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Connecticut's Independent Party Opts for Dependency

August 22, 2014 4:01 PM EDT

Shuns party member, endorses GOP's Tom Foley

OK, so you would think that a guiding principle of a political organization calling itself the Independent Party would be to act, you know, independently.

The Male Supermarket Shopper Is Worth A Scientific Study

August 22, 2014 1:41 PM EDT

Talk About A Fish Out Of The Seafood Section

Last week I wrote about the six people you are destined to meet in the supermarket checkout line. A few women complained that all of those mentioned were women. I make no apologies for this. The vast majority of supermarket shoppers are women. I mean, if the Manolo Blahnik fits …

The Internet Fills Up Time, and Fills Up Your Head

August 20, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

Sometimes it makes focusing a problem

One of retirement's challenges is to find things to fill all your hard-earned free time.

Ten Takeaways From The Primaries

August 17, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

Candidate Slates set, Now The Fun Begins

Ten takeaways from last week's primaries:

The Six Annoying People You Meet In Supermarket Checkout Lines

August 16, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

People you are destined to encounter

People you are destined to encounter in the supermarket checkout line:

Retesting Older Drivers A Matter Of Who Should Do It

August 13, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

The matter of retesting older drivers is one again being floated, and I for one want to go on the record as being all for it.

Could You Go 21 Days Without Complaining?

August 9, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

There's this new movement afoot in which you try to go for 21 days without complaining.

Jim Shea: Helping the Candidates Be Just Like You

August 8, 2014 3:26 PM EDT

Name changes and clothing options offered

One of the things all of the candidates running for all of the offices have in common is they are just like all of us.

Boomers More Content With Looks -- Because Of Blurred Lines?

August 6, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

Could failing eyesight be a factor

Remember that old line, I can't wait for tomorrow because I get better looking every day?

Moving Is All About Downsizing, Angst, and Boxes

August 2, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

Sometimes second thoughts over what you throw out

Our office was moved from the third floor to the first floor last week.

Jim Shea: New York Times Feels The Need For Weed

August 1, 2014 2:03 PM EDT

An insider's look at how the paper decided to call for the legalization of marijuana

Weak News Note : Last Sunday, in a full page editorial, the New York Times called for the national legalization of marijuana. Here is a transcript of the meeting at which Times' editorial board and opinion writers decided to take this position.

How To Interpret That Neighbor's Wave With A Bag Of Dog Poop

July 30, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

Responding to last week's column on walkers, a reader writes asking for advice about an issue he has with dog walkers.

Jim Shea: Foley Gets Love from Christie, NRA

July 25, 2014 1:52 PM EDT

Gun group calls Foley "pro gun candidate."

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appeared at a fundraiser with endorsed Republican candidate for governor Tom Foley last week.

Wife Is Vacationing While I Learn To Survive Home Alone

July 25, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

Survival can be very complicated

I have been home alone and on my own for nine days now.

Walkers Have Distinctive Styles But Don't Underestimate Their Speed

July 23, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

Some walk, some talk, some will run you over

Running is better for you than walking, but walking is better for you than sitting in a recliner and watching television, no matter how many times you pop up and sprint to the refrigerator during commercials.

Campaign Ad Season Here; How Fast Can You Hit Mute

July 20, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

Airwaves unsafe at any speed

We are on the brink of the fall election season, which means soon you will not be able to turn on the television without encountering an unrelenting stream of campaign ads.

My Bucket List Of Things I Never Want To Do: No Jumping Off Of Anything

July 19, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

No interest in jumping off stuff, riding a yak

I have been working on my bucket list.

Aging Male Drivers Are Superior Drivers — No Arguments, Please

July 16, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

Losing it or have they lost it?

So I'm complaining about traffic recently to a colleague, who after nodding all too knowingly then proceeds to make these points about older male baby boomers:

Sometimes The Name Is To Blame For Behaviors

July 12, 2014 9:58 AM EDT

Certain names comes with expectations

I guess what set me off on this was coming across the name Noble.

The Feds vs. Rowland: GooooooooL

July 11, 2014 12:52 PM EDT

Putting Rowland Case in Soccer Context

I guess the best way to describe what happen to former Gov. John Rowland in court this past week is to put it in World Cup terms:

Baby Boomers Should Apologize For Fannypacks, Disco And The Chicken Dance

July 9, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

So I'm clicking about on a Monday morning when I happen upon an article titled "Why Baby Boomers Suck."

Summer Is A Time For Random Thoughts Like How August Needs A Holiday Weekend

July 5, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

Plus best summer-themed movies, music

Some random thoughts on summer to weigh as you sit on your deck on this July 5th morning sipping coffee amid the debris of yesterday's cookout while the shock and awe of neighborhood fireworks still rings in your ears:

Boomers Know How To Nap But Getting A Good Night's Sleep Is Tricky

July 5, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

Nature's call is often a problem

It is widely assumed that after you have left 50 or so in the rear view mirror it is normal to not sleep as much or as well going forward and that this is no big deal.

Creating The Perfect Smart Phone For Me

June 28, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

The world of phones is divided into two basic groups:

Name That Viaduct! Readers Edition

June 27, 2014 4:20 PM EDT

Gallows Humor A Common Theme Among Entries

Last week it was noted that they are beginning to seriously talk about replacing the elevated I 84 viaduct in Hartford and how when the construction does begin — in a time warp still far, far away — commuters would come to envy the dead. OK, maybe that was a little strong, but I don't think anyone would argue that commuters would at least come to envy those on life support.