There but for the grace of God go I Normally, when the GOP fucks with people, they’re more careful about it. Normally, they tend to fuck with people that are not normally Republican voters. And they tend to smother their malice with high falutin’ moral statements about personal responsibility, and all that claptrap from people with deep […]
I’ve seen a whole lotta shit in my 63 years, but I gotta tell you, I ain’t never seen shit like this. At about 6PM PDT yesterday, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak basically put the state of Nevada in lockdown. All bars closed. All casinos closed. Restaurants open for take out or delivery only. Schools and universities closed. All non essential businesses closed. What constitutes an essential business? Doctors offices, hospitals, banks, grocery stores. Gas stations and mini marts are also essential businesses. And because people still have to be able to get to those places, our buses are still up and running, although I don’t know if they’ve gone to a reduced weekend schedule. By now you’ve all seen pictures and videos from around the country, but brother, I’m here to tell ya that this shit is completely different from the inside. We live just off of Boulder Highway, which is a bustling 6 lane thoroughfare. When we ran up to Smith’s at about 2 PM to scrounge for a few things, it took us less than 5 seconds to make the right onto Boulder, and cop a U turn to head south to Flamingo. Nobody at the Boulder bus stop in either direction, and only a handful of stragglers out om the street. 2 PM on a weekday afternoon, and in a three block radius there were 6 cars in Wendy’s, 6 more in Brown’s chicken, and even a 4 car backup in freakin’ Der Wienerschnitael! What strikes you the most is the little things that throw you completely out of whack. For instance, the sound of kids in the courtyard in the middle of a school day. One of the almost Warholesque things about living in Vegas is that you can’t walk into a grocery store, mini mart, or gas station without seeing a bank of slot and video poker machines along a wall somewhere. But because those machines violate the 6′ social separation rule, employees were required to go around last night and unplug all of the machines. For quite possibly the first time in its long and illustrious history, there is no gambling going on in Las Vegas. I want to get personal here for a moment, because this is personal for me, though thankfully nowhere near as personal as it could have been. Teri works in retail, and as her store is not considered an essential business, being a full timer, as of this morning she started a two week company paid vacation. She’ll find out in the next 10 days or so if that will be extended, or if she’ll have to file for unemployment. So that’s a break right off of the bat, the company is being as loyal as it can to its long tenure employees. But here’s the McGuffin. For 3 1/2 long, hard years, Teri and I got by on nothing more than her retail paycheck, and a piss poor pension check from United’s bankrupt pension plan. If this had happened 9 months ago, we’d be staring homelessness flat in the face in less than a month. But six months ago, I received my first disability check from Social Security, and as a result of that, whatever happens next will not place us in a precarious position, for which I am eternally grateful. But you guys all know me, and have for quite a […]
Well, this should put some of the lame bullshit of Donald Trump and the GOP Senate in perspective. A little more than an hour ago, reports started coming out of Calabasas California that NBA great Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash. With him in the helicopter were his 13 year old daughter, her basketball teammate, a parent of the teammate, and the pilot. The investigation into the crash is just starting, but it is already thought that the weather may have played a role. The weather in the region had been misty and foggy all day, with visibility going up and down, and a light rain falling frequently, according to local reporting. Kobe Bryant was no stranger to traveling by helicopter, having started commuting by copter from his home in Los Angeles to the Staple Center downtown to avoid the horrific downtown traffic. After his retirement, he still regularly commuted via helicopter from his home in Southern California to his sports center a little over an hour away by air. With his shaved head, and a dazzling impish smile to match fellow legend Michael Jordan’s, and with the skills to match his brash swagger, Bryant went directly from high school to the NBA, and quickly became a fan favorite. Bryant’s unique first name was a course of self deprecating humor for him, telling people that his father had named him after his fathers favorite dish, Japanese kobe steak. Kobe Bruant was only 41 years old. I shouldn’t have to write an article like this one. Nobody should.
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