Wisdom of the Ages

Wisdom of the Ages

Patsy, our travel agent, says we have a black cloud over us when it comes to DFW and American Airlines, but it only happens when S. is with me.  This time the mechanical bug bit our aircraft, and we had to wait for another.  It was only a two hour delay which didn’t actually matter much to us as we planned to overnight in Miami, but the one hundred or so other fellow travelers who were making connections in Miami got the shaft. We finally landed and after the world’s longest runway taxi we disembarked only to be confronted with the world’s longest terminal walk.  It was a least six miles I promise you.  Unfortunately, it took half the walk schlepping one...

In Diversity There is Strength

I’ve been uncomfortable ever since rhetoric started flying over the current immigration issue.  My discomfort is caused in part because, for the most part, it is a discussion about exclusion.  Who gets in and who doesn’t, and what do you do with the ones that are in, but shouldn’t be.  It’s intellectually trite to admit that we’re immigrants all, but it’s a fact.  The only differences are when did we or our ancestors come and what was our cultural flavor when we got here. A history of immigration is a bifurcated story.  On the one hand, we have the story of the rejects, downtrodden and oppressed of other countries prospering under the mantle of...

Puerto Rico: In New York City

About once every three or four years I stumble in to The City (as in New York City) on a Sunday in advance of Monday meetings only to be greeted by an ominous warning from my driver, “I don’t know how we’re going to get to your hotel, the Puerto Ricans have taken over the city”.  Translated, that means the city will be packed with revelers of all stripes enjoying the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade…. up 5th Avenue from 46th to 86th.  This may not seem like such a big deal to you uninitiated, but let me assure you that several hundred thousand parade marchers and watchers, not to mention thousands of the city’s finest trying to control the crowds make for...