Total Pageviews

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Writer's Life 9/27 - Tall Tales

I read of the following a few days ago. It had to be shelved for other items, but it's too interesting to let pass into oblivion. One of the top 10 residential buildings in the world is sinking and tilting, spreading fear among its wealthy residents, which include NFL legend Joe Montana and baseball star Hunter Pence. The Millennium Tower in downtown San Francisco was completed in 2009, and since then the 58-story high-rise has sunk 16 inches and tilted two, causing cracks in the sidewalk and garage. Residents are also noticing little changes in their individual units, dishwashers becoming harder to open and bubbles appearing in the floor. The operators of the building blame construction on the new Transbay Transit Center across the street, but those folks quickly issued a rebuttal, pinning the blame on the building's developers. The structure has been dubbed The Leaning Tower of Frisco.

This also hit the news a few days ago, reported by the New York Post: "It’s the city’s secret tragedy: the giant-octopus attack on the Cornelius G. Kolff, a Staten Island Ferry boat dragged to a watery grave with 400 souls aboard on Nov. 22, 1963. Few recall the harbor horror because news coverage was eclipsed by the shocking assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas that very day. Also because it never actually happened. But truth is no obstacle to artist Joe Reginella, the hoaxster whose slick brochures, Web site and even a statue are luring hapless tourists to a far corner of Staten Island in search of a museum devoted to the fantastical fish tale." Here's a pic of Reginella's sculpture:

I did not watch the debate, but I've read several items on it in the Post. Conservative pundit Jonathan Podhoretz, who is appalled by Trump's candidacy, believes Hillary won in a rout. Michael Goodwin, a moderate, thinks Trump won by simply surviving the assault. A panel of six regular folks seems evenly divided. Kyle Smith takes the moderator to task for being biased against Trump. As for talk radio, Trump's biggest supporter, Mark Simone of WOR, conceded that Hillary won but had the same feeling when Gore seemed to rout Bush, and polls a few days later showed the opposite, Maybe that's wishful thinking. Sean Hannity believes Hillary was victorious only in the minds of the mainstream media, whom his guest, Newt Gingrich, referred to along the lines of the Intellectual Yet Idiot Class. The few people I asked on the street believe Hillary won. Political Man had a smile on his face and a hop in his step, convinced Hillary "mopped the floor with him." I don't care who the better debater is. I vote issues, and Hillary is the polar opposite of me on just about every one. Here's a great and timely quote from someone who died long ago, used by Richard Johnson to close his gossip column today: "He who cannot put his thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of dispute." - Nietzsche.

The editorial page has troubling news: Last year violent crime rose 4% in the USA; homicides were up 11%, 17% in the largest cities. Liberals are not alarmed, as the levels are far below those of the worst of times.

My thanks to the local pot dealer who donated a bio on Caligula, which quickly sold, and to the lovely middle age Trump supporter who bought a book on fighting cholesterol, and to my weekly benefactor, who donated several beautiful pictorials and two Hollywood bios.
Vic's Short Works:
Vic's 5th Novel:'s 4th novel:
Vic's 3rd Novel:
Vic's Short Story on Kindle:
Vic's Short Story Collection:
Vic's 2nd Novel: Kindle:
Vic's 1st Novel:

No comments:

Post a Comment