Month: June 2017


I am considering a romantic novel in the near future. It would start with a chance meeting at a Happy Hour after work on a Friday evening. The couple would get off to a rough start but warm up to each other. They would have to go through some ups and downs. Eventually they would get so serious that they would have to face the decision to make it permanent or end it. At that point, I will run into problems. Part of me wants couples to get married and live happily ever after. The other part doesn’t believe that is possible. At least, very few couples realize that dream.

My record isn’t good. In “Survive”, the couple is doing fine while they are chasing down the terrorist. But once he is dead the relationship founders. He is a socially challenged, dedicated special agent with the FBI. She is a wounded warrior from a rich family and no real idea what she wants to do with her life. She is also dealing with a serious case of PTSD. Finally, she decides enough is enough and trudges over to his apartment. She asks if she can crash there for a few days. He asks, “Why? Did your parents kick you out?”

They fumble around for a while before agreeing to a trial marriage.

In “The Walshes”, the new boyfriend, a cop on the rebound from a divorce calls the heroine around midnight. He has had quite a bit to drink but he wants to get together with her. She has just returned from a weekend in Las Vegas with her girlfriend. They fumble around for a while before she says, “If you’re sober enough to drive over here, we can go to the all-night diner for pie and coffee.”

He says he will be right over even though he is in no condition to operating a car.

I can’t wait to find out how a romantic novel will end.

The Champ


Many of my friends are fervent fans of President Donald Trump. They can’t say enough good things about him. Actually they haven’t been able to say anything good about him.

They can dig around in our history and come up with some points of comparison between past presidents and our current president. For example, Bill Clinton’s well publicized sexual misconduct can be used to justify Trump’s predatory treatment of women. We must overlook The Donald’s public bragging about his treatment and mistreatment of women because of Monica Lewinsky.

We can’t complain about our 45th president’s ethical shortcomings because our 37th president was Tricky Dick Nixon. He was not only elected in 1968 in spite of his past history, he was re-elected by a landslide in 1972. Sure Spiro Agnew, his vice-president was convicted of racketeering and Nixon himself was forced to resign before he finished his second term but we put up with him for almost 6 years. We have no reason to complain about Donald Trump.

Barack Obama made a Trump-like speech on immigration while he was the junior Senator from Illinois. Forget about President Obama’s position and statements on immigration. Never mind that the Trump administration has made reversing President Obama’s actions on immigration a high priority. At one point in his life, Barack Obama made a speech that Donald Trump would have liked. We can’t complain about Trump’s position on immigration when we know that Obama held a similar position when he was a freshman Senator.

If we carefully examine the body of work from every president from 1946 through 2016, we can find a justification for everything President Trump has done in his first few months in office. If we bundle everything those men said and did into a single composite American President, we can surely come up with a man who resembles President Donald Trump. Not that this pieced together leader of the free world would measure up to The Donald. No one can hold a candle to him. He stands head and shoulders above the likes of Kim Il-sung, Mao Tse Tung, Joseph Stalin, Adolph Hitler, Napolean, Genghis Khan, Charlemagne, Julius Caesar, and Alexander the Great.

He is the champ.