Close Call

Looks like New Wife just snuck in under the wire:

President Joe Biden has issued a travel ban on South Africa, stopping most immigration to the United States from the country, and reinstated bans on Europe and Brazil to slow the spread of the Chinese coronavirus.

My only question is:  why stop at South Africa?  When it comes to strange and wonderful diseases that can kill you faster than sharing a needle with Pete Buttigieg in a Turkish bath, the whole continent of Africa (along with China) is pretty much the world’s Petrie Dish Of Pox:  West Nile virus, Wuhan virus, SARS and, speaking of Mayor Buttplug, AIDS — to name just a few off the top of my head.

Anyway, New Wife has her green card, but that hasn’t really made her feel much better.  She has two grandchildren in Oz and soon, another one appearing in Seffrica — none of whom she’s had a chance to see other than through Zoom and suchlike.  So she’s suffering from a severe case of Grandma Cuddle Deprivation (GCD), and all these travel bans and such are not doing her temper any favors.

Even worse, she barely drinks any booze so I can’t distract her with pints of champagne or Pimm’s No.1 (her favorite tipples on birthdays, anniversaries and high holy days only).

Frankly, unless all this Chinkvirus shit gets sorted in the near future… well, she doesn’t know how to use a gun (shuddup) and in any event, she’s one of the gentlest people in the entire world, so there’s unlikely to be any rough stuff as her GCD worsens.

I’m probably just going to need to buy her favorite chocolate by the metric tonne…



  1. Kim,
    Have you run across British Delights located in Westford, MA? I used to live about 15 minutes from the place, but they ship all across the US. Here:
    You may already have, and probably do have, multiple sources for stuff like Fry’s … still, you may find something with these folks which is difficult to obtain in TX. And for sake of full disclosure, I have no interest, financial or otherwise, in British Delights.

  2. Maybe time to get the wife a little cutsey doggey. Thats the usual remedy for GCD. Not a cool thing like a gun dog, one of those English breeds seen at gun shows lying about undisturbed whilst hundreds of ppl pass by. Or in calendars for the outdoor crowd. Nor in the field doing what they do. But a really neurotic crazy as a loon mixed breed from the local pound. Something to soak up lots of extra cash at the greedy vet. Also something that can process food and drink faster than a Lucille Ball candy factory. Then deposit gifts on the rug. Should bring back endless sweet memories of babies in diapers ! Ask how I know….

    1. Forget it. No dogs, cats or pets of any kind in our house, because all our kids have grown and left the house, and we’re not interested in replacing them.

  3. If were a betting man, I would bet that Biden had in mind white South Africans. But that would be racist, and we all know Joe is not the racist, no, not even a little. Or anything like that.

  4. Time to buy a sailing catamaran and channel your Dutch smuggling ancestors.

    (I’m assuming that all Dutch ancestors were smuggler ancestors at some point.)

    1. I dated a dutch girl a long time ago whose last name translated into English as Privateer or Hijacker, so this is probably true.

      1. The late Steven den Beste related how this happened. Basically France conquered the Netherlands and demanded surnames so people invented them, sometimes using sarcastic or rude ones which were dutifully recorded by the ignorant French, only to find they were stuck with them when the French were thrown out.

        I miss Steven.

  5. But Kim, wouldn’t a South Africa travel ban make it harder for white South African farmers to emigrate to escape the coming genocide?

  6. expect things to get more restrictive rather than less from now on, much more restrictive.
    Under communism you need an exit visa as well as an entry visa to go anywhere outside your own immedicate area.
    And that may well be as small as the town you live in.

  7. ..Windy Wilson says:
    January 27, 2021 at 2:14 PM
    I dated a dutch girl a long time ago whose last name translated into English as Privateer or Hijacker, so this is probably true.

    I too, briefly dated a Dutch girl. No idea of the translation, but TwoLips would have not been an inaccurate designation.

    Sunk New Dawn
    Galveston, TX

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