Wednesday, July 18, 2018

I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy

I didn't know that echocardiograms are in color now. Yesterday, my red, white, and blue one looked like a Fourth of July graphic, which seemed scary as I was watching it, but apparently just indicates my heart-felt patriotism since the doctor says I'm fine. He also said, that for 1% of men, the first symptom of a problem is sudden death. Which, since it's everybody's ideal death, is just another example of the privilege of the 1%.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Yesterday we went to an estate sale. Apparently, a hoarder in her nineties died and it's going to take weeks of sales to make a dent in her trove. Some people! Anyway, now we need to find a place to fit in all the stuff we bought.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Trying to figure out figure 1

Miriam, I’m installing a child seat in our car as Evelyn is coming to visit tomorrow. The manual refers to the car’s manual which refers back to the seat manual. Local firemen (firepeople) will do the installation, but it really seems like what we need here is someone familiar with the Talmudic tradition of comparing texts. Anyway, I finally grasp what you were trying to tell me about seat belts locking into place if you pull them out all the way. What you were describing is the ALR (no explanation given for what those letters mean) which only permits the seat belt to retract. I knew that was true since I almost strangled on the way home from Manchester by the Sea, but I didn’t know why. 
It’s a far cry from the days when we used to ride on the floor of Arlene J Mayfield’s parents’ Studebaker which didn’t have a back seat. We used to poke paper out through the holes in the floor, then stand up to look to see where it went. We turned out okay, except for maybe a tendency to type long posts instead of trying to figure out how to install this seat. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Democracy to Go, Going, Gone

Even as they put children in cages, suppress voting rights, destroy unions, remove access to clean water and health care and on and on, ad nauseam; I suppose we have to be nice to them in restaurants or else risk feeding their perception that they’re the ones being persecuted. Feed their bellies, not their delusions!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

I Have A Dream

This morning I woke from a dream that I was dying of a neurological disease. It could have been sad and scary, but I was seeing it from the outside and in my dream, I was played by Tom Hanks.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Is One The Lonliest Number, Or The Best Number Ever?

We have a small kitchen and when we’re all in it at the same time I think, “I don’t want to live in North Korea, but, man, a Hermit Kingdom sounds amazing!”

Monday, June 18, 2018

Even Satan Can Quote The Bible

Wasn’t there a craze for elephant jokes maybe fifty years ago? Like, 
Q: “How do elephants hide?” 
A: “They paint their toenails red and climb into cherry trees.”
Q: “How did Tarzan die?”
A: “Picking cherries.”
So, WE  learned at an early age that cherry-picking is dangerous, a lesson that our attorney general seems to have missed. Because when he goes around quoting the Bible to justify putting children in camps, he’s ignoring verses like these from Matthew 25:
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 

 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Sunday, June 17, 2018

It's Father's Day, Hug 'em If You Gottem

Fathers Day is a family kind of day, so I wrote my Senators about a family values issue. You still can, too. Here's what I wrote: I wrote to you recently to ask you to do something to end the cruel practice of separating children from their parents at the border. At the time, I wasn't sure what you could do, but now there is a bill that you can support that does just that. It is disappointing, but not surprising given the events of the last few years, that not one Republican so far has supported it. The Keep Families Together Act was developed in consultation with child welfare experts to ensure the federal government is acting in the best interest of children. The bill is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Children’s Law Center, Young Center for Immigrant Rights and the Women's Refugee Commission. I am writing to you now to ask you to stand with families and the people that support family values by supporting this bill. Thank you.

It's a Hard Reign Gonna Fall

I listen to a podcast called, “In Our Time,” from the BBC. It features an eclectic, maybe even random, assortment of topics. They have had experts on to discuss protons and enzymes (two different shows) and the Civil War (both American and British.) The one I’m listening to now is called The Emancipation of the Serfs.” In 1861, Czar Alexander freed the serfs. That was two years before the USA, aka, Land of Liberty, freed the slaves. But, and it’s a but so big Sir Mix-a-Lot would date it, having freed them, he did nothing to allow them to make a living. The aristocrats continued to exploit them and in 1917 the population was desperate enough to bring their whole society crashing down. Probably, it’s a stretch to think that anything about private equity firms looting stores and throwing people out on the street could lead to a cataclysm, but when you watch the news, don’t we seem to already be, if not post, at least in a mid-apocalyptic period?
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/07/toys-r-us-bankruptcy-private-equity/561758/

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Sometimes He Says He’s Austin From Texas

I’m only keeping a landline so my friend, Todd, from Mumbai can check in a couple of times a day to say my computer needs service. #scam
#bl

The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword, Especially If It's A Pen In A Voting Booth

Nothing else I've written to my Senators has made a difference, this probably won't either, but maybe if we ALL write, well, to be honest, that probably won't make a difference either. Voting might, in fact, it's the only thing that will.
Anyway, this is what I wrote:
When Jeff Sessions was nominated to be a judge, Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr. wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose the nomination. In her letter, she wrote that "Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters."
In spite of this, and possible perjury during his confirmation hearing to be Attorney General, you voted to confirm him. Now that he is Attorney General, he is pursuing the most savage policy imaginable to deter people, actual human beings, from legally applying for asylum here. This is not a partisan issue, this is even more than JUST a matter of human rights. This goes to who we are as a nation. Will you be running next time as the candidate of the party that rips children from their mothers' arms to discourage asylum seekers? Or will you be the person, finally, that stands against the horrors being perpetrated daily by this rogue regime?

Friday, November 17, 2017

I'm pretty sure this won't have any effect, but I'm just so frustrated that our Congress is more concerned with bailouts for billionaires than protecting our country from a dangerous madman who is milking the government for his own gain. Anyway, maybe you'll have your own reasons.
Click-Through Catharsis

Sunday, October 22, 2017

It looks like this DOES work.

Patricia Walton Looking good.
Jody Hart Sackmann Joe wants to know "who is this man?" He said that you are so cool, and that he wouldn't have the nerve to do this!
Pamela Painter Jones O M Goodness!
David Hart I stood for the National Anthem because I’m representing, "Truth, Justice, and the American Way,” and I like to commit to my character. But I did wonder, why do they even play the anthem? Do other countries do this? Also, apparently, only two other adults in the crowd knew it was costume night, so, a little awkward for the several hundred others that showed up. Sad.
Ambre Johnson McCormick Yeah so maybe all those other people weren't told until they were about to walk out the door...you know...like you did to me...Apparently Superman doesn't like competition!😉
Rita Vukasin 😂
Margarita Melendez Nice :) Why you never wear that to work?
Shawn Prufer Awesome Dave! You have given me hope for America and Roller Derby!
Cheri Ungerecht Mattes Did you skate? David Hart That’s mean for two reasons. 1) You know how coordinated I am since you had to tie my shoes practically until I got married and 2) it’s a women’s league.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

I told Karen today that I’d (finally) come up with a reason why I needed a new iPhone. I explained that the new phone's portrait mode was the best ever for taking pictures of people and that since we were going to be welcoming a new person, we should have the best camera possible. She said she thought my existing phone would be, "Good enough.”
That may be true, but it had just never occurred to me that, “Good enough,” was a standard we’d be adopting for our granddaughter. Our kids, sure, but our granddaughter? You think you know a person.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Humming an old song and realized that, "Time is on my side," is more and more becoming a cruel joke.