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The progressive editorial cartoon about minimum-wage workers dying of covid-19.

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I enjoy going to estate sales for several reasons.

The first is that you never know what you'll find in what I collectively call "The American Museums of Obsessive Consumer Excess".

The second reason is that I'm an avowed architecture gawker and being allowed to wander unimpeded through the rooms and hallways and nooks and crannies of homes of varying degrees of value, from suburban starter homes to luxurious mansions, for free is almost unimaginable fun. If you're like me you know there's nothing like the thrill of wandering into a perfectly-preserved bathroom circa 1950-ish.

The final reason is that almost every estate sale offers a mystery and it's fun to assemble all the pieces that framed a life and try and imagine who these people were and what became of them. Generally the cause of dissolvement was death or a well-deserved retirement but on more than one occasion I've walked through the door of homes in good neighborhoods where it looked like the residents simply vanished, as though they were whisked away at a moment's notice to climes unrevealed.

For the past 16 months I've been denied the pleasure of these suburban safaris, for obvious pandemic reasons, but I'm vaccinated now so I'm cautiously reentering the fray. Yesterday was my first serious foray into a nearby estate sale. It was late in the day and the boil of lookie-loos had reached a simmer so I felt safe entering the dwelling, whereupon a mystery stretched itself out before me.

It was a brick, two-story home in an upper middle-class neighborhood. It could have belonged to an accountant or a mid-level government official but the contents said "adventurer". There was no hint of a woman's touch throughout the house. Scuba equipment, racks of Air Jordans, motorcycle paraphrenalia and camping equipment aplenty led me to believe a middle-aged man, at most, had met his fate in perhaps a cycling accident. I heard murmurrings of memorials for the deceased as I investigated the dark recesses of boxes brimming with mysterious bric-a-brac. Once I returned home a quick Googling revealed the real story.

The owner, who shall remain unnamed, was in the sports promotional business and most of the equipment I saw were samples. He was newly-divorced and left behind a six-year-old daughter.

My eyebrows lifted more than slightly when I read that he was 73 when he died of COVID-19 this past January.

Here's to you, you magnificent bastard! And thanks for the new cycling helmet. I shall make good use of it.


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News & Notes for May 14, 2021

Lunatic congresswoman Marjorie Tayler Greene caught illegally abusing homestead exemptions.

Asshole congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene vandalized Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's guest book.

Man stands accused of killing his wife and voting for Trump using her identity.

Every Congressional Democrat has been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Matt Gaetz is fucked as close associate pleads guilty to multiple sex-trafficking charges

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