The Bro Code

Central Park Street Lamp

We picked Dan up at the airport last night and we’ll retrieve Dave from there tonight. Earlier this month the boys teamed up to win a Warhammer 40K tournament in Williamsburg. They had sent a photo of themselves, celebrating their victory and I wrote about it then. I’ve since learned how they pulled off this win. This tournament had a theme, which was the Bro Code. This machismo set of rules was first developed for Neil Patrick Harris, on the TV show, How I Met Your Mother. For this tourney, teams of two competed in a set of three games. The boys only won two of their three, which is normally not enough to win everything, but each game also had a selection of “Bro Code” objectives and they did quite well in meeting those. The kicker came after all the games were played. Each team took a trivia quiz and were judged on how closely their answers matched each other. The guys scored quite well on this test. When it was revealed that two brothers had won, organizers of the tournament took it as evidence that their tourney truly reflected the values of the Bro Code.

In other meaningless nonsense, I am proud to declare that for the first time ever, I have successfully mastered the Little Drummer Boy challenge. For all you hipsters out there, this challenge is a contest of honor, where from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve one attempts to go through life without hearing any part of this song. I have played and lost every year, since first hearing of this game, but like the boys, I am now victorious! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Individual 1

Dear God, Please!

I will shut down the government. I am proud to shut
down the government. I will take the mantle. – DJT

We are on the cusp of a government shutdown, after his pro-Russia decisions caused yet another cabinet member to leave the administration, the stock market is crashing because of his stupid trade war and the full extent of his criminality continues to come to light on a daily basis. He doesn’t have enough support for his wall and #TrumpResign is now trending #1 on Twitter.

For a moment I thought that it was really a thing and was actually happening. What a great Christmas present that would be. Imagine my disappointment in learning that it is not true, yet. Can’t we just shutdown the Whitehouse instead?

Earlier this year, in January, we had another brief government shutdown. That one was in part also over the wall. We were visiting the Everglades during it. Contrary to past practice the national parks were not completely closed, just their bathrooms were. On the two days that we were there during the shutdown, we leveraged concessions in the park that were not closed and neither were the bathrooms that they managed. It seems funny that the biggest impact on us to the Federal government shuttering was access to flush toilets, but it was. If this shutdown occurs and lasts through the holidays then anyone flying will also be affected. They will be subject to searches by unpaid TSA agents. I cannot think of anything that would make me more cranky than not to be paid in December and still have to go to work and deal with the crush of holiday travelers.

It was probably just political posturing, but Representative Scott Perry (R), while trying to minimize the impact of this looming shutdown asked, “Who’s living that they’re not going to make it to the next paycheck?” Well. the answer is about 78% of all working Americans. This statistic is the same for Federal employees. I wonder if the occupant of Mar-a-Lago cares that his Secret Service agents aren’t being paid, while they guard him on the golf course? Especially since today, he tweeted a warning of a very long shutdown. Merry Christmas!

Fraternity

Paris and New York Joining Hands

Pictured is the gilded relief entitled, “Friendship between America and France.” In its top half are seen two larger than life females holding hands, symbolizing the alliance between Paris and New York. Below them are the Three Graces, Poetry, Beauty and Elegance. It appears on the façade of the Maison Française, in Rockefeller Center (610 Fifth Avenue). It is by Alfred Janniot, 1934.

Though difficult to read, the banner behind the figure representing Paris reads, Fluctuat Nec Mergitur. This Latin means, She is tossed by the waves but does not sink and has been the motto of Paris since the middle ages.

Family and friends are important. Without them, we go through life alone. At this time of year, it is traditional to renew these relationships. When we were young, it was easy to make friends and our family enveloped us. As we grow older, new friends are harder to make and our seniors and peers begin to pass. Thank God for children! In this season, gifts are given as symbols of our affection, tokens of our love, but it is shared time together that is most treasured.

Money, Money, Money

George Washington Looks Upon the NYSE

High atop the front steps of Federal Hall, where he was first inaugurated, stands a statue of George Washington. He looks down on Wall Street and across it upon the New York Stock Exchange. This is the financial center of the world. This morning, we headed out to West County to visit our broker and our own little financial center. Afterwards for lunch, we dined out at Yen Ching. At the end, we got fortune cookies. Mine said, “An important discussion involving you will take place today.” This seemed more like post-diction than prediction. Anne’s said, “Your luck will soon be at a high point.” To which she quipped that it is all downhill from here. Our diagnostic meeting confirmed that our finances are in order and as far as retirement goes, everything is going according to plan, but as they say, past performance is not indicative of future results. Continued vigilance is required, but at least we are on the right path for now.