Chapter 107: COVID Chronicles

By Karen

Day 124

Max, My Guinea Pig & Trump v. John Adams

He keeps topping himself, but in Trump’s most ridiculous assertion to date, he predicts that all media (social, print and TV) will wither and die under Joe Biden because Biden would get “low ratings.”

After three+ years of whining and screaming about wanting “the enemy of the people,” The New York Times, The Washington Post and CNN, out of business, Trump in his dementia has the nerve to claim credit for their markets. Like we all want All-Trump-24/7. The narcissism and madness have reached another galaxy.

Trump played golf this past weekend and had a big white van parked near the course to block photographers’ view. But someone managed to capture this priceless little clip of Lard-Ass’s steadily advancing meltdown. Watch his left leg as he walks away (hope this works, I just figured out how to embed tweets)…

There’s NO WAY to rationalize that leg splay as anything but involuntary lack of muscle control (or a twisted diaper). Now, if only COVID would catch up with him. Even #MoscowMitch McConnell is getting cold feet about breathing COVID fumes in Jacksonville during the GOP convention, with Florida smashing through all records for new daily COVID cases, surpassing 15,000 on July 12.

NOW, TO THE CAT BEAT: Yesterday I washed the purple blankie that has been Max and Roc’s battleground at the end of the couch. To figure out what Max is really fixated on — the couch or the blankie — I switched it with the pink blankie from the rocker. Max has never had a problem with it. In fact, it was his favorite spot last Christmas…

My hypothesis: Max would either prove that what covers the couch is irrelevant and it’s a turf war, or he’d go to the rocker because his real love is the purple blankie.

So, I invited Max to sit beside me on the couch. When he noticed that his end looked different, he not only refused to touch the pink blanket, but seemed a bit agitated. After I swapped things back, Max went right over to his spot and plopped down.

Bottom line: It’s the couch AND the purple blankie.

ANOTHER SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGH: I’ve discovered how not to have Trump be my last thought at night (leading to nightmares), or my first shriek of despair in the morning.

While I was watching the musical 1776 last week, I had an urge to learn everything about John Adams. We were born roughly 42 miles apart in Massachusetts, so he’s my people. I ordered a used but pristine copy of David McCullough’s mammoth Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, John Adams, for $7, including shipping.

Last night I started reading it before bed, and I’m already hooked. Adams was only about 5’7” or 8” and many found him mouthy and obnoxious. He was considered a conservative, but had many liberal positions like anti-slavery. As a person, he was virtually Trump’s opposite. For example, only one wife, Abigail, and their voluminous correspondence is hard evidence that they had a strong, loving 54-year marriage.

Anyway, I went to sleep trying to picture the Adams farm in Braintree, and woke up still thinking about Adams.

Just as in 2001, after I heard George W. Bush refer to the 9/11 terrorists “the folks who did this” and immediately drove to Charlottesville to visit Monticello and be near  Thomas Jefferson, I think Adams will take the edge off Trump through the election.

Well, after I hit “Pause” tomorrow to read Mary Trump’s damning book about Uncle Donald, Too Much and Never Enough.

 

4 Responses to Chapter 107: COVID Chronicles

  1. Anita says:

    Karen, glad you are finding something to keep your mind off our national disaster. I remember long ago there was an Adams mini series I watched that had to do with the father then son but can’t find anything about that now. But I did find the 2008 HBO series with Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney.

    I’m watching Ozark right now and she is one of the leads. She is an amazing actress! I may go back and watch the HBO series since Ozark is almost coming to an end. It would be nice to see what real leadership looks like, since we have none of it.

    California went back to tighter restrictions yesterday which is a huge blow. We are going to be going through these stop-start-stop cycles for at least a year, maybe more. We are do to head to a drive by baby shower at the end of this month, but if we are in full Stay At Home again, we will not be going.

    Thank you for understanding the neighbor thing. Sounds like you just went through yours recently too. My husband and I did decide on a fence screen plant called a Fern Pine and went and bought 5 of those yesterday which will be delivered Saturday. We are lucky to have an enormous wholesale nursery near us that is open to the public.

    They are already 6 ft tall and supposedly will completely fill in when planted together. That will make me full much better when we get those in the ground next week.

    In cat news we have a beautiful Blue Russian kitty hanging out in our front courtyard in the shade. Maybe he/she knows I’m stressed and needs a little cat love. Have Max, Roc and Tony send some my way!

  2. catsworking says:

    Anita, YES! That Adams miniseries with Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney is GREAT. I gave my father the DVD set, but I don’t know if he ever watched it. I’m really enjoying the book. It does take my mind off Trump and the virus. In fact, I think I’m only reading Mary Trump’s book during the day when I get a chance and will stick with Adams at bedtime as an antidote to the poison.

    I love Laura Linney, too. Did you ever see the series she did called The Big C? It’s billed as a comedy, but it’s about her battle with melanoma. If that’s around somewhere, it’s worth seeing. It’s funny at times and sad and uplifting.

    I haven’t seen Ozark.

    We have a bush around here called red tips that they plant as barriers. They grow really fast and the leaves have pretty red tips. Over the years I’ve considered planting them down the sides, but from the street it would just look stupid with these small lots, so I leave it to the neighbors to put up all the fences.

    This morning I went to fill a water bottle from the front of the fridge, but it was set on cubes and they went flying everywhere. Of course, Tony jumped right in for some ice hockey. A little while later I found a cube in my bathroom, so he’d dribbled it all the way down the hallway, a distance record for him.

  3. Anita says:

    Karen, at least you have some in house entertainment going on. That would have been a riot. Darn, I never tried the ice trick with my cat. Now if I get another cat I will have tons of things to try on them.

    I didn’t see The Big C but definitely know about it. I will add that to my list. Ozark is pretty violent but gives me a look into the world of money laundering that is just crazy. If Trump was dealing with Russian oligarchs that are like the Mexican drug cartel in this show no wonder he will do anything for Putin. It’s gruesome.

    My husband isn’t into the historical stuff so I will watch the HBO Adams on my own. We started out with Tivo’s and I still have one in my office so I can record and watch my own shows. He has the Xfinity DVR so he records his own shows. Then we have shows we watch together like Ozark. How did we ever survive with just one TV in the house!!??!!!

  4. catsworking says:

    Anita, I’ve been trying to get video of Tony playing ice hockey, but he always does it at night when the light’s not good and the ice doesn’t show up well against my floor. Whenever he hears me getting ice from the ice maker, he comes running and expects me to throw him at least one cube.

    He’s basically washing my floor one square (in the pattern) at a time. After he’s been playing, I go in there and step in a puddle wherever he last left the cube.

    He also likes it if I throw cubes in his water bowl and he’ll play with them in there. But it’s been so hot, they melt almost immediately. Even the cold water from the tap comes out lukewarm. It’s miserable.

    I only have one TV in the house and I would hate to share it. In fact, sharing it wouldn’t work at all because I will watch not one minute of any sport but a horse race.

    Putin’s got something dire hanging over Trump to have him cowed so totally, and it’s a lot more than a pee tape. Trump must owe Putin bigly.

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