Nancy Anne

Kansas City Walkway

Anne didn’t sleep well last night, because she had had a bad dream. She was Nancy Pelosi and the Capitol insurrectionists had captured her and were holding her prisoner. They even took away her warm winter coat and she was cold. [Probably at this point, the known bedding terrorist, Mark had rolled over taking the covers with him.] Anyway, they had her sitting on the floor, seated on an American flag. Anne asked if it would be alright if she wrapped the flag around her shoulders, instead of sitting on it. That would be more respectful of it. The deplorables okayed that. Then entering her teacher mode, she tried to reach out to them and engage them in conversation. She asked them how many states had they visited and told them that she has been in thirty-seven. At this point, she had about had it with this MAGA crowd and and decided to wake up. Which she did and then went to the bathroom, but had trouble falling asleep again after.

Hopefully, I’ve gotten the particulars of her dream right, but I’m not going to have her proof this post, just to be sure. You know that it has got to be a slow news day, when I lead with one of Anne’s dreams. We’ll get out today for a walk. We’ve missed the past two days and it is supposed to rain tomorrow. So, today is the day. In other news, Missouri is 49th with vaccinations, beating only Nevada, but heck we have Josh Hawley instead. Even Alabama is doing better.

If we were vaccinated, we could do so much more and I could then blog about it. I understand that a vaccine isn’t a panacea. We would still have to wear masks and there are some thing that I still wouldn’t do, like go to the theater, or a crowded bar. But a quiet hole-in-the-wall bar, at say three in the afternoon, I think that that would be alright. We could go places and do things again. The zoo should be fine, especially if you always stay outside. I think that if we were careful, we could even swing a trip, at least a road trip. I’d like to visit my dad first, but there are lots of other places to visit too, but first we need to get some needles in our arms and get rid of Josh Hawley.

Conversations

City of Saint Louis Flag

Two conversations, one face-to-face, the other via Zoom. We met Bob for lunch. It was warm enough to eat outside. With the aid of two space heaters, it was sometimes too warm, but then that old north wind would come whipping around the corner, just let you know that it is still January. He picked a good day to visit.

He had come to town on business and called on Pfizer. The site that he had visited doesn’t make the vaccine per se, but they do make the plasma construct in which the vaccine is suspended. The facility was on high alert after one day a man emptied his shotgun into the air, from their parking lot. They called the cops, but he was gone before they arrived. The police asked if they had gotten his license, but were told that no way was anyone going anywhere near him.

We had eaten so much for lunch that we skipped dinner and ended up snacking on carrots and humus during our Zoom call. King Corwin, king of cuteness was the star, but Becca and Rey did most of the talking. Anne and Becca knitted and during the meeting. Anne was making mitts and Becca a cap for Corwin.

With Bob we caught up on news of our respective families, but the topic of Dave’s pending nuptials was an important topic in both conversations. Another common topic was what did you do during the pandemic. Other than not much, we went to the cabin and everyone else just worked from home. We tried to make plans for this year, but with all of the uncertainty surrounding the vaccine that was hard to do. We’ll have to wait to see what this new year brings for us.

Well, I think that this is enough writing, without really saying anything. These were private conversations and I don’t care to disclose anymore details from them. They were both great events and I relished having them, but suffice to say, I’m looking forward to some alone time today. 

Bob’s Burgers

Whataburger

Insurrection, impeachment, inauguration and always on a Wednesday. In the last few weeks, we’ve passed through fire, taken out the trash and restored good governance. Hump day has really been the focus of attention so far this year. I wonder what next Wednesday will bring. Yesterday, after the inauguration, we went for a walk. It was supposed to be warm, well, at least it wasn’t too cold. We walked in Forest Park. We parked by Post-Dispatch Lake. Then following the park’s circuitous waterways, clinging to their riparian corridor, we eventually made it to Steinberg rink. Where I fashioned a snowball from its Zamboni scrapings, threw it at Anne, missed her and being the good person that she is did not reciprocate. Then we followed the course of the “new” inner bike loop back to the car. Part of it is new, the part that replaces the part of the loop that use to go through the middle of the golf course. The new part of this loop goes by the central ballfields. Then it joins the remains of the old inner loop that courses by the Jewel Box, upper Muny lot and then drops down to the Boathouse, Post-Dispatch Lake and our car. The inner loop goes on from there, but we didn’t. Not many birds, but enough. Anne filled her quota of species. She likes to count.

Today our dance card is full. Lunch with Bob, followed by Zoom meeting with Corwin, et. al. Aren’t we quite the social butterflies? Bob was in town for business. We met him for burgers. Not Whataburger fare, they are no longer in town, but great shot from the archives, if I do say so myself. Instead, we opted for our go to pandemic fast food purveyor, Barrio, in the De Mun neighborhood. In this serialized portrayal of life, I’ll tell you about it tomorrow. Anyway, the Zoom meeting with the king of cuteness isn’t scheduled until after this post goes to press, so tune in tomorrow for more news of the world. Hear all about it!

On Monday, the county expanded its vaccination program. Later this week, our physicians announced that they would alert us through their My Chart app, when it will be our turn to get the vaccine. They are beginning with patients 75 and older. They also announced that they are now seeing sick patients again. They halted doing this at the start of the pandemic. Like who would want to go to the doctor when your sick? I assume that they feel confident enough to do this, because they have already been vaccinated. We’ll just sit back and wait our turn.