When I was 71, it was a Very Bad Year. The Year of “Closed” and “Canceled”

...a year of record-low unemployment, and job opportunities for ex-prisoners and black and other minority workers...until it wasn't.  A year of thriving small businesses, after-work drinks at our favorite Chinese restaurant, and ample overtime work due to a full order book at my aerospace job...until it wasn't.  Quite quickly, 2020 turned into the Annus Horribilis. …

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2020 Year of the Rat (and the optometrist?)

In the Chinese Zodiac, 2020 is a Rat year.  Now, most people don't have very nice associations with the Rat, since they bring to mind ideas like Bubonic Plague, Lab Rat, filth, vermin, rat traps, and "dirty rat".  Rats are normally viewed as pests, and most of us would scream and run away if we …

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