Good morning. Hello. How are you? #649
Cheri Beasley for US Senate. Good riddance Madison Cawthorn. More Elon junk. Salem here we come.
Well hello there. Good morning! How are you? Happy Madison Cawthorn Lost His Primary day. Always a good day. NC had its primary election yesterday. No real surprises other than that. Well, I guess it’s surprising and not soooooper encouraging that Trump’s man beat a former governer in the US Senate Republican Primary, but on the other hand, Trump’s man also beat noted Trump sycophant and general asshole Mark Walker, remember that guy? God. Well he’s also out of a job now, so that is nice. In our county, there was a race for District Attorney. Our county, Chatham, shares a DA with the much larger Orange County next door. The DA was leaving. So both of his assistants — one from Orange, one from Chatham — ran to replace him. I liked the Chatham one. But the vote fell pretty much in proportion to the population of the two counties, and the Orange one won. They’re fine too, it was a primary. Clay Aiken lost that is good. Valerie Foushie is pretty cool, I’ve written about her before. The two people we voted for in County Commissioner races won.
And let me introduce you to Cheri Beasley, candidate for US Senate against a Trump sycophant. Cheri was the chief justice of the NC Supreme Court and now she is running to be the third black woman in the US Senate ever. Consider giving her a couple bucks.
I went to Walmart yesterday and while I was there the power went out which was very exciting. Backup generators kicked in after a couple seconds, but only with really dim light. Checkout wasn’t working so everyone milled around for a while before they got them up and running on backup power. Even then, Walpay did not work, good thing I brought my actual physical credit card on a lark. Then when I left and I was driving home, the intersection at Smith Level and US 15-501, which is incredibly dangerous on a good day, had no street lights working, which was terrifying, because I had to cross the whole thing and turn left. VERY SCARY!
But the other weird thing about Walmart is it had tons of baby formula? Like tons! I mean, the shelf definitely looked a bit impacted, I’d say it was only 70-75% full. But there was plenty of formula. So now I am confused just how bad is this baby formula shortage? Was that a lark? Should I have bought it all and sent it to needy kids? I bet they wouldn’t have let me do that. But still. Has anyone else looked at baby formula levels in your area? How bad is it?
For some reason, the Asia page of my daily flashcard game, which I am still playing every day, is no longer loading. Oh. Well, I just looked and it loaded. But it wasn’t, for three days. Which lead to a hilarious situation where I had to use a slightly different page, Asia—>Countries—>Cartoon Version, which had hilarious very Highlights Magazine in the 70’s drawings on them, quite stereotyped, but very cute. Made the game very hard to play, however:
Anyway I’ve almost gotten to the point where I can do all the countries pretty much without thinking, in my sleep. There are still countries that mess me up if I’m not paying attention. Still have a ridiculously hard time with Malawi. Still will accidentally mess up Barain and Brunei if I’m not thinking. Sometimes I swap Hungary and Slovakia, even though my mnemonics for those two are so good. I think a lot about the shape of these countries, about a meterologist on the nightly news doing the weather, and some countries just have such boring, non-descript shapes. The Netherlands? What a boring shape. Equitorial Guinea (except the islands). Lesotho. Must be hilarious pointing to different parts of a circle.
So the Twitter board seems to have finally gotten sick of Elon’s shit and stepped up and announced they intent to enforce the merger, which means they intend to, you know, make Elon follow the law, do the things he signed legally binding contracts to do, and stop, you know, making shit up. I am very excited about this. The conventional wisdom seems to be that the board would never sue Elon and he can just push them around but honestly I think the reverse is true. I think Elon has much, much more to lose than Twitter if this goes to court. Nothing about this deal is normal, but in cases like this, in Delaware, where Twitter is incorporated, usually what happens is the person trying to back out of the deal has to put up the entire capital portion of the deal (i.e. the twenty billion dollars Musk promised from his own pocket) into escrow while the court case proceeds. Which would be fucking hilarious if Elon had to do that. What a catastrophic mistake. Even better would be if he somehow couldn’t come up with it so he had to pledge shares of Tesla, thus tying up his Tesla stock, thus keeping him from inflicting this misery on some other company. Plus Elon himself would have to deal with this, continuously, for a year or two. Meanwhile no one on the other side would have to deal with this for a year or two. Board members could rotate, ditto lawyers, everyone could just take a stint in the situation then go back to their lives, all while Twitter keeps suing Elon. It will be a giant miserable K-hole for him and there is no escaping it. God, please let the board mean it. Please please. I said this on Twitter last night but never been so excited for someone to enforce something that’s such a manifestly bad idea.
I don’t think most people grasp this but I believe a year or two completely paralyzed on the M&A front is very good for Twitter. The stock would have a (very) slight bump compared to otherwise from arbitragers who think the Delaware courts might man up, and, honestly, Twitter being an independent company is absolutely the best thing for Twitter, so being un-buyable for a year or two while it’s stock is slumped (as all stocks are) is GREAT. Buy time to get a strong stock price again, thus deterring other buyers. This is the absolute best thing Twitter could ever hope for. A year or two reprieve.
Also, I’m sure it’s a coincidence, but Elon has approved a secondary sale of SpaceX stock, letting employees (assuming himself, one would assume) sell shares on the secondary market at a $150 billion valuation. I think he still owns half the company and I don’t think he’d sell much, but I don’t know anything about their share classes, his control once he dips below 50%, etc. It’s not inconceivable this is part of the whole “raise $20 billion” plan.
We are leaving this evening for Salem, Ma, and then Boston on a three week trip. And again, our house will not be abandoned, my mother-in-law lives on the property too and she will be here the whole time, as will our eight security cameras and helpful neighbors. This is by far the longest either one of us have left the house in years, possibly since we moved here, definitely since Jane was born. It is hard trying to think of every single thing you might need. We re driving so we’re a bit constrained on what we can bring but nothing like a plane. I am still dieting (never mind the last week or two being an absolute failure on weight noss) so I want to try and do as much cooking at home, so I’m bring stupid amounts of kitchen stuff. We have a wedding and a funeral and it’s spring time so it could be hot or cold or rainy and we’re staying well beyond what we can glean from a ten day forecast so, my god, it’s hard to pack clothes. Jane needs potties and chairs and plushies and clothes and pajamas and art supplies and notebooks and diapers maybe even though she hasn’t used one in months but who knows what happens on a twelve hour drive or new environs. I’m working for a good chunk of the trip and I hate working on a laptop these days, so I’m bringing a monitor and a keyboard and a trackpad. Really gonna have to dust off my old packing-for-a-rock-tour skillz.
We’re staying in downtown Salem right next to the commons for the next week if you are around come by and we will meet you in the commons by the playground that will be nice. Then we go to Somerville and will be at the Albion playground most every day. And there is a joint birthday party (with ample outdoors space) on June 4th if you are in the region. And if you were a friend of Mike Gill’s, there is a memorial for him on June 5th. Drop a line for details on either event.
Anyway, all of this is to say I am pretty sure I won’t write tomorrow, but who knows. We’ll be arriving in Boston for a six hour layover on our way to salem where we’re gonna nap and recharge because our Airbnb isn’t ready till 4 PM. I am going to hopefully, maybe, take Jane to the Boston Common, which is very exciting. Most of our Boston trip won’t be downtown so it’ll be good to show it to her while she’s young and impressionable. Hopefully I’ll get a Friday edition out and we’ll be more-or-less back on our regular schedule through the duration of the trip. I managed that on my other trip to Alaska. And of course we might actually be doing interesting things, so maybe this will be more interesting! But I might also be overwhelmed. We shall see.
Today’s mix is an ambient mix because that’s what I had ready, but i am listening to it now and it is very pretty. Strong recommend. Imagine being Brian Eno’s brother and wanting to be an ambient musician. That is a situation I do not envy. Roger seems to handle it with equanamity and aplomb but I would be too competitive for that, I’m quite sure. I feel bad for him that’s why he gets one with his brother but also a separate track today.
All right lots to do today. I hope your day is lovely. Talk to you soon from New England!