Two faces of lunacy

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ON THE left, you see me, the tall, pretty one, and Adrian, a good friend in those distant days. The shot comes from 1963.

California.

We were both in the Air Force, and we were standing in my barracks room, which my roommate had painted black with gold glitter.

Adrian was not my roommate. He lived in another barracks in another outfit. He was an electronics technician. I had a job that was less useful in civilian life, a survival-equipment technician.

If you want survival gear stuffed into the ejection-seat pod of an F-106, I’m your man. Oddly, after I left the military I never encountered that job opening anywhere.

Or an F-106, for that matter.

A basic knowledge of electronics, however, was quite useful, but Adrian never worked in electronics after the Air Force. He became a movie-theater projectionist, and he did that for many years. Within a decade we had lost touch, but I found him online about five years ago. It was an obituary. He died in his early 60s. The obit didn’t say why.

A sharp eye will notice a motorcycle helmet on the shelf behind us. Adrian owned a Honda Hawk 305, which was the first motorcycle I ever drove. It started my lifelong love of bikes. I wish I had one right now, but I’ve decided against suicide. I’m enjoying life too much.

Adrian got a psychiatric discharge not long after this photo was taken. Many of my friends have been mentally unstable, which says something about me, I guess.

Adrian had that slick suit tailor-made while stationed in Okinawa. I wonder why he was wearing it on that day. We never had occasion to don suits. Anyway, we had a dress Air Force uniform. Perhaps it was a manifestation of his lunacy.

Adrian was Jewish. Jews have been in and out of my life for a long time. Maybe I was a Maccabee in a former life. I am a fan of Israel.

AMLOHere’s another photo. Its connection with the previous is that it too is a shot of lunacy. It’s — and I’m almost embarrassed to tell you this — the president of Mexico, a man I refer to as el Presidente Moonbat.

How about that headgear?

Moonbat is not Jewish. Would that he were. His IQ would be higher. He likely claims to be Catholic because that’s what most Mexicans are. I’m going to save this photo and use it in all future mentions of our head of state. It captures what passes for his soul.