Opinion: How Trump arrives, 77-year-old cake, famous Ms. Pac-Man, obituary sighting

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Locally, we have been covered by election news this week. So, how are you.

Nationally, a massive story is the possibility that President Joe Biden plans to spend billions in tax dollars to pay off the student loan debt tab.

I wish I could say I was surprised.

But know this: This type of spending – I would say it’s malfeasance – in an era of skyrocketing inflation, that’s how Trump does it.

Where can I send all my canceled checks that show that I paid off our family’s student loans? And now that I think about it: what about car loan forgiveness? Mortgage forgiveness? Ask many millions of us who take out loans and, you know, pay them back.

Special cake

At the end of last month, Meri Mion celebrated her 90th birthday. Part of the party was a U.S. Army cake, a pastry that’s been overdue for 77 years.

You see, Mion was about to celebrate her 13th birthday on April 29, 1945, at her family home in northeast Italy, when American soldiers who were fighting German forces near her home ate the cake that the Mion’s mother had prepared it for her and left it on a windowsill. chill.

The replacement cake had chocolate and white frosting with fresh fruit and pieces of candy and read “Buon 90 compleanno” (Happy 90th birthday).

Speaking of delay

OK, that was good news that Ms. Pac-Man finally got her due and was elected to the World Video Game Hall of Fame. (No, I also didn’t know there was a World Video Game Hall of Fame before, but if it’s fair, it’s 25 cents to get in and they have one of those changing machines in the hall.)

The World Video Game Hall of Fame opened its doors nearly seven years ago in Rochester, New York.

And while the younger generations are super advanced in terms of technology and gaming, and the older generations were laughing back then wasted on such nonsense, my generation spent quite a bit of time in arcades growing up.

Which brings us back to why it took Ms. Pac-Man so long to get the call from the room.

The initial class included Pac-Man as well as Doom, Pong, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, and World of Warcraft.

And to make matters worse, Ms. Pac-Man had to wait behind Centipede (2020 inductee) as well as Animal Crossing (2021).

Again, better late than never, I guess.

Obituary observation

The incredible people’s stories in the newspaper’s obituaries are just that. Surprising.

Among those this week was the news of the death of Virginia Jo Gilman. A lifelong Chattanoogan who attended GPS and Chattanooga University, she was a devoted member of the Junior League and Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church.

She will be missed by those who knew her. Think about how she made the most of a life that could have been completely different.

According to the obituary, Virginia Jo caused a stir in the media after she was kidnapped at age 2 in 1927. Her father, Acting Mayor Fred Frazier, paid a ransom of $3,333.33 and she was been fired.

Wow. And thank God.

Contact Jay Greeson at [email protected] or 423-757-6273. Follow him on Twitter @jgreesontfp.

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