Viewing the images of Boston this past week, an area where I once lived, reminds me of when I was an art student in 1977, I believe this is Magazine Street, Central Square…


and River Street, about  two blocks from the Charles, I used to live in the second floor apartment in the brick  building center right. Traffic was basically closed for five days, but I was driving a cab (part-time) so I got to be out in the craziness.


Another image from Central Square, about 1969, a brother and sister…


Sitting in a chair  starring at the desk, this man had a successful career as a financial analyst, now he can sit for hours…trump and his band of Republicans want these people to die as soon as possible, its a strategy for reducing medicare and social security expenses and they wish them to die as horrible a death as possible  as trump removed federal regulations and penalties for violation of regulations concerning the care of residents in memory care and nursing home facilities  as these regulations get in the way of profits. For trump and Congressional Republicans its about ethics, integrity, regulations, science, intelligence— these are all socialist liberal ideologies that get in the way of profits. Make America Great is about a country where success is defined by enabling business people  to  cheat, bully and abuse others  to increase profits.


Why I like this area of California, below is a few days ago, while all that cold and snow were unleashed in Boston,  on the levee along Alameda Creek  where I walk, almost everyday,  four miles, in under one hour, listening to daily podcast of The Archers (Sun-Fri),  Bloomberg Surveillance and P&L, Melvin Bragg’s In Our Time, TIP and of course, Car Talk.


An import product from Japan (available in the Daiso  chain store) to increase “sharpshooter skills”,  for males only, I guess this product discriminates against non-males. This may be one area where non-males cannot do something males can do— if there is “left over stuff”  sticking to the sides of the toilet, males can clean it by precise aim while standing while non-males have to get a brush or cloth and bend down using their hand and wipe it clean.  The boy in the illustration looks like it was modeled on Italian  fountain sculptures but it looks like the “flow” is based on electronic  cryptic communication packets.  Little known fact , the average peeing duration of mammals is about 25 seconds, I heard it on public radio on a science show which empirically studied  the subject at hand , or in the case of non-males, not at hand.


A spontaneous image from the late 1960s, if I could go back to those days and redo them I might be happy today but then one gets caught up in the delusion that everyone is looking at you and laughing when in reality they are mostly concerned that others are looking at them and laughing. I guess one measurement of maturity is when you get over that.


And in closing,  for that reader who has ever seriously wondered what does it look like in the largest shopping mall in Newark, California… reminds me of a 1970s song by David (forgot last name) about Somerville, with the line…

The lights change from red to green and back again to red.


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