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- photo by Mitch Waxman

Last weekend, a social engagement found Our Lady and myself breaking bread with another couple at an Indian place here in Astoria. One of our quartet is a Federal Employee, who was describing the practical effects of the so called “sequestration” upon the mechanics of the Government. Simple transactions, such as getting a tax return check or obtaining a new passport, will be delayed. She continued that in her case, she would simply not be able to go to work for a period, despite the urgency of her task.

The paroled child molesters whom she normally polices will simply have no one looking after them.

What could go wrong?

All the way up the food chain, however, chaos will ensue as Federal functionaries are furloughed, and the Defense Department has to start laying off soldiers. Medical research will also be hard hit.

Remember that a motto of the far right wing, when referring to the Federal Government, is to “starve the beast.”

Remember that when the Cubans invade Texas next winter.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

Visions of the Roman Senate and Pompey Magnus danced in my head, and the sound of galloping horses approaching the Rubicon clouded my hearing. I tuned out my friend entirely, as I just couldn’t discuss the subject without blowing my cool. All I could taste was fire, but after all, I had just eaten an entrée at an Indian restaurant.

After dinner, a new policy was decided and is announced today.

As of now, whenever a subject upsets or annoys me, I am going to block it out and go to my happy place.

In my case, that happy place is a bakery, and I shall blot out the reality of my situation and just think about cake. No more parables, politicians nor portents for me, not anymore, just pastry.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

Intercession with the human hive is a good thing, allowing one to form opinions and offer new questions for expert answering. As many of the answers which have been offered in recent years have often forced one to retreat back into his “happy place” and resort to living in nothing more than a world of his own imagining- anticipation of visiting this inner paradise of baked goods often in the coming year nearly overwhelms.

Also, I make this sewer cover as 1910’s-20’s. How about y’all?

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Written by Mitch Waxman

February 28, 2013 at 12:15 am

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