Trump’s Race for a Monumental Legacy

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You declare a national emergency to secure $8 Billion to build a wall and in the next sentence state, “I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn’t need to do this.” THIS IS LAUGHABLE. The emergency is not border security. The emergency is a presidential ego racing to leave behind a physical monument with his name stamped on it. He’s not interested in leaving policies as his legacy because policies can be rescinded. He needs the Great Trump Wall which would rival the Great Wall of China.

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Valentines before Christmas. What the…?

walmart-valentinesIt’s Not Even Christmas!

Am I the only one who thinks America’s retailers need to allow us to enjoy one holiday before they usher in the next one? I mean, who shops for Valentines Day gifts and cards before Christmas? Or is giving Valentines gifts for Christmas the latest trend?

Where’s Peggy?

King of the hill - Peggy Anyone seen Peggy?

Salutations!

Some people you meet will greet you with “Hello.”

Some will greet you with “Hi. How are you?”

While others express their pleasure in seeing you with a nod and a smile.

However, I never expected “Where’s Peggy?” to become a standard salutation until the day a family friend, Willie Alfred, began greeting me with me, “Where’s Peggy?”

Every time I crossed paths with Willie Alfred – before he said ‘hello’ or asked how I was doing – he asked me, “Where’s Peggy?”

I usually responded, “I don’t know,” but that didn’t stop him from asking.

“How come you don’t know?” he would then ask.

“I don’t know where she is because I haven’t seen or heard from her in years,” I’d reply.

At that point he would shake his head to show his disgust with my inability to keep up with friends who had moved away without leaving a forwarding address. Remember, this was before the age of Facebook and social media.

“Well, you need to get busy and find her,” he’d respond.

I never understood Willie Alfred’s fascination with Peggy since he only met her once.

Peggy was hanging out with me at a friend’s party when Willie Alfred walked up and asked me who she was.

“Her name’s Peggy,” I answered. “She’s a friend of mine.”

“Well Peggy, you sure are pretty,” he said.

“Thank you,” she replied.

From that day on, every time I saw Willie Alfred he greeted me with “Where’s Peggy?”

During the first month or two, I humored him by responding, “She’s working.” Or, “She’s home.”

However, after a few months, these question and answer sessions about Peggy’s whereabouts began to annoy me.

“Where’s Peggy?” Willie Alfred would ask.

And I’d respond, “I don’t know.” Or, “I haven’t seen her.”

Even though I stopped having answers to his question, he didn’t stop asking.

This annoyed some of my friends even more than it annoyed me.

One day, Willie Alfred walked up to me and a friend of mine and asked, “Where’s Peggy?”

Before I could respond, my friend answered, “She moved to Tennessee.”

Willie Alfred shook his head in disagreement and said, “Peggy ain’t moved.” Then he walked away.

The very next time Willie Alfred saw us, he asked, “Where’s Peggy?”

“She’s dead,” my friend snapped. “Peggy is dead.”

Willie Alfred stepped back, stared sorrowfully into my eyes and asked, “Ant, is Peggy dead?”

Before I could respond, my friend reiterated, “I told you she’s dead.”

Willie Alfred shook his head and walked away with saying another word.

It didn’t take long for my friend to regret what he had said.

The next time we saw Willie Alfred, we smiled and waited for him to ask, “Where’s Peggy?” But he didn’t. He smiled and nodded cordially.

He didn’t ask about Peggy the next time I saw him. Or the next time. My friend had dealt a deadly Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf blow to Peggy and Willie Alfred’s salutation.

Willie Alfred died several years ago, but from the day Tony told him Peggy was dead until his death, he never asked about Peggy again.

I haven’t seen or heard from Peggy since the mid-1980s, but I think it’s time I found my old friend.

Anyone seen Peggy?

First 10,000 callers in each state to receive $100

100 dollar bills Call now to get your $100.

If you read this before you call, today may be your lucky day.

It will be mine. That’s for sure.

How do I know?

Well, you see, receiving advanced notifications is one of the perks of working in the news media. When a storm is approaching, the folks who track bad weather contact the news media to warn communities in the storm’s path. When other dangers, man-made and natural, threaten our community, the news media assist law enforcement in disseminating vital information to local citizens. And, on a happy note, when companies run promotional campaigns, like the phone campaign starting today by the telecommunication industry to update its vast fiber optics networks, we know about them first.

That’s how I got a head start on everybody else.

Today, the phone giants announced to the public (journalists knew a week ago) that the first 10,000 callers in each state will receive $100 just for picking up the phone and dialing their own number. It’s just that simple. Pick up your land-based home or office phone or your cell phone and dial your own number. When the recording comes on, just state your name and address. That’s it.

There are no gimmick or long wait on the phone. The call takes less than 30 seconds. The companies expect the first 10,000 callers to call within the first 12 hours of the campaign. So, if you wait until the end of this column to call then there’s a chance you may be too late. Remember, only the first 10,000 callers in each state will receive the $100.

I was a skeptic when I first heard about the promotion, but when the press releases arrived from some of the most trusted and profitable companies in the industry, I decided it was worth a try. By the time you read this, I will have already made the call. So, will the rest of the folks working here at the newspaper office and at news media outlets around the state. If my calculations are right, that means around 9,512 other callers in the Florida will be part of the promotion. So, you better hurry and make that call.

I’ve heard it before. People working in the news media are not supposed to use the perks of the profession for their own personal gain. Yesterday, this was hotly debated by the newspaper staff and the sides aligned by gender. Susan, Carolyn, Angela, and the rest of the women wanted to do the right thing and wait until the promotion was announced to the public before any of us called. However, I and the rest of the men followed Don’s lead. We were outnumbered, but we won the debate anyway. How? Well, because we were going to call and get that $100 whether we won or lost the debate. Hey, in this economy, $100 is a lot of money.

I should mention that employees of Fairpoint Communications, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and other telecommunication companies are not allowed to participate in the promotion according to the press releases. It’s a good thing too. They knew about the promotion long before we did.

So, have you made that call yet?

If you’ve already picked up the phone and dialed your own number to get your share of the promotional cash or if you’re about to pick up the phone and dial, then you must have forgotten that today is April 1.

“April fool!”

But if you remembered the classic grade-school test which required you to read all of the instructions before you began the test, or if you already knew what day it is, then good for you.

Turns out, today just may be your lucky day.