The holiday, of course, also means that Omaha will be blessed with that ancient tradition of blowing one's fingers off with fireworks all over the place. I will confess that it IS sort of fun to sit on the front porch and watch the rockets fly up and go "boom" all around you. Having spent too much time dealing with only partially safe pyrotechnics for the stage, I do NOT choose to indulge. I like my fingers just as they are and, considering some of the stupid stuff that I have done for productions, I have little interest in taking those sorts of chances at my current age. So, I'll enjoy watching other people spend THEIR money to take a chance on removing their fingers while terrorizing local dogs, veterans, small children and their wives.
The other day, I saw an article in our local paper about how some history museums (including the local Durham Museum) were collecting stuff to commemorate the reaction to the COVID pandemic. It included a reference to a piece by Savannah Savick, who imagined how Bill Nye the Science Guy is probably reacting to the current ignorance of and downright ignoring of science during the pandemic. I was taken by this, so I copied it to include in this post.
On the other hand, perhaps my favorite quote from Robert A. Heinlein is captured in the following and seems applicable, especially to pandemic deniers:
As I think I've said before, I've been doing a lot of reading while staying home for the past few months. That reminded me of this sign.
Of course, I have enjoyed "getting together" with the others in the Omaha Sherlockian Society via Zoom, which I will admit isn't quite as much fun as our "face to face" meetings, but the Zoom "meetings" have been (and I expect will continue to be) interesting and enjoyable.
Speaking of the O.S.S., we have generally used name badges when we meet face to face, as there are, sometimes, new members and we don't all really know each other all that well. Zoom fills that in for us, so they aren't needed when we "meet" that way. In any case, when I ran across this picture of a name badge, I was quite amused.
Well, I suppose that I've pursued this line of thinking about as far as it's worth going at the moment, so I'll wrap this up. Still, I can't resist including one more which I found worthy of considerable thought. Maybe some will think it worthy of a moment, or more, of reflection.
People are fallible, but sometimes their ideas are pretty good, even if those idea require some reinterpretation over time. I think that's worth celebrating.
Have a great Fourth!
I'll be back in a couple of weeks...