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Another football Sunday has come and gone, with mixed results for yours truly.

The Giants won, hanging on by the skin of their teeth to defeat the Iggles of Brotherly Luv. Gifted with an early 14-0 lead by two Carson Wentz INTs, they still almost managed to blow it. Eli threw his own INT just when it looked as if Big Blue was about to put the game away, but fortunately the defense saved him. Biggest worry coming out of the game was an injury to Victor Cruz, which I hated to see. He's one of my favorite players. I hope he's back next week.

The Jets, meanwhile, managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. After trailing for most of the game, they seemed poised to take the lead in the fourth quarter, only to have Fitz throw a devastating pick in the end zone. Yet somehow they managed to get the ball back, and this time Fitz redeemed himself, tossing the go-ahead touchdown. But the joy did not last for long. On the ensuing kickoff, the Dolphins ran the ball all the way back for a TD, and that was that. Gang Green now has as many losses as they did all last year. The season is effectively over. Bryce Petty looked pretty good in the short stretch they had him in after Fitz got clocked. I hope we get to see more of him in the game to come. Much as I like Fitz, we have to start thinking about the future.

On other fronts...

The election still has me in a state of high anxiety. I am not sleeping well, and I think I check 538 about three dozen times a day, hoping for some good news. Tuesday cannot come fast enough for me. I think I speak for a lot of Americans when I say that I desperately want this thing to be over. It has been SO ugly. Come Tuesday night, I will either be relieved or suicidal. I think I speak for a lot of Americans about that as well.

Oh, and speaking of that: the Trump PACs have rolled out two new television ads in New Mexico this weekend. Both attack ads, natch. One is a cartoon with animated Bill and Hillary characters rolling up to the White House unpacking boxes of scandals. The other features an actress badly made up to be Hillary, in wig and pants suit, destroying phones and hard drives with hammers, drills, chain saws, and the like. Both ads are stupid and offensive, and both confirm and underline the main point I made in my "Simple Observation" post. Hillary's ads feature real footage of the real Donald J. Trump saying the things he really said. These Trumps ads, on the other hand, have to resort to cartoons and over-the-top impersonators because they can't actually find any real footage of Hillary saying or doing anything reprehensible, comparable to the stuff Trump has said.

I cannot possible imagine that any actual voters will be swayed by this stuff. "Hell, damn, I'm going to vote for Trump, did you see what Cartoon Hillary was doing?" But what the hell. Even Honest Abe admitted that you could fool some of the people all of the time...

I'm still excited about Emily St. John Mandel coming to the Jean Cocteau tomorrow. If you're in the neighborhood, come join us.

The crowds at Meow Wolf of late have been astounding. Since we first opened in late March, more than 300,000 people have visited the House of Eternal Return. It's become one of Santa Fe's premiere attractions, and I am so pleased to have played my small part in creating it.

Oh, and last night Parris and I went to see DOCTOR STRANGE at the Violet Crown (in part to escape the crowds seeing TRUMPLAND at the JCC). 'twas fun. As many of you know, I'm a Marvel fanboy from way back, and Doctor Strange was probably my favorite single character... well, him or Spider-Man, both drawn by Steve Ditko, whose art I loved. (I say single character because I always loved the group books as well, the FF and Avengers and X-Men). How much did I love Doctor Strange? Well, let me just say, one of the characters I wrote for the comic book fanzines of the 60s was called Doctor Weird, so...

The movie is NOT the best Marvel superhero movie, as I was hoping it would be... it's more middle of the pack, I'd say... but it looked great, did justice to the character, and had some scenes that were downright Ditko-esque. Of course, they had the obligatory Stan Lee cameo. Now, if they had managed to include a Steve Ditko cameo, that would really have been something. (Yes, I know, I know). I do hope that Ditko saw at least a little money out of this. He was a genius in his own way, and Doc would never have been half as interesting without Ditko's unique and idiosyncratic vision.


Nov. 8th, 2016 01:19 am (UTC)
The Election
My problem is, I don't see how anyone can vote for Hillary. If you can't see from everything that has happened over the years how corrupt a politician she is, there is nothing I can say that will change your mind. Donald Trump is certainly no saint and has said a lot of bad things in his life, but I'm willing to give an outsider a shot and see what he can do. He certainly can't do any worse than what our politicians have done to this country over the past 50 years.
Nov. 8th, 2016 05:29 am (UTC)
Re: The Election
I beg to differ. He can do a LOT worse.

And I am sorry, but no, nothing I have seen convinces me that Hillary Clinton has been any more "corrupt" than any other politician. She has been in the public eye for thirty years, and has been investigated more times than I can count.
Nov. 8th, 2016 05:40 am (UTC)
Re: The Election
This is where I come down as well - IF Clinton has murdered 30 witnesses, and engaged in SO many various crimes, why is it she (and Bill) have never, not once been charged/indicted after SO, SO many investigations? Is she corrupt - of course, she's a politician, and they all are, even the "religious" ones.

My only real concern over Clinton is that she's never met a war she didn't like, and with Russia staging 300,000 troops West of Moscow and a few armored/mech divisions near Estonia, Lithiuania, and Latvia now, as well as all the other aggressive moves, that Hilary will move us closer to WW3, not further away. THIS concerns me far more than a private email server or Vince Foster and any of the other Fox News BS.
Nov. 8th, 2016 05:58 am (UTC)
Re: The Election
Russia is indeed worrisome. Especially as we are obligated by treaty to defend the Baltic states. I've visited Estonia, by the way (not the other two), and the people I met there are seriously afraid about whether NATO will actually protect them if Russia should try to annex them.

If a crisis does come, however, I am much more confident in Hillary's ability to handle it than in Trump's. He prides himself on being "unpredictable," but that's not a good thing in international diplomacy. Half the time he talks about writing off the NATO members whose dues are not paid up, and the other half he talks about using nukes "or else why do we have them?"

Hillary is firm and measured and level-headed. Trump is a loose cannon who could go off in any direction.


George R.R. Martin
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