Hello, is this thing on?

Today is Tuesday. Two weeks until the election.

Even with Brady and Gronk as headliners, for the Buccaneers it’s all about the defense.

Another debate? Why? What’s the point? At least there won’t be any crosstalk. It’s still an open question whether the president will even show up. I’m guessing he will. It’s crunch time. If you value your sanity, now might be a good time to shut down all social media. And I know that there’s more at stake in voting than a sticker. But I still want my sticker.

Marc Hurwitz reports that the Beachcomber on Wollaston Beach may be turned into a park. It would be a very small park. But anything would be an improvement over the way it looks now.

The president is threatening to fire Dr. Fauci, who he now calls “a disaster.” Just a week ago the Trump campaign was trying to exploit Fauci’s high credibility to boost the president’s image. I guess it’s opposite day in the White House again.

And apparently the turkeys are too big this year. That’s a problem, how?

Coming down to earth

Sunday. A day of rest. It’s Chuck Berry‘s birthday.

First the crash at McGoo’s and now another ‘drive-through’ in a different part of South Boston. I see a crackdown coming.

Massport was one of those agencies that seemed to have lots of money. The pandemic changed that.

Those football crowd noises that we hear on TV are not heard on the field. It’s quiet out there, and that’s leaving the defense at the mercy of the hard count.

Love these photos by Cambridge photographer Rosamond Purcel. Sometimes it’s the ordinary things that make the best subjects.

And it’s looking more and more like the New York Post is the new Wikileaks and Rudy Guiliani is now playing the role of Julian Assange. Nyet?

An unforeseen benefit

Today is Monday. Windows ME is almost old enough to vote.

Last week was a bad week in Baltimore.

Seasonal illnesses seem to be down this year. There’s an assumption that it’s because people are avoiding going to the doctor or to the ER because of coronavirus fears. People may be sick but they’re just not seeking treatment. But maybe masks and distancing are actually reducing the transmission of non-covid diseases too. That would be a nice side effect.

The New York Times resorted to side scrolling in a story about waiting in line. Very annoying.

In the wake of Tom Brady‘s losing debut as a Buccaneer, Jerry Brewer writes about how teams should best use aging superstar quarterbacks. “To maximize what they have left, the solution is to create a philosophy and system that allows them to be a part of the offense, not the entire show. Instead of depending on transcendent play from the quarterbacks, it’s most prudent to put them in positions in which they can reflect the talent you’ve put around them, distribute the ball with good efficiency and save their remaining gas for the game’s most important moments.” Makes sense to me but doesn’t account for egos.

And, no Peeps this year. That’s how bad things are.

A long hot summer

Today is Saturday. Memorial Day weekend. It’s OK to wear those white pants.

Anthony Fauci made a virtual visit to the Kennedy School this week to brief mayors about what the summer has in store for their cities.

In Boston, the start of the season has been a violent one. A “ticking time bomb,” is how the DA describes the situation.

George Will is giving Joe Biden advice on who he should pick for a running mate. Gina Raimondo is actually not a bad choice. Unlikely, but not bad.

European football shows us what American football might look like this year. No crowds. No noise. Less contact between players. (Not sure how they’ll pull that last one off.)

And Siri, as a smart assistant, is not very smart.

The new, new normal

Today is Tuesday, May 12th. The great Exile on Main St. was released on this date a mere 48 years ago.

Football could still happen in the fall, without the fans, according to Fauci.

Massachusetts will get back to normal in four phases based on a plan announced by Governor Baker yesterday. The phases are: Start; Cautious; Vigilant; and The New Normal. Forget essential vs. non-essential. Instead, this plan is based on the ability of businesses to conduct safe interactions in the workplace and with customers. Makes sense. A more detailed description of what’s opening, and when, will be released on Monday.

Sometimes, as Marc Hurwitz puts it, you need to GTFO. Outside, that is. Places where you can stretch and get some fresh air. He provides a good list of destinations.

According to Bruce Mohl, MBTA ridership, although way down from pre-Covid levels, has been inching up recently, and apparently there’s nothing in place for handling distancing. It really doesn’t matter if people are separated by six feet in the office if they’re crammed into a sardine can on the way there.

And in New Orleans, you can get a mask with a hole in it. You know, so you can sip an adult beverage through a straw while social distancing.