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South of the Strait

Why is my page titled South of the Strait? Well I live in a far corner of the United States. I live in a small town south of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. If I was going to throw a rock across the strait it would land in Canada. I used to be an English teacher. I have worked in Westport, Port Angeles, and Sequim, Washington... and I did two years of substitute teaching in Coalinga, California.
I've moved around a lot, living in: Sterling,Kansas; Chicago; Jordan, Montana; Lemoore, California; Auckland, New Zealand; Spokane, Washington; Gambier, Ohio.
What do I write? For WordPress I used to print once a week for general comments. I wrote reviews of music concerts my daughter made me attend. (Each month she would want us to drive to Seattle to see a music group. I usually stood in the back watching weird stuff.) I also wrote about trips I have taken in Europe where I liked getting lost. I also wrote during the few months when my son was treated for cancer. (He is officially free of cancer of five years.) About three years ago I decided to stop writing blogs so I could concentrate on writing a few books. I have completed three books...or maybe four. I have now compiled my short stories poems and memoirs on Amazon. You can get it at Amazon now..."A Work In Progress"--Jon Eekhoff. I have been very close to getting a printed book called "Lost Summer" but I was never offered $1,000,000.00. (It's set in Paris, 1920's, with baseball, writers, artist, and actually true stuff.) I wrote a book about college basketball called "Laidlaw." It's kind of a mix of "Moby Dick" and a coach who is about to get fired so he takes his team out for a free drive around the West. My most recent book is "California Tales." These are connected stories about the missionary churches in California. They are sad, funny, inspiring, and odd. I had the entire book done in my head and had just one section to finish the next day...and that is when I fell 20 feet from my roof and landed on the cement. (Like a lot of men, I thought I could maintain my own roof instead of leaving it to the professionals.) I don't remember anything about my accident but I am told I was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Though conscious and responsive after surgery to remove part of my skull, I don't remember anything from my first month there. I spent another month of Harborview working on walking, speaking, and writing. That was two years ago. As a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) survivor, I could have quit writing, but I am not going to quit. I work with the University of Washington Speech and Hearing Clinic.
So, here I am. I am married and live here in Sequim with my wife Cheryl. Our kids live in nearby cities. Writing is now an exhausting exercise, but something I plan to keep working on.

Day 107

Obamacare is on life support, just like the republican control of congress if they pass Trumpcare. Donnie divorce is celebrating in Jersey with the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake because that’s how you celebrate killing people. Trump did say that Australia has better medical coverage this week…maybe because they’ve got the Souvlaki Hut!

Day 108

The House left a flaming bag of dog 💩on the Senate doorstep. Will they let it burn, or put a foot in it? The spin doctors are out rationalizing the tax breaks for the rich this morning. The HHS Secretary said those tax cuts are going to make healthcare better. The leading healthcare coverage is going to be GOFUNDME.COM at this rate. One thing that can’t be improved by tax breaks is souvlaki.

Day 109

The French elections probably saved Europe from becoming Putin’s doormat. Le Pen’s party is seeing if they can get one of those electoral college things in France so a bunch of hillbillies can elect a bigot. 

Sally Yates is set to testify and I’m hoping she lays the foundation for what history will call the Trump Impeachment Trials. I’m sure an acronym will be created that will make that easier to remember. 

Warren Buffet has come out to say that Trumpcare is just a tax break for rich folks. Can’t wait for the healthcare to trickle down to the working class. 

Jared Kushner’s sister is selling Visas to Chinese businessmen for an investment of $500,000. Where’s the free market when you need it? Visas should only cost $250,000. What’s worth half a million? Souvlaki!

Day 110

Sally Yates spent her day explaining how Trump kept Flynn in his position for 18 days after knowing that he was probably being blackmailed by the Russians. Trump spent his day tweeting really, really intelligent comments like “fake news” “old news” “check out my new rap album.” Good thing Trump has enough time on his tiny hands to spend all day watching Fox News. I guess when you’ve met all your campaign promises you’ve got nothing better to do. Let me see: Wall Built/Mexico Paid, Hillary in Jail, China Labeled Currency Manipulator, Obamacare revoked and replaced by something better…Well, at least we still have souvlaki!

Day 111

Donnie comb-over is trying to cover something other than his bald spot by firing James Comey. Remember the good old days? Trump blew Comey a kiss…oh, I hate it when young love gets spoiled by Russian spying investigations. Some news agencies are reporting that Comey was handing out subpoenas when he got the sack. Speaking of sacks. The new FBI director will probably be a 150-pound bag of money named Ralphie. Oh, and on the international front, Anonymous predicted WWIII yesterday, and we are selling arms to Kurds in Turkey, which isn’t making Turkey happy. I hope his Trump building in Turkey doesn’t get shut down. You know what is better than a turkey sandwich? Souvlaki!

Day 112

Names of folks to replace Comey as FBI director are flying. I’m sure Trump will pick the best person for the job…maybe Fox News’ Judge Napolitano, or Jeannie Pirro? Mike Pence said that Comey’s firing was not caused by Russian investigation and I would believe him if I thought Trump never lies to Pence. 

Betsy DeVos had a bad day. She went to make a commencement speech and ended up getting booed. It’s a shame. People should be more respectful of people who worked hard to achieve. Those graduates will spend the next ten years paying off student loans while Betsy gets a billion-dollar tax break, someone should have RESPECTED the graduates by not having a silver spooned robot show up to a ceremony celebrating education and hard work. 

Comey might still testify for the Intelligence Committee which could be interesting since he is now free from constraints. Who knows what he might say. If he is under oath, I’m certain he would have to admit that souvlaki is the best.

Day 113

Trump turned up the crazy dial to 11 yesterday. First, he invited the Russian press into the Oval Office to take pictures of him with two of the guys involved in the Russian election scandal. Trump said, “Next time bring some KGB guys to plant bugs.” The US press, the enemy, was not invited in because Trump was worried, they’d ask him a question he’d later have to contradict. 

Trump did have a cray-cray interview with Lester Holt where we found out that Comey assured Trump that Trump was innocent, that Comey begged to stay on the job, that Comey is a showboater, that Comey just looks tall but is really 5’10”, that Trump ate a beautiful piece of chocolate cake, that Comey assured Trump three times that he was innocent, that Trump probably illegally interfered with an ongoing investigation by questioning Comey, that Trump was innocent of anything involving Russia, and that Trump shouldn’t ever allow people with brains to interview him. 

Flynn is now refusing to turn over papers to investigators. He’s probably holding out for a plea deal before he rolls over on the ducktail coiffed cheeto.

In other related news, a Russian jet flew within twenty feet of a US jet. (I realize this has been going on for a few years.) Where is Tom Cruise when you need him?. Come on Maverick! America turns its lonely eye to you! 

America also needs a Souvlaki Hut!

Day 114

The Trump alternative facts global tour continues its fourth month being pursued by the truth. Trump threatened ex-FBI Director Comey with mysterious “tapes” of their conversations. Comey reportedly said he would love to have those released. Things we’ll learn from the Trump tapes: Comey refused to kiss Trump’s ring, Trump interfered with an ongoing investigation, Trump is already collecting books for his presidential library (so far, he has: Go Dog Go, The Art of the Deal, and Obama’s long form birth certificate), and Trump wants to bring back the USFL. 

Trump is shortening his list of FBI directors. Right now the list looks like this: Draco Malvoy (aka Trey Goudie), a month old loaf of sourdough bread, Perry Mason, Vladimir Putin, Jared Kushner, Harry Hole, a 6 foot mirror on rollers, a 60″ television tuned to Fox and Friends, and the bush Sean Spicer hid behind to avoid talking to the press. One thing that will never appear on the list is souvlaki, because it always tells the truth.

Day 115

Carl Bernstein just said that he thinks the Trump-Russia stuff is more dangerous than Watergate. Fox News said they asked for a Trump spokesman to address the firing of Comey…Trump refused…Chris Wallace began his show by discussing Trump’s contradictions. When will we get a few republicans to stand up and ask for an independent counsel? 

Trump’s upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican is going to be interesting. Chances he’ll start a war:20%. Chances he’ll Tweet something offensive after leaving a nation: 90%. Chances he’ll say something uninformed and crazy: 110%. Chance he’ll eat a souvlaki on his visit: 50%.

Day 116

Trump took the day off to recharge his battery pack by stuffing chocolate cake in his pie hole, but the Sunday news programs had plenty to talk about after his latest Twitter outburst about Comey and recorded conversations. Adding to the noise was Kellyanne Conway who found her way out the sealed room Bannon locked her in a few months ago. She came out to tell some lies and Anderson Cooper rolled his eyes at her. She says that it’s an example of sexism…I think it’s just an example of Anderson’s ears hearing too many lies which made his eyes roll back in his head. 

In Charlottesville, a bunch of white nationalists got together for a torch burning event to “protect white heritage.” I’m not sure they were protesting the removal of the statue, or if they were reenacting a lynching (all part of the white heritage movement). Either way, I was wondering if mace was flammable. 

We need something to bring us together; my suggestion is souvlaki.

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