A Small Holiday Public Service

If you were watching TV last night, and if you’re not an insomniac, I’d like to assure you that “The Ten Commandments” did end this morning. Moses got one of the girls, grew a weird beard, and led his people through the desert for 40 years, only to stop in the one place with no oil. That didn’t take 4 hours and 40 minutes, did it?

Things I Know

Happy Passover and Happy Easter to my friends who celebrate either holiday.  I’m not Jewish, but I like macaroons and they are more readily available where I live as Passover approaches.  I bought some.  They came in a plastic container with two partitions.  Each partition had little coves in it to keep the macaroons from touching.  Is that permitted?  I thought macaroons were required to stick to each other.

One must wonder why the government spent so much time and money on the Mueller Report when there are people on both sides of the aisle who won’t accept it in its entirety and wouldn’t even if Mr. Mueller had just risen from the dead.

I think Rep, Hoyer has it right that as things stand now, Congress should not move to impeach the president.  Unless things a lot more damning turn up, it may (not will) pass the House, but certainly not the Senate.

I do think obstruction of justice is serious.  I don’t know if what Trump did can be proved to be obstruction.  If it can, then impeachment proceedings should go forward.  From what I’ve read, investigators didn’t have enough to proceed or to exonerate the President of obstruction.  I believe President Clinton deserved to be removed from office for obstruction, but I also believe that Clinton mess contributed to the extreme polarization that exists today in Washington politics.

When President Trump dismisses a high official in his administration, I presume he tells them, “You’re fired,” the way he did on the Apprentice.

In late March and early April, three people plunged to their deaths in the Grand Canyon within a period of nine days.  I’ve been there.  Even if you haven’t, you’re no doubt aware it’s an enormous, extremely deep hole.  If you fall into it, you’ll be lucky if you’re just hurt.  In the words of Sergeant Esterhaus, from “Hill Street Blues,” “Be careful out there.”

I’m doing physical therapy for some hip problems.  I was really pleased that I don’t need surgery or an artificial hip.  The physical therapy is helping, but I really overdid it yesterday, and I’m paying the price today.

Things I Know

Published reports estimate that New York City’s upcoming congestion pricing will save about $50 million in carbon-related costs while raising $1 billion in revenue.  The period of time in which this will take place wasn’t specified.  Still, at that ratio, it’s pretty clear that congestion pricing in New York City is one of the biggest, if not the biggest tax increases in the history of New York State.

Some TV commercials for insurance are good and some are tolerable.  I like the long-running Geico gecko.  Farmers’ “We know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two,” is good as well.  I think Flo from Progressive is okay, but don’t understand why she and Jamie are dressed as bakers.  I always enjoyed Marshall Efron on Public TV years ago, and believe he is the voice of the animated general in General Insurance spots.  But, I cringe every time the Liberty Mutual emu comes on screen and usually change the channel too.

I have this diet thing nailed.  I stopped eating between meals about two weeks ago.  So far, I’ve gained seven pounds.

Our commonly-misused word department hears from descendants.  Your ancestors aren’t your descendants:  you are theirs.

As I write this, the NY Mets have started their season 3-1.  If it gets to 11-1, I will be concerned.

Given the current health of the Yankees roster, if George were still alive, there wouldn’t be any more unsigned free agents.

There aren’t a lot of British shows on BBC America these days.

April Fool’s day always reminds me of my uncle.  He was a school-bus driver when I was in elementary school.  He always told the kids on the bus that if we were all good, he’d take us to the circus for his birthday.  We were good, but we never did get that free trip to the circus, because his birthday was April Fool’s Day.