Thu 19 Jul George McGovern is 85. 7:45
Phyllis Diller hurt her back again, so she could not celebrate her birthday publicly. Meanwhile David Broder had
quite a column about George McGovern. The influx of so many into the Democratic Party in 1972 appears to have lasted
well over the past 35 years. Broder even compared it to the débâcle the Republicans had with Barry Goldwater in 1964.
So far, the week has dragged with little progress. I spent time with French Instant Immersion last night.
However, I continue to neglect my other projects.
I had a bad night. I was only productive in pushing a start for my speech next wek. Once again, I had
to get my brother out of bed myself.
Fri 20 Jul 8:08
Slowly I am realizing what I should be doing -- the pleasure of learning. I spent past of last night on German,
especially pronounciation. How can I get it all integrated? I want to use up as many books as I can, in other
words, to finish what I start.
Mon 23 Jul
Mom finally found her wallet Sunday morning, so we went to PathMark around noon. I pocketed the checkcard into
a safe place. I actually ran out of money, and it was close had Mom not found her money at the checkout.
This morning I went for gasoline and to use the three cards. I used my own to deposit the copayment I'd given for
the operation a few weeks ago. Meanwhile, the effects linger as a swollen groin nearly three weeks later and sore on
my right scrotum. I've another two weeks until I get another evaluation.
Tue 24 Jul 14:50
Ugh! I must throw a speech together by THursday in continued indecision. Lee sent me a belated birthday card.
I may answer the accompanying letter for their anniversary on 21 August, four weeks from today. 1982 remains a summer
of long nights --" Talking Back to the Night" by Steve Winwood comes to mind/ It was also the last summer of my
Penn State's MBA destroyed my obsolete view of the world. Reaganomics finished the job.
I was looking to the Schaum Outline Serices on statistics and econometrics. The econometrics flashed me back to
the summer of 1978, when I once again tried to avoid history while conceding French/Business was not for me. MY CONCLUSION
ASTOUNDED ME IN THAT I REALIZED THAT EACH TIME I MADE A DECISION, IT OPTIMIZED THE SITUATION -- THERE WAS NO OTHER BETTER
Of course, the trick is to be prepared to make the optimal decision, because the future will not be able to change the
Therefore, the thought of going into economics and econometrics would have been the wrong decision in 1978. Despite
the problems later, I would NOT have had a wonderful 1981 had I NOT gone into history. Anyway, I have something
to add to my speech on Thursday at Toastmasters.
Fri 27 Jul 15:15
Once again I had problems with Verizon internet. Supposedly someone came to fix it. I can't understand
why my connection flops once a month. This weekend I am busier than usual, because I have an insurance agent coming
tonight for longterm care, and tomorrow morning I visit the dentist.
Sun 29 Jul 10:22
So far, I've had no internet at all, and the technician did not return my calls. I am seriously considering to
drop Verison and hook up with Comcast.
I plunged into longterm care insurance with Gentech. I expect to have assets to protect and to retain control of
which kind of care. It costs over two thousand a year.
The dentist merely cleaned my teeth. I can have problems with breakage, but otherwise I had no cavities.
I finally looked at the letters I wrote from Camp Saint Andrew this week in 1965. I've though of reframing the
whole incident. What would it have taken to change the experience? The frightening play of Friday night was the
only time I enjoyed being there. Why couldn't they have taught us to swim, rather than push me into the water?
Is it holding me back two score later?
Mon 30 Jul 8:25
As I heard "You Make Lovin' Fun", I thought of how naïve I was in 1977. Then it hit me. At least I made intellectual
progress back then. I have not over the past decade.
I fell asleep last night with "Lord of the Rings". After a weekend of "Cody Banks 2", "Harry Potter" and "Bedtime
for Bonzo", I think I'm confusing fantasies.
Once agin, it comes back to me. I am in charge, and I choose to execute. I called Verizon, and supposedly
there is an explanation why I'm still offline.
Harry Potter -- the first on called the "Sorcer's Stone" -- was very delightful for $10 a disc. How did J K Rowing
conceive of this series? Then again, how did Anthony Horowitz do so with Alex Rider? I still haven't finished
with George "Buddy" Król. I finished my August calendar and advanced along French, German, and Spanish.
However, I did nothing else -- especially along the lines of accounting or taxes.
Piece of history forty years ago today:
We went on a trip to Cape May on the weekend in late July. On this date, we were coming back, and I had such a
headache from having slept a mere three hours in the car. Why did we suffer from the incopmpetence of a selfish interloper?
I remember we left at 3:30 Saturday afternoon of 29 July 1967, and we arrived at Cape May at 7:30. How were wwe
supposed to spend the night? $16 for a motel room was not so unreasonable. It was the first time ever I saw the