at least a word or two in nine languages. The only one I’m really good at is English, but I’ve made a lot of recent progress in Spanish.

© 2007 Edward F. Gumnick