10th September 2017

Wind and rain and drama on the air

Too much intensity. Cable news networks, when they have a story with a bit of drama, build the tone up to melodrama. I’m overdosed on hurricane coverage, in particular. So much wind and rain, OK. So much “look at me, I’m tethered to a rail and I’m watching that wind and rain”; hard to stay interested. Thankfully there was curling on for a bit, followed by Pitch Perfect. Yes, I’d already seen the movie, but after a third or fourth time I look beyond the story line and watch for gadgetry. Like a radio station that uses CDs but has the staff refiling row after row of vinyl. Don’t let the absence of turntables interfere with the pleasure, OK?

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27th August 2017

Stream found on Periscope

Day two of “max crowd”; we had enough of everything to get through the morning, and the beach was held in reserve for the afternoon. Funny how a house can go from full to reserve in a matter of minutes. I had no urge to sit in the sand for the afternoon, so they brought home photos of the infrastructure efforts.

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8th August 2017

She did just fine

Here on the Island, we take our evening news seriously. The on-air personalities are famous, and when the two main faces decided to retire several months back, there was a lot of trepidation. The new “chair” started work this evening; we can all go back to living on the edge of our couches, waiting for the latest stories. She did just fine.

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31st July 2017

Abrupt departures

Last week, after the abrupt departure of a Chief of Staff (you know where), someone posted the disingenuous remark on social media about resemblances; in this case between the former reality show and the current one. As in, “tune in next Friday, to see who got fired”.

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28th July 2017

Waiting for the story to wrap

This morning, I washed and dried a sweatshirt. Finding the cord that cinches the hood, out completely, showed that agitation does a “number” on things. The cord is back in place, but next time around I’ll secure the ends in a friendly knot.

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21st July 2017

The news will be less spicey (sic)

Great weather, eh! For those fresh off the bridge, ready to survey the quality of our beaches, perhaps. Meanwhile, anyone with a stake in greenery is ready to learn one of those rain dances. Here we are, three weeks into the month. According to my rain gauge, the total accumulation for the period is 12.6 mm. Less than a half an inch, for the Imperialists out there. Sure, we have a hose to take up the slack in the garden beds, but for the potato people, this is not “great weather”. At all.

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18th July 2017

Shake the ziggurat

The extended version of my family grew a little, overnight. Another “grandie” on the tree. There’s enough of them, now, that I can start planning that baseball team I’ve (never) wanted. Given that family reunions are rare, in my circle (the last one dates back to 2005 and only included a segment of that circle), I doubt we’ll actually lob any softballs, but the possibility is there. In any case, welcome to the newest member (and all those who joined before; I realize that I didn’t give you mention at the time).

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1st July 2017

A concert AND fireworks

When the idea was pitched, almost a year ago, I was far from convinced. The idea of presenting a concert, with nationally acclaimed performers, seemed like a good, if perhaps impractical plan. Tonight, we attended that concert, and it was a success by all measures.

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24th June 2017

Self-imposed emergencies

Sometime, early this morning, the door to the deck blew open. Just a little. The wind and the rain came in. Just a little. That towel that we place near the door, to wipe the dog’s feet came in really handy. He rarely gets into the mud, but the intemperate weather, on the other hand.

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7th June 2017

Back in time with Friends

Do you ever wish you could go back in time? Check to see how things were, with old friends, back in the day? What about Friends? This afternoon, thanks to the power of the web, I returned to 1994. Watched the pilot episode of Friends.

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