Tuesday, April 20, 2021

My dear father's obituary.


Arthur L. (Larry) Meaker, 88, of Westport NY and El Mirage AZ, passed away peacefully in El Mirage, AZ, with family by his side on February 28, 2021. Larry was born the eldest of three children to Arthur Leslie and Margaret Lynch Meaker on September 5, 1932. He attended Cornell University where he met the love of his life, Gayle Marie Pratt. He went on to graduate from Cornell in 1954 and completed his military service in the 76th Field Artillery in the U. S. Army and was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant. After his service to our country, he returned to Syracuse and attended Syracuse University where he completed his MS degree in Education. He went on to teach at Levy Junior High and Nottingham High School in the Syracuse School system. He relocated the family to Westport, NY in 1964. Together he and Gayle raised five children while Larry taught high school mathematics including all 5 of his children for 4 years.  He retired in June 1985.  In addition to teaching, he was instrumental in Westport High School Athletics, including Girls’ Basketball, Girls’ Soccer, Varsity Track, and Varsity Golf. He was able to coach his three younger children at Westport.  Larry was also instrumental in student guidance while serving as the school Guidance Counselor and the Honor Society Program, where he planned annual trips and drove the bus for many years.

Throughout his life, Larry was an avid golfer and even had 5 holes-in-1 over the years.  But the things he will be most remembered for are:

Referring to his students as “his kids” while keeping records on each throughout their high school career.  Many students/athletes recall him as their favorite or most influential teacher/coach for his dedication, motivation and all-around care for their success.

Playing cards, either solitaire or ‘manipulated’ bridge hands (by himself) early in the morning.

Keeping meticulous records of his trips, both before and after retirement, including miles, expenses, time and stops/destinations.

The extra mile he went to for the students, including Saturday morning SAT prep, math regents prep classes at night and weekends, free period/afterschool tutoring (remember the ‘see-mes’) and driving the school bus for his teams and honor society trips.

One of Larry’s last requests was for some ice cream… “Life is like ice cream, enjoy it before it melts” - Unknown

Larry is survived by his wife of nearly 69 years, Gayle, and his children, James (his wife, Carol) of Elizabethtown, NY, Donald of Tucson, AZ, Margaret (Wendy) Moore of Middlebury, VT, Thomas (his wife, Lisa) of Big Canoe, GA, and Douglas (his wife, Mary) of Beavercreek, OH. He also leaves behind 17 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Services will be held at a later date in Westport, NY at the convenience of the family.

Donations in his name can be made to the Westport Emergency Squad or the Westport Federated Church. 

Monday, April 19, 2021

How to Return to Normalcy: The Prescription

 Wuhan China Originated Corona Virus

How to get out of this mess:

Stop being a coward. 

Friday, January 29, 2021

 The 2020 election was fraudulent. That is so obvious, it can be seen from space.  A fraudulent election is no election at all. The Interregnum started 20 January, 2021.


The Chart Lists Votes Switched from Trump to Biden and Votes That Were Lost by Trump

Switched Votes Lost Votes
Dominion Systems

Pennsylvania 220,883 941,248
New Jersey 80,242 20
Florida 21,422 456
Michigan 20,213 21,882
New York 18,124 623,213
Georgia 17,407 33,574
Ohio 14,965 5,102
Virginia 12,163 789,023
California 7,701 10,989
Arizona 4,492 0
Minnesota 2,766 195,650
Tennessee 2,330 0
Louisiana 2,322 0
Illinois 2,166 54,730
Wisconsin 2,078 3,408
Colorado 1,809 0
Utah 1,627 0
New Hampshire 973 116
Iowa 938 477
New Mexico 268 4,610
Missouri 0 20,730
Nevada 0 0
Alaska 0 0
Washington 0 0
Hawaii 0 0


 The Usurper has no authority to sign Executive orders. Obeying the pretended executive orders of The Usurper is unconstitutional.

Saturday, July 04, 2020

Lovely concept.


Monday, April 13, 2020

Io Saturnalia

So, we have made it past the Winter Solstice. Shopping is done, the children who live with me all have their presents. I still need to send the presents to the children who live with my first ex-wife. I have not heard from them much. I hoped once upon a time they could enter their comments here, and perhaps we could develop a distance relationship this way. It hasn't worked out.

Early winter is commonly a time of depression. That is why we, and before us Scandanavian/English Yule,and the Roman/Saturnalia, celebrate riotous holidays in that window. A really gripping orgy would shut down the bad feedback loops which drive one to inaction and melancholy. On the other hand, religions with their start in the southern deserts had more austere holidays. Eid which supposedly bans even eating during the day, milks depression, but turns the longer nights into a party. As an austere desert religion moves north, the winter holiday becomes more raucous.

We, for all our pretensions, are still trapped in a monkey body. Though we create an image of G-d in our own likeness, our deepest desires are still that of a frightened monkey, scavenging from larger predators on the African plains. That is what we were only a million years ago. The progress we have made in the last few years is amazing. It is no wonder that conservative religious belief has trouble adapting.


Letters to My Children

Letters to My Children

I started the above because my older children were withheld from me and I was sad. I thought I would write things to say to them. I am not by nature a wordy person. As time went on, life continued, and my memory of my children dimmed. I had less to say, to them and more to say to my younger children.

I try not to think about it too much, but I really miss the notion that I had of what my life with my older children would be. They have grown, and are now successful and functioning adults. In many ways, that is all I could have hoped for.

Thursday, April 02, 2020

We find the projections of death going down on the Wuhan coronavirus. The projections from the Diamond Princess (10 dead from 4000) adjusted by the slant to the older demographic you see in cruise lines still appears to be pretty valid. Once again, we see that some good data is a lot better than a whole bunch of bad data. Italy produced bad data, with everyone who died being nearly assumed to have had Wuhan coronavirus. Germany is producing bad data, with everyone who dies, being tagged with a different cause of death whenever possible. China and Iran are producing laughable data, as many die, and the government is covering it up. Bad hygiene is bad. Wash you hands. The US practice of a daily shower, and washing hands after using the toilet doesn't look so bad after all.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Welcome back.

Coronavirus, aka China Originated Viral Infection Disease-19 seems to be giving all the usual suspects in government a rational for doing what they want to do. Pelosi snuck abortion funding into the 'emergency' legislation. DeBlasio wants to nationalize industry. Bernie wants national health care.

The US has more intensive care beds than Italy, so is better situated to handle severe cases. Of course the advocates of national healthcare use the metric of hospital beds, which is where you don't want infectious people, because they will infect the rest of the hospital and staff.