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Hors de combat


Tomorrow is a Holiday in the USA.  We call it Labor Day. The origin is a little obscure; which I will try to explain another time. Suffice it to say, Labor Day marks the end of summer and Tuesday will be back to school, nationwide for all students. Kindergarten through University.

As the reader will note, the title of this article is Hors de combat. Yes indeed I have been out of action for the last 16 months. No, I have not been languishing in a Donald Trump Lock-Up doing penance for all the bad but true things I have written about him. Instead I started back to work after a long break due to health issues. However, my health issues have not ended and so time management is a little tedious. My vision continues to be very impaired  and now as if to add insult to injury my doctors are trying to decide whether to do surgery  to remove one of the Sesamoid bones in the ball of my right foot.

That notwithstanding, going back to work has been quite pleasant. I work in a large downtown hotel in Saint Paul, Minnesota with a very large number of international travelers. Just up my street, so to speak,

On another note, but back to our mad-man president, it would seem the noose is getting tighter by the day and Trump is officially in panic mode. One wag researcher has calculated that since being in office Trump has told on average 7.6 lies per day. His lawyer (incidentally, another mad-man) won’t let Trump testify under oath on the grounds that he will commit perjury which is a felony offense in our justice system.

Otherwise the demise of the USA as a civilized and prosperous country continues at a rapid pace. We have alienated most if not all of our friends and allies, insulted almost every foreign head of state and thrown our justice system and rule of law on the garbage heap. Our political parties lead by Republican GOP Toadies are fighting each other for a place at the trough. That said, I’d better review and publish before this turns into a frustrated rant.




Author: Cethru Cellophane

I have reached the regrettable realization that I may have squandered my life. I did a quick count recently and figured that I have visited about 66 countries, and lived for more than 3 years in 3 of them. During this time I completed 14 corporate moves (relocations) and have changed my address more than 23 times. I should have settled on a profession that would have kept me in one place with no packing and unpacking. When I think of the time I have spent bundling my life into and out of boxes. Ah well, it's all water under the bridge. But I am grateful for the experience. At the end of the day I will be able to say with a certain authority, "been there, done that". A note about this site’s Header Image The Header image for this site is of the Smith Avenue High Bridge. The bridge was built in 1889 and carries Minnesota State Highway 149 across its span of 2770 feet, 160 feet above the mighty Mississippi River. The picture was taken from the river looking to the north-east and downtown Saint Paul. The bridge is about 1040 miles from New Orleans. One of the reasons I like this view is that I come from a city which has a spectacular bridge. It’s the Clifton Suspension Bridge http://www.ikbrunel.org.uk/clifton-suspension-bridge which spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon in Bristol, U.K. It’s about 1350 feet long and stands 245 feet above the river below. Sadly it has claimed the lives of more than 400 people who have committed suicide by jumping from the bridge. As a side note, not all attempts were successful. two small girls thrown off the bridge by their deranged father survived the fall when they were fished from the river by the crew of a passing pilot boat. The bridge was opened in 1864 and was designed by the 24 year old architect, Isambard Kingdom brunel. It took 35 years to complete.

5 thoughts on “Hors de combat

  1. Great to have you back. I enjoy your essays on the Trump. It makes me feel like a kindred spirit subjected to the equally baffling madness in Brexit.


    • Stephen thank you for your comment. My sister who lives in Warwickshire dissuaded me from making a visit back to the UK until things sttle down. So the target date for me will be May of 2019. Can’t wait to visit some of the street art in Bristol. We’ll see how things go!


  2. Welcome back. Sorry to hear about your health issues but glad you are enjoying being back at work. Take care.


    • Thank you for your kind wishes Ina. Onward and upward one day at a time.Though not looking forward to confinement if I have to have surgery.


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