Egrets on the Salt Marsh


One of my favorite places to visit is the salt marches in Scarborough.  I am always  assured that I will find some egrets feeding.  If you wash closely you can see the fish that they catch go down their throats.  


Hanging at Newark Airport

Donald Trump
Decision Maker in Charge

At this time I was supposed to be on the plane to Toronto to visit my family.  Unfortunately we just got an email that the flight was canceled due to air traffic controll problems.  So we are stuck at gate A which is the gate that God forgot.  I ate a Boars Head mystery sandwhich and as I look around I see nothing but quick food spots and no bars in sight.  I am not a huge drinker although it would be nice to step out of the mainstream crowd and enjoy a couple of brews.

So I might as well give you a few of my immpressions of the world today.  I was thinking about the latest Senate heath care offering.  I don’t think I fully understand it but you can look up the details.  From what I can gather they are decreasng the tax cut for the rich and puttng in some kind of health savings plan.  Those people who can contribute will benefit.  The poor will not benefit.    The cuts for Medicaid will still be in play in order to pay for the Health Savings plan.  The insurance companies will still receive supplements that Obama put in but they will be greater than before.  I know I told you to check out the details but I am not making this up.  You can still plan on the twenty to thirty million to die because they will not be included in the magic health bus.

So that brings me to my other thoughts today.  The question I have is why do some people, mainly the Republicans, act in such a mean and “un-Christlike” way?  Think about how they try to explain their dasterdly deeds.  They say we are not taking away the health care we are just adjusting the growth of Medicaid.  I have heard that said so many times and they actually believe it is good.   Anyway you cut it they just don’t like poor people and the middle class are quickly becoming obsolete.  Have you ever spoken to people who have traveled to any of the popular islands in the Caribbean?  They enjoy the trip to their all inclusive resorts but if only they didn’t have to travel through all the poverty they need to pass on the way to their final destination.  They don’t want to be exposed to all their poor children along the major thoroughfares.

Well guess what? You don’t have to leave the country to experience that.  You can drive around any major and not so major city in the Unted States to see the people panhandling on alomost every corner.  You can travel into the rural areas and like the city you will see children receiving food school lunches all year long because there is not enough food at home.  One out of every four chldren go to bed hungry every night.  The reason for that is so that we provide billions in dollars of subsidies to the oil companies.  They same can be said for the food subsidies to the agri-businesses.  By the way that Farm Bill includes the food stamp program which the Republicans have managed to cut for the last four years leaving the rest of the Farm Bill untouched.

So I am now reaching a level of thermal frustation so I will let you stew on that.



Happy Independence Day






This is the second time I have tried to write this.  The title was the same but the content disappeared into somewhere.  Now I have to try to remember what I was writing about.  What pisses me off is that it was important stuff.  You may not think it was important when you eventully read it but trust me it was very important.

So here goes.  I remember that I was talking about approaching 75 years of age and that it wasn’t such a big deal but then I remembered that when I was in my fifties I thought 75 was ancient and that was the average age that men living until which meant that at 50 I only had about 25 years to go if I was average.  But then at 50 I was anything but average and now at 75 I am certainly not average.  You might look at me and say “I think he’s very average” and I would look at you and think some expletive deleted and not really tell you what I thought.  Right!!

But I digress.  What I was thinking about was what was I going to do with the rest of my life now that I have another 25 years to go? Now you are thinking the guy is bat shit crazy!   You may be a little bit right about that but you see I have decided to live to 100 which is 25 more years and at that time I will be honored by Al Roker on the Today Show because I will have made it to the Smuckers Jam jar. It will go something like this.  “Today we honor Robert Rosen who turns 100 years of age today and still enjoys pissing off his remaining friends with his poltical stories.

Do you still think I’m crazy?  Well here is what I think I will be doing in my retirement.  My plan is to continue to drive for Uber and Lyft.  You see everyday is different.  One day I had a kid in my car from Rewanda.  He was four when his mother was killed in the genocide.  Today he attends USM studying Biology.  I have had a man who was breaking up with his girlfriend and asked what I thought he should do?  I had a young woman from the Congo studying to be a hair dresser.  I have had straights, gays, transexuals all with different stories to tell all different and all good.  I look forward to geting up each day for the next adventure.

I have contemporaries who tell me about their ailments that they accept of their age.  I have a few aches and pains.  I’ve had them for a while but I will not let them define me. I have the genes to go the twenty-five so why not?  Twenty-five years is a long time.  It’s an entire generation.  In that time I can write the novel I have always wanted to write.  Maybe my photography will catch on and I may finnaly sell some.  Whatever I do I know I will continue to learn from everything around me and I will always be curious about what is over that next hill.