Why I Cannot/ Will Not Go to Qatar; Teeth Cleaning Appointment Brings Joy; Delicious Food Brings Happiness; A 3.5% Cola Brings Contentment; Link to Plagues in Literature; New Ways to Spend N.Y.P.D. Annual Budget Musing on the June 3, 2020 Statistics to Find Meaning

This blog will contain information concerning my strange and new relationship with Qatar., a rather unbelievable story which seems to be the story of my life recently. But here is why I cannot/will not go there. Sharia law is the main source of Qatari legislation according to Qatar’s Constitution. Sharia law is applied to laws pertaining to family law, inheritance, and several criminal acts (including adultery, robbery and murder). … 1 beat (someone) with a whip or stick as punishment or torture: (as noun flogging) : public floggings.” A person can be flogged for alcohol consumption and for illicit sexual relations. So if I went there I could not drink nor could I play around- what would be the fun in that? It would be worse if I were a lesbian. – homosexuality is a crime punishable by the death penalty for Muslims. So, my fourteen year old princess will have to come and visit me – she said planes are flying in two weeks and she wants to come and visit me anyway. Qatar has the largest per capita income in the world. But to be honest I did not even know where it was – now I do.

It is strange the things that bring joy in these troubled time. My dentist’s office called to schedule an appointment to have my teeth cleaned and I became ecstatic. I take pride i n taking good care of myself – for some reason one cannot get your teeth cleaned for weeks before and after knee replacement surgery. Then along came this stupid coronavirus and they closed down dentist’s office. I am not sure if I will be able to get nitrous oxide, that glorious stuff but I hope so. The last time I I had my teeth cleaned I did an instagram video of me, in joy with the nitrous.

Yesterday was a glorious day for several reasons. Personal Driver picked me up and off we went to Marin for an appointment with Wise Man, some banking, and chores at the UPS store in Greenbrae. Everything got done in great efficiency and it was back to the City where is was blessedly cooler. Personal Driver brought me the most delicious food prepared by his wife and daughter Chicken, a delicious rice dish and a dessert that is out of this world. I am spoiled rotten, I truly am, People are so good to me, it is rather unbelievable. I have not met Personal Driver’s wife and daughter because of the lock down but will when the mosques open. Upon returning home picked up my mail and discovered that I got a 3.5 % raise that was effective in April. The raise is actually called a COLA which is a Cost -of -Living -Adjustment to my Marin County Retirement. It is based on the Consumer Price Index for the San Francisco Bay Area.
For some reason it made me joyously happy. I ate the absolutely delicious food, watched Netflix and went to bed early.

The New Yorker Humour newsletter struck again. You will laugh in delight reading this which is called Scenes From Plagues in Literature and here is the link: https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/scenes-from-plagues-in-literature?utm_source=onsite-share&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=onsite-share&utm_brand=the-new-yorker.

Then there is more in an article entitled “Other Ways to Spend the N,Y.P.D 5.6 billion dollar Annual budget. Fashion Police.Summer is here, bringing with it droves of would-be fashionistas whose outfits should be considered a crime. If officers spent more time enforcing reasonable fashion sense instead of escalating peaceful protests, the streets would be a safer and more aesthetically pleasing place for all of us. Tanks but More Fun Tank-builders have families, too. But, although tanks are pretty cool, militarized use of force against unarmed Americans is definitely not. New York should keep buying tanks but swap out their weapons for bumper guards, add some splashes of color, and make them publicly accessible. What used to be dangerous tools of war can now be family-friendly Citi Tanks. Then another idea: “Dump the Money Into the River.Stuff the cash into sacks with dollar signs on them, as if they came from a bank heist in a silent film. Drive truck after truck to the Hudson River and just keep dumping the sacks into the water. Not unlike the historic Boston Tea Party, except it’d be a $5.6 Billion in Sacks of Money Party!” There are more ideas in the article but these did tickle my funny bone. Tickle (someone’s) funny bone
To make someone laugh; to be humorous or amusing to someone.

I returned to the June 3, 2020 blog which contains my world wide statistics with some new information. Malaysia shows 328. This was confusing as I have never been there and have met only three Malaysians. But then I remembered meeting a Malaysian family at my Gatwick hotel in London. The grandparents, parents and children were returning from Disneyland in Orlando. The hotel had many family groups returning from Orlando, going back to their countries of origin. This Malaysian family were so friendly and charming, the grandmother said I should come to Malaysia and stay with them. I did, of course, give them my blog card. But I do not know where Seychelles (with its 146) is. Nor do I know where New Caledonia is, Where in the world is Bahrain (with its 147) There is a YouTube of the Sultan in Azerbaijan with am army of hawks, perhaps that could explain the 141 from there. The two largest groups are Unknown (4682) and the United States(4114) I do know where the United States is and will certainly be spending much time here with airline travel being almost forbidden. I have no idea where Unknown is (4682)

The photograph is of the delicious dessert prepared by Personal Driver’s wife an daughter. Great portions were already eaten, the rest is going down soon.