Donna and Terri are married. Lesbian wives. My friends for years. Love them both. Refer to them as my lesbian wives.
Spent last night with the ladies. Dinner at their home. Donna cooked. Her cooking spectacular! As always.
Afterwards, we walked across the street to Blue Macaw for a drink. Larry Baeder performing. Per his usual custom, he asked Terri to join him. Made her night.
The last several years have been tough on Terri. First, a heart attack. Then 2 terrible cancers from which she was lucky to survive.
Terri was going blind before the cancers. Still had many years of sight however, though diminishing. The cancer medications accelerated her blindness. She is now 80 percent blind. Can see shadows. Next year, not even shadows.
Terri’s disposition not affected. An “up” person. God love her!
It has been reported that last month was the hottest July ever. Ever being 1871 when records began being kept. Twenty nine days were 90 degrees or better.
Normally September is the worst month heat wise. Yet to come. Humidity extremely heavy in September.
I have learned how to beat the heat. Remain indoors. Generally at home. Air conditioning!
The evenings were not bad in July. For some reason, most of the evenings were comfortable. Even though temperatures were in the high 80’s.
Several days ago, I wrote concerning the California Bedsloe family. A heavy to read about and then report. A 70 year old great grandfather on the cell phone listening to his wife and 2 great grandchildren in the seconds before they died. A California fire killed the three.
This morning a video is running on the internet. Ed Bledsoe being interviewed. He repeated his 5 year old grandson James’ last words…..Grandpa, the fire is coming in the door!
It was hard reading the words last week. Far worse this morning listening to Ed Bledsoe repeat them.
The fire is named the Carr Fire. The sixth most destructive in California history. Strange how it began.
A flat tire the cause. A tire failed. The rim scrapped the asphalt. Sparks shot out. Ignited the dry brush on the side of the road.
In today’s society, common sense and good judgment are diminishing qualities.
Several times when I was young, I had a lemonade stand alone or with a friend. Five cents a cup. People were kind. Even police officers. Always sold out.
Today, another story. I have read several times the past few years about governmental authorities shutting down lemonade stands run by some young person.
The most recent occurred in Ballston Spa, N.Y. Located in Saratoga County.
Seven year old Brendan Mulvaney was operating a lemonade stand outside the entrance to the County Fair. Lemonade seventy five cents.
Four vendors inside the fair complained to the New York State Department of Health. The vendors were required to be permitted ($30) and charge $7 for the same cup of lemonade Brendan was selling for $ .75.
The State inspectors shut Brendan down because he did not have a permit.
I have observed this scenario many times. Even if Brendan became permitted, he would then have imposed on him the need to keep the lemonade at a certain temperature, proof of insurance, a stand constructed to legal specifications, working papers, etc.
A kid can’t win these days!
Syracuse and Utica are neighbors in upstate New York. Fifty miles separating them.
My Father took me to Syracuse football games when I was young. I went to Syracuse Law School. Later opened an office in Syracuse. Tried many cases in Syracuse courts. Enjoyed a private box at the Carrier Dome for football and basketball. Remained active at the University.
Many have a connection to the area. Two are Tom Cruise and Dick Clark.
I discovered this morning that Tom Cruise was born in Syracuse. Lived there his first 9 years. His Syracuse life described as poor and Catholic. We were all poor and Catholic in our early days.
Dick Clark of American Bandstand Fame got his television start in Utica in the mid 1950’s. TV station WKTV. Prior to TV, he was a weather man on Danny Fusco’s WRUN morning radio show.
Dick Clark was known as Dick Clay in those days. His Dad was a disc jockey on a Utica radio station. In order to avoid confusion, Clark changed his last name. When he moved on to a Philadelphia TV station, he went back to Clark.
Sloan will be here at noon. We have a lot of work to do.
Enjoy your Sunday!