Voted

This morning I had a pedicure scheduled, it’s a great thing to do now and again and I had a bit of an ingrown right toenail. The appointment was at 9 so I left a bit earlier and mailed in my absentee ballot on the way. A very productive morning and my feet feel great.
Of course I voted Green. This should not come as a surprise to anybody who knows me. Unfortunately, I communicate with a lot of people who don’t know me and I suspect that even the people who do know me don’t know me as well as they think they know me. Probably from not reading my blog. Because anybody who knows me should know I’m voting Green. I’ve been talking about it for months.
In any event, the argument has to turn from “You’re voting for Trump!” to “You voted for Trump!” which is, weirdly, progress, because it’s a done deal. There’s no longer any need to tell me I’m a Russian Bot, or deluded, or stupid, or disloyal, or insensitive to the needs of the needy.
I’ve voted. You can’t change that.
I voted for the party that comes the closest to believing in what I believe in. And that’s how I intend to vote in future. Now you know.

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Alas, Invalidovna

I’ve just seen the plans for the new Invalidovna, and it is being reported on as a done deal so I guess there’s nothing left but the bitching but, by God, I’m going to bitch.
Not only is the glass/plastic/whatever it is one of the ugliest designs I have ever seen, it is a direct offense to the 18th century home for war amputees, the site which appeared in both Hellboy and Amadeus, the landmark that gives its name to the neighborhood I live in, Invalidovna. I had thought things like that were illegal here.
It is also completely unnecessary. Whatever they’ve got planned to go inside the big, twin lego blocks they want to attach to two corners of the building as if they were chaining a rubbish bin to a statue could be done just as easily within the rooms of Invalidovna itself. Clean the building up, inside and out, some new plaster on the walls and tile on the floors, and it would be just fine.
It’s a lovely, old building. I am stunned and horrified that they want to change it.

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Dream

I had a dream last night which I’d like to get written down before it fades, completely, into oblivion. Some dreams do immediately, and all dreams lose a bit of coherence as soon as you are not in them, which I guess is also true of films, books, and real life. Memory, for most of us, is a very imperfect thing.
Anyway, the first thing I remember about the last part of the dream, because this is what I was dreaming just before I woke up and there was no doubt some preamble which I’ve forgotten completely, I was waking up and I was late for work and then next thing you know I was on a bus, moving through a horribly crowded city. Then I missed my stop because I was thinking of something else, then I missed two stops, then I got off the bus to walk back. Took a left and a left and started walking up the street.
Then I was looking for a flat, and I was in a hallway, a very long hallway, of a kind of derelict building, and it seemed that the handful of people living there were squatting. Not physically squatting, I mean squatting in the sense of finding an abandoned flat and moving in, which I spent a couple of years doing in London, a lifetime ago, and they were actually pretty good years, I met some very interesting people and had some good times.
Then I was at the door of a place in a similarly derelict building, but at the top of a flight of stairs, and there were a lot of piled up boxes, but it wasn’t a flat, it was my language school.
So I went in and thought ‘Oh, damn, how am I ever going to get students in a dump like this,’ and voila! Three seriously good looking women walked through the door. The one on the left, the blondest of the bunch,who said her name was Eva, I realized upon waking was the stuck up bitchy girl from Cobra Kai, which I’d watched shortly before going to bed, so that’s how faces wind up in our dreams, and the one in the middle, I can’t remember what she looked like at all, I had to ask her to repeat her name several times, and then to spell it -N-S-I-M-A and I said that’s an unusual name what does it mean and she was trying to explain it to me when I woke up.
That’s it, no particular world shaking significance, but I don’t always remember so many details of my dreams, so I wanted to write this down.
Have a beautiful, beautiful day.

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In the Year 2050

When John Kennedy set the goal of going to the moon, he said ‘by the end of the decade’ and, by golly, they pulled it off. And that required the development of technology that did not exist in 1962.
Joe Biden has said he will get us to carbon neutrality by 2050, which requires the development of no new technology at all. 30 years. By 2050, I will be 96 years old and Joe Biden about 13 years older than that. So, it’s a bullshit statement on his part. He’s not actually doing anything to reach this goal and if 2050 comes along and we’re not any closer to carbon neutrality than we are today, nobody’s going to blame Biden. Biden, and his promise, will be part of a history long forgotten.
We could, if we were serious, reach carbon neutrality in a couple of years. We need enough solar panels and wind turbines to power our entire electrical grid, including trains, and charging stations for electric cars and buses. Some people say it will have to include nuclear power. Personally, I suspect most people who post comments like that are shilling for the nuclear industry, but if that’s what’s needed, that’s what’s needed. It’s still technology that already exists. It’s not as if we have to invent the space suit, or figure out how to escape from the atmosphere. It includes the planting of billions, maybe trillions of trees, but that could be done in a couple of years. There are billions of unemployed people in the world, and planting a tree does not take a long time. It includes more urban gardens, more rooftop gardens, and more small, organic farms, but it’s still all stuff we can do.
It also means we need to stop fracking, and using pesticides and herbicides, but to stop doing something is not nearly as difficult as to figure out something that’s never been done before.
30 years. If Biden does nothing, and some kid who is in kindergarten now invents a carbon-extractor device that will pull all of the air pollution out of the sky just like a big vacuum cleaner 25 years from now, his pledge will be fulfilled.
But, it’s equally likely that we’ll all just be completely fucked by then and Joe Biden won’t care. Because he’ll be dead.

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The Snake in the Valley

Watched a couple of things today that Netflix has been pushing. Neither thing was bad, so I’m not complaining.
I was a bit hesitant to watch Enola, because the whole Sherlock Holmes thing has been done to death. There have probably been as many Sherlock Holmes movies and TV series as there have been Star Treks, and that’s a hell of a lot. But, I’ll watch anything with Helena Bonham Carter in it, and I was a bit curious to see how Millie Bobby Brown is developing as an adult (well, close) actress. It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t great, either. If all it takes is a bit of action, a bit of a predictable romance, and a bit of beautiful English countryside, then you’ll enjoy it.
Then we watched Cobra Kai. Well, I watched Cobra Kai and Helena worked on a 1500 piece jigsaw puzzle because she’s kind of determined not to watch anything I’m interested in. It would be better if I’d been a huge fan of Karate Kid or extremely nostalgic about the 80s, but the theme of high school losers vs. the snooty, bullying in crowd is eternal, and it’s an interesting twist that the roles are completely reversed from in the first film. I didn’t think it was great, but I’d watched three episodes before I knew it, and I’m probably going to watch it to the end, so there’s that.

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