the purchase of a ladder

it was a rush purchase, lacking the lust of ritual, Saturday morning, after unsuccessfully having tried for one hour to drill a damn hole through steel reinforced concrete in the ceiling above my dinner table, standing atop a stool and a chair, my back hurting.

it cannot get worse

A democracy needs a great deal of keeping. And yes, it can get worse. It can get way worse. Italy, with al its political corruption and problems, is a democracy in the EU. Many countries would give all they have to be in Italy’s place in the global politics.