The corner booth at Buzzy’s 8 Ball Tavern and Pool Room is, I think, as good a place as any to reflect on the current mood of the country. Buzzy’s, serving up consistently cold beverages and average food since the end of Prohibition, is home base for all sorts. We have, roughly speaking, an equal number of Democrats and Republicans stopping by the joint on any given day. It’s a mix of professionals, blue collar, military and retirees.
The three most common questions I get asked about the Central Intelligence Agency are;1. “How did you join the CIA?”2. “No, I mean, why did they takeYou?”My answers are usually the same;2. “Oh, yeah, I see what you mean… I guess they lowered the bar that year.”3. “It was exciting, challenging and never boring… it was tough, you had to work like a dog.”Like a dog. Anyone who has been through a long-term physically and mentally demanding training program knows what I’m talking about.
Sitting at my usual corner table in the back of Buzzy’s 8-Ball Tavern and Pool Room, It occurred to me on Thursday night that there are any number of serious issues and current crisis that we could talk about for this week’s dispatch from the front lines. But setting all those issues aside, let me tell you something that may have escaped your attention while you’ve been busy digging a backyard bomb shelter or getting up to speed on which starlets haven’t been groped by Weinstein.
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