Monday, December 20, 2021

Monday Musings - December 20, 2021

1. It is the third Monday of December and one Monday remains in the month and the year.

2. It is Christmas week and the final preparations are being made. Be careful not to make your holiday a super-spreader event.

3. Family Sports Report


    Ravens (8-6) lost to Packers (11-3), 30-31

    Cowboys 10-4 defeated Giants (4-10), 21-6

    Steelers (7-6-1) defeat Titans (9-5), 19-13

    Washington (6-7) play Eagles (6-7) Tuesday


    Penguins (16-8-5) defeat Devils (10-14-5), 3-2

    Premier League

    Arsenal (10-2-6) defeats Leeds (3-7-8), 4-1

4. Omicron is the word of the day and it appears intent on driving us back to draconian measures.

5. For those interested, my Mom's obituary was published in the Ithaca Journal yesterday. 

6. Is the race over yet? 

7. Today in History. On December 20, 1957, while spending the Christmas holidays at Graceland, his newly purchased Tennessee mansion, rock-and-roll star Elvis Presleyreceives his draft notice for the United States Army.

With a suggestive style—one writer called him “Elvis the Pelvis”—a hit movie, Love Me Tender, and a string of gold records including “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel,” Presley had become a national icon, and the world’s first bona fide rock-and-roll star, by the end of 1956. As the Beatles’ John Lennon once famously remarked: “Before Elvis, there was nothing.” The following year, at the peak of his career, Presley received his draft notice for a two-year stint in the army. Fans sent tens of thousands of letters to the army asking for him to be spared, but Elvis would have none of it. He received one deferment–during which he finished working on his movie King Creole–before being sworn in as an army private in Memphis on March 24, 1958.

Stock Futures, Oil Prices Fall on Omicron Curbs - The Wall Street Journal

Himalayan Glaciers Are Melting at Furious Rate, New Study Shows - The Wall Street Journal

Europe Keeps Its Ski Slopes Open Despite Omicron - The Wall Street Journal

Britain is weighing another round of restrictions as Omicron surges amid political turmoil. - The New York Times

Billions in Amtrak Funding Could Modernize Aging Rail System - The New York Times

Moderna says booster dose appears protective against Omicron - Reuters

Europe weighs Christmas curbs as Omicron sweeps continent - Reuters

China says Taiwan is a 'wanderer' that will eventually come home - Reuters

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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