Sunday, August 2, 2020

In deep as the walls thicken

This pandemic has been a tough thing to keep any focus throughout. From working at home and missing the Hell out of physical materials to a bored as Hell special needs teenager whose life has been upended overnight - decisions are hard. I'm supposed to be going back to work on a half day basis later this month, and I'm ok with that. Again, I really miss books, maps and I do not think either of them are going to kill me. Hell is other people though and there will be maybe a third of normal staffing in the building so there will be social distance. My son's school is set to be distance learning later this month and full time in early September. He does not take well to distance learning and needs a lot of one on one education. I'm really torn. If there was a wsy for him to go a couple of days a week I'd be more accepting. I also do not think Ohio's numbers are going to be low enough for anyone to go back to school. Naturally I'm concerned for mt son's health. I am also concerned for the health of his teachers, the school's staff, other students and so on. This is really hard. It's been hard to plan and it's going to be very difficult to implement. No one is going to come out ahead. All the while legal ducuments are now in place to assist with the inevitable turning of 18 by the soon to be legal adult. It's a weird time. What would have been my 35th wedding anniversary was last week. Twelve years ago she said to never contact her again, I have not done so. Meanwhile she blocks me on Facebook even as she liked one of my tweets a few weeks ago. Another result of the lack of courage this country has is that the U.S. Passport has become a useless document, we're the shithole country now. It did not have to happen this way and I blame the GOP cultists in the senate. So we sit at home, watching the sparrows and house finches out the window. Aimlessly play the new acoustic I traded up for, and wait for what?

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Troubles America

The last few nights in Columbus have been a tense display of protests, property damage and police overreach. I'm grateful that it has not been worse, because it could be.

Yesterday I watched the social media feeds of friends of mine bravely go to a protest downtown. For over an hour, maybe longer, it was peaceful. Then, somewhere, a switch was activated and the police, mounted police and SWAT teams indiscriminately pepper sprayed scores of people.

Police Chief Thomas Quinlan blamed the protesters, the protesters blamed the police and the Mayor of Columbus, Andrew Ginther...well where was he while the president of Columbus City Council Shannon Hardin, County Commissioner Kevin Boyce and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty were on the front line and were also pepper sprayed by the police.

It was tense and this old man on the couch was worried about his friends, some of whom were sprayed or shot with wooden bullets but are otherwise intact.

The protests spread to the short north, where many businesses had already boarded up their windows in anticipation of confrontations. Several shops has already sustained damage and looting during the previous nights clashes.

By this time Mayor Ginther came out of meeting with developers, or where ever he was receiving orders, to issue this tweet.

"Racism and discrimination are threats to the quality of life and safety of our community. We are committed to addressing these concerns and making changes when necessary. We believe that we can peacefully protest, keep each other safe and make sure that our community remains America’s Opportunity City"

I'm so glad he took the time to issue a marketing and branding report for Columbus. Ginther had a press conference with Governor DeWine, and the national guard was called in to assist. Ohio and the national guard have a wonderful history together. A 10PM curfew was enacted and it seemed like it was respected as the streets were clear.



I woke up to what I think is calm in my newsfeeds. I know there were more injuries and violence in other cities. We're not doing this well. How do we fix this and all that? Committees, blue ribbon panels, citizen councils taking a knee and the like - they have not worked. The only thing that has not changed is the police, who are now equipped like Robo Cop while school buildings have leaky ceilings.



In this culture, this climate, with this administration in charge in the White House, what do we have the collective will to do to stop this racist county from being racist anymore?

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Thanks for the music

Happiest of birthdays to Pete Townshend. 75 today and still going.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Cheers!

In light of the president's comments regarding injecting disinfectant into the lungs to kill the COVID-19 virus, here are a few cocktails to make the MAGA life easier.

Trumpicillin

1 1/2 oz. Gin (your preference)
1 oz. Simple syrup
1/2 oz. Lavender Lysol (or to taste)
2 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
Fill shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds
Strain into highball glass filled with fresh ice
Top with club soda.

Tropi-Kill

2 oz. white rum
2 tsp Mango Flavor-Aid
1 oz lime juice
1 1/2 oz Lysol Lemon
3 dashes orange bitters
Stir in mixing glass until powder is dissolved
Strain into old fashioned glass
Float 1/2 oz Bacardi 151

Ivanka's Cough

8 strawberries, de-stemmed
2 oz. trump vodka
2 oz. Lysol Orange
1 Frozen champagne popsicle
Place in blender, add a few ice cubes
Blend until smooth
Pour into flute
Top with six drops Meyer Lemon soap

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Still in place

Trying to maintain it all. Some days are easier than others. Hope you are all as well as you can be.

Writers Block has been holding online readings during the pandemic. I put a poem out there last night.

Here it is.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Stay frosty

Our self-quarantine ended on Monday with no incident. We received a PDF letter of clean health from the county so we can go out into the madness if we want to. We're fine, symptom free.

I see that breathing and speaking may be spreading the virus around so society is about to become the plot of Guy Maddin's Careful.

I'm sure there will be people telling us when and how to breathe properly into our home made masks any day now. And how not to talk to each other when you go out for a walk in the park.

If twitter use spread the virus your friend's racist friend would not know what to do with themselves.

Maybe we'll be able to go out to a restaurant again by mid-June. Maybe, if anyone is left and able to have the funds to reopen. The economy is at a standstill and people are dying. It's a fine line that $1,200 checks are not going to solve. Of course the corporations will be just fine. The executives with initialed titles will be fine. The managers of hedge funds will be just fine. The major stockholders will be fine.

Whew, we sure dodged a bullet there by bailing out the airlines.