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KEEPING IT TOGETHER AFTER FIFTY

WARRANTIES ARE FOR MORE THAN CARS

When I turned fifty, my warranty ran out. I felt like a car that slowly, inextricably, begins to wear out from driving too hard, driving to many miles, and driving for too long. 50,000 miles and 50 years. First, the hubcaps fall off, then the mysteries of the engine – which have eluded me for years – begin to do whatever engines do when they slowly fall apart. Then brakes go bad, timing goes off (I assume cars still have rotors which haven’t been replaced by electronic devises), thermostats get stuck, lights go dim, and my car becomes fitted...
On billionaires, welfare and climate change

Fare Thee Well My Child

Should words that denote gender be updated?

ANTI LatinX

From richest nation in South America to a huge concentration camp

Venezuela is a Roller coaster in 2019

I thought this year would be another one like the previous years, with a decreasing strength to fight for freedom here. But we got surprising news from inside when the new president of the congress or national assembly was chosen for that role. What’s different this time? Well, this man, Juan Guaidó, 36-year-old, belongs to one of the new political parties, the one founded by Leopoldo Lopez, the political leader who got imprisoned 5 years ago. And the right of this party was respected by the other and older parties. The interesting thing with Guaidó is that he does not...
Never Wear Cargo Shorts After Labor Day

AN OLD GUY’S SUMMER UNIFORM

One morning my son dismissively looked at me — as many of the adult children of old guys do — and said, “You have your Old Guy summer uniform on.” “Old Guy summer uniform?” “Yea, you know, cargo shorts, flowered shirts, Birkenstocks.” He thought I was wearing Birkenstocks. I was wearing Costco-stocks. I didn’t know what Birkenstocks were, so I snuck off. (Before you criticize, I have never decided if “snuck” is a real word. Sneaked sounds pretentious. But you probably understood what I meant when I wrote “I snuck off.” Therefore, in some sense it...
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