The fact of the day: did you know migraine symptoms can mimic a stroke? I didn’t. Hence an overnight visit to the E.R. (In all honesty, I wasn’t going to go, but the Rocket Scientist threatened to call an ambulance.) I hope this is not a harbinger of the future.
Last Wednesday, the family went to wineries and creameries in Sonoma County. This morning at least one of the wineries — where we went to watch the sunset — has been burned to the ground. I know it’s kind of ghoulish, but I’m glad we bought a bottle of their really good blush wine last week. I hope they are able to recover okay.
Tweet of the day: in response to tweets by Donald Trump insulting him, Senator Bob Corker tweeted “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.” Pretty much sums up this administration, and it provoked the expected response from Trump minion Kellyanne Conway, namely that Corker’s tweet was “incredibly irresponsible.” Pot, kettle, black. Maybe if her boss wouldn’t go on the offensive against those who he perceives as disloyal, those persons would not feel the need to respond.
If you have not yet purchased Lin-Manuel Miranda’s benefit record for Puerto Rico, “Almost Like Praying,” you should as soon as possible. The island needs all the help it can get right now. The song lists the names of all the towns on the island and is sung by Latin music luminaries including Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, and Fat Joe. Oh, and the wonderful Ruben Blades. It makes me want to dance, and after listening to it I crave black beans and rice and fried plantains.
I would also recommend “Dear Hate” by Marren Morris, with Vince Gill. It’s a little obvious, but also beautiful: “Even on our darkest night, the world keeps spinning round” is a sentiment I need in my life.
Remember that open letter to Lawrence O’Donnell? I might need to write one for Brian Babylon. The Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me panelist was riffing about Trump’s Puerto Rico visit and the bizarre spectacle of him tossing paper towels to residents of San Juan. Babylon mentioned that people speculated that Trump was on drugs but the drug that he thought Trump was on was… lithium. Very funny. See me laughing? (For those unfamiliar with lithium, it is a first-line treatment for bipolar disorder. ) In this case, though, I did send off a complaint to NPR.
None of the teams I root for made the MLB playoffs, and the one team that I like that did — the Nats — is on the verge of elimination. That has happened before, but since I have pretty much given up football (due to the concussion issue) it leaves a sports void in my life. And no, I am not going to start watching hockey.
But hey! The Winter Olympics are in South Korea in a few months — that is, unless the country gets destroyed by North Korea in the meantime. I imagine the IOC is watching the childish spat between Kim Il Jun and Donald Trump with collectively bated breath.
On a final note, I start work on Friday, once again working on elections. I was originally supposed to start last Monday, but they moved the start date back, which allowed me to spend time with the Not-So-Little Drummer Boy on the few days he was back here from Korea. (The IOC are not the only people who are getting ulcers from the Korea situation.)
I’m looking forward to it.