The future is dim

The six-million-dollar man is he more expensive or less?

Did he ever go at it with Wonder Woman and who was the best?

Replacement parts will one day be sold as easy as pie,

Cloned arms and legs which will allow you to fly.


The future will play havoc with the nature of life,

There will be the elimination of diseases and less strain and strife.

Crops will be grown indoors, and the weather will be controlled,

Crossbred vegetables will be available, and manufactured meat will be sold.


People will go on virtue trips with headsets doing the travel,

Justice will commence with a computer and a mechanical gavel.

Life will contain no books for they will be replaced by chips in your head,

Learn a language will be the placement of a chip, any language, enough said.


People will get along and therefore there will be no use for the police,

People will do the right thing, or their lives will come to a halt and they will cease.

The chips of morality will be inserted in your brain,

They will keep you honest and do away with the concept of insane.


Life will be regulated, and people will live till they are 140 or more.

Dogs and cats will cease to exist and replaced by virtual pets, no crap on the floor.

Babies will be born in test tubes of hues.

You want a color of the rainbow fine, green or blue?


Scared of the future, you should be for it will be radical at best,

But you will never exist for you have been eliminated from the rest.


A Russian visit: good or bad?

Inviting the fox into the hen house,

We are fanning the flames we should douse.

Will we allow the enemy to interrogate our chaps,

Did something slip past our intelligence, something did lapse.


Taking chances sometimes proves you are a fool,

Do we do these things and become a Russian tool.

We are a country with checks and balances now out of whack,

I am tired of people saying give the President some slack.


The rope we are handing him will cause us to be hung,

I feel one day the Swan Song will be heard loud as it is sung.

Did France invite Hitler in for a pleasure trip?

Does not anyone see the folly of that fatal slip?


My mother taught me do not let anyone see your laundry on display,

Do not let your enemy think you have feet of clay,

Keep your enemies at a distance and at the end of the day,

You might keep the devil away from you and at bay.

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A little section of the book I am writing about Cuba and spying in the 1960’s


The Sanchez family, consisting of the mother and Maria, thought the purpose of the supper was to acquaint them with the Taylor family.  The purpose assumed was that Mr. Taylor was on the committee of naturalization and would put in a good word for them, so they could be granted citizenship.  It sounded plausible but in fact Taylor was there to pump Mrs. Sanchez into revealing where her husband had gone.  Carlos Sanchez was to be used as a point man for the invasion of Cuba and America wished to help him and yet keep that help under the radar.

Cuba was getting to friendly with Russia and we were terrified of a nuclear war.  So, if questioned we knew to avoid admitting that we were involved in the invasion. It was that reason that Robert was undercover.  His cover was that he was gathering information to naturalize some of the Cuban families who had left the island.  But, he was trying to enlist the aid of the Cuban underground and aid them in invading Cuba and wrestling it back from Castro’s control.


The meal went well.  Barry was used to the food fare of his mother.  Basically, meat and potato.  Hamburgers and fries.  Pancakes and syrup.  This was a new experience for him as he now was served real Cuban food cooked in the kitchen by a cook hired for the affair.  The super consisted of soup, salad, a main course and a dessert.  But it was a disaster.  The Sanchez’s were not aware of the fact that Robert’s wife, Roberta, was a vegetarian.   Robert was not but acknowledged his wife’s right not to eat meat and here at the Sanchez table was soup.  Roberta knew that the soup had been made with chicken stock and therefore not for her.  Robert covered for her by saying how he loved the soup and therefore ate her soup also.  George and Barry were not vegetarian much to Roberta’s displeasure.

Then came the salad and this Roberta could eat.  Then came the main course, a dish called Picadillo.  Mother did not want to be rude so she asked for the ingredients as if to say she would attempt to duplicate the meal.

Mrs. Sanchez did not seam to feel it was rude and said, “Picadillo is made with ground beef, tomato paste. 

“It has a pinch of sazon goya which you might not be famialiar with.”

“You are right, can you describe it.”

”It’ s a combination of quite a few ingredients.  It has cumin, turmeric, salt and oregano as its base, Oh, and coriander is in it too.”

Everyone dug in and there was smiles around the table.

The dessert was flan.  And that was the highlight of the meal for all concerned.





“I am sorry that my husband, Carlos was not here.  But since he is not here I am sure he would want to give you this,” and with that statement Mrs. Sanchez gave Robert a cigar out of a very ornate box.

It was a special cigar, a Cohiba, the preferred cigar of Castro and considered very fine.  It was a cigar given in diplomatic meetings and considered quite a gift.

Robert put it in his coat pocket and said he would smoke it later.  With that the supper was over and the two families parted hopefully as friends.



Barry did not understand anything about why his family was over to the Sanchez’s house for dinner.  He only knew he got to see Maria outside of the school.  But it was not a date and yet Barry did not want the kids at the school to know of the dinner.  He figured the fallout would be teasing the rather mild interaction of Maria and himself.

Barry did not know it at the time but his father had gotten a couple pieces of information from the conversation at the meal.  Admittedly it was awkward and stilted with occasionally long periods of silence.  But he did note the Bay of Pigs picture and put that in the back of his mind for later consideration.  He also found out where Mr. Sanchez worked and a few of his friends that he would investigate.


A rotten tree

A tree broke off and it cost me a pretty cent,

It lay over the road severely twisted and bent.

The removal was costly and a headache to boot,

Now I am deprived from the beauty of a tree and a sack of loot.


No one was hurt and I am glad of that fact,

But the electricity went out and the house went black.

No television, no computer and no lights in the dark,

Having no electricity is no a pain and no walk in the park.


Back up to snuff two days later, and we sigh in relief,

Bad karma for some transgression is not what I believe,

Just a tree eaten by termites eating and having stomachs full,

Should have been proactive and not acted like a smug fool.


The moral of the story is things get old and rot out,

Something to deal with and since there is no other route,

It is the circle of life and you take it on the chin,

Nothing else to do but accept the inevitable, age is a sin.

Words are the crux of the matter of fact

Is a mandate a date between a man and a woman?

Is a shocking comment a jolt to the heart?

What kind of energy does one use on the sun?

Is perfect focus 20/20?

If one eats the whitener in toothpaste does the stomach get clean?

If A one sauce softens meat and you eat the meat it is on does the A one sauce work on making the meat in your stomach soft?

Is the probe on Russia alien and therefore an alien probe?

What kind of coins went into three coins in the fountain?

If money is counterfeit is it fake paper?

If bread is the staff of life and wine the stirrer of spirits the ghosts have a carb meal with spirits.


Double puns

Does one need a passport to go to the Port of Pottie?

What does one find on the poop deck?

Why would one piss into the wind?

Is a lee a man from China?

Is it rude to say a young lady from Peking is fine China?

Do they use egg in making egg rolls?

Are egg rolls used on the White House Lawn at Easter time?

Can a Plain Jane fly the plain over the plains?

Does Seymour have great vision and therefore can see more?

How does Superman not use his x ray vision and not see people naked?

Can Aquaman float in the Sea of Tranquility?

Can you borrow a fin from Aquaman to buy fish and chips?

How Wise are wise potato chips and if you eat them do you increase your IQ?

If the hills are alive with the sound of music what tune are they playing?

If you leave your heart in San Francisco does that mean you are a zombie?

Back in the saddle again

On Friday the  thirteenth a tree fell on my property.  It pulled out the lines of electricity and cost me thousands of dollars.  Fortunately no one was hurt but my wallet is still in pain.  A side pain was on  was off line for over a week.  No computer, no television, no air conditioner.  I was virtually off grid.  The only good thing was I was deprived of the news.  Since most of it sucks anyway I feel that was a good thing.

Now everything is back to normal.  Insurance did not pay anything for the tree did not strike the house.  My agent informed me of that with a grin on his face.  Great empathy there.

Remember this was Friday the 13 th.  Do I believe in that no, but next year when that date comes around I will hide in my bed.  Better safe than sorry.