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Well, that was a holiday. At farmers market this morning, the de facto friendly interaction was "How was your Fourth?". Like most of you, I laughed and said I watched "Hamilton" because it was free with my cell phone plan. Granted, I would have rather emptied my change jars to scramble up enough dough for a ticket, if that were an opportunity.
My first musical was Phantom, which a group of us from Valencia High School drama went to see in LA with our director/teacher. The story about him is very complicated, as is that of my junior high school super-popular band director/teacher. Both had their careers ended because inappropriate contact with female students. Indeed, I testified under subpeona in the band director's case and the DA's threats if I didn't testify nearly killed me. Neither were predators and both were good humans, but laws are laws. To be clear, I was subpeonaed only for a general character line of questioning -- I never saw anything inappropriate. But, he was a black band leader in Orange County in the late eighties... I know so much more about race and politics than I did then.
Anyway, Hamilton is a fantastic musical and may unseat my top one -- Les Miz. It may be a tie. I love both. Phantom is great, but the background story pales in comparison.
SCOTUS WITH THE MOSTUS: Tomorrow, the Supreme Court of the United States will release opinions in a deviation of wrapping the term up by June 30. Then again, is anything normal in 2020? Monday's "sitting" (they are likely sitting somewhere including the bathroom from previous calls, but aren't sitting together) likely won't be the last of the days of opinions.
There are seven cases remaining and, while I don't have the data, there are usually only 3-4 opinions on a big day. Opinion authors and dissenters take the mic and orally read what we could otherwise read. Even in the era of SCOTUS justices being able to pee during a "sitting," they simply aren't used to anything more than a few hours. That includes press and other folks. I've sat in the Court a couple of times and the readings can be quite painful, as in you can't really go tinkle while the session is occuring.
So, I'm guessing tomorrow and perhaps one or two more days, although there's always the possibility that cases are kicked for rebriefing or other reasons until the new term begins in October. Anyway, another early morning for West Coast SCOTUS-watchers/geeks tomorrow.
cakeday and classifieds after the jump...
CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Mike Altschule, Randall Echevarria, Swanee Edwards, Alma Hernandez, Andra Hoffman, Madhavi Kennedy, and Katie Kerner!