Sometimes you just have to shake or scratch your head at the bumbling incompetence and lack of foresight that comes into play when governments or business organizations do things, and no, I’m not talking about Trump or any elected people this time. The Calgary airport committed a major gaffe recently by turning disabled parking spots into spaces exclusively reserved for luxury car owners. A guy who was dropping of his mom noticed parking stalls that had been reserved for the disabled being painted over and it wasn’t long before the outrage spread on social media.
I was a bit sad when I heard about the passing of one of the great comics of the 20th century on Sunday. Jerry Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas. He was 91. Jerry Lewis may not mean much to the millennial generation but to baby boomers he was the King of slapstick humour. He ruled comedy movies in the 60’s and he not only acted in them but directed as well. He was technically adept behind the scenes and is credited with pioneering the technique of using video cameras and closed circuit monitors allowing him, and future directors, to review scenes instantly.
There is a Classic black & white movie called Dr. Strangelove, or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb. It was made in 1964 during the Cold War, defined as a state of geopolitical tension that developed after WW II between the West, the U.S. and its NATO allies, and the East, the Soviet Union and its satellite states. It was termed a “Cold” War because there was no large-scale fighting between the major powers. As it is today, there was always a smaller regional war being waged somewhere with opposing sides backed by either the East or the West. Dr. Strangelove was a dark comedy that satirized our fears of nuclear war and it didn’t have a happy ending.