Dearest Readers! Thank you all for the many well-wishes for my weekend hiatus! I had a great weekend … no car troubles, no injuries, just a nice, relaxing weekend! I missed you guys, missed your comments that sometimes make me think, other times make me laugh! I am now back home, safe and sound, although I DID manage to get lost just ten miles from home!!! I am blaming that one on heavy traffic and not being able to get into the lane I needed to be in. Still, one might think that since I have lived in this area for more than 20 years, I could find my way around! I am directionally challenged.
I have been responding to comments this evening, and I apologize that my responses are perhaps not as in-depth as usual, but I wanted to get caught up on that tonight and I had four days’ worth to catch up, so I did not expound as much as I might have another time. I will be working over the next several days to get caught up reading your posts, so be patient. Meanwhile, since I am not likely to write a full post tonight, a few snippets from the weekend news:
- I was saddened to hear of the death of entertainment legend Jerry Lewis on Sunday at age 91. The official cause of death was ischemic cardiomyopathy, which occurs when the heart becomes unable to pump sufficient blood through the rest of the body due to a coronary artery disease. I did not realize that Mr. Lewis had suffered three heart attacks during his lifetime, the first when he was only 34 years old. He also had Type I diabetes, pulmonary fibrosis, had battled prostate cancer and a fall during a Las Vegas show in 1965 nearly paralyzed him. He was best known as a comedian, having received several awards for lifetime achievement from the American Comedy Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Venice Film Festival and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But what set Jerry Lewis apart was his humanitarian work. He supported fund-raising for research into muscular dystrophy, as well as many other causes that go beyond what I could possibly cover in this snippet. He was a fine entertainer and a good human being who will be missed on this earth. Rest in Peace, Jerry.
- So, I heard that Steve Bannon is out of Trump’s administration. I received no less than three messages within an hour of the announcement. Of course, given Bannon’s ideology, I am glad he is out. That still leaves Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka, of course, but Bannon was, I felt, the biggest threat and from time to time I even wondered if he wasn’t, perhaps, the puppeteer. But I think there is more to this than meets the eye. On August 7th, more than a week before his ouster, Bannon contacted Breitbart to let them know he would be returning. And he made a comment that he can do more good on the outside than on the inside. I am not sure what I suspect, but I am suspicious of … something. When I’ve had time to study and ponder it more, I’ll try to clarify my suspicions.
- You know those annoying ‘speed bumps’ that are intended to slow drivers down in areas where children may be playing, or raccoons dancing in the street, or whatever? We have two on our street and they are annoying, but if they slow traffic down, I’m all for them, for here in da hood, we do have large numbers of children playing, riding bikes and skateboards in the middle of the street. Well anyway, the Brits have come up with “illusory speed bumps”! According to a report in the Guardian, “They are painted humps on the road: white arcs, about a metre wide, like slightly asymmetrical Vs that, by the miracle of perspective, fool the eye into seeing them as looming out of the tarmac as drivers approach.” Sure would save wear and tear on one’s suspension system if they work!
- The Great American Eclipse. They hyped it for two months. A total eclipse – 99.4% they said. As I mentioned last week, I was a bit nervous about driving home from Pennsylvania on Monday, because I feared it would become pitch dark and I would not be able to see. I drove, and I drove, and I wondered when it was to happen. I noted that the day had become slightly darker, but there were clouds overhead, so that could explain it. That was it … it got, maybe 5-7 degrees darker. When I got home, I asked Miss Goose if it had been spectacular here. Nope … just got slightly darker. While relieved that I didn’t have to find a place to stop for an hour or so, I am somewhat disappointed. They ought not to have built up so much suspense. Was it a spectacular thing where any of you live?
- Headline news in both today’s New York Times and The Washington Post is that Trump briefly looked up at the sun without protective glasses today. I ask you: a) does anybody care?; b) so what – he’s already blind in the ways that matter?; and c) why is every bloomin’ thing the man does considered ‘newsworthy’? Next we’ll be hearing what he eats for dinner each night and what time he poops! Sheesh.
And on that note, I have emails to answer, a suitcase to unpack, and am shooting for a (relatively) early bedtime tonight, as nine straight hours of driving today has just about done me in! Thanks again, dear friends, and I will be back on my regular schedule by the end of the day!