Thursday, August 15, 2019

Now, baseball...

How about them Yankees!!!

They are 40 games over .500, 1/2 game better than the Dodgers for the best record in baseball, 10 games ahead of the Rays and an amazing 17.5 games ahead of the Red Sox with 40 games left to go.

Go, Yankees!

All of that with two first basemen out, Aaron Hicks out, Elsberry  out for the season, Stanton--their power hitter---only playing 6 games, two pitchers out and one just coming back....

More injuries than an a nursing home.

Still--best record in baseball, 40 games over .500, and best of all 17.5 games ahead of the Red Sox with 40 games to play.

I shake my head when I watch them because so many of the names of the starters are new to me.


When I was growing up, the sport's commentator on channel 6 in Bluefield would begin his show with, "Let's see who the Yankees clobbered...."

This year feels like those years of Berra, Mantle, Maris, Whitey Ford, Bobby Richardson and on and on.

Great for me.

Not for Sox fans.....

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

OK, back to Politics

House member Steve King (R-Iowa) yesterday said that if all the human beings in each of our ancestry who were the results of rape or incest were removed from our family trees, there would be no human race today.

He said that to oppose a proposed Iowa state law that would allow abortion in the cases of rape and incest.

Even conservative, pro-life Republicans are calling for his resignation.

He has already been removed from his leadership on some House committees for racist statements earlier in the year.

He defends his statements by talking about Genghis Khan and how the rape and pillaging of that horrible invader increased the human population.

Genghis Khan?

How has this guy been elected every two years time after time by the people of Iowa?

With Genghis Khan as a hero, it actually, as hard as it is to believe, makes the President look not so bad.

Well....Not really.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Very good news

My optometrist referred me to an opthamologist with dire warnings--probably because a different eye doctor referred me last year and I didn't go. (It was in my records.)

Dr. Ryan's dire warnings--pointing the book I had with me (I always have a book with me) and said, "You'd better go or forget about those!"

So, I went.

She was a tiny woman. After one person put drops in my eyes and 10 minutes later another person took pictures of my eyes in some weird machine, she saw me and told me my macular  degeneration was very, very minor. She actually said 'very' twice! and put me on some vitamins but said there was 'nothing to treat now'.

Bless her little heart!

This is a huge place in Waterbury that doesn't have optometrists--only people who deal with more than basic eye exams.

I whispered to Bern while we were there (she went because I didn't know if I'd be able to see to drive after the exam) "I feel really young in this waiting room."

It was true. Most people there had aides and canes and wheelchairs.

It's good to feel Young and to know I can have books in my life.

Many thanks, God.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Try to absorb this....

FACT CHECKER, a totally neutral and non-biased group, said today the President HE-WHO-NOT-BE-NAMED has spoken 1219 false or unverifiable statements in 928 days as President.

That is an average of 13 untruths a day in twitter or in spoken word.

Do you lie 13 times a day--and I don't mean answering questions like: "do these pants make my butt look fat?"

I mean lies that matter.

I mean lies about immigrates, boarder walls, policy, the environment, other prominent people, realities!!!

Try to absorb this--the leader of our country and the free world LIES 13 times a day, on average.

Deep breaths. Head between your knees if need be. Breathe into a paper bag. Have some water. Walk it off.

Do I need to talk about this any more to make it more real?

How much more real can you make it than 13 serious untruths a day?

By the most powerful man in the world.

If you can, in some way, absorb this--DO SOMETHING FOR GOD'S SAKE!!!!

This has to stop in 2020 if not by impeachment.

This madness has to stop.

It has to.



For the sake of all of us....

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Almighty God!!!

So the President (WWNBNH) re tweeted a tweet tying the Clinton's to Jeffery Epstein's suicide!

How can we be here? Conspiracy theories forwarded by the Leader of the Free World about political opponents--one of whom got 3 million more popular votes than he did in the 2016 election.

How can everybody in America not be made crazy by this?

Has the outrageous become too common place?

Has the stupid become normal?

Have lies become semi-truth?

How bad can it get?

I'm not sure I want to know.....

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Brooklyn and back

Went down and back to Brooklyn today. On the way down we did what GPS told us to do and it took a little over 3 hours to go 92 miles!

We went for Eleanor's third birthday, which is tomorrow. She is so wondrous, even a three hour trip through horrendous traffic seems with it. Mimi and Tim are well and happy. We love them all--just like we love our Baltimore Bradley/Chen family. Neither Mimi or Cathy took their husband's names. Good for them.

We all went out and her parents bought her a scooter and a ladybug helmet at the neighbourhood toy store. She road it home, veering left a lot and then we went out to their building's outdoor space--about half a football field on the second floor and she rode and rode her scooter, getting better every moment. We hugged them all and she was still riding when we left.

After we got to the Whitestone Bridge, I told Bern to turn off the GPS, I was going Hutch and Merrit no matter what that stupid woman's voice wanted me to do! The Brooklyn Queens Expressway was a mess but we got home in just under two hours. S-U-C-C-E-S-S, that's the way to spell 'success', yes!

The GPS's preference for I-95 was our undoing going down.

We usually make it to Baltimore in 4 hours and 15 minutes and that's 288 miles, not 92....

New York Traffic is the sixth ring of Dante's hell.

Bridget was confused about why we were gone so long, but, as far as we can tell, she didn't pee in the house. That girl can really hold it--unlike me!

Friday, August 9, 2019

It got very dark

The electricity went off on upper Cornwall Avenue last night.

It happened about 8:30 p.m., before it got completely dark. But 45 minutes later, it got very dark.

I called Bern, who was at her Group, to let her know the porch light wouldn't be on when she got back.

Then I got Brigit and a candle and a flashlight and cigarettes and wine and went to the front porch.

It's amazing how dark it can get without lights from houses and street lights. I finally just sat with the candle and the dog and waited on Bern. You miss people more in the dark than in the light.

When she got home, Brigit was delighted. We got a couple of more candles and our bedside lights worked because they store up electricity somehow I don't understand.

We went to bed by 10 p.m.

I realize why folks before electricity were 'early to bed and early to rise'. Not much to do in the dark--with no radio, no TV, no computers--except go to bed.

20 minutes later it came back. We both got up to do some stuff.

Amazing how light encourages action.

I didn't write on my blog last night because I couldn't.

Now I can so I told you why....

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