Monday, March 28, 2022

Very old and very frightened today--One crazy driver nearly got me.

 I did what I almost never do--I cut the 46 minute run to 30 minutes so I could take 2 more pairs of glasses in to get the new prescription in them. I take the safest routes, always, after experiments. Today I was going down Elena past the supermarket and got only fifty feet or so before reaching Main Street, where I stop and turn left. A woman shot out of the supermarket driveway right at me. I braked hard, and did not hit her. She turned left, as I did later, and she sped off ahead of me. I have been driving since I got a Louisiana license in 1953 and never had a ticket. My car, the 2007 Honda, when new was backed into by a man hired to work on a new house. The lounging crew (we know crews like that--Hungarian railway workers) knew who had done it and did not confess. 500$ it cost. And a lot of hassle, a lot of time having it repaired. Now I am anxious to avoid any damage to the car and terrified of damage to me, what with the clot and blood thinner. I am as careful as a human being could be, and this woman in a hurry could have killed me or left me helpless. A friend of the caretaker yesterday dropped off plastic pots to carry to the Botanical Garden. In the car was her husband who every now and then has exchange transfusions. Oh, deliver me! I wear the pressure stocking 22 and a half hours a day--taking it off to go to the beach and bathe. I take all the pills including the anti-fungal one I have to take till I die. I am obedient and earnest and careful, but dammit there is to final protection from the crazies, and the crazies are loosed upon us by Trump so that even the Oscars, which I do not watch, become a battlefield and a place to shout out mad obscenities not once but twice. Thank goodness for MHz and great French television.  The crazy actor last night? I will never watch him. Now Spottiswoode's  48 Hours had an exciting young star, but I saw five minutes of EM Raw I have never seen him in anything else and never will. Life is too short to be around such vulgar people. Anyhow, I was so shaken that I left my billfold at the eye doctor's. 

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Changes on the Beach from the time I got so sick I could not go down there for a year

 After many months, my stamina is pretty much back, maybe all back if you allow for more than 2 years of aging. But where is Bruce? He was the single one who would be on the beach in the wildest weather. He would expect to see me and I would expect to see him. Where is Tom A.? He bounded, almost bounced as he ran. It's been 2 and a half years since I last saw him. The Queen of the Beach is still there, but with an injured knee, reduced to walking. Today she asked me the name of the man who ran just out in the water with no shirt. She meant the King of the Beach, Frank, but he was already fading away before I got sick. He had been knocked down by a bully who brought 4 fierce dogs to the beach. He tried to run with a broken arm for a time. He really was magnificent. Like the best of the runners, he was recognizable from afar. We talked a few times but mainly we lifted both arms high in momentary acknowledgment of each other. The dunes have changed so much in the last ten years as to be unrecognizable. And with Covid I don't want to chat with most of the people who remember me. My memory was partly erased by sickness. It's lonelier down there but I feel as much joy down there as ever, from the air, the hills, the Rock, the beach, the water, and the walkers and runners. But no hugging, no chatting face close to face. It's lonelier.

Ginni "did not help organize the White House rally that preceded the riot at the Capitol. She did attend the rally, but got cold and left early."

 Was she wearing red? Was her hair yellow? Was she visible?

She was not around to storm the capitol, that is clear. But can't we document precisely when she left the rally and where she went?

There is more to this story.

Russian troops reportedly attacked their own commanding officer by running him over with a tank after many in their brigade were killed amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

 That is the headline. 

The men ran over him but they did not back up and run over him again and they did not then go forward over him a third time. I've known married people in this country angrier than these soldiers.

The Color Blue is hard to capture, they say. Trying!


Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Eric Greitens, Pacific Naval Seal, the Head. He has been weathering since he resigned . . . .


You have to give Sam Elliott credit for being very funny

 when he says Campion's cowboys are all running around in chaps and no shirts.

I have seen a lot of farm hands but never any in leather chaps and I can't imagine wearing chaps without pants under them. So Sam has a point.

And that dining room / kitchen of the parents in LIFEGUARD! I can't visual it exactly any more but back then it seemed just astonishingly actual claustrophobic.

Tattoo parlors drove out the last cobbler in Morro Bay a few years ago.  Now, that man had a leather apron decades old that any homosexual or heterosexual man who came by it just lusted after. Imagine wearing a leather apron with no shirt in THE POWER OF THE DOG!

And who is going to diss Sam Elliott after that great performance in MASK?

Monday, March 7, 2022

The best news of a terrible year--the "65Project"

 JENNIFER RUBIN: On Monday, a new organization, the 65Project — so named for the number of frivolous lawsuits filed seeking to contest the results of the 2020 election — debuted. It announced its mission: Find all the lawyers who violated their professional responsibilities in the wake of the election and ensure they face discipline, including possible disbarment.

Friday, March 4, 2022

A cousin of mine, admittedly distant, Andy Beshear, speaks out about anti-Semitism in Kentucky


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday there is no place for antisemitism in the state after a Republican state lawmaker expounded on the sexual habits of Jewish women during a legislative debate, a monologue several Jewish groups characterized as “bizarre."

The governor did not specify the target of his comments but spoke in general terms on social media after the third recent instance of remarks by GOP lawmakers that were widely condemned as antisemitic.

“There is no place for antisemitism in Kentucky," the Democratic governor wrote on his official Twitter account. “Not in our communities and not in our government. We are all equal and wonderful parts of Team Kentucky where we love our neighbors as ourselves."

The outcry hit a crescendo after Rep. Danny Bentley commented Wednesday on the Holocaust and his perception of the sexual habits of Jewish women during a long House debate on legislation to regulate the dispensing of abortion pills.

During a committee hearing last month, Rep. Walker Thomas and Sen. Rick Girdler both used an anti-Jewish slur that drew criticism from some of the same Jewish groups.

All three legislators later apologized for their remarks, but Jewish groups said the comments exposed a problem that should be addressed. The groups offered to provide training to legislators about understanding and combating antisemitism.

“The Kentucky General Assembly has an antisemitism problem,” said Melanie Maron Pell, chief field operations officer with the American Jewish Committee.

“They need to fine-tune their sensibilities” and speak out a

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

I was so ignorant--I ordered a plastic mat to go under my chair and suffered with it for three days before deciding the headaches would not stop.

 I was stupid enough to think the toxic chemicals would dissipate. Enough! I put it outside. I see another mat with this advertisement: 

  • Includes rectangular mat made of clear polycarbonate; free of phthalates, tin, lead, and cadmium; no emissions or odor

I should have looked for such a statement.