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Here’s the Thing

Tyrion LeChien, Beagle

I just noticed that my last quite a few posts have been from my friend Leslie, which is fine ’cause she’s a good writer and living an interesting life, until just the other day isolated from the novel coronavirus, even. (Go back one post to see, or search the tag “odd godfrey” or “Odd Godfrey”) But, this is my blog, and I’ve been remiss. It’s also supposed to revolve around, vaguely at least, writing. And I have been writing again, after several months. But more about that as we go along.

We should have gone to France last Spring and found a house to live in after we’ve moved there. Well, we didn’t. We will, I’m sure, once we can do so again. Just today, though, I was reading that the second wave is hitting in France, and sort of hard to boot, so that may be a while. Honestly, I imagine that by this time next year we can all be talking about what we did during the pandemic. For real. Sooner than that, maybe, but I dunno. Meantime, I’m worried about (got to be something, right) ditching the anti-science people so that we can for sure get out of this pandemic some day. I imagine by now that only those who believe in actual magic spells can possibly think that there’s anything to be gained by retaining the current administration. The current crop of conspiracy theories is (should be) award winning in its creativity and scope, but of course, like all conspiracy theories, it’s total bunk. I know Liberals, and they ain’t never going to get it together to form any conspiracies, and you can take that to the bank. Anyhow. Vote early. Drop off your ballot of you’re worried about the post office, but vote. It’s the only way to restore basic sanity to American society.

Whilst awaiting the election results I’m working on a project that I’ve been working on for at least a couple of years. This time, though, it’s being written right, and I think you’ll like it once it’s out. (Hold your breath! 🙂 ) And even occasionally blogging something original that I actually wrote all by myself, such as this post, for instance. And every day I try to get just a bit better at the French language. Tous les jours, un peut meilleur. I know, “better” is mieux, but that would screw up the rhythm. Nothing wrong with being a little bit the best, is there?

My moral is that the world is going to get better, but there will be a mess of frustrations before that happens. My advice is to ditch the orange guy and his entourage, wear your mask, and ignore conspiracy theorists. If most of us can manage those three things, life will turn sweet once again. I promise.

Stuff That’s Gonna Happen

This is a list of things that I predict are going to happen in the United States while I’m still alive to see them. Some may be controversial, and I’m not endorsing or condemning any of them in this post, but I do think they will all come to be.

1.  National Health Care. Yes, this is socialism, unlike the current controversial bill. That’s why it will work. There is nothing in the US Constitution outlawing socialism, which is a good thing if you like Interstate Highways and Medicare and the VA. This will happen because it will be perceived as the cheapest way to go. Don’t worry, rich folks, you’ll still be able to buy up to private care. You might want to sell your Health Insurance Company stock while it’s still salable, though.

2.  Cars that drive themselves. Personally I doubt that the machines will ever rebel against humans. For one thing, they are all designed to serve us, and for another, we can prove that we created them. Would you turn against your creator? This will happen simply because most people are lousy drivers. Actually, all people are lousy drivers, and almost nobody is aware of that fact, or knows why they are a poor driver, but we all are. Robotic cars will get us all there faster, safer, and cheaper than if we drive ourselves, and they are coming sooner than you think.

3.  We will stop using Petroleum for transportation. We have to. As I blogged earlier, we have only 4.3 years worth of oil domestically, and world production is falling every year even as demand rises. I hope that we go to fuel cell technology, as it doesn’t involve a lot of batteries or complex power systems, and already there’s a fuel cell car that beats a Ferrari in the quarter mile. But, whatever we use, it won’t be petroleum.

4.  The country will swing to the left. This is part of a continuing cycle that’s been going on since before the revolutionary war. I always kind of keep to the center left myself, so I feel sorry for those now in charge of the conservative wing: every cycle, they lose a little more ground. That’s not always a good thing, either, but it happens and it will happen again. The swing to the left will, as you’d expect, be related to the health care issue in a big way.

5.  3-D Television as it’s now being sold will go the way of quadrophonic sound. Nice idea, but not enough of an advantage over what’s common to catch on well enough to survive. Some new technology that doesn’t involve special glasses may have a run, but I expect true 3-D, using holograms, eventually to be what makes it big. Theater in the round in your living room? Why not?

6.  More near-term and poliltically, the Republicans are in trouble, although only the older more traditional party members know it. Obama will not only be re-elected, but I suspect he may gain back some of his clout in the house? Don’t believe that? Just watch and see: as they say, old age and guile beats youthful enthusiasm every time, and the tea party is nothing if not enthusiastic. Consider what Reid did to Angle as an example.

There, that’s six predictions starting in about two years and going out twenty to thirty or so. Once this is posted it will never disappear, of course, so if you want to tell me what an idiot I was when things don’t work out this way, you’ll get the chance. Unless of course I’m right. Then I get the chance to say I told you So! And I will.

Steve