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Editor’s Notebook: Who’s on the ‘vax-cation’ bandwagon?

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Much as it pains me to buy into trendy wordsmanship, I must say the newly minted concept of “vax-cation” has some appeal.

Apparently the simple definition is that, once people have their vaccinations and have acquired a decent degree of immunity, they’re deciding they are safe, and pose such a minimal threat to others, that they can get out and see the country … despite the bleatings of the public-health crowd, led by our nation’s favorite Napoleon-sized purveyor of finger-wagging negativity, Dr. Anthony “The Pandemic Isn’t Over Until I Say It’s Over” Fauci.

(If it is true that shorties universally tend toward dictatorial tendencies as compensation, I might as well plead guilty myself, your honor.)

Being young (or at least, not old) and relatively healthy, yours truly still has a way to go before my place in the vaccination line comes up. But once it does, it will be time to start thinking about where to go to get out of the local area for the first time since January 2020.


I’m leaning decidedly toward trashy locales – the likes of Myrtle Beach, Panama City, Pigeon Forge – just because it will be a lot of fun. But we’ll see.

And indeed, the world does seem to be getting back to life, kind of. The Arlington Optimist Club has invited me to be a speaker at its April 21 meeting, which is slated to be in-person. (The Optimist Club previously had held in-person meetings, under public-health restrictions, back when the guv’ner allowed interior gatherings of 25 or more. When His Excellency cut it to 10, the club went back to online, but starting April 1 I think the limit is upped to 50.)

CAN’T WIN ’EM ALL: I have a great deal of admiration for the skills of the Arlington County Democratic Committee’s get-out-the-vote apparatus, which is the definition of a well-oiled machine if there ever was one. If not the best in the nation (and it could well be), definitely the best in Virginia.

But the committee doesn’t win them all, and its efforts on behalf of the Democratic candidate for a special election for state Senate on Tuesday ended up with the Democrat losing by a substantial margin.

It was indeed a heavily Republican downstate district, so there’s no sin in falling short in that one. With special elections, it never hurts to roll the dice and see what happens.

RHYME TIME: I am not really following the races in either party for lieutenant governor, but every time I hear the name Sean Perryman, who is seeking the nod on the Democratic side, I think of the name “Perryman” as in Perryman Funeral Home from “WKRP in Cincinnati.”

Go ahead, click below. You will have that jingle stuck in your head for the rest of the day, but it will be worth it!

  • Scott McCaffrey
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