At least ten years ago I watched a brief interview with Michael Moore (certainly on MS-NBC) highlighting the distributed medical system at use in Cuba at that time. Cuba was in dire economic straits, with the fall of the Soviet Union and a punitive American economic embargo. Yet all kinds of their public health measures … Continue reading Profits over Care, Fear over Sense
I feel I need to say, once and for all, that I am not “anti-soldier”, “anti-police”, “anti-senior citizen” or for that matter “anti-white” or “anti-male”. I am glad that America’s first responders, in many states including my own, receive preferential tax rates, parades, respect, even now preferential parking spots at my own Home Depot. I … Continue reading Good Cops Deserve Our Respect
While I mourn the losses and honor the valiance of 9/11, I also carry grave concerns about the changes that have been wrought upon my country by those that would use it as a tool to bring out our worst selves. If you remember that day vividly, etched on your psyche, indelibly printed on your … Continue reading On 9/12 – Our Most Important Freedom
I was just at El Pollo with my 30 yo son for an early lunch meeting, half the tables empty. Some guy starts talking on his phone at full voice. I mean FULL VOICE. He's behind me so my son looks over my shoulder and we let the guy go 10, 20 seconds. I look … Continue reading Hey! I’m on the Phone Here!
I attended the StPete Pride parade, immersed in the zany energetic crazy dressed crowd. It was inspirational, for a few minutes, but the sheen quickly faded from the apple. It started when I saw the many happy faces of the employees of local Wells Fargo bank. They were festooned in rainbow shirts and walked behind … Continue reading Having Trouble Feeling “Pride”
My morning session at CNU-26 in Savannah addressed "first floor retail"; what you see in modern urban office & residential towers: which designs, ideas, zoning, layouts work & which don't. The great idea that was being pitched is to code for immediate "flexible" residential that can later flip to retail as the local economy grows … Continue reading CNU26: First Floor Retail
For 25 years I did extensive business travel, in the end I was gone 4 days a week, 30 plus weeks a year. We joked that it was the extensive travel that let our marriage last as long as it did. In that time I enjoyed seeing the country, every nook and cranny of little … Continue reading Flirting, is not Cheating
My 2 facebook rants following Trump's "shithole countries" comment: "Illegal" immigration? Illegal how? "Nations" are irrational Euro centric constructs that were militarily forced upon bedouin in the desert, bushmen in the savannahs, canoe paddling pacific islanders, and regionally nomadic native americans. These imaginary lines helped the powerful confiscate land, enslave individuals (slaughtering the independent), impose … Continue reading Washington Nonsense (2 fb posts)
(originally posted to facebook) On the scooter its always Ninja-level alert, 2-seconds to danger, and always wear a helmet, preferably my safety boots and jacket (which I left home on such a nice night). First, I am fine; except for leaving one layer of skin, and a whole lotta dignity out on East Bay Road. … Continue reading Clumsy Me!
When your mate has PTSD or a history of trauma (or the like) they react to events beyond your control. In the end, I think, you cannot make sense of it. The victim of PTSD or Trauma experiences life events through such filters that skew their reality, but it is still their reality. If you … Continue reading Sinners & Saints: Wasting My Years