Today in My History

2000:  Bottles of Chance
2001:  Confessions of a Klutz
2002:  Tool Time
2003:  Who Is Milton and Why Should I Care?
2004:  Portals of the Past
2005:  Cultural Icons
2006:   94 and Counting

2007:  Seventy
2008: Category 1
  High Tech/Low Tech
2010:  So Many Books, So Few Hours
2011: Taking Stock
2012: The Paul Picnic, 2012
2013: Topkapi Palace

2014: Wow--What a Day!
2015: Training, Part 1
2016: Today at Logos
2017:  Saturday 9
2018: Sunday Stealing
2019: And So It Ends
2020: My Day

Books Read in 2021
 Updated 8/03
"Win" and
"Miracle Cure"
by Harlan Coben...and
"Mr. Monk Goes to
the Firehouse"
by Lee Goldberg

My family

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Books Read in 2021
Books Read in 2020

Books Read in 2019
Books Read in 2018

Books Read in 2017
Books Read in 2015
Books Read in 2014
Books Read in 2013

Books Read in 2012
Books Read in 2011
Books Read in 2010

Cast (updated 7/16)

(you know how to fix it)

Some Background Links:
The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers
The story of Delicate Pooh
The story of the Piņata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person anyway?

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2 September 2021

I had lunch with my friend Kathleen today.  We spent a lot of time talking about the fires in California right now, especially what is happening in the Lake Tahoe area.  She is part of a condo up there and the fire, if it gets that far, is a danger to their place.  They have been told to evacuate.

The ironic thing is that her place is on the south side of the lake.  Our condo is on the north side of the lake, where there is no fire danger and not even any hazardous air to breathe.  Our air here today isn't bad (it's "moderate") but it has been at the "hazardous" level this week.  We are masking when we go outside, not only for COVID but for the air we have to breathe as well!

The biggest fire right now has burned over 200,000 acres and they say it is only 20% "contained," whatever that is (Kathleen says that her fireman friend says that means the amount of green that has been burned and can't be burned any more).

We also talked about COVID and the problems were are seeing in this country.  She had a "close acquaintance" ("I wouldn't exactly call him a friend") who decided not to get vaccinated ... and died of COVID a week or so ago, admitting to her that he had been stupid not to get the vaccine. 

Kathleen went into a store wearing a mask this week and a man wearing a MAGA hat came up to her and yelled at her to take her mask off immediately.

I don't understand the problem that people have with wearing masks to (a) keep from catching COVID, and (b) prevent them from passing the virus along to someone else.  These people wear shoes in restaurants because they are expected to.  They wear ties in fancy restaurants because they can't go in without a tie.  They don't smoke indoors because the rules say you can't.  They wear seat belts because the police will give them a ticket if they don't. They take their shoes off at the airport because they have to go through the screening.  They drive the speed limit that the police has set up.  They don't park in spaces painted red.  There are all sorts of things we have to do because the law says we must, and yet somehow wearing a mask to prevent the spread of a deadly virus is so odious someone would scream at my friend that she has to take her mask off RIGHT NOW.  And a governor refuses to give any money to schools that require their students to wear masks.

I also got a letter from a pen pal this week who says she probably won't get vaccinated.  She has done research and discovered that more people die of pneumonia than die of COVID so it's not really that big a deal.  If everyone felt about vaccines the way some people now feel about the COVID vaccine, we would still be fighting polio, diptheria, pertussis, tetanus, chicken pox, shingles measles, mumps, rubella, HPV, hepatitis and other diseases.  So what's so bad about a vaccine that has been proven to either prevent people from catching a deadly disease, or, if they do catch it. will only have a mild case of it.

People are so afraid of what might be in the vaccine yet will take Ivermectin (a horse pill) because someone decided it would cure COVID.

My pen pal has adult children.  I wonder if they received their vaccinations when they were young.


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