I am spending way more time in the drug store than I am on the ski hills these days. Having said that, the winter solstice was managed in the ‘Land of Our People’ so I got just one day on the slopes with my daughter during a visit home in February. It was liberating although I almost needed assistance boarding the aircraft the next day. But enough about that – any more talk about skiing and I’ll start sounding like Bobby Lefsetz. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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To all those who read the last installment, thank you. My resolution for the new year is to be a tad more upbeat. A Sisyphian task to be sure in these dystopian times but I will make the effort. But first, I have to do this….

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I had kind of prepared this piece earlier this year as a take on spring cleaning but that season kind of came and went. I worked up something about the parallels to Passover and the  ritual cleaning of a Jewish home prior to the holiday. I brought in for flavor the Iranian Nowruz, or new year, which is said to include traditional ‘shaking’ of the house. For those of us in the snowbelt, it might go back to the days when winter fireplaces, oil furnaces and poor ventilation left a coat of soot and dust on everything.

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Day One

The morning sun in Miami Beach was hot, Cool Hand Luke work gang hot. I was into the metaphor so I asked the woman driving the Uber to the Con Air hangar to soap up and slap herself up against the windshield. There was a big tip in it for her. Told her I was going upstate for a bid. She wasn’t into it and forced me out of the car at gunpoint. Forgot about the Stand Your Ground and Open Carry laws in Florida. She screamed something to me in Spanish about my plummeting passenger rating but I didn’t care. I was going away. For a long time.

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

For the first time in the history of this blog I posted a entry and then pulled it down. Some of my more ardent readers took issue with the quality of the argument and although I had spent some chopping and channeling it might have not been ready for public consumption. This is a second and final pass.

I don’t like writing about the pandemic. The meniscus on treatments, lockdowns and hospital case loads shifts daily. Too much thinking about it leads me into very dark, anxious places. A couple of nights ago I was out with a group of people and one of the women at the table got right into the conspiracy theories the minute she sat down. There’s something in the swabs, the nasal test gives you brain damage, the vaccines are really part of a depopulation program, that colloidal silver you’ve been taking will kill you, COVID can spread to your clothes… enough. 

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