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B-Bye Donald J. Trump The Trump Presidency finally ended, for real, on the afternoon of February 13, 2021. Yes, he was out of office for about 580 hours when the Senate voted 43-57 to acquit. But his presidency truly ended with the vote, for the impeachment trial was the last remaining bit of business for […] The post B-Bye Donald J. Trump appeared first on Mark Rubin.…
When my phone rings and I don’t recognize the number, I assume it’s most likely a spam call for a car warranty or someone wanting to buy my condo (which is not for sale). To entertain myself, I started answering the phone with: House of Pain. How can we whip you? Photo by phit2btyd from Flickr (Creative Commons License) I’ve been answering the call like this for over 20 years. It’s still funny, but a friend suggested I might want to change it up and answer my phone with: It’s done. There’s blood everywhere. I don’t remember which friend suggested…
This photo is not of Phoenix, but it can get pretty cold here in the winter. Photo by NOAA Photo Library (Creative Commons License). It’s 201 days until Ironman Mont Tremblant 2021, just over seven months until race day. There are very few valid excuses for not doing a workout, and “It’s cold” is not one of them. Suck it up, Buttercup. Triathlon training means training in the cold. My triathlon coach, David Roher, has recommendations for when his athletes can switch from wearing shorts to tights. When I’m doing a long workout, I dress based on the…
If you told me 20 years ago that I was going to be a devoted vegan, I probably would have laughed. And the reason would have been simple: animal products taste good. Burgers are delicious. Pizza is awesome. Cheesecake can be so good, it’s “orgasmic.” I’ve never been opposed to veganism; I just didn’t think it was something I would want to do. As a student at Oregon State University, I learned a lot of the basics merely by being around people who were vegan. When “The L Word” came out, two of our friends were roommates and…
A few weeks ago, I received a message from one of my classmates from high school that said her child recently came out to her and her husband as non-binary and said their pronouns are they/them. My friend asked how she can educate herself and what guidance I could offer for dealing with relatives who may be less accepting. When I responded, I started with, “Oh geez – your life just got a lot more complicated, but in a good way.” I gave her my number and asked her to let her kid know that they have an Oggy Ruth…
Shortly after Rosie passed away, I said the over/under for when I got another dog was six months. Who had 145 days? Searching for a Dog and Finding Faith About three months after Rosie passed away, I was ready to start looking for my next basset hound. The Arizona Basset Hound Rescue didn’t have any hounds available for adoption, so I expanded my search to include my local animal control, basset rescues in southern California, Craigslist ads across the entire southwestern U.S. I was even looking as far as St. Louis, Missouri because the humane society there took in
I’m doing my first full Ironman race in 229 days – Ironman Mont Tremblant in Canada. I was supposed to do it last year, but the race was cancelled, and we all got deferred to this year. I’ve never done heroin, but this is what I say every time I pay for something expensive related to my race. What is the Ironman? The Ironman is a triathlon, composed of the following distances: 2.4-mile (open water) swim, then a 112-mile bike, followed by a 26.2 (full marathon) run, All in under 17 hours. The race starts at 7am, and you must…
An Impoverished Party and Presidency im•pov•ish•ed Exhausted of richness and fertility. Poor. Lacking. Sadly, I think impoverished best describes the state of the Republican Party and its leader, soon-to-be former President Donald J. Trump. The Election I write as the media reports on 12 senators who plan to challenge the certified electoral college results from […] The post An Impoverished Party and Presidency appeared first on Mark Rubin.…
2021 Update: Rubin & Bernstein PLLC and Mark Rubin Hey there. On March 16, 2020, I attended an in-person settlement conference at the Pima County Superior Court. Lots of sanitizer cleaned surfaces. No masks. The case settled but, even then, none of us should have been in the courthouse. Since March 17 I have been […] The post 2021 Update: Rubin & Bernstein PLLC and Mark Rubin appeared first on Mark Rubin.…
Oh my goodness – I’ve been living in a pandemic-based society for over eight months. All of my in-person conferences were converted to virtual ones this year, and my Ironman race was deferred until 2021. For the bulk of the year, I worked and trained. I only left the Phoenix metro area once since we all started needing masks to leave the house. Even with the monotony, there were still some important events that happened this year: Helping Rosie Over the Rainbow Bridge I’d had a suspicion for months that Rosie wasn’t going to make it to end of 2020,…
The Big Case Fallacy Donald J. Trump offered these words after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its three-sentence long Order in Pending Case on December 11, 2020: This is a great and disgraceful miscarriage of justice. The people of the United States were cheated, and our Country disgraced. Never even given our day in Court! […] The post The Big Case Fallacy appeared first on Mark Rubin.…
Rudy Giuliani and the Power of the Voice Donald Trump informed us on Sunday, December 6, that Rudy Giuliani tested positive for COVID-19. Within hours, we heard about Mr. Giuliani being hospitalized. I shared some thoughts on Facebook. I mentioned the preciousness of human life and how challenged I was to conjure up empathy for […] The post Rudy Giuliani and the Power of the Voice appeared first on Mark Rubin.…
I knew Rosie wouldn’t make it to the end of the summer this year. Probably starting in June, I could see that her arthritis and canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD) aka doggy dementia were slowing her down. She didn’t want to walk as much, and she didn’t want to go to the office with me. She slept so much that many times I watched her to see if she was still breathing. Each time I went to the grocery store to get her more chicken, I wondered if this was going to be the last time I’d cooked chicken for her.…
What’s the Point? DJT and the Post-Election Nonsense Just shy of four weeks after Election Day 2020, we still have lawyers throwing crap on the wall, hoping something will stick. The latest? On Saturday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, unanimously, told an R Congressman to go pound sand when he tried to void the 2020 election, […] The post What’s the Point? DJT and the Post-Election Nonsense appeared first on Mark Rubin.…