Garry and I — and I think Owen, too — have some kind of stomach bug. In a way, I’m glad because I thought it was just my body behaving badly. But when all three of our bodies behave the same way, it’s probably a bug.
Speaking of bugs, we have been massively attacked by mosquitoes. In addition to my stomach doing flipflops, I have mosquito bites all over my ankles and arms. I tend to scratch in my sleep, so I try to get the itching down to a low level before bed so I won’t wake up bleeding.
The mosquito invasion is no doubt due to the rain. Although the only standing water near us is several acres deep in our woods, it’s all wetlands back there, the natural breeding ground for mosquitoes and a lot of other bugs.
But, you ask, how do they get in the house?
I’m pretty sure a lot of them come with Duke through the doggy door. I swear they are lurking near the doors and whenever anyone goes in or out, about half a million flying jaws come too. It feels like we are living in a rain forest.
Everything is sodden. A friend pointed out that “at least this year everything is green, unlike the past few years when by August, everything was burned out and brown.” That is true, but I have never seen weeds like we have this year. It really LOOKS like a rain forest and I’m pretty sure George of the Jungle would feel very much at home in our backyard.
On an positive note, our flowerboxes have attracted ruby-throated hummingbirds. They started showing up a few days ago and now, every time I look out of the kitchen winder (my best view of the flowerboxes), a few hummingbirds are sucking juice out of the pansies and petunias. I haven’t gotten a picture because by the time I get to the dining room and grab a camera, they have moved on.
I don’t keep cameras in the kitchen, so I may never get a picture of them. It’s still nice to see them. They are lured to red, magenta, and pink flowers. I’ve had them land on me when I was wearing a magenta bathing suit — which was very startling. I thought it was a dragonfly and felt really stupid when I realized it had been a hummingbird.
These little ones are unafraid of anything — and they are so tiny!
Restrictions are being lifted all over the world. Do you feel it’s safe to go out and mingle in crowds in light of the Pandemic?
This assumes I want to mingle in crowds, with or without a pandemic. I’ve never liked crowds. I have always avoided them when I could. Out here in the exurbs, it’s pretty hard to even find a crowd — unless you could come up with the money to go to that last Billy Joel concert at Fenway Park — which isn’t local, but it was Billy Joel. Had the price been a little lower — like $100 a ticket rather than closer to $200 — I might have tried to somehow get tickets.
I remember when getting tickets to shows on Broadway didn’t require you be wealthy. If you were in the city and it was a matinee day, you could get “SRO” tickets for a few dollars. Now, here in Boston, ANY ticket to ANY show in ANY theater cost at least $150 and that’s an inexpensive ticket. Most of them cost more. Much more.
So, to get back to the original question, at these prices, I’ve not even been tempted. And while I believe the vaccination has me pretty well protected, other than a little shopping for groceries — and a short trip to Caroline’s Cannabis shop for a chocolate bar — where I did not wear a mask (though I thought about it) — and my doctor where I did (no choice) wear a mask — I simply haven’t gone anywhere.
Obama forgot to send our invitations, so we missed the big party on the Vineyard.
What are some things that are okay to do occasionally, but definitely not okay to do every day?
Getting high and eating junk food. I’d add drinking, but we don’t drink. Garry hasn’t touched alcohol in 15 years and I never liked booze. I was, I admit, more of a doper — but I didn’t do that every day even back in those good old days. If you do drugs all the time, they stop being effective. I think this is also true of other medications — pain and sleep meds, for example. If you take the same ones all the time, they begin to have less effect.
Would you relocate for love (romantic or otherwise)?
I’ve never been given that choice. I think a primary reason I went to Israel was that I wanted to live somewhere other than Long Island. I needed a heavy dose of culture shock.
Do you believe in any conspiracy theories (no judgment)?
Not really. I have my own theories. Also, I think there’s much more we don’t know about current events than we’ve are able to learn as “civilians.” Part of that is from following Garry’s career and realizing how much he knew that he was not allowed to use on the air.
The approach taken to news has a lot to do with a particular station or newspaper. Despite movies to the contrary, reporters do not get to go out and “do their own thing.” They may want a particular assignment and lobby for it. Sometimes they get to do it. Frequently, they don’t.
On your own blog, you can do whatever you like. It’s your site. You are in charge — which is one of the things I like about blogging. When you work for an organization — a corporate entity — you are required to fulfill assignments and these are based on what’s going on (what kind of “news day” it is) — and whether or not the station for which you work has a point of view to which you are required to adhere.
There was a time — a very brief time — when there was more freedom, but those days are over. I think newspaper journalists get to put more depth into their work because the medium allows it. TV or radio journalists are very time-constrained. Some stations are better (from a reporter’s point of view) than others, but it varies a lot from one station to another.
As for me, I always assume that what I don’t know about anything inevitably exceeds what I do know. That’s not a conspiracy theory. It’s just recognizing that we may think we know everything, but unless we were there (and even if we were), we probably don’t.