Thursday, April 16, 2009

Spring is Sweet











It is Spring
time in
Washington!


It has been a long winter. Not a bad winter, but surely some twists and turns that seemed a little strange at the time. Starting in the Fall I found myself in the clutches of what I was told was Double Pneumonia. Never having been seriously sick in my life, I wasn't quite sure what to expect, and truth to tell it wasn't all that bad even though folks told me later that nobody was entirely sure that I was going to pull through. At the time it seemed pretty easy, and if Dying time was near, that was OK by me.


One great thing happened in the midst of all that drama -- Obama. I was a little out of my head, but I clearly remember that he got elected. I was overjoyed and told my night nurse that I wanted to kiss her. I just wanted to celebrate, but she wasn't sure.



Then we had three months of agony while we got rid of George. For the first time in 8 years, I really felt sorry for him. He seemed to be just clueless about everything -- but finally he was packed off to Dallas. I guess they like him down there.


The good news, of course is that we now actually have a president. This is very fortunate as no sooner had Obama taken the oath and the bottom seemed to fall out of just about everything financial. A lot of money just went POOF!



I guess I didn't realize how much until one day I figured some numbers. I had lost 4 times as much money in the preceeding 6 months as I had made in the first 20 years of my professional life. Now to be fair , I wasn't working for Wall Street in those days. Never have. But things really did get scary. In the midst of it all I found myself being ever so thankful that we did not have McCain and Pallin leading us. That would have been unendingly scary!



Anyhow it is Spring and Thank God for that. I am ready, and here in Washington Spring is a total wonder. I live about 10 miles from the city, very close to the Potomac River and the marvelous park that bounds it for almost 150 miles. Washington is a major metropolitan area -- and I live next to the wilderness. What a treat. Spring is breath taking!