We all know the jokes about cops and donuts, right? Some have laughingly called it ‘brain food’ for cops and if you ever need a cop, just call the local ‘Dunkin’ … Speaking as a retired Chief of Police, in today’s world I think you would find that, most of the time, the cop-donut connection is more hyperbole than fact. Today, though, a donut made me smarter… to be exact it was a cream stick, not a donut – as in the round pastry with the hole in the middle supposedly first made when the ship’s captain shoved it over the handle on the ship’s wheel while he corrected his course. So, ‘How did a cream stick really make me smarter?’ you ask? I am pleased you asked, otherwise, this would be a very short article! I have been very conscientious about what I eat and how much of it as I work to get back into some kind of shape other than that of a Tootsie-Pop! In fact, it has probably been a half-dozen months since my last glazed pastry!
Today, I was all set to take on the tasks before me. Normally, each day I begin very early in the morning with my daily Bible reading. Today, I had enjoyed my quiet time and after a shower and completing my pre-carpe diem grooming I was all set to face the day. However, my son arrived bearing a gift of a sweet cream stick. The reader should note that my son is a full time police officer. Obviously, I had two choices. I could either step out into the day and get my errands started or I could kick back and relax and enjoy the cream stick. I chose the latter and nothing goes better with a cream stick than a hot cup of coffee and the most recent copy of the Weekly Standard. In the Standard were articles by Fred Barnes and Lee Smith on Castro and the Cuba of the 1980’s. I learned about Jesse Jackson’s glad-handing with Castro and how Castro played him like a steel drum at a Caribbean beach party during the time when Jackson was seeking the Democratic nomination for president I also learned the story of Reinaldo Arenas. Great information that is worthwhile to know in understanding the history of Castro’s Cuba, Reagan and the U.S. during the 80’s; none of which would I have understood so well without the cream stick!