Chart Room unusually good last night. Chatted with two lovely couples and an old friend. All interesting people.
Met Catherine and Stephen from St. Augustine. Both with interesting backgrounds.
Catherine is in program management with Winn-Dixie. I got an education from her re the super market business. Husband Stephen is a retired electrical engineer. While in the U.S. Navy, served on the submarine USS Jacksonville.
Married 25 years. Have visited Key West 3-4 times.
Then came Dawn and Mike. From Jackson, Tennessee. Dawn a customer rep for a truck line. Husband Mike, a truck driver.
Mike is Dawn’s second husband. Her first husband Greg died in his 40’s. Greg the son of Cal Perkins. Cal Perkins wrote Blue Suede Shoes. Later made famous by Elvis Presley.
Mike a look a like for movie star Sam Elliot.
Dawn’s first husband Greg was fond of Key West. His ashes were spread along Smathers Beach.
Dawn flew from Jackson with Greg’s ashes. Security avoided looking in the container carrying his ashes when she told them what the container contained. They sort of stepped back from the dead.
I did my first book signing a few months ago at the Andrews Inn. Author Robert Codrun put the event together and asked me to participate.
Robert lives in California. He is back in Key West. Arrived yesterday. A couple of hours before we ran into each other at the Chart Room.
A big week is coming up for mystery writers. A very large group will be in Key West to participate. Robert returned to be part of the event.
While all this was going on, Ollie was standing at the end of the bar as overseer. His eyes on everyone.
My stomach told me I was hungry. Stopped at Five Guys. The perfect meal for my diet. Two cheeseburgers wrapped in lettuce. No bread. And a diet soda.
I have some Trump observations. A walk back in history first. Nothing to do with Trump.
Henry Hudson. We all learned in grammar school he discovered the Hudson River. As Columbus before him, he was looking for a passage to the East.
On Hudson’s fourth trip to the New World, he continued north on the Hudson River to Hudson Bay. Winter was setting in. He waited too long to get his ship out into open water. It froze stuck in the waters of Hudson Bay.
A cold winter. Insufficient food. Hudson’s crew not happy campers.
In June when the ship was able to move, the crew mutinied. They were unhappy that they had been forced to suffer the winter and blamed Hudson for his poor judgment.
Hudson, his teenage son and seven crewmen were placed in a small boat and set adrift.
Hudson not a Captain Bligh. The tyrannical captain of the Bounty who had a similar experience but guided his small boat thousands of miles to safety. Hudson, his son and the seven sailors were never heard from again.
Melania visited a Lutheran shelter for immigrant children yesterday. Children 12-18. The kids had already been there for some months. The place looked terrific. The staff appeared professional and caring.
On the surface, a big deal Melania visited the place. Not enough from my perspective. It would have been better had she visited the caged and otherwise detained babies, toddlers and those under 10. She should have been, and we should have been able to see, the down and dirty of the past few days.
A good move by the first Lady. Short of what it should have been.
Trump has several shortcomings hitting him all at one time. Deservedly so. America must see who the man truly is.
His biggest fiasco the breaking up of families. The immigrant children. Thousands who may never be able to reconnect with their families.
Trump’s immigrant move unquestionably a failure.
The immigration bill. Two failed yesterday. A third one is being worked on over the weekend. It may be voted on next week. Perhaps not. It is not what Trump wants. He mentioned on TV they should hold the vote next year at a time when a new Congress might pass it.
Lies galore. By Trump and Sessions. To cover up the poor judgment behind the immigrant problem. The public will not be deceived. Both are being shown on TV before the breakdown of their plans telling us how right it was, the legal thing to do, etc.
Military base facilities are being prepared for 20,000 immigrant children. Instead of wasting money on fixing and staffing new facilities to house and care of them, the money should be spent to quickly determine which children belong to which parents and get the families together.
I have written several times recently that big corporate dollars are involved in caring for the immigrant children. I referred to it as a million dollar business. Not so. The New York Times yesterday reported it was a billion dollar business.
Most are private prison corporations. One has been paid $955 million since 2015. Several others have been paid millions of dollars.
Fraud guaranteed! Someone should follow the money.
This tariff thing is going to break the back of the U.S. Perhaps the world. China’s media claim the U.S. has “delusions” as the impact of the trade war spreads.
Trump does. Millions of U.S. jobs will ultimately be lost. The economic impact will be world wide. A recession similar to 1929 could occur. Recall, Hoover became President. The late 1920’s were booming. The market at an all time high.
Hoover believed tariffs were appropriate. As Trump does. He was wrong. The Great Depression occurred.
It could happen again.
Trump tells us Saudi Arabia is our friend. Have always been our friend. Bullshit! Never forget Saudi Arabia gave us $4 a gallon gasoline.
The U.S. in recent times had enjoyed a dominance in the energy field. We now export more oil than ever before. The world our customers. Saudi Arabia has had to take a back seat.
Saudi Arabia and OPEC not happy with the situation. They have joined with Russia to regain OPEC’s dominance and diminish that of the United States.
My KONK Life column this week is Sit AT Attention Or Die. Recall last week Trump mentioned he liked it the way people sat at attention when Kim spoke. He wished his people would.
Kim’s people sit at attention because it is death not to. He killed two high ranking officials for the way they sat when he spoke. One for slouching, the other for falling asleep.
The column appears in this morning’s KONK Life E-Blast also.
Enjoy your day!