Author Archives: Alan

About Alan

The editor is a former systems manager for a large California-based HMO, and a former senior systems manager for Northrop, Hughes-Raytheon, Computer Sciences Corporation, Perot Systems and other such organizations. One position was managing the financial and payroll systems for a large hospital chain. And somewhere in there was a two-year stint in Canada running the systems shop at a General Motors locomotive factory - in London, Ontario. That explains Canadian matters scattered through these pages. Otherwise, think large-scale HR, payroll, financial and manufacturing systems. A résumé is available if you wish. The editor has a graduate degree in Eighteenth-Century British Literature from Duke University where he was a National Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and taught English and music in upstate New York in the seventies, and then in the early eighties moved to California and left teaching. The editor currently resides in Hollywood California, a block north of the Sunset Strip.

No Getting Over This

There are no turning points. Those of us who are old now can’t pinpoint when that happened. There’s no one day when one suddenly turns old. That just happens. But in public life there are turning points where everything changes … Continue reading

Posted in Donald Trump, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Another Core Meltdown

The slang term for a nuclear meltdown, like the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan, is the “China Syndrome” – reactor components melt through their containment structures and down into the underlying earth, down “all the way to China” – … Continue reading

Posted in Donald Trump, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Consecutive Multiple Mistakes

The Trump presidency was imploding and the polite and decent Democrats had another debate, chatting about big ideas when it would have been better to step aside and let the nation watch the president rage-tweet his way to oblivion. Never … Continue reading

Posted in Donald Trump, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

More Frequent Wind

America had never lost a war, and then there was that famous photograph – April 29, 1975, Hubert van Es, working for UPI, Americans crowding on to the roof of the United States Embassy to board a helicopter, a line … Continue reading

Posted in Donald Trump, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

An Alternative Ending

The polls show it now – for the first time in the Trump presidency the average of all current polls shows that a majority the nation’s citizens would like the House to write up some articles of impeachment. Something is … Continue reading

Posted in Donald Trump, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

This Absurd King

Getting old is a bother. Health is always an issue. Pause. Catch your breath. But the world races on anyway. And five days later everything has gotten more absurd, in that Camus sort of way – none of it was … Continue reading

Posted in Donald Trump, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Something Came Up

The guy in the big black Jeep ran that stop sign and clobbered my little Toyota. That was Saturday afternoon. The Toyota’s right rear door was smashed beyond recognition and the rear bumper is a bit of a mess. There … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements, Uncategorized | 1 Comment