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That was several days ago, driving around on the island. The following day was hazy, and about as hot-and-humid as it gets out here. It felt like July.
The day after that was grey, cool, April-like. Time is jerking me around.
And the end of this summer is definitely... jerky. I mentioned above the semi-contradictory feelings I have about resuming NYC life, but that's just a small part of what's been happening. COVID is in full bloom again, thanks soooo much to the IDIOT anti-mask/anti-vaccine bozos. I got my third vaccine dose yesterday. This time they recognized that I'm in an "at-risk" group, yay! But it wasn't even the delta variant-fueled story of COVID that has done the primary jerking. Here's a digest of what I wrote to several good friends a few weeks ago:
Columbus Indiana, where I grew up, is a relatively affluent community, but their hospital is just a disaster area. My sister and I have had problems with them through the years. Anyhow, my dad had to go in for some minor surgery, and we thought "ok, I guess they can handle it". While in the hospital(!), my dad contracted COVID-19. Jeez. So far he's doing well. We're in a bit of a battle to keep the hospital from sending him home, though, before he isn't infectious because my mom is very much 'at risk' (she has some on-going respiratory problems). brad PS: The Columbus Hospital doesn't require vaccines of their doctors or staff. I can't blame this on them, though -- because they are a county hospital, they are a 'governmental unit'. In their grand and infinite wisdom, the Indiana Legislature has prohibited 'governmental units' from enacting vaccine requirements. Stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, IGNORANT people.
There's a lot more I can say, and eventually I probably will, but right now I can't talk much about this whole thing without resorting to profanity. Brenda and John were out here visiting last weekend, and we took a trip up to the northern -- much more politically conservative -- part of Whidbey. Right in the middle of Oak Harbor they were holding an anti-mask rally. Fortunately I didn't jump out of the car to express my feelings about these ABSOLUTE AND UTTER MORONS, or I probably would have wound up in jail. I simply cannot understand these people. What's wrong with them?!?
So much more has been happening, and not all bad. We had a marvelous visit with nephew Stefan and niece-in-law Alison. Shai and Naomi have been an on-going joy. And (as I mentioned above) Brenda and John managed to get here for a wonderful and much-needed visit, despite a severe flight delay (they were short-staffed for a flight crew!). I seem to be somewhat prepared for the coming school term, if in fact we have a coming school term! I go back to NYC in two weeks.
I'll start to get writing here again, because somehow I think I should. We've started classes, full-on contact (with masks and vaccines), at Columbia, so I'm back in New York. There are a LOT of people in the world. I'm a bit freaked-out.
I went to Indiana at the end of August after Brenda had left to help get Dad home and situated; all is returning to "normal" now.
Tomorrow we fly to Helsinki, finally to see Daniel again!!!!
This past weekend I went down to Roosevelt to see the Ellentucks and friends, Also terrific.
I miss Jill and the family so much!
Classes are going well. I wish I were more enthused about them.
Why am I not enthused? That's a question I will probably answer here some day. Next week I'm going in to negotiate (yeah...) my retirement with Columbia. A lot of my "weirdness" in some of the posts here have to do with it. We'll see how things go.