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Saturday, May 27, 2023

I always give attribution when I tell a joke told to me by someone I remember telling it to me. Of course, I can always plead “selected memory” and forget who told me the joke. This comes from Tom Brandt.


Snow White, Superman and Pinnochio are out for a walk. They come across a sign “Beauty contest for the most beautiful woman in the world” . “I’m entering” says Snow White. After about half an hour she comes out and they ask her how she did. “First place” says Snow White.


As the continue walking, they see a sign “Contest for the strongest an in the world”. “I’m entering” says Superman. About half an hour later, he comes out and they ask how he did “First place” says Superman. “Did you ever doubt”?

They continue walking and they see a sign ‘Contest, who is the greatest liar in the world?” Pinnochio says, ”this is mine”. Half an hour later, he returns with tears in his eyes. “What happened?” they ask “Who the hell is Donald Trump?” asks Pinocchio.

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We are now in Florence. Got up at 4:30 a.m. walked off ship at 7 a.m. but waited on line at immigration in Barcelona’s port and got through about 7;45. Baggage went well all the way around. Had good driver to airport and by about 9 a.m. were checked in, through security and in lounge. When checked in, lady said I owed 160 euros. I did not think we could be over weight. We travel back and forth to Italy with the same six bags. She said we were only allowed four bags I said I would not pay, never was told four bags was the limit so we were at a standstill. Barbara walked away and said she would have paid. The lady called her supervisor and it took him 30 seconds to say “no charge”.


The highlight of the culinary day was in the Lufthansa business class lounge in Munich. Remember these is no first class on intra-Europe flights but it is well worth it, for many reasons not to fly coach. Anyway, the lounge had a great pretzel and delicious ice cold Staten beer on tap. I limited myself to one of each but then had a second pretzel for dinner one we arrived at our apartment at 7 p.m. the time I predicted we would arrive.


One really nice thing. We had to carry on a bag with our computers and assorted other things. The bad fits in the overhead rack, but it was so heavy that even forty years ago, I might not have been able to lift it. On each flight Simone offered to put the bag up, take it down, and, when we got to Florence lifted all our bags for us. There are still many kind, considerate people in the world.

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Apartment in good shape. Too soon, to know if our famous ice maker is making ice.


Today last brunch of year at Four Seasons. Going with Stefano and Luca.


I appreciate all the kind comments about my postings on the cruise.in one sense, it was easier because so much happened, but, in another sense it was harder because some days I was so exhausted, I found it hard to write anything meaningful.

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I guess even Texas has a limit to corruption. Ken Paxton, the Attorney General, is going to be impeached. Paxton is a Trump Republican, but the list of alleged misdeeds is beyond devastating.


Both Trump and Governor Abbott, another person who should never hold public office have stayed out of it remaining silent. When things get tough, the Republicans flee for the hills.

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See you tomorrow. At least that is my plan

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Go Ukraine

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