Monday, November 2, 2020

Monday Musings - November 2, 2020


1. Today is the first Monday in November. There are just over 8 weeks remaining in the turbulent, pandemic filled 2020.

2. Tomorrow is, finally, Election Day and we will discover whether the healing of this country will begin with the election of the 46th President of these United States or whether we will have continued moral bankruptcy, divisiveness, lies, and dysfunction fostered by the 45th President for four more years.

Squirrel on the Screen
Elkridge, MD
October 28, 2020
3. Squirrels decided to play on our screens the other afternoon. It made them appear suspended in air. 

4. Family NFL results:   

    Steelers (7-0) escape Ravens (5-2) 28-24
    Football Team was on a BYE
    Cowboys (2-6) lose to Eagles (3-4-1) 9-23

5. Our pets did not do well on the change from DST to Standard Time. It took us a while yesterday afternoon to understand why they wanted dinner an hour early. 

6. A man came into a forest and asked the Trees to provide him a handle for his axe. The Trees consented to his request and gave him a young ash-tree. No sooner had the man fitted a new handle to his axe from it, than he began to use it and quickly felled with his strokes the noblest giants of the forest. An old oak, lamenting when too late the destruction of his companions, said to a neighboring cedar, “The first step has lost us all. If we had not given up the rights of the ash, we might yet have retained our own privileges and have stood for ages.” (The Trees and the Axe)

7. The true measure of a man is what he has done, not what he says he has done.

8. November and Standard Time dawned yesterday with cold rain.

9. Chris and I made a visit to the Columbia Mall on Saturday. It was our first visit to a mall in many months. Our take away--the economic crisis is real. We were shocked by the number of small businesses which have closed their doors. Perhaps up to one-third of the stores were closed.

10. Today in History. November 2, 1947, the Hughes Flying Boat—at one time the largest aircraft ever built—is piloted by designer Howard Hughes on its first and only flight. Built with laminated birch and spruce (hence the nickname the Spruce Goose) the massive wooden aircraft had a wingspan longer than a football field and was designed to carry more than 700 men to battle.

Howard Hughes was a successful Hollywood movie producer when he founded the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932. He personally tested cutting-edge aircraft of his own design and in 1937 broke the transcontinental flight-time record. In 1938, he flew around the world in a record three days, 19 hours, and 14 minutes.

England Set for Limited Lockdown to Slow Coronavirus - The Wall Street Journal

French Police Probe Personal Dispute in Lyon Priest Shooting - The Wall Street Journal

Analysis: Dishonesty Has Defined Trump’s Presidency. The Consequences Could Be Lasting. - The New York Times

Dramatic Rescues After Major Earthquake Kills at Least 39 in Turkey - The New York Times

Brazilians protest mandatory COVID-19 immunization, Chinese vaccine - Reuters

Ten dead, three missing as 2020's strongest typhoon slams Philippines - Reuters

How Americans surmounted a pandemic and dizzying rule changes so their voices would be heard - The Washington Post

The real results of Trump’s trade tariffs - The Washington Post

Ronald Reagan Quote for the Week

You know, Abe Lincoln, the day after his election to the presidency, gathered in his office the newsmen who had been covering his campaign. And he said to them, "Well boys, you're troubles are over now; mine have just begun." I think he -- I know what he meant. Lincoln may have been concerned in the troubled times in which he became president but I don't think he was afraid. He was ready to confront the problems and the troubles of a still youthful country, determined to seize the historic opportunity to change things.

And I am not frightened by what lies ahead and I don't believe the American people are frightened by what lies ahead. Together -- Together we're going to do what has to be done. We're going to put America back to work again. You know, there -- I aim to try and tap that great American spirit that opened up this completely undeveloped continent from coast to coast and made it a great nation, survived several wars, survived a Great Depression, and we'll survive the problems that we face right now.

President-Elect Victory Speech, delivered 4 November 1980, Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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