Leavenworth, Washington and the Wenatchee River, October 2020
Weather: We spent two days in Leavenworth, Washington in the Cascades. The daytime temperature was hot and the skies were clear. On our way home, after cresting the mountains we entered a completely different weather climate. The skies here are smokey or low cloud layers, the mornings have been foggy.
- My hubby and I joined my sister and brother-in-law for a short vacation in Leavenworth, which is a cute Bavarian-themed town in the mountains of Washington State. We shopped for German-made products, ate bratwurst, sauerkraut, and yummy pretzels. The four of us were in Germany together a year ago. We considered this our anniversary trip.
- Jamie is getting more darling by the day.
- I didn't complete any books this week. Wonder why?
- Currently reading
- Princess Bride by William Goldman. Loving it. (E-book, 80%)
- A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America by Rucker and Leonnig. So well-written with so much evidence why Trump is not qualified to be President. (Audiobook, 75%)
- How to Fly: In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons: Poems by Barbara Kingsolver. Found this gem at the bookstore in Leavenworth. (Print, 40%)
The weird, bad news: The president and first lady have COVID-19. This whole post was nearly ready to publish before this news hit on Thursday night (PDT). I thought about scrapping my post and starting over but finally decided to move forward. I'm sure you have found news sources about this topic. Here is one which lists all the people infected by this super-spreader set of events. (Intelligencer)
1. Tax returns. The New York Times got copies of Trump's tax returns. That is the good news. The bad news, as we suspected, he doesn't pay much/any and has many shady deductions. See "18 Revelations from a Trove of Trump's Tax Records." (NYT)
2. Steve Schmidt, an former Republican strategist, has a masterful take down of Trump after the debate Tuesday night. (YouTube)
3. Joe Biden has five essential qualities that will make him the exact right president for these times. (For a list of 75 more great qualities of Joe Biden, follow the link. DKos.)
- First, he is a decent, honorable, and honest man.
- Second, he knows how to get things done.
- Third, he has a history of fighting for the American people.
- Fourth, he has great plans for his presidency.
- Fifth, he has qualities that fit the particular demands of this unique moment in American history.
4. By contrast, the President refused to condemn white supremacy during the debate. He was given several opportunities to do so.
5. David Frum, another Never Trumper, writing in the Atlantic had a lot to say about the debate (none of it was good.) I recommend you read the whole article. (The Atlantic) This was the best quote from it:
6. At least there was one good thing about the debate... (from Politico)
- From 9 p.m. to midnight, the Biden campaign brought in nearly $10 million from 215,000 donors, including more than 60,000 new contributors.
- Nearly 100,000 signed up to volunteer for the Biden campaign during the debate.
- 'I Will Vote' — a voting registration and education website, funded by the Democratic National Committee — also saw its highest traffic in its decade-long history, with users from Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina among the most represented. Nearly 24,000 people submitted new voter registrations
7. I believe women will deliver the election for Biden. Polling shows that the gender gap is huge between candidates. (Cision) As a tribute to Helen Reddy who died this week, listen to, "I am woman, hear me roar."
8. A new super-enzyme has been found that eats/destroys plastic six-times faster. It may be available for recycling efforts within two years. This is very good news indeed. (Guardian)
On the lighter side:
1. Just for grins. (Thank you Andy Groh for this.)
2. Weird Al Yankovic's "Doomed" hit the airwaves the day after the debate. I love this guy. Timely! (YouTube)
7. (Brought to my attention by my sister, a Pre-K teacher) Very true.
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