'Tiny treasures' have been quite a discovery

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 19, 2017 7:35 am

When it comes to being easily impressed, I'll be the first to admit that I am.

For example, discovering a new planet would be pretty cool, but I'd be satisfied looking into the nighttime sky and having some sort of clue simply where the Big Dipper might be.

But what I have recently "discovered" has left me feeling pretty proud of myself, as you'll see in Vol. 10 of "Five and Five," five things that interest me greatly and five things that cause me to do little more than shrug my shoulders.


º I'm pretty sure I was one of the first in Quincy to come across those relatively new 10-can "cases" of the mini-soft drink cans (as in 7.5 ounces). These tiny treasures may be the best things since sliced wheat bread. For those who traditionally waste half -- or at least some -- of the more familiar 12-ounce cans, this new generation of soda inside metal is absolutely perfect. Search for the best prices, however, because there is as much as a $2 discrepancy from one store to another.

º There are few things better than riding around town on a warm spring evening -- windows down, of course -- and some of your favorite songs from another era show up on one of the oldie channels. "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt was a recent blast from the past that provided the perfect punctuation for a trip to Wal-Mart.

º Speaking of tunes, the older I get the more I seem to appreciate the music of ELO. "Do Ya" and "Telephone Line" have officially been moved to personal "classic" status.

º "Blacklist" has been one of my favorite programs since its NBC debut in fall 2013, but I've got to be honest, the "Blacklist: Redemption" offshoot is just as entertaining -- if not more. I think a more compact main cast, headed by former Bond girl Famke Janssen portraying international woman of mystery Scottie Hargrave, has been key. A star in the making is Edi Gathegi, who plays mercenary Mr. Solomon.

º I still love perusing the magazine racks at supermarkets. An online presence is nice, but there is still something unique about holding a magazine or newspaper in your hands.

Not interested

º I just peaked at what movies are due for release in the coming weeks, and it may be mid-July until I go to the theater again. Netflix is going to get a workout in the Eighinger home until July 14 rolls around. That's when "War for Planet of the Apes" hits the big screen. Be still, my beating heart.

º I tried a can of ginger ale the other night. It had been at least 40 years since I last tasted ginger ale. And, may I say, it will be at least another 40 before I do so again.

º I've been disappointed with the direction "24 Legacy" has taken in recent weeks. Too many convoluted storylines, some bordering on the ridiculous. I thought this program would be a major hit during its early weeks; now I'm not sure it will even make it to a second season.

º I have quite a few apps on my phone, and not only do I only know what about a half dozen of them do or are for, I also have no clue what about 30 even are. Welcome to my world.

º I can't tell Kylie Jenner from Khloe Kardashian, and I have yet to lose any sleep over my inadequacy.