Thankfully, the local YMCA has not yet had to re-close due to “the new variant,” so I/we can get to Aquasize classes and “Water Walking” which are good for my arthritic right knee, my “rebuilt” left one, and (probably) my general well being. Bonnie often comes with me, but she gets “out” more than I do with trips to the store and, occasionally, to small “gabberings” with carefully selected friends. The local “Sherlockian” group I belong to has confined itself to Zoom meetings and I have not even been to bookstores much, although I did get out to shop a little for Bonnie’s birthday and some Christmas stuff. Still, I admit that I’m tired of not getting out much, even if I am, by nature, something of a hermit, as least as long as I have a book to read. I should hasten to note that we HAD been able to get together with Maggi and Brian every so often, but, they visited with Brian’s family in St. Louis over Christmas and ended up with Maggi coming down with COVID, then (a few days later) Brian got it. It has taken them longer than anyone hoped to get well. However, they both work (primarily) from home. I’m happy to say, though, that they are finally both “negative” at this point. Still, all of us are quite conscious of the fact that we are all still at some risk, even though we are all immunized and boosted, etc. This means we have spoken and texted with them, but we haven’t actually seen them since before Xmas. Still, we find ways to keep busy, although that varies a good bit.
Probably the most consistent thing I do is to read the newspaper in the morning. I think it’s important to support the local paper because it reports on stuff which even the local TV news doesn’t, and also includes the COMICS. That’s where I get a lot of the material I use in this blog, so I’ve been collecting odd bits and pieces from a variety of sources which relate to surviving the current “plague,” and have derived considerable humor from doing so. Here’s a very true sample from Thatababy:
Zoom has become such an established part of so many people’s lives that it amazes me. When you consider that a couple of years ago most people had never heard of it, or programs like it, I now wonder how we got along without it, although I know a lot of people (of ALL ages) who would have been perfectly happy never to have heard of it. Still, as annoying as it may be at times, it seems to have made a considerable difference in both the business AND educational worlds. As previously mentioned, my Sherlock group has been meeting on Zoom for longer than most of us wish and, when I got drafted into becoming a minister and officiating at Maggi and Brian’s wedding, we “broadcast” that ceremony on Zoom for friends and family who couldn’t travel due to COVID. So Zoom HAS become a significant part of many people’s lives in a variety of ways, but it CAN still be a source of humor, as shown in this cover of The New Yorker magazine from about a year ago.
By the way, the “Day the Music Died” is/was Feb. 3, a day that made Don McLean rich, but a sad day for those of us who still remember the actual event.
Also, Valentine's Day is coming, on the 14th. I hope you can spend at least part of it (safely) with someone(s) you love.
I’ll be back in a while,
“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic; capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” ―Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows