According to Wikipedia, the swordfish is named after its bill resembling a sword. This makes it superficially similar to other billfish such as marlin, but upon examination their physiology is quite different and they are members of different families.
original watercolor sketch
After I battled one of these for nearly a day before bringing him close enough to the boat to permit a quick touch before the deckhand returned him to the ocean, I hardly knew whether he was a marlin or a swordfish. But I did notice he was huge and heavy.
A viatical settlement is the sale of a life insurance policy by the policy owner before the policy matures. More information can be found at Wikipedia.
An early Christmas present (from me to me) of the Kindle Fire means that I'm reading with renewed enthusiasm. Added to this is the ability to digitally download Kindle books from the local library. The most recent series of books on my list comes from author James Grippando, creator of lawyer Jack Swyteck. Reading the second of his series, Beyond Suspicion, brought up viatical and I remembered when that word was prevalent in investing terminology.
And never let it be said that I read more than a couple of chapters before playing a bit of Angry Birds. All this excitement brought housework to a complete stop.
Do you buy gifts for yourself or am I the only one who does?
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One of the oldest USPS sites that I'm familiar with. As far as I know, this delightful place didn't have a local post office aid.
The mail is now delivered by boat and distributed by which ever body is on hand to keep the boat near the dock while the pilot passes over the mail and whatever groceries were requested from the store in a small town on the other side of the lake.