It is hard for me to imagine that it has been as long as one-hundred and forty-one days and that it has only been a bit over a quarter of a year. We knew it would be a long wait, but a few quarters did not appear that hard until you live them. Now, there are so many people and businesses without any means of support as their part of the economy is just turned-off. I am not talking about the switch of purchasing to digital sources from brick-and-mortar stores, but things like the medieval re-actors and artisan making all those craft makers that are now missing all those festivals. How about the horse barns not able to give riding lessons, they are missing their summer. We have lost the plays and musicals that would be starting rehearsals now in the heat of August to be ready in the Fall. Again, it is a small amount of time to be lost, but let us hope that it is not as Shakespeare said, “it is enough.”
Let us hope for a better second act instead! Indeed, I am hoping for Midsummer Night’s Dream, as it is that time of year, and we do not need any more tragedies. With the election coming and all of the protesting and all the angry people (masks, no masks) and folks losing their jobs, it is time for maybe a note from the author. Let’s recall what Puck has for us on the Midsummer Night:
If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber’d here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
if you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to ‘scape the serpent’s tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.
Returning to today, I slept in this morning. I watched the church service video once I was up, it was better today. I did skip the hymns and readings.
Mariah sent me a text, but I was asleep. We connected later in the morning. Susie was up and dressed before 11AM! So we headed off to Cedar Hills McMenamins for lunch. We watched the splashdown of the Dragon capsule on my iPhone. It was fun to join the world watching. We had a friendly chat sitting outside and having a few beers.
Mariah went off to go tubing in a river.
We headed back to the house. I did some more Python coding and reading about how neural networks are now implemented in Python routines. I also did some writing for “Howard’s Lockdown.”
I have to admit I took a few naps too, and I have been reading Lovecraft Country. I understand it is an HBO series also. The last book I read like this was American Gods, and I only sort of liked it and I never saw the show. But, I love these new takes on the Lovecraft Mythos. This new book, Lovecraft Country, is from the 1950s point of view of black men and women. This new book includes an interesting take on what it was like to travel in the USA as a black person in the 1950s. So far, I like the story. I am just getting to the Mythos part. More to follow.
So today was the classics, Python, and beer.
I have been watching Paul Hollywood bake show, they are great. Michelle Smith suggested it to help get through all of this: Paul Hollywood City Bakes.
More than four-hundred sixty people living in the USA are reported to have died today from the virus.
There was an Islamic event this Friday, and so we will go with O Allah, I stood before You (Eng Subs).