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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Writer's Life 2/15 - Whoppers

From the NY Post, photo from Burger King shops in Israel celebrated Valentine's Day in an unusual manner, offering “The Adults Meal" featuring two Whoppers, two orders of French Fries, two beers and an adult toy.

No condoms?

Also from the Post, edited by yours truly: The youngest person ever to win the lottery in Britain wants to sue the organizers because it “ruined her life.” Now 23, she won $1.25 million at age 17 and says she was too young to cope with the sudden flood of wealth. “At times it feels like winning the lottery has ruined my life. I thought it would make it ten times better but it’s made it ten times worse,” she whined. “I wish I had no money most days. I say to myself, ‘My life would be so much easier if I hadn’t won.’” She’s sick of shopping, misses hustling for a paycheck and has struggled to find a boyfriend who isn’t using her as a cash cow. Apparently, the windfall has made her clueless as well. Anyone that beautiful and wealthy is blessed. Give the money away or shut up. Some people...

I decided to take my IRS refund in the form of a NetSpend debit card, as I did in 2016. It's been a year, so I don't recall the initial circumstances. I got the card yesterday, activated it at the website, and went off to CVS to replace the two pair of sunglasses that had recently broke. Payment was refused at three different machines, two self-checkout and one at the counter. I returned to the website and saw that there is no money in my account - and a five buck fee that will likely be deducted once the funds are uploaded. Why in the world was it sent if the money is not yet available? And what the heck is the fee for - not spending the less than a dollar that remained on the previous card? When government and business collaborate, the consumer loses.

Do I comment on the firing of NSA chief Mike Flynn or not? The left is up in arms, playing up the angle that Trump is in cahoots with the Russians. The president's supporters claim it is a witch hunt. Such attacks will continue, whether they have merit or not. The only thing that will slow them is a bustling economy. They will never cease entirely. At present I still believe the left is in danger of driving even more citizens to Trump's side. I have just as much contempt for mainstream Republicans, who do not share the president's work ethic. The critters of that massive swamp are unhappy. Can it be defeated and drained? I'm not optimistic, although I still believe a thriving economy can alleviate its sins, as happened in the '80's and '90's.

The benign weather allowed me to put three hours into the floating book shop today. My thanks to the gentleman who bought three J.D. Robb thrillers. The session was highlighted by two conversations. Matt and I were discussing how extensive surveillance is these days and how crazy or dumb those who commit crimes must be. To illustrate the point, he whipped out his Iphone and clicked on an app that had a live feed of his front door, where his wife's rehab (knee replacement) nurse was ringing the bell. Fortunately, we are not being governed by Big Brother, otherwise... The Lady Eve stopped by to say she is enjoying Five Cents, which she's halfway through. I was surprised and said, of my eight books, it was the one in which I have the least confidence. She said she relates to the difficulties of the Vietnam veteran, as she knew several. Thank you, madam.
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