Monday, July 27, 2020

Monday Musings - July 27, 2020

1. Sadly, it is the last Monday of July--my favorite month of the year ends this week. It has been awesome.

2. Check out the Orioles! They are tied for first in their division after one series AND tied for the best record in baseball at 2-1! O's fans need to cheer about every positive thing that happens to the team. I think it is a bit strange that no team went 3-0 or 0-3 during the opening series of this MLB season.

3. July has been a great month in that I have been in my pool nearly every day. The weather has been perfect for pool enjoyment for most of the month.

4. Chris and I watched a squirrel build a nest in a tree. We had not seen a squirrel do that before. The squirrel was very industrious and made multiple trips across a branch from one tree to another. I took a short video of the activity. Sadly, as we were walking the yard yesterday assessing the storm damage we saw a destroyed squirrel nest in a tree and on the ground were two dead new born squirrels. It was a sad sight and we buried the remains. 

Chris and Lily in GORC Park
Odenton, MD
July 26, 2020
5. Yesterday, Chris and I took one of our grand puppies, Lily, for a walk. It was an enjoyable walk in the heat of the morning. Finnegan went with us, but he got tired and had to be carried for the last part of the adventure.

6. The Dog Days are definitely upon us. The high temperature is expected to be 98 degrees in Elkridge, today. In Jupiter, Florida, the high temperature is forecast for 88 degrees.

7. Today in History. On July 27, 1974, the House Judiciary Committee recommends that America’s 37th president, Richard M. Nixon, be impeached and removed from office. The impeachment proceedings resulted from a series of political scandals involving the Nixon administration that came to be collectively known as Watergate.

Russian Oil Grab in Libya Fuels U.S.-Kremlin Tensions - The Wall Street Journal

Fed Outlook Turns Gloomier as Virus Spreads - The Wall Street Journal

Cities in Bind as Turmoil Spreads Far Beyond Portland - The New York Times

Birx Urges Bar Closures and Limits on Gatherings as Infection Rates Climb - The New York Times

America’s global standing is at a low point. The pandemic made it worse. - The Washington Post

As public schools go all virtual, parents eye private schools that plan to open their campuses - The Washington Post

Gold soars to all-time high as dollar dive adds fuel to record run - Fox News

100 Days Out: Trump looks for game change as Biden makes gains - Fox News

China seizes U.S. consulate in Chengdu as tensions rise - Reuters

Iran moves mock-up U.S. carrier to mouth of Gulf: satellite images - Reuters

Ronald Reagan Quote for the Week

I spoke of the difference between our two countries. I try to follow the humor of the Russian people. We don't hear much about the Russian people. We hear about the Russian leaders. But you can learn a lot, because they do have a sense of humor, and you can learn from the jokes they're telling. And one of the most recent jokes I found kind of, well, personally interesting. Maybe you might -- tell you something about your country.
The joke they tell is that an American and a Russian were arguing about the differences between our two countries. And the American said, ``Look, in my country I can walk into the Oval Office; I can hit the desk with my fist and say, `President Reagan, I don't like the way you're governing the United States.''' And the Russian said, ``I can do that.'' The American said, ``What?'' He says, ``I can walk into the Kremlin, into Brezhnev's office. I can pound Brezhnev's desk, and I can say, `Mr. President, I don't like the way Ronald Reagan is governing the United States.''' [Laughter]
-- Address at Commencement Exercises at Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois, May 9, 1982

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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