The Best Unintentions

We are on day 125 of 15 days to slow the spread.

This from Twitter user @ajzeigler yesterday

There may not be any football this fall, but at least we can continue to watch public officials move the goalposts constantly.

On a side note, that brief time this week when all the Twitter Blue Checks were banned was rather glorious. Like what Twitter could be. It was almost like nature was healing itself.

But it didn’t last.

Yesterday I had my second in-person contact of the week. Details are unimportant but I was asked to consult on a project. We socially distanced, wore our masks, didn’t shake hands.

We talked of many things.

I wasn’t part of this other conversation, but a different friend posted about their frustration with someone who was claiming the virus to be a hoax designed to bring down the President.

Here’s the thing.

The virus is not a hoax. It is very serious. It is very dangerous. And we will lose more people before we get to the other side.

Except reality is that we will never completely get to the other side.

I’m no scientist, but I can read enough to know that, like in so many other cases which are subjects for other posts, no, the science isn’t settled.

Back in March we were being told that masks were not effective. Google it and you will find articles that report that the WHO and the CDC were not recommending masks.

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Now we’re being told by the CDC that if everyone wore masks for six weeks, we could end the virus.

No wonder we’re cranky.

Don’t get me started on how we’re supposed to believe that the recent rounds of protests and riots in no way contributed to the fact that we’re seeing positive results on the rise in the 20-29-year-old range.

It’s enough to make you want to scream in your heart.

But here’s the other thing.

There are those in the media and politics who absolutely are exploiting this crisis in an attempt to bring down the President.

I could give you examples, but if you’re paying attention and being honest about it, you’ve already seen them.

And, like him or not, if everything you post is because “Orange Man Bad” you aren’t being objective or scientific.

The one example I will cite is the absolute distortion of what the President’s press secretary said yesterday about the opening of schools. Look up what was reported. Then look up what she actually said.

So yeah, it’s true that the virus is serious and scary. It’s also true that it’s being exploited.

Never let a crisis go to waste and all that.

I don’t want to end the week on a cranky note. I’m mean, some good things have happened.

It was good to get out to have a conversation with someone. But, as a Licensed Introvert, this along with my breakfast with a friend on Saturday, has filled my quota for the month.

I’ve almost convinced my Medical Reimbursement Account that it actually is my money.

Almost.

The scales at the gym are happier than they were last Friday.

When almost all of the plans for 2020 have been canceled, when I don’t know when or if I’ll get back to the theater or the amusement park, when I get the news that the Tournament of Roses Parade has been canceled, I have to take joy in the small things.

It also helps to remember that some things are beyond my control.

Trust me. I used a lot of control writing this post.



 

Fly Me to the Moon

We choose to go to the Moon. We choose to go to the Moon…We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too.

John F. Kennedy, September 12, 1962
Rice University.

On this day in 1969 Apollo 11, the first mission to land astronauts on the Moon, launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Kennedy, Florida.

It makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

John F. Kennedy never saw his dream of reaching the moon fulfilled. But before the decade ended, we heard

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those words…

“One small step for man…”

American spirit.

Yeah, I said it.

It’s like these days, being proud of being an American is a bad thing.

Except that it’s not.

Are we perfect? Far from it. But for almost 250 years, longer since the first European settlers arrived, we have struggled to become a more perfect union.

Fighting to be better, to forge a new path, to excel at what we do, to do the impossible.

It doesn’t feel like that much these days.

In the late 80s and early 90s, we lived and worked in the Washington, DC area. The last years of the Reagan Administration were a grand time to be a young conservative in DC. We were able to hear him speak, as well as George H. W. Bush on multiple occasions.

I worked for an association of state legislators. Annually we took about 150 to the Executive Office Building to hear the President. I was there twice with Reagan, four times with Bush the Elder.

No make that three, one on of those occasions, our son decided it was time to be born the day before. That’s another post.

One of the most memorable times to hear Reagan was at a different event when he spoke at the Jefferson Memorial to a group of thousands. All of the cabinet members (except the designated surivivor) were there. It was a grand day. It was also my birthday.

One of the last times I heard George H.W. Bush speak in DC was just after the end of the first Gulf War when he made that famous statement “By God, we’ve kicked the Vietnam syndrome once and for all.”

We had many wonderful times sitting on the lawn of the Capitol listening to the Memorial Day concert and then enjoying fireworks.

While neither of us worked directly for Congress, in those pre-9/11 days we had access to the buildings and I frequently traveled the tunnels underneath to get to my wife’s office on the other side of the Hill.

I loved walking in and around those buildings.

I’m still thrilled by fireworks and patriotism. I always have been. I always will be.

I won’t apologize for that.

I don’t need to apologize for that.

That freedom we celebrate gives you the right to disagree.

Fifty years ago we were charting our way to the moon with a slide rule. And, we made it.

I could list accomplishment after accomplishment but I don’t need to.

I might suggest, however, that you consider reading a history book or two.

Knowing where we’ve come from helps us know where we are and helps us determine where we need to go.

It might just land us on the moon.

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