Twelve things

  1. After two miserable weeks, my cold finally cured itself, and I’m my usual vigorous self. I wonder if these things hang on longer as one ages. Probably.
  2. An insane woman has been walking our neighborhood for a year or two. She seems to be in constant motion, and at times she lets out an angry, blood-curdling scream.
  3. We’re deep into miserable Springtime. Campesinos set fire to the countryside, an annual event, and black soot descends on the Hacienda. It’s a constant sweeping challenge, and sweeping soot is like herding butterflies.odds&ends
  4. We have two definite restaurant days: Thursday and Sunday. That doesn’t mean we can’t eat out on other days too because we can, but we usually don’t.
  5. There is one exception to No. 4, but I don’t really consider it eating out. It’s more of a convenience. On Saturdays, my wife is quite busy baking for her afternoon pastry sale. Before we head downtown with the goodies, we eat roasted chicken at a very humble place near the Hacienda.
  6. Heidi Cruz won’t be First Lady next year. Dang! Seems the Slovenian hussy will be. Or Slick Willy. Lordy!
  7. Former Mexican President Fox said nasty stuff about Trump a few months back, but now he’s apologized and invited Trump to Mexico to get to know us better.
  8. May is the final month to prepare the yard for the summer deluges. I’ll be hiring Abel the deadpan neighbor in a few days to cut and haul lots of stuff away. I want the yard in fighting trim before the floods arrive.
  9. Spring is the only good season for short-sleeved shirts. My pants, however, remain the same all year. Blue jeans.
  10. I’ll be 72 this summer. I’m noticing an occasional unsteadiness in my walk, wobbly-like. This is relatively new, and I do not like it one little bit.
  11. With every passing year, I like Mexico more. Not having been in the United States for seven years now, and not having lived there in 16, I’m forgetting what Gringo life is like. From what I read, perhaps that’s for the best.
  12. According to an article in The New York Times, bilingual people are less likely to get goofy with age. ¡Bueno!

Getting down

ve been trying to lay off the White House inhabitants. What’s the point? But sometimes my eyeballs roll so far back into my graying skull that restraint is well-nigh impossible.

There is a larger issue and a smaller issue.

The larger, which I’ve mentioned repeatedly, is the childishness of so many Americans. The naive, spoiled attitudes of a people who have lived their entire lives with no serious threat to their existence.

Now let’s move on to the smaller issue, a specific example. Her name is Michelle Obama, a woman who personifies America in 2013.

Here she is on television with a twit named Jimmy Fallon who’s in drag.

What’s wrong with this? Living in the White House, being the First Lady, requires a degree of gravitas. It comes with the job — or should.

What is happening in the video is the antithesis of gravitas. She’s dancing with a guy in drag. The silliness of the dance itself. And a hairdo, which is her own and not related to the skit, bangs in her eyes, that is suitable for a 15-year-old.

And Michelle is pushing 50.

Can you imagine Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton or any other First Lady ever who would have been caught dead coming off like this?

Michelle perfectly reflects today’s America in all its inanity.

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(Note: As mentioned not long ago, the book to read is Slouching Toward Gomorrah by the recently departed Robert H. Bork.)

(Confession: I have not, and I will not, watch this video to its end. I tried but could not. I was cringing, literally.)