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Sunday, September 6, 2020
ISSUE #1027
Laboring to keep up appearances

You may be wondering what I think of Speaker Nancy Pelosi getting her hair fixed up at her favorite Salon. I’m sure she saw the “Closed” sign on the front door, but she walked around to the back and they let her sneak in.

Her mistake was not in getting fancied up before flying back to Washington. No, her mistake was this: she should have insisted that ALL hair salons in San Francisco and across the country be open for business. Not just beauty parlors but barber shops, workout gyms, and any other business that helps us keep looking fit and presentable.

Many of us her age sometimes need assistance, especially if the “19” in Covid-19 means we added 19 pounds. Mechanical equipment in a gym is better for us than having to call on some mechanical force to help us at least resemble a human frame. Besides, if you are extra fleshy it requires two accomplices to help congregate yourself inside a side-lace corset.

In this era of physical distancing it might be hard to find two people willing to get within 6 feet of you to pull the strings, even with masks.

I have a feeling that Doctors offering Botox injections and face lifts have stayed open. No business in California is more essential than those two.

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

            “Tomorrow is Labor Day, I suppose set by act of Congress. Everything we do nowadays is either by or against acts of Congress. How Congress knew anything about labor is beyond us, but anyhow tomorrow is Labor Day. It’s a day in the big cities when men march all day and work harder than they have in any other of the 365. Even the ones that ain’t working labor on Labor Day.” DT #967, Sept. 1, 1929

“When a man goes in for politics over here, he has no time for labor, and any man that labors has no time to fool with politics. [In England] politics is an obligation; over here it’s a business.” DT #892, June 5, 1929

“Well, no good news along the steel strike front. Both [sides] are standing tight… If it comes to the worst, we can do like some old famous queen in Paris when she said, ‘Let ’em eat cake.’ We can build it out of wood instead of steel.” DT #2450, June 10, 1933

(Note: the comments about the side-lace corset and mechanical force are based on Will’s Weekly Article #12, March 4, 1923)


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