Princess Diana

Twenty years ago today Princess Diana died. Wow it seems like yesterday. I remember getting up early to watch her wedding with the twin and also getting up early to her funeral. So very sad. #PrincessDiana #Diana20

Women’s March

The historic Women’s March on Washington DC and around the world took place today to protest the new President. Washington DC had over 1 million people and St. Paul had around 100,000. Amazing numbers.



The Inauguration was not supposed to turn out this way. I am sure that there is an alternative timeline/parallel universe out there where Hillary Clinton became our first female president. Sadly it was not my universe. Hopefully sometime in my life I will see a female president of the United States. Until then we are stuck with the orange dude for -4 years and counting down. I spent a little time watching the craziness and tiny crowds on TV and then I went to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Nothing like Star Wars to help take the pain away.

The last day of the Obama presidency

The last full day of the Obama presidency. 8 years of no drama Obama. Some of the last tweets on from the Obama presidency on Twitter.

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(Some of Obama’s last Tweets as POTUS. Tweeted January 19, 2017, Accessed 1/19/2017


(Some of Obama’s last Tweets. January 1 and January 10, 2017, Accessed 1/19/2017

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(Michelle Obama last Tweet as FLOTUS. Tweeted January 18, 2017,Accessed 1/19/2017

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(Biden last Tweet as VP. Tweeted January 19, 2017, Accessed 1/19/2017

(Previous Biden Tweet. Tweeted August 6, 2016, Accessed 1/19/2017

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(Some of the last Obama White House Tweets. Tweeted January 19, 2017, Accessed 1/19/2017


Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro died today at 90! Release the Miami Armada (i.e. ex-Cuban senior citizens living in Miami who will now be sailing home)! It finally happened. Fidel is dead. Wow. I figured he would out live Gorby (just for spite) and be the last surviving Cold War leader, but I guess not. I visited Havana back in 1999 with the Twin sister. I wanted to visit Cuba before Fidel died and everything changed over night, so I dragged the Twin to Cuba for salsa lessons as “cultural activities” were the only way you would visit the country. We went in July, it was hot and swarming with Italian tourists. Besides going to salsa lessons and we visited many places associated with the Fidel, Che, and Hemingway. Drank a bunch of lovely mojitos at La Bodeguita del Medio (signed our name to the walls), visited Finca Vigía, saw one of The Buena Vista Social Club members (where I vaguely recall he touched the Twins ass), and came and went via Cancun. Had a lovely time in Cuba.

Two interesting posts

Two posts by authors more eloquent then me on our forthcoming Presidential situation…

“President Pussygrabber” by George R.R. Martin
Nov. 9th, 2016 from Martin’s website Not A Blog and you can find it here:

“There are really no words for how I feel this morning.

America has spoken. I really thought we were better than this. Guess not.

Trump was the least qualified candidate ever nominated by a major party for the presidency. Come January, he will become the worst president in American history, and a dangerously unstable player on the world stage.

And the decimated Democrats, a minority in both House and Senate, do not have the power to hinder him.

Over the next four years, our problems are going to get much, much worse.

Winter is coming. I told you so.


“Trump voters will not like what happens next” By Garrison Keillor

November 9, 2016 from The Washington Post, which you can find here:

“So he won. The nation takes a deep breath. Raw ego and proud illiteracy have won out, and a severely learning-disabled man with a real character problem will be president. We are so exhausted from thinking about this election, millions of people will take up leaf-raking and garage cleaning with intense pleasure. We liberal elitists are wrecks. The Trumpers had a whale of a good time, waving their signs, jeering at the media, beating up protesters, chanting “Lock her up” — we elitists just stood and clapped. Nobody chanted “Stronger Together.” It just doesn’t chant.

The Trumpers never expected their guy to actually win the thing, and that’s their problem now. They wanted only to whoop and yell, boo at the H-word, wear profane T-shirts, maybe grab a crotch or two, jump in the RV with a couple of six-packs and go out and shoot some spotted owls. It was pleasure enough for them just to know that they were driving us wild with dismay — by “us,” I mean librarians, children’s authors, yoga practitioners, Unitarians, bird-watchers, people who make their own pasta, opera-goers, the grammar police, people who keep books on their shelves, that bunch. The Trumpers exulted in knowing we were tearing our hair out. They had our number, like a bratty kid who knows exactly how to make you grit your teeth and froth at the mouth.

Alas for the Trump voters, the disasters he will bring on this country will fall more heavily on them than anyone else. The uneducated white males who elected him are the vulnerable ones, and they will not like what happens next.

To all the patronizing B.S. we’ve read about Trump expressing the white working-class’s displacement and loss of the American Dream, I say, “Feh!” — go put your head under cold water. Resentment is no excuse for bald-faced stupidity. America is still the land where the waitress’s kids can grow up to become physicists and novelists and pediatricians, but it helps a lot if the waitress and her husband encourage good habits and the ambition to use your God-given talents and the kids aren’t plugged into electronics day and night. Whooping it up for the candidate of cruelty and ignorance does less than nothing for your kids.

We liberal elitists are now completely in the clear. The government is in Republican hands. Let them deal with him. Democrats can spend four years raising heirloom tomatoes, meditating, reading Jane Austen, traveling around the country, tasting artisan beers, and let the Republicans build the wall and carry on the trade war with China and deport the undocumented and deal with opioids, and we Democrats can go for a long , brisk walk and smell the roses.

I like Republicans. I used to spend Sunday afternoons with a bunch of them, drinking Scotch and soda and trying to care about NFL football. It was fun. I tried to think like them. (Life is what you make it. People are people. When the going gets tough, tough noogies.) But I came back to liberal elitism.

Don’t be cruel. Elvis said it, and it’s true. We all experienced cruelty back in our playground days — boys who beat up on the timid, girls who made fun of the homely and naive — and most of us, to our shame, went along with it, afraid to defend the victims lest we become one of them. But by your 20s, you should be done with cruelty. Mr. Trump was the cruelest candidate since George Wallace. How he won on fear and bile is for political pathologists to study. The country is already tired of his noise, even his own voters. He is likely to become the most intensely disliked president since Herbert Hoover. His children will carry the burden of his name. He will never be happy in his own skin. But the damage he will do to our country — who knows? His supporters voted for change, and boy, are they going to get it.

Back to real life. I went up to my home town the other day and ran into my gym teacher, Stan Nelson, looking good at 96. He commanded a landing craft at Normandy on June 6, 1944, and never said a word about it back then, just made us do chin-ups whether we wanted to or not. I saw my biology teacher Lyle Bradley, a Marine pilot in the Korean War, still going bird-watching in his 90s. I was not a good student then, but I am studying both of them now. They have seen it all and are still optimistic. The past year of politics has taught us absolutely nothing. Zilch. Zero. Nada. The future is scary. Let the uneducated have their day. I am now going to pay more attention to teachers.”