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The Perfect Day

Jumped out of the shower just in time to see The Man in Orange make yet one more preposterous, self-


Miracles can happen!

congratulatory speech — Straight Outta Fantasyland — before jetting out of Dodge.  A good start to the day!  (Later, listening on radio, I’d hear the Rev. Al Sharpton say, “Pettiness is now on a flight to Florida” — or words to that effect.  Well put, Rev!)

Then I drove into town for (yet another) Covid test, prepping for a visit later this week to Grandson #3, who’s now 10 months old.  The techs were right on time, they went easy on my nostrils, and I passed with flying colors.  Here I come, Cole!

Left Manchester in a hurry, trying to see the actual inauguration on TV.  Driving back up the long hill out of town, I caught the


Blue skies over Bromley

swearing in of President Biden (on radio; it was early!) . . . and at that very moment, the clouds cleared, and brilliant sunshine and blue skies appeared over the Green Mountains!  Wow.

did make it back to the house in time to hear the greater part of


Victory lap with my best friend

Joe’s speech, which was heartwarming, overwhelming, and pitch-perfect.  What a welcome contrast to the oratory we’ve been forced to become used to.  And how ’bout that stunning poem — both the words and the presentation — by National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman???!!!

With spirits already sky high, I capped off the afternoon with a celebratory hike around Hapgood Pond with Kemba.  And now, am standing by for tonight’s “Celebrating America” concert, featuring The Boss, Jon Bon Jovi, the Foo Fighters, and friends.

Not a bad day, not a bad day at all.  I don’t know if we can say for sure that happy days are here again — but man, today has been a pretty damn good start.


Hank Herman