Richard's Poor Almanac by Richard Thompson for April 11, 2011
TEDDY ROOSEVELT BUILT A TREEHOUSE IN A CHERRY TREE ON THE TIDAL BASIN THAT WAS USED AS A PRESIDENTIAL RETREAT UP through the nixon years. nixon: uh-oh. enemies. nor girls or jews the official peak blossom date is secretly controlled by executives of the rand corporation, halliburton and nbc-4 weatherman bob ryan. exec 1: may 20th. bob: july 6th exec 2: i say we skip it entirely this year. on that day, kitsch-starved tourists arrive by the billions, hoping for just a glimpse of the pale, fragile blossoms. oop: there's one! tourist 1: sakura tourist 2: shut up! here's a tip for first-time visitors: cherry blossoms make a tasty & nutritious cole slaw! so when you go down to the tidal basin, bring along the mayonnaise! woman: mmmm-yummy! hey - where'd you get the pancakes?