Sorry for my extended absence from the blog.
I have lots of reasons (excuses) for the hiatus but the main one is a total frustration at trying to come up with something witty and humorous at a time when this country of ours is in such a sorry state.
It would seem almost insulting to write about fluff at a time when these are the typical news headlines: “Two more police officers shot in (name a city) as marchers take to the streets in protest against racism.” Or: “Radical Islamists claim responsibility for latest suicide bombing attack that kills scores in (Name a country). Or: “Donald Trump continues his march to the presidency as supporters overlook character flaws and outright lies in favor of promised radical changes in the way Washington does business.” Or: “Hillary vows that, if elected, we’ll return to the good ol’ days of the Clinton White House.” I don’t mind telling you I haven’t been this concerned about the future of the U.S. of A. since 1962 when President Kennedy stood toe to toe with the Russians over the installation of Soviet nuclear missiles 90 miles off our shore in Cuba. If Khrushchev hadn’t blinked and pulled them out, it would most assuredly have resulted in World War III and all those movies about the apocalypse would have become reality as atom bombs began falling from the sky.
Speaking of Cuba, I am glad that, in my lifetime, President Obama and whoever is running the show over there these days, decided it was stupid to continue this neighborly feud that’s been going on now for over 55 years and reopen the doors to diplomacy, trade and tourism. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Holiday Vacations..the company that Linda and I have hosted so many tours with over the years, is actually offering a trip to Cuba in December. Would love to tag along on that one but it doesn’t involve a local host…at least not this time.
It has been a fun summer so far with our Alaska tour consuming much of June..followed by lots of family get-togethers which have become more anticipated and appreciated as time marches on.
It’s sweet corn season again: the biggest temptation I’ve encountered since my battle of the bulge began last October. I’ve been in a holding pattern since abandoning the prescribed program after less than anticipated results. Time to get back on the weight loss wagon, though. If only there was a diet that didn’t discourage any and all cocktail consumption. I’ve gotten used to starting each day with a good B.M. (That’s bloody Mary, folks.)
Bottom line is that I’m so grateful for every day..especially when it seems so many old pals are facing life and death struggles mainly with that damn cancer.
So…here’s to your good health my friends along with a vow to return here on a regular basis with observations and commentary on more uplifting topics. Remember, too, it’s nice to know you folks are out there. A simple comment at the bottom is always appreciated..both pro and con.
Now, I’m off to the Hokeness produce stand. The wagon filled with fresh corn on the cob should be rolling in at any time.