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A Little Bit from Elaine

Elaine Carlson will provide weekly columns to the Beat.

By Elaine Carlson

Today we are having our county's "59th Presidential Inauguration." We have all been waiting to see what a "Virtual Inauguration" will be like. Just think how unusual it will be for such a big event that the biggest presence in Washington DC will be the "National Guard" rather than the audience (the public who every time before always turned out in big numbers to watch the festivities).

As I write this, I am looking forward to hearing President Joe Biden's "Inauguration Speech" and wonder if it will contain any "Beware The Military Industrial Complex" or "Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You …" statements.

By Elaine Carlson

“One was the only person in his small town to survive the Black Death.”

“What did he do after he survived?”

“My father and I are here.”

I look at him.

By Elaine Carlson

 Once a person called the office of Albert Einstein and asked for an appointment to bring her child into see Dr. Einstein because he is sick. The person who answered told her that he wasn't the kind of doctor who helped people.

I thought about that Einstein anecdote when an editorial in the "Wall Street Journal" created a storm when the author suggested people do not need to address President-Elect Joe Biden's spouse Jill Biden as Doc-tor.

Its author, Joseph Epstein, at first directed his message to her, "Madame First Lady – Mrs. Biden - Jill - kiddo: a bit of advice on what may seem like a small but I think is not an unimportant matter. Any chance you might drop the "Dr." before your name?"

By Elaine Carlson

Once back in December 1992 or January 1993 I was out running errands when I ran into a man I knew. We lived near each other and because we both had to leave for work at the same time, we ended up doing a lot of talking while we waited at the same bus stop. This time he was out with his wife. He introduced us and said I didn't celebrate Christmas (quite a way to introduce an acquaintance).

We lived in Oakland California. Not long before then I saw him when I had been racing to go out of town to attend a meeting of the "Atheists and Agnostics of Sacramento." The speaker was going to be the author Tom Flynn discussing his book "The Trouble With Christmas."

By Elaine Carlson

In one of my favorite "Doonesbury" cartoons Gerry Trudeau has Duke running a computer camp. He was taking a woman and her young daughter on a tour and told them his camp was organized by cabins with different operating systems.

The woman asked, "Where is the Windows Cabin?" and Duke replied, "We don't have Windows." In the last panel the little girl says, "Parents can be so embarrassing."

By Elaine Carlson

My husband Brad fixed our Thanksgiving Dinner. One of my thanks was for a good husband. I was also grateful the Pandemic didn't derail our Thanksgiving and that we were able to celebrate a holiday.

We ate his Chicken Marsala and Rice Pilaf and my Tossed Salad. Pretty early (I guess back in September or at the beginning of October) he said he wanted to fix our Thanksgiving dinner. Several times I said I can fix something so he ended up saying I can provide a salad.

A Short Story by Elaine Carlson

"The police brought in the body last night about six — I can get out the log for a more precise time."

"No that won't be necessary. When was the estimated time of death?"

"Then she had been dead then for about a day."

I was talking to Dr. Svensson. The first thing you see when you walk into his office is the plaque on his desk which says Olof M Svensson, MD Chief Medical Examiner.

By Elaine Carlson

I am grateful our public library has Curb Side Pickup. It is nice we can check books out of the library even in the middle of a health crisis when we aren't allowed to go inside.

Last month I wanted to get The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker. When I called the library to place my order the person I talked to said, "We have that book. But the author's first name isn't Steven. It is Rebecca." She said it again when I expressed disbelief.

I ended up saying I didn't want the book --- Rebecca Pinker might be a good author but I had my heart set on reading a book by Steven Pinker.

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