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May 2, 2021 Blumbers

Mission of Gravity

You know how much you know something by teaching it to others. Apparently kids go through a stage where they keep asking why. Sadly I am still asking why. Every kid asks about gravity. I give demonstrations of things like hammers falling to the ground but what I really need is two rocks in the asteroid belt gradually attracted to one another over millions of years. It would be the world’s most expensive science project.

With a nod to Hal Clement and Mr. Stubbs.

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Apr. 18, 2021 Blumbers

Catching Up

Regular viewers will note I have been a little lax in my postings. I am busy taking care of more than a little routine administrivia and will hopefully be back on top of things soon. My thought are always with you.

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Apr. 11, 2021 Blumbers

Lessons Learned

The more I think about all that has happened in the past year made me think about  what have I learned from it. Yes, I was more prepared than most, but what would I do differently? I think there is a book in there somewhere…

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Apr. 4, 2021 Blumbers

Time Well Spent

What do you do when you cannot do anything? There is always something you can do. I cleaned everything twice. If I could not make use of it, I gave it away. The schools were closed so I taught someone to read. I also taught someone how to play chess and now they can beat the computer. I thought about several problematic science fiction stories and turned one apocalyptic plague story into a comedy. Most importantly, I helped one family avoid eviction. Tragedies can sometimes bring out the worst in people, but it can also bring out the best. There are a lot of good people in the world, be one of them.

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Mar. 28, 2021 Blumbers

Not Helping

When the coronavirus outbreak came, I had a friend who had trouble breathing. His insurance company wanted to put him in an assisted living facility, which I though would have been a death sentence. I did everything I could to keep in him alive because that is what you do. You don’t throw a friend overboard. You band together and help. He just got his shot. Don’t kick a man when he is down, he might recover.

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Mar. 21, 2021 Blumbers

Covid Anniversary

It has been a year of masks and death and now there is hope of various vaccines for Covid 19. People will ask me what I did during the plague. Well, like most people I banded together to survive.

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Mar. 14, 2021 Blumbers

The Last to Die

What can I say about being absent? For a year I have been trying not to be the last man on earth. After a year I almost got my wish and still have not gotten my shot.

I was beginning to think I would never cover another event. I would never eat in another restaurant or go see a movie in a theater. Now I watch movies on computers. I am still reading old fashioned books, but touching a magazine in a doctor’s waiting room? I’ll check my messages.

Sadly, I have lost people. I am chasing down a story about a guy who outlived his entire graduating class. It was a small school and they were kind of old but at least no one will try to sell him life insurance at the class reunion.

I cannot wait to get my shot. I have been dodging this thing for over a year and do not want to be the last guy to die from this thing. All this has given me a great idea for a play that anyone could perform, providing there is no restriction on people gathering.

To a better future.

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Jan 24, 2020 Blumbers

Our Long National Nightmare

Our long national nightmare is over. Let us not do this again. Let us conduct ourselves as professionals going forward and looking forward. If you had told someone five years ago that any of this would happen, they would not have believed you. So let’s make this unbelievable. The system works when we make it work.

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Jan. 17, 2021 Blumbers

Covid Anniversary

I first heard about the coronavirus a year ago. Buying a whole bunch of toilet paper no longer seems so crazy now does it?

There is going to be another one and we need to prepare. We need to dramatically improve our heathcare in America. I do not want to have to get close to you to ask if you have insurance. If you can walk into the emergency room you are a customer and a patient.

I was trying to figure out how to think how to thank all the healthcare workers I have met over the past year. One woman wisely suggested we pay off all their student loans. After all I would rather worry about a highly contagious  incurable virus than paying off my student loans.

Still waiting for my shot. The future is running a little slow here.

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Jan. 10, 2021 Blumbers

Signless of the Times

This was the week that all the Trump political signs disappeared in my neighborhood. There were not that many and even termites avoided them. As for Wednesday afternoon, it was all fun and games until somebody got hurt (killed). Hopefully we can move forward despite all the best efforts of selfish short-sighted people. At a basic level, democracy is a popularity contest. When you lose an election it means a lot of people do not like you. Maybe it was something you said, over and over trying to make it true. It is more than psychology, it is math and some things do not add up.

Thanks Nancy, you were there when it counted to count.

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Dec. 30 , 2020 Blumbers

Another Roaring Twenties

Having a near Covid experience makes you think about what you have accomplished. I know for a fact I have helped thousands of people find work. People in the future will not know that unemployment in the United States was a death sentence. It led to the spread of disease and more death. I campaigned continuously to get universal healthcare which you will hopefully take for granted.

I have written decades of little quips whether you liked them or not. Without my comedy there is only your drama.

I have covered the rise of the Internet and social media and refused to silenced or intimidated. I politely ignore you or am ignorant of you.

I have documented the rise and fall of caring about each other, fashionable or not.

While I mourn the loss of bookstores, like Ben Franklin, I look forward to the new editions.

Get ready for another roaring twenties. 23 skidoo.

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Dec. 20, 2020 Blumbers

The Flu Next Time

Yet another anniversary for the world’s longest running website. After 2020, I am surprised to still have electricity. My intention was to keep going until the lights went out, giving future students enough to write their homework assignments. Of course many kids out there are studying at home waiting for a new Socrates to to start asking questions in the marketplace.

Remember this will happen again. We were lucky it was influenza and not the Ebola virus. We need to prepare to care for people better than we have been. There won’t be time  to ask what kind of health insurance a new plague victim may have. We should build healthcare as a basic human right and treat them immediately. What’s more we should help them miss work to get better. Even more important is that they should affordable housing where they can stay until they get better.

What humanity has learned is that the Internet can show us how to employ and function without increasing our carbon footprint. It is the time of year to quote Jacob Marley “Mankind was my business.”

Indeed.