Banned

Charger, Durham, New Hampshire, 1940

Yesterday, we got out and walked for the first time since that fateful day last week. Actually, we had walked the day before yesterday, but that was such a cold, short and brutish affair that it hardly counts at all. Our regular neighborhood walk yesterday, was much more pleasant and today looks like it will be even better, with a high in the fifties. What to do with this spate of fine weather? Tune in later to find out.

After last Wednesday, we haven’t done much. It has been cold. Did I mention the temperature? I stewed on Twitter for a fair portion, mainly retweeting people with similar sentiments. because unlike some other people I have not been banned from all social media. It is a fitting end for a troll that his bridge finally came tumbling down upon him. I must say how impressed that I was with the effectiveness of the tech giants in dealing with him. They not only took him out, but also took out his supposed life raft. “Nuke the entire site from orbit—it’s the only way to be sure.” Others may cry foul, but I think he had it coming and it has gradually gotten more peaceful. A little duller too, but that’s OK. If 2021 was allowed to continue on the path that it was heading in that first week, it would have made me long for the good old days, like 2020.

The graphic for this post comes from the Met. Another place that I would like to revisit once this whole pandemic is done. This plate was in the museum’s visible storage center. The Met helped pioneer this method for displaying its collection. Items that would have otherwise been left in storage are available for viewing, in rows of long glass cases. Items are grouped by type. Most items only have a number that can then be looked up for more information. Usually items are just sat on shelves, but this item got special attention and was prominently displayed.

Black Votes Matter

Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, Jonathan Scott, 2018

There is a deep connection between barbecue and the blues. At Fat Matt’s Rib Shack in Atlanta the performance space is dominated by a mural depicting blues musicians B.B. King (Riley B. King), Robert Johnson, T-Bone Walker (Aaron Thibeaux Walker) and Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield). Blues, Bar-B-Que and beer, what more could you ask for? How about a side of two Senators.

Happy Three Kings Day! I awoke to a pleasant surprise this morning. Last night Raphael Warnock won his Georgia senatorial runoff election and Jon Ossoff looks likely to also win his election. These two Democratic victories will flip the Senate. These new wins come on the heels of last year’s Presidential election, where Georgia also went for the Democrats and elected Joe Biden. Here is a big shoutout to Stacy Abrams, the power behind the throne, who orchestrated the victory of these three kings.

After I finish writing this post, I am going to clear my “busy” schedule and devote the rest of the day to reading every article, story or tweet I can find about turmoil in the Republican Party. Can you say Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell? I wasn’t going to watch the circus unfolding today in Congress. I don’t even know if it will be broadcasted. Assuming that it is, I’ll tune in without the sound on, so that every time I see an angry Republican Representative or Senator gestating wildly on the TV, I can jeer back at them. They won’t hear my shouting, but then I won’t hear theirs either. That’s OK, I don’t need to hear what they are saying, because their words like themselves no longer matter to me.

After writing the above, we went for a walk. We were offline for like maybe two hours and after that I was appalled to see that open insurrection has broken out. Trump’s terrorist stormed and breached the US Capitol. The Electoral College certification was suspended and Representatives and Senators evacuated. I’ve watched enough of the wall-to-wall news coverage to see pictures of hundreds of faces, faces belonging to these thugs. They should be caught, arrested, tried and convicted and not just for trespassing. Lock Them All Up!