The news in March

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IT’S BEEN BEAUTIFUL of late, and my child bride and her sister think winter is over. Maybe it is, maybe it’s not. March is a dicey month. I took the above photo from the upstairs terraza about six or eight years ago. That’s snow on yon mountains … in March.

It did not snow that week at the Hacienda, but it was darn frigid. When the dry, warm days of April arrive, then you can declare winter’s demise, not before.

Just for the heck of it, here’s another photo taken from the upstairs terraza. It was shot in June of last year. Those are the same mountains, of course. Sweet.

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We’ve been a bit busy since we returned from Guanajuato, and we were busy before going to Guanajuato too. We’ve had a circular stairway installed from the balcony to the roof of our Downtown Casita. And now I’m waiting for our painter to finish work he’s doing for someone else in order to paint the Casita’s exterior.

And we have new cell phones, both of us, as of last week, and we bought the same model. Motorola G8 Plus, it’s called, and it’s a big improvement over her previous Samsung and my old Alcatel. There are people who still shun cell phones, which mystifies me. It’s like an electronic Swiss Army knife.

I use mine for reminders, checking my bank balance, using “virtual” credit cards so as not to get ripped off, and I’m a YouTube addict, so there’s that. Right on my Motorola. And there’s a calculator, a call blocker, the app of our car insurance which lets one immediately report an accident while the app pinpoints the car’s location.

How can you live without this stuff? Sometimes I even make calls on my phone. Messages are more common, mostly to my child bride. Speaking of calls, I recently canceled my Skype subscription after many years. It’s pricey, and I almost never used it, mostly to phone my investment company in the United States.

I discovered a better option for me. I have no interest in video calls, but I do need a U.S. number. There are several online phone services that work fine (PopTox, LetsBrik) but they don’t provide a U.S. phone number like Skype can.

It’s a sweet little app called Dingtone. You get a U.S. number, call waiting, message box, all the usual services, and it’s free to cheap. But no video calls. Meh.

I’m writing this at midday on Super Tuesday, so I don’t know the results yet. Bernie gonna win again? Are the Democrat candidates still screaming at one another? Will the Democrat National Committee steal the nomination once more from the crusty, old communist? Will the little-girl-groper Joe Biden be the nominee? Such fun!

As least Pocahontas is flaming out, silly broad. And Mayor Pete has bit the dust. I don’t think America is ready for a gay president with a First Man spouse. More to the point, I don’t think powerful, non-woke nations like China and Russia are ready for it, to put it mildly.

Too soon, way too soon.

Barbra Streisand says the United States could be “extinguished if Trump wins again. Extinguished! You just gotta howl at this stuff. Here we are, nearing the end of Trump’s first — but not last — four years, and the Republic still stands, hearty and healthy.

There are no troops goose-stepping in D.C., no midnight knocks at the door, no blacks hanging from trees. None of those Democrat predictions came true.

Quite the contrary. Things are far better than during the Obama administration. At least America doesn’t have a First Lady who is a cross-dresser.

And that’s enough news in March for now.

Hope it’s a lovely day wherever you are.

16 thoughts on “The news in March

  1. My apricot trees are blooming. Winter is over. Things are getting better. I see a federal judge is requiring Hillary to be deposed in person. I doubt they will get anything more than “I don’t recall.”

    https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2020/03/02/Federal-judge-allows-deposition-of-Hillary-Clinton-in-emails-lawsuit/1641583187524/

    She is a skilled and consummate liar. These people are exempt from the law.

    Bernie will win big tonight, but he will be robbed of the nomination. If he cannot pull it off on the first ballot at the convention, then the super delegates get to vote on the next ballot. They will buy and sell their votes, so someone better bring a lot of cash. What are the chances he will bolt from the party with a third party ticket?

    Time will tell.

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    1. Señor Gill: Winter is over, eh? Famous last words. Better knock on wood, amigo.

      If Bernie forms a third party, it will just help the Blond Bomber. That would be great.

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      1. Actually, I think it has been 25 to 30 years since we have had a killing frost here. My trees are safe that way, but there is the question of whether or not there will be bees working the trees. Last year was the first year that we had bees in three or four years.
        And, I do not have a cell phone. I have a land line, but no one calls me except for someone wanting to sell something or collect for something.
        We don’t answer it. That Nigerian prince is just going to have to give that million dollars to someone else.

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        1. Señor Gill: No cell phone? Now that’s just dumb! It’s soooo handy, plus you can easily block junk calls and do a million other useful things.

          Get out there and buy one right now, you hear?

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      1. My wife just woke me up to tell me, “Boine got robbed.” The problem with democracy is that sometimes people vote the wrong way.

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  2. This morning over coffee, I tried to convince a German friend to use Uber, then realized she would need a cell phone for that. No, no way she was going to get involved with a cell phone, she insisted. And then I reminded her that today not having a cell phone is like not having a landline in 1970. It’s more than just a phone; it’s an extremely portable computer.

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  3. Sorry, I don’t have a smartphone. We’ve saved over $8,000 and a lot of wasted time talking on the phone. I love not having a phone. Call me a Neanderthal. I’m hoping Biden wins the primary. He rarely knows what state he’s in and keeps saying stupid things. Bernie actually has a chance at beating Trump albeit small. It’s entertaining. That’s for sure. It distracts me from the dumpster fire that is Canada right now.

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    1. Brent: No smartphone?! What’s up with you guys? They are extremely convenient, and phone calls are just a very small part of it. One example: Cash transfers are easier on a phone than on the bank’s website. There are many others. And what costs $8,000, fer Pete’s sake? I have significant Luddite tendencies, but they sure do not extend to the extreme conveniences of smartphones. Might want to give it a try.

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  4. Unfortunately, the majority of the “no cellphone” types are the older people. They use excuses like expense, government tracking and so on. The simple truth is they are afraid of looking dumb. They don’t understand it, so won’t try it. It’s a rarity to see anyone under 60 without a cellphone, while the over-60 crowd takes their fear and ignorance and call it independence. They are just afraid of it, pure and simple.

    Yes, I could survive without mine, but why would I want to?

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    1. Dave: The majority? I’d say 99% or more. But I’d say the reason older folks avoid technology is that they simply don’t want to be bothered. Actually, having a cell reduces life’s bother these days. Cells are incredibly convenient, as I noted elsewhere, it’s like a Swiss Army knife, but far easier to open.

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