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Good Tuesday morning to all.  Sorry for the slightly misleading headline today; this is by no means a news bulletin!

That said, this morning's announcement that an agreement was reached between Iran and the US, Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China is big stuff indeed.  This has been underway for something close to ten years, from conception to agreement, and will now pave the way for economic sanctions against Iran to be lifted, since they have now committed to curtailing their nuclear weapons program.  And apparently this is all subject to verification first, which means that Iran has to do what they've agreed to before these sanctions will be removed.  Time will tell is this measure is useful, successful and wise, or none of these.

I'm sure Donald Trump will have an opinion on this.  Heaven knows that he's expressed himself on nearly everything else, and, despite his bluster, is polling well among likely Republican voters.

Did you see that over the weekend, David Letterman joined fellow comics Steve Martin and Martin Short for a stage show in Texas, and Letterman did so specifically to deliver one of his "Top Ten" lists on Trump?  Nice bit of satire there.

Speaking of Letterman, I happened to see his CBS replacement, Stephen Colbert, on Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee" over the weekend.  Devastatingly funny together.  Also watched one where Jerry and his longtime "Seinfeld" costar Julia Louis-Dreyfus appeared together.  Very funny as well.  If you're interested, the free internet channel Crackle is where these can be seen.  If you have a Roku, Apple TV or other streaming box for your TV, it's worth the few minutes to set up an account to see these!

Today's the day of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, to be played in Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park.  Let's all hope for good weather, as tonight's forecast is calling for a 50-50 chance of scattered thunderstorms.  Last night's Home Run Derby did not disappoint and was held in surprisingly good weather.  The event produced large quantities of homers by most participants (not surprising, since the ball really flies out of there during warm, humid weather) and was won by Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds.  Yes, it took about two-and-a-half hours for the entire event, but I know from watching in past years that it seemed to move a bit quicker than usual nonetheless.

We all have stuff that stops working, and right now my two nemeses are the refrigerator ice maker and the garage door opener.  The ice maker seems to have lost all sense of control, as it continues making ice even when the bin is full (just try opening that thing up when it's heaping over with ice and the drive is jammed).  Lately it's better, but it got stuck four or five times leading up to the July 4th holiday.

The other odd thing is our garage door opener.  I think this might be a requirement for newer models, but mine has the sensors at the bottom that will prevent it from closing if anything appears to be in the path of the door.  And if one of those sensors is out of place, the door will behave as though something is obstructing it and it won't close.  This has happened a couple of times of late, of course, just when we're ready to go somewhere.  I've spent quite a bit of time on my knees getting these sensors lined up (one sensor blinks if it's not a good connection, so you have to finagle it until you get a solid red light on it) and it appears to be better.  My wife reported this to me while I was away at meetings last Friday and said that the sensor box was lying on the ground, so it had either worked its way off of its mount or had been kicked or brushed against at some point (we had a lot of company recently).  Anyway, if it acts up again, I suppose a service call will be needed.

Not much else to report from this location.  Summer rains are a strange phenomenon to this part of the country, and I compulsively apologize to those close to me in California, where they can't buy a fraction of the rainfall we're currently receiving.  But there are still plenty of hot, humid days and more ahead.


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