Does the Marriott Have a Pool?

1507562276987I would expect that Trump properties are prominently on the list of targets in response to this idiot move by the ersatz-president. Since I’m not hearing about this (these are not the properties you’re looking for) I am even more concerned that anything called a Trump Tower might be extremely dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.

It could prove life-saving to post large cautionary signs at all Trump properties: Towers, Gold Clubs, Tenement Buildings.

Of course the question is whether the Iranian blowback will be directed at the United States (military targets) or Trump himself (symbolic targets). Since Trump criminally has threatened targeting non-military sites, I wonder. Add to that the current news out of Washington making it quite clear that one man overruled the advice of many more qualified individuals and ordered the assassination.

I’d hate to be that one man now.

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Before Ronald Reagan

download.jpgI see in the news that they have arrested a woman for paying $400,000 to get her non-soccer playing son into UCLA on a soccer scholarship. I guess someone has to pay for those multi-level carparks and all that avocado toast at the CO-OP.

When I was planning for college they offered me $140 a semester and I didn’t even play soccer. How could I refuse? Of course in terms of today’s dollars this seems a paltry sum but back then it was more than enough to sway my decision.

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Rodents Of Unusual Size

images.jpgThe dangers of the fire swamp are the flame spurt, the lightning sand, the Internet wormholes, and the dreaded Rodents Of Unusual Size (ROUS). Leslie has demonstrated the most effective way to avoid three of these dangers but no one has a viable way of avoiding Internet wormholes short of tossing your computer (or Smart Phone) into the Well at the World’s End.

I personally fall into what should be an easily avoidable wormhole in two seemingly innocent ways. The first is when I go to YouTube to catch up on the four or five video podcasts I follow and enjoy. Unfortunately the folks at Google tempt me with dozens of related or semi-related videos that seem to promise arcane knowledge of digital watches or at least a few minutes of entertainment ranging from mild humor to sexual enticement. My favorites tend to involve food porn (especially street food, down and dirty), classic rock covers played on obscure asian instruments, and videos displaying the my favorite comedian-du-jour (Lewis Black  rocks!). I also still insist on watching the How-To video whenever I need to restring my ukulele.

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Lucia di Yammermore

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After I had my stroke in 2001 I was confined to the first floor of the house and was all alone when my wife went to work each day. We decided I needed a dog for a companion: one that was easy to care for and hypo-allergenic. We got Luci (Lucia di Yammermoor), a small maltese, pure white, and so tiny I brought her home in my baseball cap. When the time cme we took Luci to training and she became my care dog, companion, and good friend.

Two weeks ago Luci stopped eating and tests showed that her kidneys had shut down. She was over sixteen and had a good life, still the final decision was difficult to make. I took Luci to the vet yesterday and had her put to sleep: euthanasia seemed a more humane option than watching her internal organs fail one by one just too keep her around a few days longer.

It still hurts, though.

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