Tuesday, January 15, 2019

What comes next?



Does anyone seriously think that a second referendum could provoke violence?

Sunday, January 13, 2019

What a thrill!



Joe Biden, California Gov. Jerry Brown, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Sen. Jeff Merkley (Ore.), former Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (Ill.)Andrew Cuomo, Deval Patrick, Eric Holder, Kirstin Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Julián Castro, Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, and, of course, BERNIE, not to mention Oprah Winfrey.

Every Democrat with any name recognition has already announced their plan to run for president in 2020. Only a few of them have even a small chance of being nominated; the others are destined to waste time and money and, worst, annoy their current constituents by ignoring the jobs they've already been elected to do. There is no joy for me in watching this circus. Despair is more like it.

Still, the news never lets you down these days. I don't know which is more exciting, waiting to see whether Theresa May gets her deal passed on Tuesday or anticipating the next shoe to drop in Trump's Russian saga. And, will it really be a catastrophe is the Brexit deal is rejected?



Saturday, January 12, 2019

What a difference 50 years makes


Yesterday I found myself sharing an Uber with a young nursing student. In her final year of school, she does two shifts a week in the oncology unit at Mass General. One is eight hours, the other twelve. I can't imagine a twelve-hour shift doing anything, much less running around the way she must. She was dismissive of my sympathy, "We get an hour for lunch and another 15-minute break." We started to talk about the weather and I expressed concern about next Saturday, my moving day. The prediction keeps vacillating between rain and snow. My preference is for snow - I don't want my things getting wet. But, she insisted, snow will make it slippery. I had to break it to her that there comes a time in your life when you no longer ask friends to help you move. You hire actual movers. She was thunderstruck/gobsmacked.

Last night I packed up the dishes. The walking egg cup is always the last thing I put in. It has been moving with me since 1978.