1. It’s Monday, July 13, 2015.
2. Thirty-eight years ago tonight, I was watching a comedy called “Nasty Habits” at what was then the UA Quartet movie house in the Flushing section of Queens. About 10 minutes before the end of the movie, the power went out. The dozen or so of us in the theater initially thought the outage was temporary.
Nope. The lights were out all over New York City. It was a hot summer night, and there was no power.
To this day, I’m proud that my 23-year-old self, five months into my first full-time job, made it into work in Rockefeller Center. In fact, I apologized for being 30 minutes late for my midnight-8 a.m. shift.
That was the second systemic power outage of my life — there was a famous one in November 1965. A third would occur in August 2003.
This probably little-noted anniversary should serve as a reminder to government and power company officials that maybe it’s a good time to check to make sure the grid is in good working order. Whether you’re working from home or commuting to a job, it’s never a good thing for the power to be out.
By the way, I couldn’t get a rain check for the movie. All I wanted to see was the end of “Nasty Habits,” a spoof of Watergate with Glenda Jackson and Anne Meara. So, about a week later, I spent another $3 to see the movie all over again, including the ending. It was cute, but not really worth it.
3. Is someone doing a pool on when the next Greek crisis will surface? The solution that European creditors have pretty much imposed on the Greeks doesn’t seem like much of a solution at all. But here’s hoping for the best for the Greek people, whose ample bravery will get yet another test.
4. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is running for president. The man has tried to gut the Badger State’s schools from pre-k to the University of Wisconsin, has little respect for the jobs done by first responders and doesn’t have the guts to stand up to people who insinuate that President Obama isn’t American.
The Republicans have a lot of dolts seeking their nomination — it will be between Walker and Fabulous Donny Trump to see which one will be the biggest horse’s ass.