Thursday, July 22, 2021

Thursday Rambles - Mid Summer Edition


The Tour de France finished in Paris last Sunday.  Finishing three wonderful weeks of watching the beautiful French countryside. My ex worked for a road construction company, that was bought by a French company. The first time I was in Paris, in the dying year of that relationship, we went to visit the company headquarters in Paris.  

The Olympics, delayed a year, will be starting in Japan this week.  Lots of things to see and enjoy.  Japan is still on the list of places I want to visit.  

I ran across the Simon Says above in a toy shop.  When I was in my teens, someone - I think it was my sister - bought me one of those for Christmas one year.  As I recall the lights and beeps vary in pattern, and the goal is to repeat the pattern, sort of a test of short term memory.  It is interesting the toys that persist or are brought back into production.  

I have been going to the pool often.  I started during my week off earlier this month.  I limit myself to 30-45 minutes, some swimming, some just floating mindlessly.  I was laying there recently watching the clouds roll by, and realized it has been decades since I have laid back and watched the clouds roll by on a warm summer afternoon.  We should do that more often.  My father use to love flying through the edges and tops of the clouds.  He called it poking holes in the sky.

I am settling into going to the office three days a week, working from home two days a week.  I have become spoiled working at home, and having two computers running side by side.  One for the video call, the second one to take notes, or edit documents, or do a quick search for resources.  I am seriously thinking about buying a second computer for my office (the office won't issue two computers, I have asked.) 

The person who won some kind of a bidding war, to get a seat next to Jeff Bazos on the Origin Blue flight into near space, had to cancel because of a schedule conflict.  What kind of a scheduled conflict would justify cancelling the opportunity to travel to 330,000 feet at several times the speed of sound? The seat was snapped up for an 18 year old from the Netherlands, whose father reportedly paid the bill. It must have been some really hard to get doctors appointment for me to cancel an adventure like that.   

Time flies, how can it be late July already?
 


15 comments:

  1. The Japan Olympics are still up in the air. Maybe not the best idea to have gone ahead this year. I had to think for a bit and then I did remember that SIMON game. I don’t think I ever played it myself. My favorite thing to do in a pool is to lie on my back on one of those foam rubber floats — for hours.

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  2. I, too, keep hearing they may yet cancel the Olympics because people, athletes and such, are testing positive.

    That said, I need a cloud watch ....

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    1. I am not sure this is a good summer of the Olympics

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  3. I had a Simon game. And I think I got it for Christmas one year. I haven't been to the pool once this year. Your post has given me the urge to give it a shot. I must just go this afternoon. I cannot believe August is just around the corner.

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    1. Some days we need to lay back and watch the sky

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  4. I watched the final stage of the Tour de France on ABC too and thought to myself, "I bet David is watching this right now too!"

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    1. Yes, I saw at least part of all 21 stages this year.

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  5. I've been asking myself the same thing about late July. Where has the time gone.

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    1. I woke early this morning, and sunrise is later than it had been, I went back to sleep for another hour or so.

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  6. Oh, I love masturbatory games! You know, Simon, Solitaire any games played by oneself. I don't have the attention span for Simon anymore.
    Maybe the person who canceled suddenly realized he'd be sitting next to Bezos and thought "Nah!".

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    1. Thanks for the giggle, I am in a Zoom department meeting, and they are wondering why I am laughing

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  7. Scheduled conflict? More like a COVID positive test in my opinion. I spend quite a bit of time cloud watching and wave watching. I do like the phrase 'poking holes is the sky'.

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    1. More to the schedule conflict than we will every know.

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  8. Never mind summer. Bring on Halloween !

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