A PUBLIC SERVICE announcement from the Celebrity cast of NOTEFLIX’s production of “Troubles in the Garden”: … Mathuzala, the Wisest of all, (top left) commands: “When outside: Keep your mask on!…And keep your Social Distance!”.  Mamzelle Pinkie and our Hero, the Bluebird of Happiness are keeping their Social Distance in this picture – even though it might not look like it; but you have to consider their small sizes and calculate accordingly.  Pablo and  the Bluebird’s stunt double and the immigrant kids and Jack the Wealthy Prince,  are all behaving and want you to do the same.  As for Mortimer (bottom right) we will edit him out of the final version of this post. (He forgot his mask – and is sorry)


  • CONTANGO:  A ‘Wall Street’ word meaning:  A fee paid by the borrower to the seller for deferred payment.  Many Car owners, Home owners, Home renters – and more – are in need of a form of Contango-ing in today’s economy.  This word is leaving the ‘Street’ and is going national.  It sounds like a dance; but it is not.
  • CRAMDOWN:  A slang financial term (making a comeback in the parlance) referring to the forcing of banks to re-structure (downward) the principal due on mortgages and other loans.  As used in a sentence: The banks are fighting CRAMDOWNS with all their might.
  • DIGITAL JESUS:  This is in regard to people looking for meaning in the Internet. Personally, I find the more I go to the internet, the more I get lost in it and the less everything means.
  • DIGITAL DARK HOLE:  This refers to the universes of Film, U-tube, Netflix, HBO, et al…apparently today, nobody knows who and how many are watching what and when and how long and OMG!  This is an information void and is an advertiser’s nightmare – or orgiastic future.  TBD.
  • BIOPHILIA:  (An old word, resuscitated)…It means: Homo sapiens deep emotional need to affiliate with the rest of the living world…(especially where Nature is safe).  It will be interesting to see how well we do if the lockdown becomes long term.  The Biophiliacs among us might be going mad in our digital dark hole, Contango needs and not getting the message we need from the Digital Jesus.
  • RESENTMENT:  Carrie Fisher famously said…”is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die”…I wonder what the word is for: Drinking poison and waiting to be cured.


  • Have you seen the price of oil lately?  It’s hard to keep up, I know.  The other day it was below zero..$40 below zero.  At first, my mind could not grasp this.  I should have bought some of that below zero oil.  If I had bought it, I  could have become rich, rich.  I should have bought thousands of those barrels. You ask what I would do with it when I took delivery.  I would send it to gas stations and give them $10 a barrel to take it…and they could sell it for free to their customers and make a killing.  If I keep coming up with ideas like this, someone will take notice and I will get a top job in the White House.  This world is starting to make sense to me, at last.  Or, how about: putting the oil back in the ground where it came from…maybe that is less expensive than the $40 I have – and if that were the case, I would buy all the $40 oil in the world put it back in the ground…and un-frack the world.  I’d be a hero – maybe the next President, or Game Show Host.
  • People are telling me to ‘Get along’ with people who won’t look at the facts (Like Climate Change, and The Covid 19’s contagion-ability) and I wonder how to do that without first screaming words like: “IDIOT”, and worse.  If you have figured this one out – please send me a note – asap.

Goodbye, with lines from the Silver Screen:

  • “Get busy living or get busy dying” -Andy Du Fresne “The Shawshank Redemption”
  • “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”       -“Verbal” Klint, “The Usual Suspects”
  • “We’ll always have Paris” -Rick Blaine, “Casablanca”

Be careful out there,


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