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AND SO IT BEGINS…. when mechanical and electronics don’t work well I blame it on Mercury in retrograde, but what do you say when your travel plans unravel?

The foreshadowing came first with my neighbor calling  Friday morning in desperation looking for a place to stay while her apt was being ripped apart to replace risers. I semi-offered her our master bedroom with the caveat that I needed to check with the young man who was en route to NYC to apt and cat sit for us.

He told us he was  driving the10-11 hours from Indianapolis and would park his car in front of our cottage in NJ and then take the train to Manhattan. Crazy right? We thought so too!  Early evening arrived and I started receiving  texts about his arrival time. When I asked where he was and the answer was Troy as in NY, we were mystified  Another text informed of his arrival time ( millennials don’t call, they text).

That time came and went and I sent Peter to the lobby to wait for him.  About 10 minutes later I did receive a call on my cellphone from him asking me if we were home?  Of course we are home, we are waiting for you!  OK he is just 2 blocks away and will be right there. I call Peter and say 2 blocks? Do you think he took a cab from Penn Station? I told him to call me and I would tell him how to get here by subway or maybe he took the Q and is walking here. And the answer is he WALKED FROM PENN STATION TO OUR APT after a 27 hr train ride. Well he is a long distance runner and competitive biker.

Saturday morning I awake to a grateful text from my neighbor saying she has found a solution to her homelessness, whew!  BUT during breakfast my friend Jane called to ask if one of her former hotel employees could stay at my cottage during June-since I would be away and she would pay a little something. A key? How much do I want? And I have to call my cousin Janet and tell her the cottage will be occupied for half a month- this after I offered her free rein and use of our cottage and beach badges- just a little more drama to deal with before we leave.

Sunday, our day of departure, we finally leave Manhattan late, and hit a fair amount of traffic;  Can’t get to RiversideDrive to get to the West Side Hwy because Delta Airlines is marching south beyond the 79th St access so we have to try to cross at 72nd St.  Really? Delta Airlines! Really?  OK so we are through the tunnel and Jane will meet us at the cottage, grab a key, we’ll park our car there where it will be safe for a couple of weeks and  meet up with the driver who will take us back up the Garden State Pkwy and NJ  Tnpk to the Newark Airport ($100+tip).

We arrived in plenty of time and waited for boarding time AND THEN moments before we were to board I got a bloody nose! Not just a drip-drop-sniff-it-up bloody nose;  No this was pouring out of my nose. In a minute the handkerchief was soaked. I got to the ladies room where I proceeded to make a bloody mess. My hands and face were bloody, the sink was bloody, I couldn’t bend down to get toilet paper without dripping on the floor!  I am this graphic because during this time four women came and went and NO ONE offered to help me.  I asked one woman to please get me some paper and she just looked at me blankly so I practically shouted at her to please get me some toilet paper. In retrospect, it’s possible she didn’t understand  English.

By now Peter is in the ladies room and telling me everyone is boarding and I look at him with blood smeared face and not so calmly say What do you want me to do? Then some TAP personnel come in and say they will call a medic, and won’t I please come out and sit down and tilt my head back? No I don’t want to because the blood is running down my throat and I already spit up a clot. I mean how gross is this whole thing ? Then one of them says we better call an ambulance! Oh no I am not going in an ambulance.  But yet it keeps bleeding and one-more-official-than-the-others says there is no way you can fly and to emphasize the point for her I proceed to spit up more blood. In the background I hear a voice say that’s why she didn’t want to put her head back!  A police woman has joined the group-  I wonder if I broke a law?  Finally it stopped!! BUT a) the doors had already closed, b)our luggage was being recalled, c) they would not let me on that plane.

We are terribly upset as they tell us: a) you missed the plane and there is not another tonight, b) tomorrow’s flight is fully booked, c) you can’t get booked on an Alliance flight because you didn’t have a refundable ticket, d) actually you’re not entitled to another flight BUT we’re trying to help you, e) there is a TAP flight leaving from JFK at 11:30, we can get you on, f) BUT you have to get a DR’s clearance to fly before you can get on that plane! At this point I tried to point out that it was Sunday, we were in airport, our car was at the shore…. g) suggest we take the Shuttle to JFK but must leave now to make flight -Great! h) we are too late for the last Shuttle, and i) you still have to get Dr release. j)we should take a taxi!!!! OMG, k) Peter find out what it costs and also there is a 24 hr Citi-Med in JFK airport, l) it cost $92.00 hurry put the bags in and driver turns to me and says plus $36 in tolls! What? The  Verrazano? Are you crazy we ‘re not going that way! m)  lady it’s that way or no  way

To be continued…

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Over the years, our country has had its share of great orators; Men who could inspire us with encouraging words, enlighten us with words of wisdom, inform us with clarity, share their vision of a future or soothe a troubled nation with intelligent reason.

The history books, (or at least when I was growing up we had History books in school Geography too) and we learned about Lincoln’s great Gettysburg Address, Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death” speech, and FDR’s first Fireside address.  Greatness continued though the decades with Ronald Reagan’s Brandenburg Gate speech, in  Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “The only thing we have to fear…” inaugural address, John F. Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do…” speech, Lyndon B. Johnson’s Voting Rights speech in 1965, Dwight Eisenhower’s  Military Industrial Complex speech in 1961 and Obama’s Race speech, “A more perfect union”.

Trump smile

That’s My Story and I’m Sticking to It

“…I went to an Ivy League school. I’m highly educated. I know words. I have the best words, I have the best, but there is no better word than stupid. Right?”

But now we find ourselves led by a man of few words  or How To Speak Solely In Superlatives.  Although brevity is often hailed and long-winded monologues not widely appreciated, consider the current state of presidential pronouncements.  Pronouncements may too generous a description for the 140 characters tweeted on an irregular basis by POTUS.  The following list features words MOST USED by Donald Trump.

AMAZING – TERRIFIC – TREMENDOUS – BEST – WINNING – STUPID – WEAK – LOSER – WE- THEY – MORON – SMART – TOUGH – DANGEROUS – BAD – LIGHTWEIGHT – HUGE- ZERO – CLASSY – BIG LEAGUE

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It could be shades of Colin McEnroe who used to espouse a conspiracy theory every Wednesday on his radio talk show in Hartford CT, many years ago.  Still the information did come to us through a radio show, this time WBAI, a listener supported Public Radio station.

Will we ever REALLY know the truth about the Kennedy Assassination?  There isn’t a Baby Boomer alive that can’t tell you to the minute what they were doing and where they were when the news that our president, John F. Kennedy had been shot.  One man on a mission? Not likely!  The alleged assassin assassinated by a outraged and patriotic strip club owner??? WE KNOW this is just not the whole truth BUT no one has ever been able to prove otherwise.

They HAD to stop the bleeding, the nation was reeling, shocked beyond belief which meant we were apt to believe anything – at least for awhile.  So we were told that a very special holy ordained group of wise men would look into this event and explain once and for all what really happened – Voila! The Warren Commission.

This from Wikipedia: The ten-month investigation of the Warren Commission of 1963–1964, the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) of 1976–1979, and other government investigations concluded that the President was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald, who was murdered by Jack Ruby before he could stand trial. This conclusion was initially met with support among the American public, however polls conducted from 1966 to 2004 concluded approximately 80% of the American public have held beliefs contrary to these findings.[1][2] The assassination is still the subject of widespread debate and has spawned numerous conspiracy theories and alternative scenarios. In 1979, the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) found both the original FBI investigation and the Warren Commission Report to be seriously flawed. The HSCA also concluded that there were at least four shots fired, that there was a “high probability” that two gunmen fired at the President, and that it was probable that a conspiracy existed.[3] Later studies, including one by the National Academy of Sciences,[4] have called into question the accuracy of the evidence used by the HSCA to support its finding of four shots.

Then a plethora of books followed:

  • Josiah Thompson — Six Seconds in Dallas
  • Priscilla McMillan — Marina and Lee
  • Jean Davison — Oswald’s Game
  • David Lifton — Best Evidence

Crossfire
Jim Marrs. The virtue of this volume is its comprehensiveness. Marrs seems never to have met a crackpot witness he didn’t believe nor run across a conspiracy factoid he didn’t accept. You’ll get the full case for “conspiracy” here, the good, the bad, and the downright wacky.

Case Closed
Gerald Posner. A comprehensive “lone assassin” synthesis, and massive debunking of conspiracy factoids. Its real strength is a compelling portrait of Lee Harvey Oswald the man.

The Killing of a President
Robert Groden. The text is a mish-mash of conspiracy factoids, but the pictures are a treasure in this large-format volume.

High Treason
Harrison Livingstone and Robert Groden. A good introduction to the conspiracy view of the medical evidence, and much more besides. Rife with inaccuracies and wacky assertions, but fascinating too.

False Witness
Patricia Lambert. The definitive debunking of the Garrison investigation, based on the full documentary record (much of it recently released) and extensive witness interviews. Shows the real Jim Garrison.

Pictures of the Pain
Richard Trask. Nominally only deals with the photographers who photographed the assassination and aftermath, and their photos. In reality a detailed, accurate, and compelling account of what happened “on the ground” in Dallas and especially in Dealey Plaza that day.

And then in 1991 when those of us who were teenagers when JFK was killed and were now in their mid-forties  and were presumably more intelligent, more endowed with logical reasoning – Oliver Stone releases  JFK. A movie part fact, part speculation and part opinion (Garrison’s and Stone’s) – AND we loved it!  Someone finally came along and confirmed our long buried but not forgotten suspicions.  NOT that the books or at least some of them didn’t  also put forward the conspiracy theory,  BUT this was in cinematographic panavision!

Fast Forward to 2008 and George Bush and the murder of John F. Kennedy The Dark Legacy,  directed by John Hankey. What new revelations await us?  I am sooooo intrigued by the title with its implication that George Bush was, may have, might have been involved. I understand there might be some Skull & Crossbones involvement too!!!

Check back in the future for an unbiased review!!!!

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The Dark Legacy



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