This was a pretty unique piece, but I'm surprised "they" let it get published.

It's the kind of article that is best enjoyed with peanut butter and bananas (but never any mayonnaise unless you happen to be watching "An Officer and a Gentleman").

I do wonder how those who identify as "they/them" will take this article, though. But that's just where my head is at these days, I guess.

Oh crikey! It's 10:25 and Burger Bargain quits serving breakfast at 10:30! It's a 2-minutes drive ... whew, I can still get there by 10:27 and place an order for myself and the other 15 people in the office.

Gotta run ... I just hope they have low-carb croissants at the ready.

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We'll see what the younger generation does as it ages and some of its members are the "adults of the adults." I hope they can make some changes that older generations have failed to make.

One lesson that may help with optimism and/or hope is how California improved its air quality (smog problems) through various regulations in the late 20th century.

To get a good view of what Los Angeles looked like in 1988, watch the very beginning of this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1_0373UNDc It's Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, and the camera opens with a view of Dodger Stadium. Yup, that was par for the course in the those days -- and even though L.A. does have some bad air days now, it rarely looks like that.

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Darren Richardson

Darren Richardson

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