Baby It’s Contentious Outside

Frank Loesser’s 1944 winter standard Baby It’s Cold Outside is not being played on some radio stations.  While some people insist the song is a classic, the lyrics are especially controversial right now because we’re looking more closely than usual at suggestions of sexual harassment and assault.  Here’s a link to yesterday’s USA Today article, which includes the complete lyrics: I never heard the song until this week, when I learned about the controversy.  Initially, I was repulsed, but I’m trying to keep an open mind.  The song was written more than seventy years ago, when the scenario may have been … Continue reading Baby It’s Contentious Outside

Traveling Safely

Whether or not we’re comfortable traveling, we should be aware that when we’re away from home there are “advisable” precautions which aren’t necessary in our houses or apartments. I’m agoraphobic, and I try to fly somewhere about once a year.  The schedule varies, but there’s always a sense of accomplishment even after an uninteresting visit. Earlier this month, I visited Southern California for the, uh, eighth time.  It’s a short flight from San Francisco Airport (SFO), and I know my way around a large portion of Los Angeles County.  The public transportation in that neck of the woods has improved … Continue reading Traveling Safely