May 26, 2017

Quotes by the Late Great Yogi Berra

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
You can observe a lot by just watching.
It ain’t over till it’s over.
It’s like déjà vu all over again.
No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded.
A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.
Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.
We made too many wrong mistakes.
Never answer an anonymous letter.
The future ain’t what it used to be.
Why buy good luggage, you only use it when you travel.
You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.

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More about Yogi

Yogi Berra - A Site Dedicated To a Baseball Legend
Get all the facts about the baseball hero and man that many look up to, Yogi Berra.

Yogi Berra - Wikipedia
Lawrence Peter "YogiBerra (May 12, 1925 – September 22, 2015) was an American professional baseball catcher, manager, and coach who played 19 ...

Yogi Berra Stats | › MLB Players › B Listing
Career: 358 HR (85th), .285 BA, 1430 RBI (68th), C/OF, HOF in 1972, 3xMVP, 18xAllStar, Yankees/Mets 1946-1965, b:L/t:R, born in MO 1925, died 2015.

May 25, 2017

Hilarius Winners of the First Annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Memorial Day

The parade kicked off from 110th and Longwood Drive and proceeded north. The Color Guard was from 2/24, the Marine Infantry Battalion on the west side of Chicago.  

I marched in a similar parade on Longwood Drive leading a large platoon of Marines in 1973. I spotted my MPHS Russian teacher Miss Petrus. I was in her Russian class in 1964-65. 

We were trained to greet her, so I belted out "Zdravstvuy te, Soyia Sergeavna, a kok vi pushaviatee!!", Which means, "Greetings, Mrs. Petrus, How are you?!"

Soyia Sergeavna frantically looked around trying to find who was calling her, clearly one of her former students. But she did not see me and I had to keep marching in front of the platoon. I am sure she never figured out who I was, considering I was one of her worst pupils. 

Dos Vedanya, Soyia Sergeevna

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The Model A Roadster above looks like the Model A Roadster I drove on Longwood Drive to MPHS in 1965, although the one in the photo is in much better condition.
My Model A at

Great fun to drive past the school in the morning, throwing the hand throttle with the spark advance to make very loud backfires, announcing that the Model A and I were on the premises.

Click for a Bagpipe Video

My personal favorite - this bus from Smith Village carried a number of World War II and Korean Veterans, including my father Clif Hullinger. 

More about Clif's service in North Africa and Italy at:

The group above are the Southsiders for Peace.

The dance group below showing some energetic moves.

I'm getting in just under the wire here for this holiday-related blog, which deals in part with the Memorial Day Parade down Longwood Drive.  I'd love to hear what memories of that event others have, to see how they do or don't jibe with my own.

Thanks to all who have served, and absolute gratitude to those who paid for our freedoms with their lives.

Taffy Cannon, June '66
Carlsbad, California

Click below to read a blog post written by Taffy about Decoration Day:

May 21, 2017


Time Magazine's new cover shows the White House getting a Russian makeover.
Underneath the red renovation, Time seems to be saying the cover is really a metaphor for a United States democracy that has been hacked and manipulated by another country.
With Russia's 2016 hacking of DNC emails and the overall shadowy nature of their social media use, Time cites a former Pentagon worker saying: "Using these technologies, it is possible to undermine democratic government and it's becoming easier every day."
With the apparent ease of obtaining classified information and promoting cyber propaganda, social media is adapting to the new age of hacking.
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May 20, 2017

Diverging Diamond Interchange

Our diverging Diamond Interchange will open in one week.  It should be interesting to see how drivers adjust.

Click on the link below to view of simulation.

I-75 diverging diamond to open this weekend, state says - News ...
4 days ago - The project at the Sarasota-Manatee border is three weeks ahead of schedule. ... I-75 diverging diamond to open this weekend, state says ...

I-75 diverging diamond to open to drivers in early spring - News ...
Nov 10, 2016 - Officials hope the state's first diverging-diamond interchange will be open to ... interchange at Interstate 75 and University Parkway inSarasota.

Diverging diamond at University & I-75 to open on Sunday | Local ...
1 day ago - Coming Sunday morning, the diverging diamond will be ready for drivers to test out. The diverging ... Posted by ABC7 Sarasota - WWSB.

May 17, 2017

EB-5 Visa Investments

The link below explains how big New York developers like Kushner and Trump use EB-5. The program was designed to enable a foreign investor to get a long term visa if they invest $500,000 in a rural or poor area and create 10 permanent jobs.  They can locate anywhere if they invest $1,000,000. The investor does not care much about return on investment - he just wants the Visa. The program was initially targeted for entrepreneurs - now developers are using it for major real estate projects.

The investor only gets about a 1 percent return on their $500,000 investment. The developer uses the 500K investment to borrow more money to build apartments hotel with bars, restaurants, etc, in theory generating 10 new jobs for each 500K investment.

So the rich billionaire developer gets 1 percent money to get richer. And President Trump just extended the program which benefits Kushner and Trump. Kushner's sister was hyping the program to Chinese when Trump signed the extension, telling them to hurry up and sign with them since they were connected.

Is this a great country, or what? Draining the swamp. You gotta love it. And we are played for chumps. And some of us think it is just dandy.

From the New York Times

WASHINGTON — It was the first major piece of legislation that President Trump signed into law, and buried on Page 734 was one sentence that brought a potential benefit to the president’s extended family: renewal of a program offering permanent residence in the United States to affluent foreigners investing money in real estate projects here.

Just hours after the appropriations measure was signed on Friday, the company run until January by Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, was urging wealthy Chinese in Beijing to consider investing $500,000 each in a pair of Jersey City luxury apartment towers the family-owned Kushner Companies plans to build. Mr. Kushner was even cited at a marketing presentation by his sister Nicole Meyer, who was on her way to China even before the bill was signed. The project “means a lot to me and my entire family,” she told the prospective investors.
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May 16, 2017


I have a close friend who was in the habit of getting into arguments with an older relative, who holds a number of provocative and politically incorrect opinions. Something like Archie Bunker without the pleasant personality.

My friend argues with him. It is hopeless to change his mind, he knows what he knows, and the discussion rapidly turns into a rancorous argument.

I have pointed out to her that she is arguing with a gentlemen who knows what he knows and cannot conceive that there is another legitimate viewpoint. She has no chance of influencing his opinion. And to argue with him also reflects badly on her - Only a fool would argue with a grapefruit. If you argue with someone dumber than a grapefruit, well, then you are also dumber than a grapefruit.

So when the argument starts I just work the term grapefruit into the conversation. This makes her laugh and she see the futility of the conflict. He can't hear well and so does not hear the word grapefruit.

Smooths things over and we avoid having a tedious and disruptive hassle.

A grapefruit does not have to be stupid. In fact, there are a number of very smart folks who are so angry and obsessed about someone or something they don't like that they become grapefruits, albeit smart ones. They know what they know, they cannot accept anyone who has a different opinion, and often become hostile and abusive. This often manifests itself in hatred of political figures, for example hatred of Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama.

It is not a particular vice of either liberals or conservatives.Grapefruititis can strike anyone of any age and any political persuasion. It perhaps gets worse with age, with hardening of the arteries.

It is easy to see others who are grapefruits. It is hard to see ourselves.

Now everyone should want to avoid being a grapefruit. And it is hard to see if you are becoming a grapefruit. Like alcoholism, many people gradually slip into grapefruititis without realizing.

Some danger signs that you might becoming a grapefruit:

  • You know all the answers.
  • You call other people stupid or liars.
  • You are often outraged when you read things you don't agree with.
  • You constantly demean elected officials, not with well reasoned arguments, but with name calling.
  • You insult people frequently.
  • You attack the man, and not the argument. 
  • You throw out strong opinions without facts.

Best antidote to becoming a Grapefruit:

  • Be tolerant of the view point of others. 
  • Think before you write or speak. 
  • Practice the golden rule. 
  • Use logic, not rants. 
  • Eat and drink sensibly, avoid drugs. 
  • Get enough sleep. 
  • Love often.
  • Avoid grapefruit.