DAY 1 – I have everything I need to self-quarantine and thus avoid catching the Dos Equis virus, or the Tequila Mockingbird, whatever it’s called. Ah, the coronavirus. Must have come from drinking that Mexican beer. Some call the sickness the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, although President Trump calls it the China virus. An aide referred to the Kung Flu. Anyway, we were told to stay away from everyone else, and stock up on necessities. That explains my 43 bottles of Smirnoff and the eight boxes of cigars. My food supply is adequate, although the pantry has “use by” markings going back to Christmas. Isn’t it a shame so many people are hording? DAY 3 – Houston announces the shutdown of bars and clubs -- on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day. Staying away from other people isn’t so unusual. … [Read more...] about Alone among millions
As I was going to St Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Every wife had seven sacks. Every sack had seven cats. Every cat had seven kits. Kits, cats, sacks, and wives. How many were going to St Ives? -- The Weekly Magazine of August 4, 1779 The Wall Street Journal – Stocks dropped across the board in early trading when word swept the floor that the town of St Ives was being evacuated due to the spread of the deadly Cat Virus. “The mayor has ordered everyone to flee for their lives,” a resident said, running from the town. Later, however, stocks rebounded on word that the mayor had ordered the evacuation to loot the empty houses. After hitting a record high, stocks fell to record lows when the kitten crop scored heavily in European markets. But just before the closing bell, some stocks … [Read more...] about Without rhyme or reason
THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER – If I drive down Fannin and take a right at whatever street it is, then avoid a Metro train that is headed straight at me, I can, no, I can’t. Have you ever tried to visit anyone at the Texas Medical Center, known as the TMC to those who have just dialed 911? It is the largest medical center in the world, and is probably in the Guinness World Records as “the worst place to drive.” Here is a parking garage that seems to be near my goal, so I drive in, circle up eight floors past “Reserved for doctors,” “Reserved for nurses,” “Reserved for friends and neighbors of doctors and nurses.” Finally finding a door, I emerge into a hospital hallway and wander around until I spot a nurses’ station. “Hi, I need to get to Room 555 in the Gangrene Tower.” One nurse, eyes … [Read more...] about Patient be patient
On Jan. 23, 2017, Donald Trump’s fourth day as President, he met with congressional leaders in the State Dining Room of the White House. “You know, I won the popular vote,” he started off, and then repeated the calumny that Hillary Clinton had received three to five million illegal votes, owning to fraud. “That’s not true,” Nancy Pelosi replied, according to “A Very Stable Genius,” a new book quoted by The New Yorker. This claim by Trump is spooky, even more so if he really believed it. Yes, it’s about time we discussed President Donald J. Trump because we’ve heard so little of him since he took office. Two items: First, do you think Trump will ever leave office? That’s not a stupid question. Have you seen those signs: “Trump in 2020, 2024 and 2028?” His paranoid suspicions surfaced in … [Read more...] about Will the president set a precedent?
MY COMPUTER – I am scrolling through the Internet, looking for dirt on anyone I don’t like, and I see an ad for Mike Bloomberg. And another. I turn on the TV and there, between ads for Mike Bloomberg, is a bit of programming. Open any daily newspaper, and there are full-page ads for, one guess, Mike Bloomberg. The New York billionaire has already spent more on TV ads than GEICO, Bud Light and whoever makes those pills that guarantee you’ll be smarter than a jellyfish. Bloomberg is also spending more than all the other Democrats running for their party’s presidential nomination. He has promised that, if he doesn’t get the nod himself, he will bankroll the winning Dem -- just to defeat President Donald Trump. Oh, I forgot about Tom Steyer, another billionaire -- worth a measly $1.62 billion … [Read more...] about Follow the money – out of Texas