Saturday morning and if I heard correctly the nation’s economic news yesterday morning announced that economy is blazing – I hope that some of that ‘heat’ manages to perfect my morning coffee. We’ll find out soon enough.

I can’t help but share a short sampling of that economic heat; overall unemployment is down to 3.8% (lowest since before the turn of the century), 223,000 new jobs last month – over ½ million during the last quarter, African-American unemployment rate is down to 5.9% (lowest ever) and Latin-American employment rate is stronger than it’s ever been, wages are up 2+%, and it went on and on. Yup, do believe we’re on a tear.

What was lightly reported on were the pardons made by President Trump these past couple of weeks. One that pleased me a lot was that of Dinesh D’Souza, an Indian-American thinker and writer whose case I followed at the time when he was mercilessly prosecuted in a “we got you” maneuver by our government.

here’s an insight reflecting on D’Souza’s pardon : ”Most Presidential pardons are based on compassion, this one was based on justice and was totally justified” ~ Judge Andrew Napolitano (May 30, 2018)

OK, please note: what follows is a bit of historical insight tied up in a neat 3-highlighted package. I love history. Others, folk like Marcia, do not. So, you love history? Keep reading. You do not? Skip these, read the ‘Finis’ section (it’s cute), and have a great week.

D-Day – Less than a week ago we celebrated Memorial Day. In a few days we’ll remember D-Day and honor those who served that day; June 6th 1944. Future President Dwight D. Eisenhower, then supreme commander of Allied Expeditionary Forces in World War II gave the go-ahead for a massive invasion of Europe called Operation Overlord.

Thousands and thousands of troops poured on the beaches of Normandy. Thousands were mowed down, but numbers made it to the comparative safety of the dunes. There many more were killed trying to reach and destroy the Nazi ‘pill’ boxes set up to protect the territory behind from an ocean invasion.

Eventually, fragments of those thousands of troops put ashore succeeded. This became the victory we celebrate since it became the beginning of the eventual removal of the fascist jack-boots from the necks of people such as my parents. Europe could now be freed.

Tents (and it’s not the Boy Scouts) – Luckily it seems that our current Tent Caterpillar infestation is just a once in a ten year cycle – can’t wait for the next one (sarcasm). Within a few days millions of the 2 inch crawlies dropped out of the trees on silken strings (after eating all the leaves first). In these parts, Maple trees seem to be a favorite, and they’ll clean a tree off its leaves in a day.

The caterpillars then begin to crawl and climb everything in their way. Our truck was covered. The mailbox at the end of the driveway is almost impossible to get open without grabbing a handful of the little buggers. Walking around became downright nasty.

With my back whole again I’ve once again begun getting in my ‘steps’ (Fitbit jargon). What I began to notice were the thousands of caterpillars crossing the sandy highway shoulder and setting out crossing the roadway. None stopped, none turned back, most would not make it.

 

Operation Overlord – In principle, two very alike scenarios. The first pitting the most sophisticated military might of the time against one another.

Success in 1944 totally dependent on those few who made it and thus managed to establish a beachhead in Normandy.

The other, bits of life about as primitive as you can find, setting out with their kind’s very survival totally dependent on those few who manage to cross and set up a ‘beachhead’ in the woods on the other side.

Here in 2018, I was seeing Operation Overlord being re-enacted by these caterpillars, the same as it had been in for time immeasurable pre-1944 and on into the future – over and over, time and time again.

The whole disgusting caterpillar mess was in actuality quite awesome and I was privileged to watch it all unfold.

Finis – Tomorrow Paul and Dia will open up their lake place. I hope that the wind stops howling so that they can push open their doors (I woke up during the middle of the night with all the noise). Welcome to the north!

How comfortable would you be if while waiting to board your flight a ramp got knocked into the engine cowling? That’s what happened to Adrianne and Tevita. Quick forward, flight was cancelled, they were put up into a Plaza hotel, and 24-hours later they left Los Angeles for Fiji and eventually over to Tonga.

Hats off to the parents for making certain that the young kiddos stayed entertained; little things like building a fort out of the luggage gateside.

As Mike Rowe of the show Dirty Jobs and an Eagle Scout is wont to say; “Be Prepared”.

Make it a great week everybody.

Cheers.
Dirk

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