A Citizens’ Voice comment this morning took me back to my early youth. Very young. Like 3-4 years old.
First the comment: “Someone who was born 80 years ago on their grandmother’s kitchen table may not have gotten a birth certificate. Now they won’t give them a government ID because they don’t have that document.”
The kitchen table for birthing understandable. Many medical activities were performed on kitchen tables back then. I am an example.
The tables were not as today. Back then, metal tops.
It was 1938 or 1939. We were still living third floor front in the Italian neighborhood. My parents had been out of work a couple of years. The Depression still ongoing. It took World War II to get the nation out of the Depression.
I got sick. I do not remember getting sick. My recollection today of what happened begins immediately before the operation.
I had some sort of an ear infection. The doctor had to go in and do whatever he had to do.
My recollection is my father laying me on top of the kitchen table. My grandfather and uncles hholding my arms and legs. My father held my chest down.
A cloth was placed over my nose and mouth. I assume it was chloroform.
My grandmother, aunts and my mother in the living room. I could hear them crying as I was put under.
I recall it was dark outside when I first was placed on the table.
Why the table and not a hospital? Had to be one of two reasons. No time to get me to a hospital. Or, my parents did not have the money for a hospital.
I recall nothing following the surgery.
Oh, my God! Holly died!
My first reaction seeing her obituary in this morning’s newspaper.
Her full name Holly Cmiel.
First met Holly and her partner Peter Diamond Illacqua some 25 years ago when we bought our Key West Home.
Peter was an entertainer. A vocalist. He worked most evenings. Holly was always with him. A warm person, I could always depend on Holly hurrying over and giving me a hug and kiss. Not just me. Everyone. That was Holly.
She and Peter were together 31 years. Hang in there, Peter.
Holly, I send you a hug and kiss. You will always be remembered by everyone.
Another shooting. Do we ever go a day without one?
The most recent a shooting at the FedEx facility in Indianapolis.
One thing certain, mass shootings have definitely become an American story.
Roger Stone was and I assume still is one of Donald Trump’s closet friends. Recall Trump gave him a pardon.
Now it comes out Stone owes nearly $2 million in unpaid taxes and fees.
The IRS has sued him.
Guns have become an epidemic. The numbers support the statement. Daily in the U.S. an average of 316 are shot and 106 of that number die.
Ghislaine Maxwell is in jail awaiting trial. She was Jeffrey Epstein’s lady friend who assisted Epstein in acquiring young girls to have sex with older men. A pedophilia ring of sorts.
It was revealed this week by her attorneys that they need more time to prepare for her trial scheduled to begin July 12. Discovery was assumed to have been completed. The prosecution must have discovered some new evidence. Two thousand one hundred “highly confidential” photos were forwarded by the prosecution to defense counsel.
Maxwell’s attorneys have asked the Judge to reschedule the trail date as they will need more time to prepare in view of the 2,100 photos received.
If Maxwell is in any compromising photos, she is is deep turd trouble.
Moderna and Pfizer both came out with similar announcements yesterday.
Moderna plans to have a third booster shot available to Americans in the fall.
Moderna is supposedly 90 percent effective. A good number. However, it has been determined the first two shots may only be good for six months. Moderna is not certain how long immunity from the virus persists.
Pfizer basically came out with the same statement. They will be recommending a third shot for the same reasons given by Moderna. One difference however. Pfizer claims the third shot will be required within 6-12 months after the second shot.
I close with Syracuse basketball. Two new pieces of information.
Coach Boehiem’s oldest son Jimmy is finishing his senior year at Cornell. As a junior, he was a star on the team. Averaged 16.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, plus making 31 three point shots.
Jimmy sat out his entire senior year because Cornell cancelled all its games due to the pandemic. He still has a year of eligibility, however. He will do that year of graduate work at Syracuse rather than Cornell.
The Boeheim family is ecstatic. Jimmy and Buddy are excited they will be playing together.
ESPN announced its Way-Too-Early-Top 25. Syracuse is ranked #14.
Enjoy your day!