Don't laugh: back in the day I flipped a lot of real estate in this jacket.
Yes, tomorrow is my 7-year blogiversary.
As a special gift, the good people at NBC have put together what may be the single greatest April Fool's Day "Meet the Press" panel in history:
JOE SCARBOROUGH and MIKA BRZEZINSKI will host the roundtable on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.” The cast: Jon Meacham, David Brooks, Harold Ford Jr. and Tom Friedman. SAVANNAH GUTHRIE will conduct the newsmaker interviews: Rick Santorum and Sen. Chuck Schumer.Frankly, I would have preferred cash.
Also, yes, that is me in the snappy red jacket, handmade by mom (as a lot of my clothes were) for a boy who was growing at near-Glenn Manning speed in a single-parent household where money was incredibly tight. I am standing in front of the car she, my brother, myself and our dog would fold ourselves into with naught but tent, sleeping bags, camp stove, a Thermos of coffee and a few 8-tracks for our annual, cross-continental sojourn to Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado and points west.
The photo was taken, as I recall, in the middle of the Watergate summer of 1974.
Several weeks my family was gathered around the beat-up, black-and-white teevee in my sister's Phoenix apartment to watched the President of the United States resign in disgrace.
Some time after that, the new President -- Gerald R. Ford -- announced that "our long national nightmare was over."
Boy, did he get that wrong.
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