Archive for May, 2020

Hooliganism runs rampant
05 30th, 2020

Morning all. Here in our little nook to the world the corner of ‘Chaos & Mayhem’ is vastly different, this morning it’s the corner of ‘Calm & Monotony’. Reason?

You knew there had to be a reason, didn’t you. At 2:21 this morning the following public emergency message was received and it caused Marcia and I to be up the rest of the night listening to the scanner:

“Cincinnati Police Public Information – Social Media Administrator Sergeant Franz, Cincinnati Police Department AGENCY

There are several active protests & groups causing damage to property in the Downtown & OTR neighborhoods currently. Please avoid this area.”

Protests occurred in the evening. These were peaceful and pretty well over with when the ‘thugs’ emerged. So we listened throughout the night as reports of groups of hooligans stormed through the downtown area starting fires, busting anything in sight, and looting, looting, looting. To properly honor the fellow killed in Minneapolis it seemed to demand that any store having “Jeweler”, “Pharmacy”, or “Computer/Phone” in the name be trashed and looted.

The one positive to all their actions is that the stupid something called, “lockdown”, now seems to be relegated into the annals of ancient history.

Hope: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” ~ Oscar Wilde

Memorial Day walk – happened last Monday. It was gorgeous outside and since we’re a mere (almost) four miles from Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum where my parents are buried I decided to walk there. I let Marcia know what I was doing and set out.

Once inside the park – and with about 40-miles of roadway winding about, slightly lost, I put on my earpods. My music? It couldn’t have been better for such a walk; Kraus Badelt. Badelt has written the score for at least 35 movies, plus TV scores, and live performances.

To listen to stunningly heroic music walking through the Arboretum passing the graves of Civil War and World War I veterans was more than special. Finally arriving home and quite high from the whole event was such that it finally got Marcia to tell me; “great, but…..” (Meaning, please no more).

Amazed – Ever been blindsided? Gobsmacked? Jason did that to me when he sent a video clip of an outside security camera he had just installed at his house. He’s now talking me up with language such as:

“I will try separating the video camera from the regular network on a VLAN next. I’ll add an additional switch for Power Over Ethernet should I get more cameras”

No, he didn’t just run into Costco to pick up a Blink or a Ring system. Jason bought enterprise level components and built/set up a system to record continuously for 20-day stretches. The clarity is amazing. And, after what went on last night just about ½-mile from his home, totally timely!

Dinner Out – Actually it was almost a bit of a first date style event. We went to the nearby Wiedemann Taproom and its excellent pub food. Fish sandwich, coleslaw, and cauliflower nuggets with a glass of draught Amber Ale.

Since it’s still the “easing in” period for indoor dining the place was plainly marked at 110 person maximum (normally 220 persons). Several tables were taken on the patio, but Marcia and I wanted the experience of indoor dining. Aside from the staff, there were three people sitting at the bar and Marcia and I, plus background music and the echo of our chatting. It was lovely!

     

And yes, I was certain that Elvis was in the room.

Fini – This is the year that both Derek and Kellen will be in their school’s Marching Band. It’ll be a strange year. They’ve got a new music director. Covid-19 means that they don’t have a clue as to how rehearsals and games will be managed. Anyway, to give a clue how difficult it is to manage the group, here is last year’s Anderson Trojan’s formal band photograph.

This afternoon at 3:22 East Coast Time the NASA/SpaceX Dragon launch is scheduled for lift-off the International Space Station with 2 astronauts aboard. This will be a first in a decade. The ‘marriage’ between NASA in the role of ‘manager’ and SpaceX as the innovator and builder is a lovely thing to see.

I sat and watched the weather scrubbed try two days ago and was amazed at how different it all was from the launches years ago. Urge you all to take time and watch it – fingers crossed that the weather hold this time.

While it’s still the ‘Merry Month of May’, remember that this whole moth is; “Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is for the duration of month of May for recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.” We’re proud of you Tevita, ofa atu!

This week I needed a prescription refill. It took a couple of back and forth during which time it crossed my mind that almost all pills are made white. Why? Wouldn’t it be more delightful to open a new pill bottle and look on a rainbow of color? Just a thought.

During this week (on the night of May 28) 1977, during the Memorial Day holiday weekend the Beverly Hills Supper Club in nearby Southgate, KY burned. A total of 165 people died and more than 200 were injured as a result of the blaze. More and more, small bits of detail point to both the Cleveland and Chicago mafia having a hand in starting the fire. Then Kentucky Governor Julian Carroll ordered the burned out structure to be bulldozed on the very next day. A Federal team of fire investigators – 12 strong arriving from Baltimore – were told look where you will, but by then the room where the fire started had already been cleared. John Davidson was the headline act that evening. Marcia and I happened to be in New Orleans when we heard of the fire.

This day in 1889 the brassiere was invented – that’s what’s referred to as ‘Bra’ for you who attended Woodstock in 1969 and those were the things you burned.

Make it great week, keep the peace, stay safe, and be healthy!
Dirk


Memorial Day Weekend
05 23rd, 2020

Its Memorial Day weekend and the weather is turning glorious. A few spring showers (after the floods in the first part of the week), but lots of sun and daytime a bit over 80. That calls for starting this AM with a mug of java.

Memorial Weekend is huge here. Tens of thousands head downtown for ‘The Taste of Cincinnati’ running for three days (it’s the oldest continuous such festival in the nation). The Reds are at home playing a four-game set with the Chicago Cubbies.

Oh wait, its early morning and I must still be dreaming. No, huge chunks and a myriad of specifics are reminders that much of the lockdown is still in place. No Taste of Cincinnati. No Reds vs Cubbies.

Even so, across the streets they had a pair of Kayaks loaded and off they went; and with that started their long weekend -early . So yes, things are beginning to look normal. They aren’t of course. There are still a ton of nonsensical ‘can’t do’ and ‘must do’ edicts. But at least our restaurants, churches, barbers, gyms, retail stores, and so forth are open – even a last minute addition, Bowling Alleys, were added to the ‘open’ list.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Tony Fauci (L) speaks to US President Donald Trump (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Lockdown – is a killer! For several months now media darlings and White House advisors, move the goalposts, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Brix have driven our nation ever deeper into our lockdown and social isolation positions (even while wildly swinging on many subjects; remember the “no masks” change to “wear masks”?) However, yesterday even these two could not negate the data, aka “the science”, and Fauci pronounced; “Stay-at-home orders intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus could end up causing “irreparable damage” if imposed for too long”.

Even so, power hungry dictatorial fruitcakes, such as Michigan’s Gov. Gretchen Whitmer plow on by extending her “stay-at-home” again, this time to June 12. And worse of all, we let them! As our local icon and curmudgeon, Willie Cunningham, says; “when citizens fear government, that’s Tyranny. When government fears citizens, that’s Liberty”.

”We know lockdowns work because lockdowns work, which is why we locked down, because if we didn’t lock down it would have been worse. It’s science.” ~ Staff Sergeant Briggs; “heard from professors; it’s very convincing to them”

Futurists – are really not magicians, mostly these are extreme and astute observers of the human condition. With the draconian measures which have turned our world upside down, a name that’s cropping up a bit more these days is George Orwell author of ‘1984’ and this line; “A liberal is a power worshipper without the power”. His most famous work, 1984 (published in 1949 – 35 years earlier) even went so far as possibly predicting Brexit. It makes reference as the UK being a “landing strip” for a superstate, ‘Oceana’, and not as that for the superstate, ‘Euroasia’.

Graduation – celebration was delightful as the sixth-graders of the North Avondale Montessori School graduated: Vaioleti was a proud member of this 2020 class.

At first I was disgusted that this group of kids got ‘whacked’ again by having their normal ceremony cancelled (first the annual sixth-grade March trip to Washington D.C. was cancelled as was their spring band/choir concert). However the drive-by parade, complete with a DJ blasting Kool & the Gang’s ‘Celebration’ over and over, saw these kids aglow! To a point where even ‘wet blanket’ Dirk was heard to say that this was better than the traditional ceremony. In fact, I got so into it that I purchased a Cow-bell to ring – and it drove Marcia nuts!

                 

Normalcy at – the corner of Chaos and Mayhem does not mean that around us is like a country lane; far from it. This ‘country lane’ vision was underscored by another Coyote seen walking through the street in broad daylight. But all is not normal.

I don’t know about your community, but since the ‘lockdown’ and stay-in-home” edicts our town’s murder rate has doubled over last year, as have robberies, burglaries, and so forth. Part of it, I am sure, due to idiot mayors and governors opening the prison doors. Part of it due to the horrific rise in unemployment caused with the needless shutdown of business, along with the resultant frustration. Society is paying a serious price – that ‘Us’ folks.

Earlier in the week a car chase blasted by – car being chased by two police cruisers. Marcia turned on the scanner and we followed the chase for fifteen or so minutes on radio. Eventually this ended up in nearby Golf Manor (where Marcia and I rented our first apartment after moving here in 1970). K9 got the ‘perp’ in an apartment building basement.

Two days later another a car chase ended up at the edge of our driveway. We saw the car and a couple of cruisers screech to a halt. We weren’t expecting the five other cruisers, plus the ‘unmarked’, plus the K9.

That same evening further down was a car fire. Being well after dark I didn’t bother heading out. The next morning the effects of this fire became a bit obvious. It’s better than any Reality TV. By far!

Fini – Yesterday I got word that in the Calgary, southern area of Alberta, they were shoveling snow. So maybe not being in Canada just yet is OK.

It’s beginning to look like the Canada ~ US border will open just ahead of the Canada Day/Fourth of July time period. Add it bit of time for the resultant chaos to dissipate and the subsequent ‘nuance’ mandates to be in place sees me heading north the first/second week of July. I am eager to inspect Northern Comfort for any winter effects.

If you haven’t caught any of the Press Briefing held by our new Press Secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, you must take the time. I have never seen such composure and such management of the unruly, non-functional, Press mob. Yesterday she actually gave them a long weekend assignment starting with 5 questions they should be asking regarding the illegal unmasking of General Flynn – but choose not to. Watch the whole briefing, not just the snippets the MSM parses out for their purpose.

In Ohio, not one school aged child has died of Corvid-19. Yet the Superintendent of our 37,000 student school system is actively contemplating not opening school this coming school year, or doing a partial opening (1 or 2 days per week). What idiocy! How dare she!

Grabbed a lunch at Chick-fil-A the other day. With the seating issues it was drive through only. Multiple lanes and probably faster than I’ve ever grabbed my order. It’s an amazing company!

Gallium (GA) and atomic number 31 melts at about 85 degrees (30C). My idea is that for the foreseeable future all gavels used to ‘hammer’ home another idiotic edict be made from Gallium; this so it can melt and lay on the desk in a puddle prior to use.

Now a little breakfast and then some exercise. This afternoon it’ll be a family Barbeque. I am all psyched.

This day in 1701 the pirate, Captain Kidd, was hung in London. On a brighter note and also today, in 1969 in the UK, one of my favorite studio albums, “Tommy”, was released by The Who.

Kinda nice of the stranger who wanted to keep a tidy car interior by placing their meal packaging on our walk. Much appreciated.

Make it great week, stay safe and be healthy!
Dirk


All in This Together
05 16th, 2020

It’s Saturday ‘lockdown’ day 100 (or thereabouts) and Marcia says that I’m now well into a full-blown “acting strange’ mode. I think not!
Tell me who wrote these lyrics?
I’m a Doctor, I’m a Lawyer, I’m a Movie Star.
I’m an Astronaut, and I own this bar…..

Answ: srehtorB ymalleB ehT

While you’re gathering your thoughts and the answer, let me take a few sips of my coffee.
“Acting strange”? Why, not at all!

” If masks work, why do businesses need to be closed?
If they don’t work, why are we forced to wear them?”
~ Ryan Fournier

We’re all in this together – but not quite. Pretty amazing, don’t you agree; the fact that it’s hard to find a radio or TV ad not using that phrase? The daily Corvid update grind is peppered with it. Newscasts has those folk using it hourly. But it’s simply not true. What is true is that for eons fancy language has been used to alert the masses that they need to subjugate themselves.

Yesterday, May 15, in the year 1252 Pope Innocent IV released a papal bull; Ad Extirpanda. The faithful were thus informed that it was OK to torture heretics (well, there were some limits set – couldn’t be all bad). But like the controls on our ‘lockdown’, rational details were woefully weak and a heresy-of-the-day easily slipped in place as desired. All this to show that the nonsensical abuse we’re experiencing today has been around for centuries.

Maybe today we don’t get a turn (pun) on the ‘rack’, but we do get tossed into jail. We can’t sit and get a hair cut, but just fine to stand in line in a liquor store. Can’t shop at Mabel’s Flowers, but head for Kroger or WalMart and grab a bunch. Look at the details and it’s absurd. Most, couched in language of “the science says”, without any science backing or medical facts. In fact, could a lot of it really reflect some political goal? As my Brazilian friends would say; “que exaustão mental, né”? (such mental exhaustion, correct?)

Tale of Two States – or ‘The Power of the Press’. Viewing Florida and its Governor, Ron DeSantis could be a model for proper handling of the current pandemic. Safety of Florida’s citizens became a primary concern; achieving safety while minimizing hardship. Much is already open and the number of ill and fatalities is lower than most States – and exceptionally so when one considers the large aging (the most affected) population. It’s what every State hopes its own administration would achieve. Yet, DeSantis has dropped in the polls.

In New York is Governor Andrew Cuomo, is a darling of a liberal media. The way he managed the results of the Covid-19 outbreak could not be handled worse. He had depleted and not resupplied the State’s stocks of PPE supplies required for a pandemic. As the extent of the Virus became evident he enjoined people to join in a city-wide parade. Covid-19 infected patients were ordered back into nursing homes. A city dependent on public transportation was ordered to reduce the number of subway cars. Need to go on? Yet, with the backing of a compliant Press, his popularity could scarcely be higher. The Media does have power and can manipulate; keep that in mind

I miss – Reuters and Toronto’s Globe and Mail both reported that the international border (U.S. and Canada) now won’t open till June 21st. One more delay and it’ll be hardly worth the effort to head up north, other than to check out how Northern Comfort fared last winter.

So, I am now sitting training by the hour watching YouTube. There are some things I want to accomplish this summer and therefore YouTube and I have become best friends. The parking brake on Our Duck (a weird under the hood disk-brake configuration) and possibly a carburetor kit installation. Also, a bit of plumbing, a bit of PEX water-line re-placement (most has been done). And, a power switch-over from the grid to my generator for any extended power outage.

Then Marcia talks about a new rear (driveway side) door. We’ll see, I do need to test the kayaks and the vintage little Johnson engine on the Sea Nymph. The lake calls me.

Out/In – dining has become something to look forward to. At a central location in the neighborhood one of the many Food Trucks is invited in. Pre order on line, specify a preferred pickup time and pay — then just pick-up. It couldn’t be easier. Last evening Marcia and I brought in some great pulled pork sandwiches, sides, and desert. Had it not been raining I would have tossed a blanket in the condo’s side yard for a picnic – that didn’t happen.

Fini – I thought many of my four readers would appreciate this 10-year list detailing the end of the world.

I happened to catch the commissioning of the new Space Force Flag in the Oval Office ceremony. The more I read about the future of 5G technology and domination path other countries have embarked on made me appreciate the importance of this new DOD member.

Also yesterday in 1928 a cartoon with the title “Plane Crazy” premiered. It introduced a new character; Mickey Mouse. Plane Crazy didn’t do well and Mickey did not achieve iconic status until the release of “Steamboat Willie” later the same year.

The corner of Chaos and Mayhem has been quiet. Having said that, this week we had three EMT runs nearby – all legitimate health related calls. The photo is from immediately across the street.

Marcia was totally delighted with her Mother’s Day. Of note was this container planting of Salad Greens and herbs from Jason and Cathy. With the cool spring the lettuce should do well.

Make it great week, stay safe and be healthy!
Dirk


Holy Schneike
05 9th, 2020

Brrrr it’s mid-May, almost Mother’s Day, and it’s Freezing. With that said I wish you no more than just this Saturday ‘lockdown’ day to get through.

” Holy Schneike Holy Schneike” ~ Mollie Hemmingway, Senior Editor at The Federalist

Her expression upon hearing that the bogus Department of Justice case against Three Star General Flynn was dropped earlier this week (the case had been unraveling for some time and when the senior Prosecutor, Van Grack, resigned – well, that was all she wrote).

And, also my expression upon hearing our erstwhile weather folk proclaim a case of solid frost this morning (something we hadn’t seen for decades this late in the season).

Tik-Tok – I’m done. The ‘lockdown’ has me around more than I want to be. And, every afternoon is comprised of a series of Covid-19 pronouncements by all of our nearby governors. These are akin to a series of High-school produced Tik-Tok events; each finds me listening to a death rattle taking place.

Once each governor get through the ‘counts’ the dissection takes place. This part is much like groping around an Asian Wet-Market; especially when they park their Medical Directors front and center and these folk get wound up – excitedly yet dignified.

At first I thought all this cute. Our Governor (R; ‘whiney DeWine’) sounds a little Christopher Walken sans glasses. Kentucky’s guy (D; ‘a beer with Beshear’) is more like a gruff Arnold Schwartzenegger with a bad accent. Now, I’m way past all of that.

What then follows is the team-tag minor league stuff as the City ‘fathers’ and the County big wigs climb on a similar media stage to drone on further on Covid-19. The County Commissioners are the ones I ‘respect’ most when during a discussion regarding the feasibility of getting a bridge loan one of them in all seriousness asked why such a loan needed to be signed on a bridge. Ah yes people, strange times indeed.

Woke – We here are so very woke! Just perchance I discovered that yesterday by mid-day a black market hair cutting salon had opened up in our bathroom. Shortly, Marcia emerged and looked stunning; with that newish style of short on the one side yet somewhat longer on the other. Being the shy person she is, she couched the ‘look’ by stating that; “if you don’t like it, hair does grow in.”

We also sit with anticipation on each day’s newly pronounced edict. Will it be one of “don’t worry, masks don’t stop the virus” as it was for a good while? Or, one of; “to gain entry to …(here fill in the blank)… you must wear a mask”?

I miss – the days when it was first proclaimed that to “depress the curve” we would have to “hunker down” for 15-days. That was a long time ago. Then, holy EMC2, time itself shifted as the goal posts kept getting moved about on a daily basis.

I miss, as Dennis Miller puts so nicely; “the good old days before sign language interpreters had acting coaches.” As some sage put it; “now they look like squirrels on crack”.

I wish I could; “remember the Asian flu pandemic of 1957-58, which caused an estimated 70,000 to 116,000 U.S. deaths. Remember how we closed down our economy then? Neither do I” ~ Brit Hume

“Rage, rage against the dying of the light of consciousness” ~ Elon Musk

Fini – Last Saturday Marcia and I enjoyed a stunning craft Burger along with a mint-cucumber Margarita (in a Ball-jar) for Marcia while I enjoyed a small-batch Amber ale Crowler. This was part of a neighborhood organized Food Truck event. Ordered on line, picked up down the block, and ate at home – dining Out/In.

Today celebrate the birthday (1921) of Sophia Magdalena Scholl. We tend to think of the German population during the German Nazi years as marching in lockstep to the warped Nazi ideals. However, there was quite an extensive undercurrent of anti-Nazi activists. Scholl and her brother, Hans, were leaders in the White Rose non-violent resistance group. She and her brother were caught and both put to death by guillotine in 1943. Sophie Scholl’s final statement: “it is such a splendid sunny day and I have to go….stand up for what you believe in even if you are standing alone.”

Some inkling of activity in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is openly contemplating opening the U.S. Canadian border on May 21st. Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford hints at reopening cottages on May 24th. This would mean that the opportunity to open up Northern Comfort sometime in early June might be reality.

The Ohio National Guard fired up their F-16 fighter jets and this week zigzagged around our sky passing over each of our 15 area hospitals as a way to acknowledge the work of the medical staffs of each. Marcia and I went outside and kept on hearing them. Finally, for a second or two through an open space between the trees across the street from us, spotted the low-flying aircraft zip by. It was fun being a kid for a few minutes.

It was like a roach infestation. See nothing, and then in a glance, there they were. All was marginal, but normal, across the street from us. Then, last weekend it swarmed. What looked like ‘druggies’ and ‘hookers’ came and went along with partying adults and playing kids. That lasted until Tuesday morning when a throng of Vice Squad and uniformed Police – 13 in all, made their ‘entrance’. The ‘roaches’ have disappeared, two ‘perps’ were picked up, drugs were seized, and a safe taken away. The next day, the lawn was trimmed and some little kids were playing with a beach ball. What a difference a day makes.

Did you know that the Hummingbird is the only creature that has legs but can’t walk on them? (Just me prepping for my summer hiatus with the birds while at the lake)

Make it great week, stay safe and be healthy!
Dirk


Isolation
05 2nd, 2020

‘Musta’ been a solid night. The first I heard was Marcia’s Police Scanner announcing 6:00AM. Lately that would mean that I’d already been up, coffee made, a second poured, and halfway into my Saturday post. So, another happy Saturday lockdown day (for most of us).

” Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ~ Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take away everything you have.”Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Coronavirus – There’s been a change. In many ways the Coronavirus has already come and passed over; an it did for a vast majority of us. But, government will NEVER forget just how easy it was to take control of your life; to control every sporting event, classroom, restaurant table, and church pew. Even down to controlling whether or not you can leave your house.

And we allowed it! Not for a day or two when facing an unknown, but for weeks on end. In my state, with about 8-hour notice another month was added to the lockdown – and we the people sat. By and large we did nothing.

And trust me; it definitely is NOT ‘the Science’. “Science” is not what’s being followed, power is. Two hundred years after initiating the principles our nation was founded on, those flew the coop in a mere few weeks.

The ‘Science’ – For as long as I can remember ‘the science’ advocated going outside into the sunlight and the fresh air – for (so was the then ‘science’) the air in one’s home was the most polluted. Best for little kids? Go outside, play and root around the dirt and grass – “builds up their immune systems” was also the thinking. I remember a ‘science’ which advocated quarantining the stricken; the frail and elderly only.

After the declaration of a Pandemic, a forward path was promulgated by the medical community; a path which has been devastating to Ohio and the nation economically. Why were other specialties not brought into the discussions; specialties such as Biomedical Statistics and meta-research? People such as a Dr. Knut Wittkowski (formerly of The Rockefeller University) and Dr. John Ioannidis (Stanford) whose works offer a forward path 180-degree divergent from the draconian one we’re currently on?

Now, finally there are a number of States backing off those, panicked induced, edicts and life is proceeding. Others have doubled down and the scary craziness continues.

In the ‘Nati – the Lockdown seen change. The Murder rate has almost doubled over years past; as has Child Abuse, Domestic abuse – all the stuff a proper society does not want.

Yesterday, I saw two auto accidents; a total of 6 cars were totaled. The first one a driver blew through a red light two blocks from our place, then the driver jumped out of the vehicle bare-foot and through broken glass – totally high on something.

The second, a mile away, on a straight road with a 25-mph speed limit had a guy hit a pole and then do this to oncoming and parked vehicles. This is not normal stuff.

The calls for EMT help are difficult to keep up with. Yesterday, at the end of my walk I went into the kitchen for some water when an ambulance stopped across from us. Much of this in one way or another can be traced back to the difficulties of and the management of the Pandemic. Things need to change – NOW!

”Why forced isolation is bad: The Data is in – stop the panic and end the total isolation” Elon Musk

Two Odds & Ends – We live close enough to our Appalachian regions where seeing something like this is mostly viewed as normal.

On my walk I often pass by the offices of The American Postal Workers Union (APWU). I spotted this car in their employee parking area and it was a bumper sticker that caught my attention. Can you imagine this person’s Chinese counterpart in Beijing placing a MAGA sticker on their car?

Fini – Condolences to Dia with the loss of her mother. RIP Oma Kok.

Today, back in 1919, the first U.S. air passenger service started. It’s kind of ironic that today, a mere 101 years later and with a multitude of airlines ferrying millions of passengers yearly, most are hanging on by the skin of their teeth.

I was at Whole Foods when I saw two guys taking groceries out for delivery. I think it was close to a total of 100 separate bags. Part of our new world.

Heading for Aldi’s we stopped behind our County Coroner’s van. Seeing her name on the seal made me realize that my mother baby-sat her when she was a toddler. Time ‘clicks’ along rapidly!

Mentioning Aldi. Marcia asked me to go back and grab an item back near the store’s entrance. Now, having to comply with the new ‘One Way’ shopping experience, it was like figuring one’s best way through a maze to do it (and do it correctly).

Later today the neighborhood is bringing in a Food Truck that’ll park nearby. After calling in our order we’ll have something we call: Dinner “Out and In”.

An ode to the Great One; from my investment company this quote from Wayne Gretzky. Gretzky offering a post-pandemic strategy: “Skate to where the puck is going, not to where it is.”

Make it great week, stay safe and be healthy!
Dirk