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Summer Solstice 2022

I would argue that the summer solstice is probably the oldest holiday in the world. For thousands of years the occasion was observed with celebrations and religious observances.
It is really cool in my opinion that so many of the world’s ancient civilizations were able to mark the solstice and built impressive temples to align with the rising summer solstice sun. While I have not yet been to Stonehenge or Machu Picchu or Chichen Itza, they are on the bucket list.

Happy Summer Solstice 2022!

Pre-Departure Covid Testing Finally Ending

The Biden administration finally announced that the pre-departure testing for international flights will end June 12, 2022. This is good news but it came well past the timeframe of when it made sense to lift it and they still insisted on a review in 90 days to consider reimplementing it.

I’m still annoyed that we had to complete this pointless covid testing to fly home even though we did it in as easy a manner as we could and it didn’t really affect our trip. It was obvious that no one took it seriously and it was another act of covid theater just meant for appearances without any real value to public health.

The fact that the testing has been lifted so late means that anyone that held off on making reservations to fly internationally must now do so at a time when flight prices are much higher and also still face the uncertainty of what happens after 90 days. In the end, it’s better to just make your reservations when the price is right and hope this administration goes away in 2024.

It’s time to fully and completely end every covid rule/restriction/policy and never reimplement them. Life must go on.

Ranking the Presidents

Since we are constantly bombarded by presidential rankings that are never objective and are entirely partisan, I decided it was time for me to tackle this task once and for all. I’ve read enough history to have the ability to do this (and will research any knowledge gaps along the way), and I can be reasonably objective in the manner in which I grade their individual effectiveness and performances.

To grade each president I will consider the following criteria (scores graded from 1-5 with 5 the highest):

  • Foreign Policy
  • Domestic Policy
  • Crisis Management
  • Cabinet
  • Enduring Accomplishments
  • Adherence to Constitution and American principles
  • Overall Legacy

Read on and see the results….

Thoughts on the Coming New Year

I don’t want to jinx 2022.  Maybe I can say good luck to everyone on the coming new year. 
Keep your ambitions high. Help when asked or when it seems needed. Compete only against yourself or those that bring out the best in you in a positive way. Offer good words of encouragement and advice, and do your best.  Put in the legwork to give yourself the best chance to succeed.  Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.  Take some chances.  Listen critically and research things on your own.  Try to eject the word ‘no’ from your responses as often as you can.  Don’t wall yourself off to people or ideas.  Reach out now and then.