Monday, April 27, 2020

Monday Musings - April 27, 2020

1. It is the last Monday of April. I was planning to be in Rome today! The year is nearly 1/3 complete! Think about that!

2. Watching a presidential coronavirus news conference is like watching a reality TV show, the only problem is that we are living the reality. How I wish it were a contrived for TV reality. Thankfully, the frequency of the news conferences are being reduced to save us the anguish of trying to separate fact from fantasy. 

3. This morning I was awakened by one of the worst sounds imaginable--a cat puking in the hallway! It is one of the things that when it happens makes me wonder why I have cats.

Riordin in the Kitchen Drawer
Elkridge, MD
April 26, 2020
4. The rain has settled in again, but looking at the forecast, even though there is rain, the temperatures are beginning or moderate and I believe that we have passed our last frost of the season.

5. And writing of cats, yesterday as Chris and I were cleaning the drawers in the kitchen, Riordin decided that we needed help. He crawled into on of the drawers and claimed it as his new residence. Of course, I did not let him linger too long before moving him along and resuming the project. 

6. I am astounded by the news reports of drivers being clocked at speeds well over 100 MPH routinely while the roads are less congested. CNN reports police departments across the country are clocking  drivers traveling in excess of 100 MPH with increasing frequency. I have witnessed some of those drivers on Maryland highways and it is disconcerting how quickly a vehicle traveling that fast approaches. I have been known to have a bit of a lead-foot on open roads, but I employ my cruise control to keep myself from grossly exceeding the posted limits. Remember, Speed Kills!

7. Today in History. On April 27, 4977 B.C., the universe is created, according to German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, considered a founder of modern science. Kepler is best known for his theories explaining the motion of planets.
Kepler was born on December 27, 1571, in Weil der Stadt, Germany. As a university student, he studied the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus’ theories of planetary ordering. Copernicus (1473-1543) believed that the sun, not the earth, was the center of the solar system, a theory that contradicted the prevailing view of the era that the sun revolved around the earth.


Kim Jong-un’s Absence and North Korea’s Silence Keep Rumor Mill Churning - The New York Times

Millions of Credit-Card Customers Skip Their Payments - The Wall Street Journal

A New Problem Is Brewing in the Beer Industry: One Million Kegs Are Going Stale - The Wall Street Journal

Social distancing could last for months, White House coronavirus coordinator says - The Washington Post

McConnell’s rejection of federal aid for states risks causing a depression, analysts say - The Washington Post

Shares gain as investors look to lockdown easing - Reuters

President Reagan Quote for the Week

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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