What a year this has been.
I mean, I know it is not over yet, at least not as of my writing this. But, and I may be jinxing myself here, I have to wonder how much worse it could possibly get.
There was the Corona Virus, or Covid-19, there was the general handling of it on a national level, there was the presidential election and the subsequent temper-tantrum that the outgoing president had at his loss. I have lost four people I know personally to Covid and one to cancer, all of which I considered good friends, and almost a year ago I lost my father-in-law to cancer.
Add to that a situation where a close relative, by marriage, is (in my humble opinion) being duped into selling her house and everything she owns to run across the country to marry a person she has never met and and is probably going to be seriously broken when she realizes that she has lost everything to a scam… but will not listen to anyone that is telling her this. That being said… Maybe I am wrong and this is not what it seems. Maybe there is some knight in shining armor waiting to buy her whatever she wants. We shall see. I do not wish ill will on anyone, but I do believe that we learn the best lessons from our trips and falls.
All this has really caused me to reassess things in my life. Look at things a little differently. Anyone that follows me on FB will notice that I have been removing my pictures and posts from the site. I will be closing the FB account down within the next year or so. But I think that a.) I will be the better for it in the long run, since people only seem to use FB to post useless crap anyway, these days. And b.) Looking at the general engagement of the people on my ‘friends’ list, I am not sure anyone on there will miss me anyway. My philosophy is that if you have my number, you know how to reach me. If I want to stay in touch, I will make sure you have the information to do so.
I am also working hard to get us moved to Idaho, as any of my regular readers will have read in a previous post or two. There just does not seem to be anything left in California for me, or my family, anymore. It’s time to move on while the options are there for me, and what better place than Idaho. From everything I have seen it is the closest thing to what I would consider ‘G-d’s Country’ that I have seen and the politics there are in line with what I believe. So it’s a win-win.
Even this Thanksgiving is going to be different this year. My wife and I are taking our boy to Morro Bay for the holiday and spending it there. It will be a new experience for us. The last time Naty and I spent T-Day out of town was in 1992, and our Thanksgiving Day dinner was at Lyon’s Restaurant on the coast.
I am hoping that 2021 will be better than this last year. I am hesitant to ask the obligatory, ‘How much worse can it get?’ for fear of evoking the wrath of some ‘Loki-esque’ spectre that will strive to prove to me how much worse it CAN get.
Thank you for reading and I hope all of you reading this are happy, safe and healthy.