America has been blessed with many beautiful nature scenes. One is Big Sur in California. Officiously known as California Highway 1.
Many years ago, I was in the area of Big Sur to play golf at Pebble Beach. My tee time one of the days was in the afternoon. I decided to see the Big Sur I had heard so much about.
Rented a car and was on my way.
The coast of California near San Francisco and running through Carmel is one huge cliff. Not as high as those in Santorini. High enough, however. At least 1,500 to 2,000 feet up.
A highway was carved out which runs sometimes on top of the cliff and other times a road has been cut into the side of the cliff.
Below the Pacific Ocean! Majestic waves pounding the base of the cliff.
Majestic! Beautiful! The only way to describe Big Sur.
I was sorry I was alone. The drive is one to be shared with someone with whom you have a close attachment. Such is the mood!
This morning’s news carries the sad story that a significant portion of the highway has been washed away by a winter storm. Obviously that portion of the highway will be closed till repaired. Could take quite a while.
One last observation. There are very few homes along the way. Only nature in all its pristine glory.
Joe Manchin is Governor of West Virginia. A Democrat who seems over the years to have voted more Republican than Democrat.
Can’t blame him. West Virginia a deeply Republican state. Coal mining a major industry.
It was announced yesterday that West Virginia was a “vaccine success” story. Eighty five percent of its doses requirement received and used. Yes, 85 percent of West Virginia has been vaccinated.
Only North Dakota has done better.
Why West Virginia and North Dakota can do it and the other 48 states still struggling to get going, I do not understand.
The numbers reported were by the CDC and not West Virginia itself.
A civil servant in charge of the program said it was the result of “creativity” and “innovation.” West Virginia studied what was happening in the rest of the U.S. and came up with their own plan.
The State did not activate the federal partnership with CVS and Walgreens. Instead went it alone.
West Virginia is more rural than big city. The State went to the small independent drug stores. Many mom and pop operations. State officials thought such would prove productive. Obviously, they were correct.
The small drug stores went to the people’s homes and farms. They did not wait for them to come to town for a shot.
Many persons live 40-50 miles away from the big cities and chain drug stores.
One story told involves a mom and pop type operation with a couple of employees. They stored the vaccine in a special refrigerator in their home kitchen. Six every morning they were at their kitchen table figuring where to go that day and arranging the vaccines to be carried.
It all worked! God bless Joe Manchin and the people of West Virginia!
I would like Florida’s Governor DeSantis to plan better as Joe Manchin did. Every DeSantis planned program thus far has failed. Looks good up front and then peters out.
Going to run Day 6…..Greece the First Time at this point. Then return to some other news items I wish to share.
Greece is a time bomb waiting to explode.
The people are unhappy. The financial crisis is choking them.
Economics is the topic of conversation everyday. Expressed with increased vehemence each day.
Riots around the corner. Protests already. The situation a tinderbox ready to ignite.
I was on my way to the Metro Underground beneath the plaza in front of Parliament yesterday. Thousands of people walk the plaza hourly. In one corner near the entrance to the Metro, several young people were carrying signs. One was talking into a loudspeaker.
Speaking Greek, of course. I neither speak nor understand the language.
About 50 persons milling about listening. I mingled in the crowd. I was able to pick up the gist of the protest from comments made by onlookers. Economics. The euro.
Listeners aroused. The name Merkle caused several to spit on the ground.
Recently, Greece had an election. Neither the left nor right obtained enough votes to control the government. So the Greek Parliament is floating along. The country in limbo.
A new election is scheduled some time in June.
Italy’s former Prime Minster Berlusconi announced yesterday that unless Germany backed off the euro, Italy should return to the lira. Germany appears the only European nation benefiting from the euro. The Greeks and Italians dislike the Germans. They feel Germany is being hard ass about doing something corrective regarding the economy. Whatever might be done would not be to the financial benefit of Germany.
Beware. I sense bad days ahead. Keep in mind that we live in a global world. Whatever happens in Greece and elsewhere affects us in the United States.
I spent 3 hours doing yesterday’s blog. I sat in one position and typed for the three hours. When I finished, my legs from my knees to my ankles were full of fluid. I went back to my room, took a fluid pill and lay on the bed three hours till the problem was relieved. Today I am getting up and moving about on occasion as I write.
I took the Metro Underground. It is a subway. I have not been on a subway since my senior year in college in New York City in 1957.
The purpose of taking the Metro was to visit Acropolis and the Parthenon. Way up a hill. Better to ride than to walk. One stop on the Metro.
A problem. The Metro Acropolis stop was still at least a mile from the entrance. An uphill walk. At a constant 30 degree angle. In the boiling sun.
Not my cup of tea. I had to stop not several times, but many times to sit and rest. As I sat, many passed me by going to the top. Many older than I. Some obviously infirmed. While Louis sat, they marched.
The first part of the return trip was a problem also. The initial path down was of marble. Huge irregular blocks. Slippery. Small cuts in the marble to minimize the sliding factor. I slid, did not fall. It was not easy.
The trip was worth it. I was a part of history during the time I was on top. Acropolis, the Parthenon and other smaller temples. The most stimulating factor for me was the realization that all I saw was constructed BEFORE Christ. Way before.
Acropolis a temple to the Gods. The most exciting feature of the Parthenon the columns.
The smaller temples had columns also. However, they were copies. Some time back, there was a violent earthquake. The columns could not handle the movement. To protect them from a future abuse by nature, they were removed and replaced. The originals sit in a museum at a point down the hill.
Two generationally different fat cats responsible for much of what has been done. Pericles back in the 400s BC. The Rockefeller Foundation in recent times.
All the buildings are fragile. Thousands of years old. Modern man is constantly working to preserve that which was. There are scaffolds and cranes every where.
There had to be a topping on the cake after such a glorious walk back in history. It came in the evening. Dinner at Dionysus Restaurant.
Dionysus sits at the foot of the historical mountain. About a mile away. It is a huge outdoor restaurant. Top self. Great lamb. Greater view. Expensive. Worth it.
There in front of my eyes on top of the hill sat the Acropolis and Parthenon. All brightly lite. Awe inspiring. The viewing emotional.
Traditionally Dionysus was the God of the grape harvest. He was also known as Bacchus. Party boy! Festivals galore!
Did I sleep last night? Finally! The first full night’s sleep since starting this trip. I hope the jet lag is behind me.
Today is my last in Athens. Tomorrow I leave for Santorini. I still have not danced nor thrown dishes around. Hopefully tonight. There is a little Zorba in each of us.
Yesterday was Ally’s birthday. Seven years old. I forgot. I will Skype her later and make up for it. I selected a birthday gift for her before I left and gave it to her. So I am only half bad in forgetting.
I know not what today holds. Whatever, it will be good. I am in a place where it cannot be bad. And tonight….hopefully dancing and dish breaking.
Enjoy your day!
Back to today’s news.
Trump continues to have lawyer problems. Big ones! No one wants to represent him in the Impeachment trial. First Giuliani and some others withdrew or could not accept the responsibility for various reasons. A new team of 5 came on board.
The five lawyers withdrew with the trial scheduled to begin 10 days from today. The reason was a difference of opinion as to how the trial should be handled.
Trump insisted election fraud be the top item. His attorney’s disagreed. The trial should surround impeachment issues and not whether Trump was elected. Sixty one courts had already shot Trump down on that issue.
I admire the attorneys for withdrawing. A doctor does not let the patient tell him how to do the brain surgery surgery he is facing. So too with the attorney-client situation. A competent attorney would do as the 5 attorneys did. My way or the highway.
L. Lin Wood is a Georgia attorney who brought several election fraud conspiracy cases to court. Each wherein he represented Trump in one fashion or another.
The Georgia Bar Association has now entered upon the scene.The Bar has asked Wood to undergo a mental health evaluation. Lin has refused. Refusal could mean suspension or disbarment.
Lin has opted to fight. He has taken the position he did nothing wrong, only exercised his Constitutional right to free speech.
Amazing isn’t it how many of those who have tried to help Trump eventually end up behind the eight ball.
What happened to the Republican House and Senate members who feared for their lives on January 6, who hid under tables and benches behind locked doors, etc.
With the Trump impeachment trial around the corner, their tune has changed. Poor Donald! He didn’t tell the demonstrators to do bad, etc.
Whores one and all!
January 6 reminds me of the Reichstag fire in Germany on February 27, 1933. Hitler inspired. The fire solidified the establishment of Nazi Germany. Hitler’s government became entrenched.
The U.S. is not yet entrenched in any movement opposite to what it has been for many years. However, it could be moving that way. People on both sides are aroused.
Sunday, oh Sunday! Will my home quarantine ever end? Some days I think it is getting to me.
Enjoy your Sunday!