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.”


Horrified. Just horrified by the outcome of the election. Sexism and racism certainly played a part in this mess, but yes also anger and a growing unhappiness over change. People don’t like change, I get that. People like to bury their heads in the sand, I get that. But when you don’t pick the most qualified person and instead elect someone who says terrible things about women and minorities, makes fun of people with disabilities, who threatens his opponent on national television, who cheated on how many wives, who refused to release his tax returns, who does not believe in global warming, etc. you have to ask WTF?

Going from inspiring little girls and telling them that if you are smart and work hard you can become President, to showing them that the little dumb boy bully wins is a terrible dangerous message. Hopefully I am wrong, hopefully the next four years will be prosperous and wonderful, after all he has the House and the Senate so he should be able to fulfill all of his promises, but what I see are four years of lawsuits and fighting and very little being accomplished. What I see is that those unhappy people that voted for this orange monster (or those that did not vote at all) will be worse off than they were before.


Election Day 2016!

A historical day!

I was #232 to vote in my small town and there was no line and no waiting. Well, I had to wait for the old election judge to finish her circling her word in her crossword puzzle, but that was about it. Really it took me longer to take my voting selfies than it took to vote. I am voting for Hillary, because it will be wonderful to see a woman in the White House! Plus she is smart, has dedicated her life to helping others, and knows how to get things done. #ImWithHer #HillYes

Some interesting tweets:

Riddle Room, part 2

Second try at the Riddle Room today. Sadly the Starship: Sabotage exploded and we died, but we were soo close to solving it (we only had one puzzle to solve and almost had it and some red buttons to hit).

Making history or herstory!

For the first time in over 200 years of American history a woman has been nominated by a major political party for president of the United States! Hillary Clinton gave a fantastic speech tonight (and quoted the musical Hamilton a few times! and mentioned how she believes in science and climate change!!!) and actually the whole Democratic Convention had a lot of wonderful speeches, especially those by all three Clinton’s, both Obama’s (Michelle had the best speech of the whole convention), and Biden (really, Joe could get kittens to cry). We are living in amazing times!

(photo courtesy of

A great quote by Steve Jobs

“Creativity is just connecting things…A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.” ~ Steve Jobs in Wired Magazine, February 1996

Steve may have been talking about the tech industry, but sadly you see this everywhere, in the library, in business, in life. Think different. Be different.


Watching the Chippendale dance tonight with the ladies tonight! Not as sleazy as I thought it was going to be, but the “B” team must have been performing in Minnesota as their choreography seemed a bit lacking.