|I started out in fog.|
After it lifted, smoke from distant fires kept things hazy
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I don’t know why I haven’t been blogging except that I have been busy. I could be grading papers now, but its Thanksgiving and I decided that can wait till tomorrow. There’s a lot for which I am thankful. I am enjoying life and my daughter is home for the holiday. It’s been wonderful talking to her. Unlike much of the year, I am healthy and can once again take long walks. Of course, there are still a number of things eating at me. I haven’t caught up from Hurricane Matthew’s interruption and as a reminder, there is still a log pile and a pile of brush in my front yard waiting pickup. They say it might be next year… And I am blessed as to having been able to sail on three occasions and last Friday took the first long kayak paddle since the summer. And since I’m bragging as I give thanks, I should mention that last Sunday evening I decided to go swimming at the gym (I normally don’t go to the gym on Sunday and if I want exercise will either walk or bike). For the first time in eight years, I swam a mile without stopping! And then there are the Cubs. As the Pirates couldn’t make the World Series, I enjoyed watching the Cubs.
Of course, there are things with which I’m not happy. I am proud to be able to boast that I have yet to watch a reality TV show. But I'm not proud to realize that I am living in one. I tried my best to avoid dealing with the elections on social media and didn’t blog at all about it. I wasn’t very pleased with my options. The decision, from my point of view, was between a tired brand who has made some bad decisions and wasn’t always forthcoming with the truth (Clinton) and a demagogue (Trump). At one point, I thought I might vote for Johnson. I enjoyed the humor he brought to the campaign and wish he could have joined the debates. They might have covered some real issues. But his seeming lack of knowledge about anything beyond our borders (not being able to name a single foreign leader and thinking Aleppo was some kind of acronym) caused me to sour on him. So, in the end, I voted with the majority and lost. Yesterday, we learned that Amway’s first lady, Betsy DeVos will be the education secretary. Her most qualifying attribute appears to have been funding private school systems while the public schools in her home town of Grand Rapids are so bad. Well, under her tutelage, I’m sure America schools will graduate excellent Amway sales personnel. We’ll no longer have to go to Egypt to see pyramids. Well, there is a lot more I could complain about, so maybe I better sign off.
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Instead of a turkey, we did ham. And instead of pies, we had banana pudding. And we ate on the back deck, wearing short-sleeves! The rest of the day I spent reading and taking a long walk. Did I say that I was thankful to be able to walk again?