If It Bleeds, It Leads

Wreck Site at Clayton and Big Bend

If it bleeds, it leads. There was a horrible car crash nearby sometime on Friday night. We first heard of it on the Saturday evening news. This morning we walked by the site of the accident. As near as I can tell, the car with three people in it was headed eastbound on Clayton, when it lost control. It struck the southeast corner of the intersection with Big Bend, where a doctor’s building is located. First the walk signal controls were taken out. We have routinely been using those controls to cross Big Bend on our daily walks. Next the vehicle tore up about twenty feet of wrought iron fencing around the doctor’s building parking lot. Then it smashed the control box for the intersection’s traffic lights. The base of which is a massive concrete block. Although recessed from the curbs, it wasn’t far enough setback, because the car, still traveling at a very high rate of speed struck it and instead of halting the vehicle, the concrete block deflected the trajectory of the traveling car, such that the vehicle was launched into the air, over the sunken parking lot at the doctor’s building and was still climbing, when the car impacted into the side of the building. It then fell twenty feet into the parking lot below. Two people in the car were killed and the third was critically injured. Police estimated that the car was traveling at 100 MPH.

On a less tragic note, Dan and Britt test flew their new drone. They went to a drone park near Coney Island. Yes, NYC has a designated drone park. There was a model airplane meet underway when they arrived. As soon as they got there, one of the other modelers came over to them and demanded to see their FAA paperwork. He then photographed it. After this less than friendly welcome, they warmed up a little or at least left them alone. They test flew their new drone, without crashing it and got some footage too. Off to a good start.

COVID Hair No More

After months and months, Anne couldn’t stand it anymore and had her shaggy mane sheared. I had repeatedly offered to cut it for her, but she never had any interest in that. She was pleased before the haircut in its anticipation and doubly pleased afterwards with the results. No more COVID hair in her eyes anymore. 

Honeymoon Beach, St. John, V.I.

I don’t know if it was that Anne didn’t eat much yesterday or did my cooking just excite her appetite?  Earlier she had handed me this week’s food section from the paper and I got to work in the kitchen. The theme of the feature article was tropical dishes, as in a Slice of Summer Sunshine. They all seem to rely heavily on pineapple as an ingredient and I chose to prepare two for dinner tonight: Pineapple Shrimp Ceviche and Pineapple Gazpacho. They both first smack you with a citrus zest, but are then sweetly fruit flavored. The idea is if you can’t actually visit a tropical island now, at least you can eat as if you had.

Into Dependents Day

Video Flag, Nam June Paik, 1996

In lieu of fireworks tonight, I offer you this animated GIF. Think of it as a Zoom version of the real thing. Only this teleconference comes complete with 70 CRTs instead of just one or two. Speaking of Zoom, we have a big multi-state, multi-time zone call that is on for tonight. The top topic of discussion is rodent control at the cabin or at least that is the excuse for convening. Though I think that the real reason is for some family conversation in honor of the fourth. It will be fun.

David and Maren left the cabin today and are headed back to Boston, where they have jobs to Zoom and a new apartment to move into and a wedding to plan too. Meanwhile, Dan and Britt plan on extending their cabin stay for a few days, before returning to NYC. We are now planning on heading up to the cabin a few days earlier than we had originally planned to arrive. This will give us about three full weeks up there, which by recent year’s standards doesn’t seem all that grand, but for this year it is sounding pretty good round about now.

Today is our nation’s birthday, which gives an opportunity to celebrate. 2020 has been a rough year and we are only about halfway through it and some are saying that the second half will be tougher than the first. The scourge of the virus looks like it will be worse and since most of the stimulus money is spent, people will be feeling the resulting economic pain much more acutely than before. The march for racial justice won’t be subsiding anytime soon. Not until there are big fundamental changes made in this country. America’s original sin needs to be atoned for and I can’t think of a better way to start fixing all of these problems than with a change in government this fall. Our country is not on the right track now, but with new leadership, maybe by the next 4th of July we can all see some improvements being made and make America great again. It will only take four more years than it was originally promised by the soon to be previous president.

I’m on a Boat

Dan’s New Prindle 16 Catamaran

I’m on a boat, I’m on a boat
Everybody look at me
‘Cause I’m sailing on a boat
I’m on a boat, I’m on a boat
Take a good hard look at my MF-ing boat!
— T-Pain

Whoopie! Finally something to write about, something besides the virus anyway. After way too many years, Dan now owns a sailboat at the cabin. He found this boat on Craig’s List, but we didn’t hear much after that except to ask if his Prius could tow it. Anyway, the Prius managed, they put the boat in at Brimley State Park’s boat launch and sailed it to back to the cabin. Well almost, Mr. Bill had to motorboat Dan into shore after he had become becalmed. Dan has been pining for a sailboat, ever since the dingy lost its sail. Now he has a beauty all his own.

I applied for my Social Security benefit today. I received a letter from them stating that at least in their eyes, as of this month, I have attained the ripe old age of full retirement. I should get my first check sometime this month. I still need to convince Anne that she needs to do the same, because can you believe it, she is even older than I am. Maybe now that I’ve done it, she will follow my example. Then we can kick back and wait for the checks to begin rolling in each month.

In other news, yesterday, Saint Louis city and county announced that on Friday, masks must be worn in public. Just in time for the 4th of July weekend. Also this weekend, the musical Hamilton drops on Disney+. We would have seen the live version of Hamilton for the second time, this spring if not for this virus thingy. Anyway, in honor of both events, I offer for your viewing pleasure this video: