Six years on, aye still wonder – It’s Aye Wonder Tuesday

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Imagine, it’s been six years since I last wrote one of these. And I am still home to the cluttered mind. I suppose that’s why I write this feature. For you newbies, there often isn’t any answers here on AWT but a way to continue the dialogue, if you choose. This could have easily been 2000 words piece but that seems like a bit much to dump on you all at once.  For the first time since January 12, 2010, I present to you, Aye Wonder Tuesday.

  • “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain”. I love the sentiment of Iowa’s state motto but isn’t it New Hampshire’s motto,“Live free or die”, with more words? Neither state would be ready to throw in the towel if their liberties were impugned. Another similarity that I noticed between New Hampshirites and Iowans is that they don’t like giving pollsters straight answers. Ted Cruz’ win in Iowa last night was shocking – at least to me. I thought The Donald had it wrapped up and the polls supported that notion. In the 2012 Iowa Republican caucus, Mitt Romney was defeated by Rick Santorum, another shocker. And the biggest shock of all time was Mike Huckabee manhandling Mitt Romney in 2008. This year, Bernie Sanders near win was as predicted because the Democratic caucus attendees are required to make their vote public. With that bit of background, you might ask yourself, “what does this all mean”? The answer is: it means virtually nothing. Iowa has a history of being a contrary indicator and New Hampshire is not far behind. If you really want to know who will be our next President, pay attention to these dates: March 1 (when Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wyoming are voting), March 15 (Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio are up to bat) and June 7 ( California, Montana, New Jersey, Mexico, North and South Dakota are at the polls). My sense is that by March 15 you will have a very good idea who the nominees will be. And I can say with surety that if Ted Cruz or Donald Trump is the nominee, all hell will break loose at the Republican National Convention July 18-21 2016 in Cleveland.
  • I had my iTunes on random play the other day and a voice filled the air that I was certain was David Bowie. After checking, I learned it was Peter Murphy and the track’s name is “Cuts You Up”. How could I not know this song? It was the #1 American modern rock track of the year in 1990. I think I was paying attention back then. How many of you know this great song? Listen below.
  • You know what I don’t understand: why the stock market is going down because of the cratering of the price of oil. Sure, revenues might be down but costs for any company who is a consumer of oil (almost all of them) will see their profitability go up. Buying opportunity?
  • I still have an empty feeling about the Patriots not playing in Super Bowl 50. There were many missed opportunities that did them in but the biggest one to me is losing in Miami to an also-ran. Beat Miami and the Super Bowl goes through Gillette. Alas and alack.
  • How do you feel about Aye Wonder being back? I’m having fun, hope you are too.
  • Random thought of the week: didn’t Sarah Palin’s 15 minutes run out say – 10 years ago?
  • I am intently watching what transpires with Elon Musk’s Hyperloop. Just as his Tesla motorcar is changing the conversation about alternative energy automobiles, the Hyperloop could do the same for public transportation. Hyperloop, for those who may have missed it, is a conceptual high-speed transportation system that if implemented could bring a passenger from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 35 minutes. Imagine the trip from Back Bay to New York’s Penn Station in 22 minutes? Zut alors!
  • The World Health Organization says that Zika, the mosquito-borne disease that originated in Brazil, could experience further outbreaks this summer in the Southern US. This means no one is safe. Be certain that this problem does go away with money but who is ready to spend it? Last week, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff acknowledged that the government is “losing the battle” against the mosquito that carries the Zika virus. The time is now. We need the FDA to take bold action on this virus or expect to read about it daily.
  • Finally, Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring today and if the weather here in Boston is any indication, it started yesterday! January showers bring February flowers doesn’t have the same ring to it but I’ll take it.

Hope you’re still wondering like me.

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  • JOANNE E. BUCCI

    love the blog…you are always interesting……jubes

    • Mike

      Thanks Jubes. Tell your friends.

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