Still Learning

vic fortezza
2 min readFeb 22, 2024

Badwater Basin, driest place in the USA, lowest point in North America, 282 feet below sea level, Death Valley National Park, California, flooded by recent rains. Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP/GETTY IMAGES, posted at

Nothing manifests Gavin Newsom’s qualifications for president better than this headline: “California Projects $73B Deficit.” He would be a perfect fit in DC. How sad on National California Day.

Was the disruption in cell service a terror attack? Stay tuned.

Interesting headline regarding Mercedes Benz: “Luxury car maker cites weak demand in decision to cut electric vehicle quota.”

What did we learn today, class? That Mr. Navalny was jailed for overestimating his assets. Sound familiar?

Kudos to Steve Kelly for this boffo cartoon:

I spent most of today’s session of the Anti-inflation Book Shop outside the car, enjoying the mild temperature and schmoozing with passersby. My thanks to the ladies who donated three books each, and to the gentleman who bought five hardcovers in Russian; and to the woman who purchased one; and to the woman who for the second straight day chose a Weight Watcher’s cookbook; and to The Quiet Man, who took home two vinyl gems: a Marlene Dietrich album and the original soundtrack to The King and I, featuring Yul Brynner.

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vic fortezza

I was born in Brooklyn in 1950 to Sicilian immigrants. I’ve had more than 50 short stories published world wide. I have 13 books in print.