Way back when I was a child, my grandmother impressed on me to be seen not heard, and to listen more than I speak. I haven't done a good job of heading her sage advice. I sometimes cast a large shadow, sometimes I want to shrink into the background and be unseen.
Where have I been? The office, home and the farmers market. No place special.
Where am I going? I made travel plans to speak at a conference in Boston in late October. I hope the weather is nice, I have not had good luck with trying to spend time in Boston. I am not sure what all is going on in Boston that weekend but hotel prices are outrageous - a record for me - and not a super over the top hotel. But I want to be there. It is a group I want to support, we have friends we should visit, and I would like to spend time in the area. I have dead relatives there.
When is the kitchen remodel going to start? Thursday! Yea!
Who have I seen? Just the usual.
What have I been watching? One of the 6 local public broadcasting stations, yes six, is playing the English Landscape Painter of The Year competition. The show runs about 45 minutes, they bring in half a dozen artists and have them paint a scene, select a winner for the day, and at the end the daily winners face off again. Reality TV with an artistic flair. We started with 2015 or 2016 and are moving through the series with one show each day. Sometimes I agree with the judges, sometimes I don't. It is fun and diverting.
Who Deserves a Slap? DeSantis and his disciples in Florida. Censorship, imposition of his values, cultural genocide that will result in death for people like me. On a scale of 1 to 5, about 5,000 slaps.
What can I do about Florida? For starters I will not travel to and spend money in Florida. Remember tourist dollars keep Florida green, hit them where it hurts. If they want to be a racist haven, let them be self supporting. Second, I have had a real estate brokers license in Florida since 1980. I have paid to keep it current since I left there in 1995. It is up for renewal this fall, and I am not paying Florida $75 to renew it. I will use the political motive to justify it, but realistically I am never going to live or work there again. The odds of me falling into an opportunity to make money with it again are near nill. It is time to give it up. Time for me to become a retired real estate broker in Florida.
What have I been eating? I recently made a lasagna without tomato sauce. J's digestion has become sensitive to tomatoes, so extra layers of cheese, veggies, and ricotta. It lasted three days.
What is happening over the next couple of weeks? A couple of three day weekends, I need to take a day off this week - Friday makes a three day weekend for my birthday. And then labor day is coming up. The colonial fair at Mt Vernon is in September, if the weather is nice that is great fun.
Till next W.