Balls in the air

It’s Wednesday. Happy birthday to Roy Buchanan, Bruce Springsteen and John Coltrane.

Sean Murphy found a parking ticket scam down on Fan Pier Boulevard.

As a bare-fisted brawl is underway for a Supreme Court seat, weeks before an election, and the Senate is preparing to show just how efficient they can be as they push through the confirmation, there’s this small business of paying the bills and keeping the lights on. Walking and chewing gum is really hard.

Back in 2016, RBG wrote an op-ed. She had some advice for us.

Another often-asked question when I speak in public: “Do you have some good advice you might share with us?” Yes, I do. It comes from my savvy mother-in-law, advice she gave me on my wedding day. “In every good marriage,” she counseled, “it helps sometimes to be a little deaf.” I have followed that advice assiduously, and not only at home through 56 years of a marital partnership nonpareil. I have employed it as well in every workplace, including the Supreme Court. When a thoughtless or unkind word is spoken, best tune out. Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.

My city isn’t under siege. Is your city under siege? People are so gullible. Especially those who watch a certain news channel. It all reminds me of this.

And Boston Magazine (of course) thinks you might want to join a polo club. “The sport of kings isn’t just for royalty anymore.”

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