Random Thoughts from Rambling Harbor, Part Two
The trivia question for this week is, When was the first Thanksgiving? Hint: it’s not when you might think.
Random Thought #1: On Thanksgiving, a lot of people watch football from the smallest Pee Wee to the pros, then there is this thing called Black Friday. This particular day is a little like football with one big difference. In football you can’t hit a defenseless player, but on Black Friday there are no defenseless players. I think maybe we should change our day of thanks to the day after Black Friday. Anyone who has taken part in this travesty can be thankful to have survived.
Random Thought #2: I spend a lot of time on Facebook, and for the most part it’s good time and informative and sometimes fun because of the friends I have. The other day someone posted that both major presidential candidates were in danger of assassination, but I think you could say that about any major candidate since elections began. Take, for example, John Adams and Thomas Pinckney who ran against Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. Burr shot and killed Hamilton, who was Adams’s chief rival. Geez, damn, darn, and crap. Anyone who has seen the play Hamilton knows that.
Random Thought #3: Last Monday Donald Trump summoned a number of big-name news anchors to his chambers, among them Wolf Blitzer of CNN, Lester Holt of NBC, and Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC, as well as George Stephanopoulos of ABC. It seems “the Donald” was encouraged by his victory, and he told the reporters they had it all wrong. He might refuse to abide by the traditional relationship between a president and the journalists who cover him, a naturally adversarial relationship that is nevertheless based on some level of mutual trust. I was thinking how censorship was rampant throughout Nazi Germany. Censorship ensured that Germans could only see what the Nazi hierarchy wanted them to see, hear what the Nazis wanted them to hear, and read only what the Nazis deemed acceptable. Censorship dominated the lives of the ordinary citizen in Nazi Germany, and the Nazi police dealt with anyone who went outside of these boundaries. While I believe it’s not really likely things will get to that level here, you have to admit Führer Trump is riding the ragged edge of dictatorship.
Random Thought #4: I have had a really good life. I have traveled a lot and seen this really great country that I live in and known people from coast to coast and border to border, and I learned how different we all are. I have managed mostly to live the life I have chosen. That life never included the acquisition of power or possessions, and because of that, I have never been shackled by getting or keeping the nice car, the big house, or fine objects of any kind. I have slept on beaches and under bridges and in prison cells. I have known some of the finest spiritual and educational leaders who have lived along with me. The best people I have ever known, loved, and been loved by are names you will never see in history books. Once when I was bemoaning not being in radio (and I have been in and out of that chosen profession many times), someone asked me if I got the chance to live my dream, and my answer was Yes. They said many people never get that chance, and they were right. Almost in spite of myself I have had a very good life, I have lived my dreams—all of them, and I am a thankful and lucky man.
In the podcast, I’ll have the answer to the trivia question and as always, some rock and roll, baby. I hope you will join me on the shores of Rambling Harbor.