Monday, December 27, 2021

Monday Musings - December 27, 2021


1. It is the last Monday of December AND of 2021. There are no Mondays remaining in the year and next Monday will be the first Monday of 2022. 

Wine Bottle Lock Puzzle
2. I received a special wine bottle lock for Christmas and I used it to lock up one of Chris's favorite bottles. She has to unlock it before she can drink it. It is making her crazy!  

3. Family Weekend Sports Report


   Ravens (8-7) lose to Bengals (9-6), 21-41

   Steelers (7-7-1) lose to Chiefs (11-4), 36-10

   Cowboys (11-4) defeat Washington (6-9), 56-14

Premier League

   Arsenal (11-2-6) defeats Norwich City (2-4-12), 5-0

4. 60 Minutes ran an interesting article about how climate change affects wine grape growing. One expert suggested that he could trace climate change by how wine regions are changing.

5. This is a week that I am normally on vacation burning up use-or-lose leave, but this year I am saving every hour for a retirement gift to myself.

6. If everything works out, next week's blog will be written from a cabin on a cruise ship docked in the Bahamas. My first Monday as a retired person and I will be out of the country! Let's get the new year started with a trip. I have been waiting almost all year for this to happen.

7. Today in History. December 27, 1932. At the height of the Great Depression, thousands turn out for the opening of Radio City Music Hall, a magnificent Art Deco theater in New York City. Radio City Music Hall was designed as a palace for the people, a place of beauty where ordinary people could see high-quality entertainment. Since its 1932 opening, more than 300 million people have gone to Radio City to enjoy movies, stage shows, concerts and special events.

Radio City Music Hall was the brainchild of the billionaire John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who decided to make the theater the cornerstone of the Rockefeller Complex he was building in a formerly derelict neighborhood in midtown Manhattan. The theater was built in partnership with the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and designed by Donald Deskey. The result was an Art Deco masterpiece of elegance and grace constructed out of a diverse variety of materials, including aluminum, gold foil, marble, permatex, glass, and cork. Geometric ornamentation is found throughout the theater, as is Deskey’s central theme of the “Progress of Man.” The famous Great Stage, measuring 60 feet wide and 100 feet long, resembles a setting sun. Its sophisticated system of hydraulic-powered elevators allowed spectacular effects in staging, and many of its original mechanisms are still in use today.

Omicron Pushes Daily Covid-19 Cases Higher, Disrupts Holiday Travel - The Wall Street Journal

Early Holiday Shopping Helps Offset Omicron Damper - The Wall Street Journal

Developer of Manhattan Supertall Condo Says It’s ‘Without a Doubt, Safe,’ Countering $125 Million Lawsuit From Condo Board - The Wall Street Journal

Desmond Tutu, Whose Voice Helped Slay Apartheid, Dies at 90 - The New York Times

Pandemic and foul weather complicate travel as people try to head home - The Washington Post

Thousands who ‘followed the rules’ are about to get covid. They shouldn’t be ashamed. - The Washington Post

Fenway Bowl canceled after Virginia withdraws amid coronavirus concerns - The Washington Post

Swiss to allow simple legal gender transition from Jan. 1 - Reuters

Wall Street grapples with return-to-office conundrum as Omicron explodes - Reuters

Be Safe and get Vaccinated!

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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