Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #141

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Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #141

Chapter Eight

DEEDS TO A DYNASTY

…Normalcy, or some semblance of it, has returned to those of Florida involved with that brush with Washington celebrity…

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Normalcy, or some semblance of it, has returned to those of Florida involved with that brush with Washington celebrity, i.e. William McKinley. With his death, which came after all but Herbert Love and Harv Pearson had returned home, you could say that nothing would be the same.

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  • The Ferrells, the John’s and James’s, separate once again to their south and northeast venues, profoundly affected by the experience.
  • Doc Ziggy may never regain his faith in his healing contemporaries, still cursing their handling of “his patient”, McKinley.
  • Alpha Campbell has set his young sights on medical school, though at 13 years of age, he first must successfully negotiate puberty.
  • The pharmacist and the teacher, forever lumped together, will proceed from here with an acute sense of mortality.
  • The elder Campbells, whose lives are least altered, because of an uncomplicated mind set, contentedly care for Love properties and watch their second son blossom into someone they can barely fathom.

Even Herbert Love’s world ratchets back to a simpler time. James Wilson has recovered from his lengthy battle with poor health, a reprisal of his role as Secretary of Agriculture within two months of the Roosevelt, Theodore administration installation on 14 September 1901. Wilson’s immune system fights off the Black Plague; there is no amour to protect McKinley from shots fired by an East European anarchist who has no other agenda than to get notoriety by killing a world leader, any leader would do. With the loss of his friend, Love knew that his dalliance with national politics should end and that he can be proud of what he accomplished in his thirteen months. If they need him or his advice, they know where to find him: City Hall, Quincy, Florida.


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Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #81

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Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #81

…”The telephone is a wonderful invention, but I fear that our operator will spread our affairs about faster than you can say—busybody”…

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It is not every day you get a letter from the President of the United States of America.

Wife Phoebe is right there, reading aloud, matching Herbert word for word. Meeting at the end, she asks, “Well, what do you think of that, Mr. Love?”

He does not answer her immediately, awash in colliding thoughts. When he has composed himself, he explores, “Please tell me that taking this post would not turn our world upside down? What lies beyond the horizon? We have such a comfortable life; I would hate to give it up.”

“God has the plan for our lives, Herb, you know that. We are but a wink in His eternal eye and only become aware of that plan in bits and pieces. Sometimes, He will wait until the last moment to open a door previously unseen through our myopic perspectives.

Love's-001    “Perhaps we should view this as divine guidance. How else would the government of the United States take notice of our Panhandle doings?” Phoebe Love has always been the best sounding board any man can have. She abides now, by grace through faith. She trusts in the Master’s plan, the common behavioral trait of those who believe.

“You are quite a woman, Mrs. Love. You should have been a First Lady, not just a mayor’s wife,” he proclaims with a pinch of humility.

“It’s never too late for the young, Mr. Love. Perhaps a position in Washington will leave you with a taste for greater ambition.” Whimsical as it seems, she has admired first ladies like the current, Ida Saxton McKinley, from afar. Modesty forever squelches those lofty notions. “I believe you should call the President this very minute. Do not allow a lapse in time to interfere with this great adventure… the number is on the very bottom of the telegram.”

Operator

“Millie”

The telephone is a wonderful invention, but I fear that our operator will spread our affairs about faster than you can say—busybody.

“Be kind now, Herb. Millie has a good heart; she merely lacks the art of secrecy.”

“You are too kind, dear. I will simply tell her that if I hear the word Washington from anyone, anywhere, before we make an announcement, I will tell everyone who will listen that she actually pilfered her “famous” fried chicken batter recipe from my mother, yet she lays claim to it as hers, even serving as Sunday dinner for our poor unsuspecting new pastor. He is likely going to be her next victim.”

“You will do no such thing, Herbert Love. Methinks you are the real gossip of the town, not she!”

“The Mayor is above gossip!” he declares, while lifting the receiver off his wall-hung Bell invention.


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The NULL Solution = Episode 3

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The NULL Solution = Episode 3

…Prez Roy, Prez Roy, ya da – ya da. I wish this country would let go of him…

“I want a tickertape parade on Inauguration Day. This is mankind’s greatest achievement and I want to rub it in the nose of those damned United Koreans.” Harper Lea Bassett, recently elected Madame President of the United States of America and proud to have supported NASA as part of her party’s platform, wants to thrust the SOL Project front & center for the entire world to see. “We have been playing second fiddle to Pan-Asia for far too long.”

{Pan-Asia does not include the United Korean Peninsula, at their causation,

thereby encouraging that rogue nation’s isolationist policies. The rest of the world has high anxiety because of Korea’s is current second placement in the race for “real” outer space. China has dropped to third, due to societal decay and fifth-place Russia has not recovered from the embargo of 2020’s.

India is fourth, at the expense of their 2 billion people, who are more interested in investing their capital in every possible commercial franchise opportunity.  To their credit, you cannot buy a donut and coffee without them.}

“I am sorry Madame President, but former President Crippen has nixed that idea,” her Chief-of-Staff informs her.

“What the hell, Dane! You’d think him and his NASA cronies would love the attention of an adoring planet. Get him on the secure line; I want to talk to him!”

“I’m sorry, but the secure line is down.”

“Don’t tell me, the Koreans?”

“We suspect they hacked in last week… they seem to have found out about our plan to kidnap an Un-family member and replace him with a doppelgänger.”

#^~`*+%=!!!  It’s hard to keep a secret anymore. It’s turned into a freaking competition; between the hackers, the drones, the satellites and the spy planes, you name it.”

“Half of them are ours!”

“Not the hackers. Our geeks are in their basements playing virtual-reality holographic games.”

“You should try Club Neptune; it is the hottest bar/game in the Solar System.”

“You want reality? We just blew past Neptune’s orbit twice and I can’t even get the Space Family McKinney to show up for a damned parade in their honor!”

“Prez Roy said he could send one of the SOL prototypes over instead.”

Prez Roy, Prez Roy, ya da – ya da. I wish this country would let go of him. How old is he now, Dane? He must be pushing 90.”

“He still runs 10 miles a day and, AND plays tennis with Francine!”

“Damn, I wish I had her legs… see, even I am jealous of an 80-something… and I am the youngest President ever elected,” just over the wire at 36, named after Harper Lee {different sp.} of To Kill a Mockingbird fame, elected by a motivated under-30 demographic and still wet behind her presidential ears. “I want USA One ready to go. I am going to go down to Texas and see what’s up.”


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Episode 3


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US Cities – WIF Fun Facts

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Strange Statistics about

American Cities

Thousands of different sources will be happy to tell you what the 10 biggest, fastest growing, most densely populated, etc. American cities are. So we thought we’d put together some quirkier facts you may never have thought about.

10. Only City Without Skyscrapers

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The skyscraper was invented in America. Throughout the early part of the 20thcentury cities grew up, not out. For millions of immigrants, the sight of Manhattan skyscrapers was a sign that they were truly in the new world.

Ironically the nation’s capitol, Washington D.C., is the only city without skyscrapers. There’s a myth that an ordinance states nothing can be higher than the Capitol Dome, but there are in fact a handful of taller structures in the city — the Washington Monument is the most prominent. The ordinance that does exist is known as the Height of Buildings Act of 1910. It’s rather complicated, but the gist is that it tries to keep building heights proportionate to street widths and keep the skyline at a uniform height of about 130 feet, or approximately 12 stories high.

The result is a city that has a very European feel to it. Which makes sense, since the planned city was designed by a Parisian, Pierre L’Enfant. If you look at an image of the two cities you’ll see that they look very similar. All across America you know you’re in a big city when you look up at impressive buildings, but not when you’re in the capital!

9. Largest City Not on Water

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The boat was the first vehicle used for transporting goods and people. In fact, it predates today’s other primary modes of transportation by thousands of years. It therefore stands to reason that before the advent of railways and highways, population centers had to be built on large bodies of water. New York City surpassed Philadelphia as the largest city in America because it has one of theworld’s biggest natural harbors.

But boat transport isn’t very practical in the desert, and thus Phoenix is the largest American city you can’t reach by commercial boat. In the 1920s Phoenix had a population of 30,000, about one-fiftieth of what it has today. Modern forms of transportation allowed the desert city to boom despite being in the middle of nowhere.

8. Most and Least Isolated Cities

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Minnesota has its famous Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, perhaps the most famous in America. But neither has a population over 500,000, so we don’t consider them proper cities.

Some cities are so close together they’re viewed as a pair. Baltimore and Washington D.C. make up one of the largest urban areas in America, and they’ve been proposed as a site for a joint bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. But no two cities are closer together than Dallas and Fort Worth, a mere 32 miles apart. There’s even an old saying that Dallas is where the east ends and Fort Worth is where the West begins.

Generally the farther west you go the farther cities and population centers spread out. This makes Denver the most isolated city in America, with Albuquerque nearly 440 miles away.

7. City With the Biggest Decline in Population

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America’s population continues to grow. Its population continues to become more urban as well, with fewer people living in the country and small towns. In the 1950s and ’60s America’s cities started to shrink, as more cars and highways allowed people to move to the less densely populated suburbs. But city populations stabilized as cities re-branded themselves through renewal projects and gentrification.

Lots of cities in the “sun belt” have even become boom towns in the past half-century, as people have relocated for better opportunities and better weather. The aforementioned Phoenix had a population of only 65,000 at the end of World War II. Today its population is 1.5 million. That’s an increase of 2300%!

But one city has gone the other way. Detroit had a population of 1.85 million in 1950, but with the decline of the auto industry and citizens fleeing to its large network of suburbs the current population has shrunk to 700,000. And itcontinues to shrink, having seen its largest drop between 2000 and 2010. In just a short amount of time it will be one-third its peak size, in addition to having the dubious distinction of being the only major city ever to declare bankruptcy.

The irony is that the city was built by the auto industry, then destroyed by cars giving people easy access to the suburbs. The people of Detroit certainly love the line “Born and raised in South Detroit” in Journey’s “Don’t stop Believin’”. However, they often fail to acknowledge the next line, “He took a midnight train going anywhere.”

6. Oldest and Newest Cities

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America was referred to as the New World for a long time. American cities are at most a few centuries old, while some European, African and Asian cities have been around for millennia. That’s not to say there weren’t settlements in America long before Europeans arrived, but aside from a handful of remnantsthe old cities have all but disappeared.

In modern times, most of the oldest American cities are on the east coast. Philadelphia was incorporated in 1701, making it the oldest city in America. For its first 100 years it served as America’s economic, political and cultural center, and even served as the temporary capital before Washington, D.C. was completed. In the early 1800s it was surpassed by New York, but Philadelphia continues to serve as an important city and is currently ranked fifth in population.

On the flip side, large American cities out west tend to have been founded much later as pioneers moved deeper into the country. There was one particular meadow with decent grasslands and clean water springs halfway between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City which served as a good railroad service area. In 1911 this area was incorporated as a town and given a name appropriate for the surrounding meadows: Las Vegas. What we now know as Sin City remained a tiny town for the next 20 years before seeing an economic boom with legalized gambling and the building of the nearby Hoover Dam. After that it remained a small town for several more decades, but a town with cool casinos! Finally, the lure of economic opportunity and great weather encouraged the masses to make it their new home. It’s the only city with a population greater than 500,000 to be incorporated in the 20th century.

5. City With the Most Prominent Divisions

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Every city has distinctive neighborhoods. Areas are defined by ethnic communities, common socioeconomic status, businesses and industries, and so on. However, these areas are mainly familiar to residents — your average tourist or business travel to Denver would have no idea how the city was divided.

A notable exception is New York City. Even people who have never been there know that America’s largest, most important, and most famous city is comprised of five distinct divisions known as boroughs. Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island are all governed centrally, but each borough maintains a certain level of autonomy. Most notably, each has its own District Attorney due to each also being an independent county of the state of New York.

This has created a significant cultural division. Most people who live in Manhattan will say they live in New York. But those from the other boroughs, especially Brooklyn, will identify themselves as being from that particular borough. If they were separated it would make the largest concentration of big cities in America, and possibly the world. To put it another way, Los Angeles and Chicago would rank first and second in population in America. But Brooklyn would be third, Queens fourth, Manhattan sixth, the Bronx eighth and Staten Island 38th.

4. City With The Largest Suburbs

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Suburb is a very loosely defined term, but for simplicity’s sake we’ll define it in the traditional standard of any smaller city or town on the border of a larger city. Long Beach, California and Mesa, Arizona are the two largest suburbs in America, bordering Los Angeles and Phoenix respectively. Each has a population of approximately 450,000. However, they’re significantly smaller than the parent city, with Long Beach only being about 12% the population of Los Angeles and Mesa about 30% of Phoenix.

Denver has a population of approximately 650,000. Neighboring Aurora has a population of approximately 350,000, making it 54% the population of Denver. Both cities continue to grow and both are nearly identical in land area, but Aurora is less dense. Should Aurora change its approach to growth it could quickly become a city equal to Denver, and the two will become another set of Twin Cities.

3. Largest City on an International Border

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America has land borders with only two countries, but they’re among the longest boarders in the world. So it stands to reason that many of America’s population centers would be along them. It didn’t really turn out that way, though. While there are many large cities on state borders, only two sit directly on an international border — Detroit and El Paso.

Population wise, Detroit is currently ranked 18th and El Paso 19th. But given the aforementioned dwindling population of Detroit it’s almost certain to be surpassed by the Texas city within a few years. Both cities require crossing a river to get to the other country, but even though Detroit is on the Canadian border you would go south to get across the border in both cases. Crossing the Rio Grande into Mexico seems obvious, but for a short stretch the Detroit River runs east to west right past downtown Detroit. So the aforementioned line about being “born and raised in South Detroit” is actually kind of a paradox.

2. Largest and Smallest Cities by Area

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Some cities sprawl. Their boundaries are large and the result is lots of open space, single family homes and room to grow. Others have very limited usable space left within its boundaries, as most of the land has already been developed. But no major city occupies a smaller area than San Francisco. In fact, it’s likely about to reach a population limit of 830,000, as the city is on the northern tip of a peninsula with other cities south of it. There’s no room to expand its mere 47 square miles. The result is a population density of 17,000 people per square mile, second only to New York City.

Jacksonville, meanwhile, has an area of 747 square miles, or about half of Rhode Island. That gives it far and away the smallest population density in America. If San Francisco had Jacksonville’s density its population would be a mere 52,640, not even enough for it to be in the top 100… of California. Conversely, if Jacksonville had San Francisco’s density its population would be 12.7 million, or about four million more than New York City.

1. Largest City Without, and Smallest With,

a Major League Sports Team

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The United States has four major sports leagues: the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL. 11 cities have at least one team in each league. 30 others have at least one team from any league, meaning that 41 cities have at least one major league team. These are generally the largest and most important cities in America. But one growing city lacks a major league team: Austin, the 14th largest city in America. However, Austin is home to the University of Texas, one of the largest universities and largest athletic departments in the country. So the residents of Austin aren’t deprived of big time sports.

The largest city without a major professional or major college team is technically Fort Worth. But Fort Worth, as mentioned earlier, is linked with neighboring Dallas. Cowboys Stadium is actually in Arlington, which is closer to Fort Worth than Dallas. So in the traditional sense, the most athletically deprived city is the aforementioned El Paso. It’s home to the University of Texas-El Paso, but it’s not in one of the “big five” college conferences. Professionally, the best El Paso can boast are a minor league baseball and hockey team.

Major sports franchises obviously want to be in large cities and TV markets. But Green Bay, with a population of just 104,000, has kept their beloved Packers since 1919. They even have the longest waiting list for season tickets in professional sports, with over 81,000 people unlikely to get them in their lifetime. The season ticket waiting list isn’t far from the population of the city, which is strange on so many levels we’re not even sure where to begin.

US Cities – WIF Fun Facts

Divisive

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Divisiveness

Our country has been torn down the middle. We are being led down this path by leadership in Washington D.C.. Left to our own devices, I think we may have avoided it, but class warfare has broken out and it is ugly.

Tomorrow we vote. For most cogent Americans, minds have been set for many months; for some it goes back 150 years.

My mind was made up four years ago, not by the intervening four years. In another four years I will be fall into the category of  a minority for the first time and I do not like it.

Tomorrow I vote, on election day, with even more conviction than  in 2008. Pray for our United States and that God does not turn His back on us.