Peaches & Pits

Peaches to everyone who is involved in making this school year work. There are so many uncertainties with the coronavirus pandemic, that no one can say for sure what will happen. As Parker School Superintendent Brad Sale has said, we need to be flexible. We can educate our children and we can beat this nasty little bug. However, it’s going to take each of us doing our part.

Peaches to the Daughters of the American Revolution for making cloth face masks as their National Service Project. This shows their dedication to serving the American people.

Peaches to all the different designs on face masks. You can get a Parker Broncs face mask, or one for the Arizona Diamondbacks. At this rate, they’ll become fashion statements. I wonder what face masks from Gucci, Victoria’s Secret or Saks Fifth Avenue will look like. I can’t wait to see fashion shows revolving around face masks.

Pits to the heat. I know, but I had to say that. I figure we still have maybe six weeks of this left. Hopefully, we’ll get some monsoon rains as well.

Peaches to all of Parker’s restaurants for staying open with adapted service during the pandemic. They are demonstrating we can keep the economy open and beat that nasty little bug.

Peaches to a song that has stood the test of time and become a jazz classic:  Bobby Troup’s 1946 composition, “Get Your Kicks on Route 66.” You can check out some great performances of it on You Tube. Nat King Cole’s version is considered the standard, but his daughter, Natalie Cole, did a mean version herself. I also like Ray Charles’ version with a small combo in Paris. Other versions I liked included ones by George Benson and Glenn Frye.

Pits to Chicago Black Lives Matter organizer Ariel Atkins (not to be confused with the WNBA player of the same name). After the mass looting in downtown Chicago in the wee hours of Monday, Aug. 10, she encouraged looting as a form of “reparations.” She said she supported the looters 100 percent, as this was how they chose to protest the shooting of a young black man by police officers Aug. 8. She said she didn’t care about the people who were hurt by the looting and the idea of “criminality” is white supremacist B.S.

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