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Some thoughts on an election

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Deepak Chopra ... has a message for post-election blues

Some random thoughts upon awakening on Nov. 9, 2016.

I know it happened, but it feels surreal. We just gave a petulant child control of the most powerful military machine ever assembled. Here's the key to the nuclear weapons closet. Don't use it. Not sure he has heard that last part....

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Remember when all those people thought it would be funny to vote for Sanjaya on "American Idol"? He couldn't sing worth a lick, but he made it to the finals, all the way to number 7, thanks to Howard Stern and a joke website. Lotsa laughs. Sanjaya might have won if there weren't some people with real talent on the show. " That's it for now. This has to be a mental-health day....

OK, I'm back. It's Thursday. Still surreal. Can't think about it for too long. Deepak told me this morning -- well, not me personally -- that if I change, my world will change. Intellectually, I get it. My perception of reality depends on my intent and my awareness. if I want to remain sane and live with a modicum of serenity, I need to focus on things that I can do something about that will also provide some positive feelings and shut out things that will do the opposite. Take care of my world....

I read that California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada voted to legalize recreational marijuana. That ought to boost the U.S. economy. Did you know California's economy is the sixth largest in the world? Maybe it will put some DEA agents out of work, but that war on drugs hasn't worked anyway. It could make that wall on the Mexican border unnecessary....

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I wish I could say I'm sorry to see Hillary go, but I'm not. Worst campaigner ever. She should've gone to Standing Rock. She should have fired Debbie Wasserman. If I were a millennial, my intent and awareness would be totally focused on Elizabeth Warren in 2020....

My friend, Ketchup Bob (he counts ketchup as a vegetable), told me over coffee Wednesday morning that at our age if we woke up in good health it was a good day, even if it was raining. That's the kind of uplifting message he gives me: You're old, but you're here. Drink your coffee and be grateful. " Intent and awareness....

I'm a few months older than Bernie Sanders, so I don't think he's got another run in him. But I think he's going to be keeping tabs on a lot of people's intent in the Senate for the next four years and that is a source of hope. Take your vitamins, Bernie....

I'm not reading any political stuff on Facebook for a while because obviously nobody knows a damn thing. And it is not exactly a wellspring of sanity and serenity.

Oh, I erroneously reported a couple of weeks ago that Soupy Sales had died. Well, he had, but he did so in 2009. Sorry about that. Sloppy reporting. Got it off Facebook.

Moment of clarity: There's no cure for stupidity....

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Starting to feel a little better.

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