A good Saturday morning all. Last weekend we had great weather, and then during the week the humidity kicked in. Now, this weekend, it’s back to perfection. Mother Nature understands oh so well that I do not do humidity. At this point I can be seen lifting my morning mug of fresh coffee in appreciation to her.

As an interesting bit of ‘factoid’ our nation’s beginnings had a stinky start. It was on this very day in 1777 that a young 19 year old Frenchman set foot on our shores after a two month sea voyage — sans showers (or baths). By then he had to be a seriously stinky bloke. It was the newly arriving Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette (we only referred to him as La Fayette, because barely anyone in the soon to be USA could read French or even names for that matter) who as a 19 year old pup with no combat experience befriended both Washington and Jefferson as he assisted fighting in the War of Independence by helping train and lead revolutionary regiments.

[I tried to make that last sentence as long as La Fayette’s name on purpose so that you could really see why no one used his whole name]

Food Truck Love affair – It all started because Restaurants were forced to stay shut due to the Covid bug. Our neighborhood began by selecting differing Food Trucks to offer their specialties on a weekend evening. Select, order, and pay on line. Select the pick-up time. Say “hi” to a neighbor or two (from 6-feet away of course), and head home with some very tasty morsels.

Last evening it was Venezuelan food fare from Empanadas Aquí Café. Marcia and I both had an Arepa made from Venezuelan style shredded skirt steak, shredded Queso Amarillo (yellow cheese), and housemade Guasacaca sauce (avocado cilantro sauce). Plus a side of the perfunctory Garlic-Rosemary Yucca fries.

Marcia was immediately transported back to her days in La Victoria and Caracas.

Madness breaking loose:

”Have we eaten on the insane root that takes reason prisoner?” ~ William Shakespeare

“Hoooo…boy. When the pendulum swings back the other way, things are going to be insane” ~ Robert Laurie

”We are living in an era when sanity is controversial and insanity is just another viewpoint—and degeneracy only another lifestyle.” ~ Thomas Sowell

”Did you ever wonder how a civilized country like Germany could descend into a perfect storm of mob rule, street violence, obedience to authority and racial hatred?
Well wonder no more.
You’re living in it.”
~ Alice Smith

”A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying; “You are mad, you are not like us.” ~ St. Anthony of the Desert

This short video made by Monty Python star John Cleese could have been made this morning rather than the 40-years ago as it was.


And, I have stopped watching Television news. I couldn’t take any more of their 24/7 non-stop, blasting forth of ‘click-bait’ while carefully hawking depression. It stopped being accurate news a long time ago and it’s only become worse.

Dirk the ‘voyeur’ – This week I have been following on a daily basis the adventures of a Welsh Automotive Information writer as he traveled 2,000 miles from Wales to Croatia and back – in an old Deux Chevaux. Yes a 2CV! I never knew how stunning an area both Slovenia and Croatia are.

Ian Seabrook is a classic car nerd, motoring writer, editor and videographer and his YouTube pieces under the name of ‘Hubnut‘ are wonderful.

He headed out to two differing automotive gatherings. The furthest out was a week-long world gathering of 2CV owners in a small town outside of Zagreb, Croatia; nearly 2,000 of them!!!

So, for me it was; dinner done and feet up, behind the telly (as the Brits & Welsh would say). Just couldn’t wait.

Also on display were three ‘barn’ finds totally unrestored. These 2CVs were hidden immediately prior to the start of WWII to keep their embedded new technology from the Nazi’s. They used 8 torsion bars for suspension and one had a water-cooled engine installed. All had aluminum bodies. Interesting how ‘Our Duck’ could have looked had the vehicle not been, clandestinely, redesigned during the war. Not certain I would have purchased one had it looked as these look – even if new.


Fini – the ‘new’ (looks brand new) iPhone SE came. It was purchased through Swappa. Originally I was introduced to Swappa through Vince and now having purchased from them again have not been disappointed. Soon we’ll have Marcia join the world of ‘the connected’.

Yesterday our State’s Supreme Court dealt a blow to our Governor’s heavy handed (now deemed illegal) lockdown strategy. This morning I noted that similarly in California Governor Gavin Newsom got slapped on the side of the head by their courts. Last week Michigan’s Governor Whitmer lost another round with the ‘Barber-of-Owosso’. It’s good to see that constitutionality does still prevail.

The Cincy gang (and Marcia as their properly registered ‘Baby Sitter’) have been enjoying the community pool. It’s by appointment and in 3-hour chunks of time. But (so they tell me) it’s wonderful.

Friends and neighbors Barb and Bulent will head for their north woods camp next weekend and then we’ll hear how ‘Northern Comfort‘ fared last winter. We can’t cross the border at least till the end of July. Paraphrasing that old Dire Straits song, Money for Nothing; “that ain’t nothing but that’s the way we have to do it” – sadly!

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

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