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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. 


Charger, Durham, New Hampshire, 1940

Yesterday, we got out and walked for the first time since that fateful day last week. Actually, we had walked the day before yesterday, but that was such a cold, short and brutish affair that it hardly counts at all. Our regular neighborhood walk yesterday, was much more pleasant and today looks like it will be even better, with a high in the fifties. What to do with this spate of fine weather? Tune in later to find out.

After last Wednesday, we haven’t done much. It has been cold. Did I mention the temperature? I stewed on Twitter for a fair portion, mainly retweeting people with similar sentiments. because unlike some other people I have not been banned from all social media. It is a fitting end for a troll that his bridge finally came tumbling down upon him. I must say how impressed that I was with the effectiveness of the tech giants in dealing with him. They not only took him out, but also took out his supposed life raft. “Nuke the entire site from orbit—it’s the only way to be sure.” Others may cry foul, but I think he had it coming and it has gradually gotten more peaceful. A little duller too, but that’s OK. If 2021 was allowed to continue on the path that it was heading in that first week, it would have made me long for the good old days, like 2020.

The graphic for this post comes from the Met. Another place that I would like to revisit once this whole pandemic is done. This plate was in the museum’s visible storage center. The Met helped pioneer this method for displaying its collection. Items that would have otherwise been left in storage are available for viewing, in rows of long glass cases. Items are grouped by type. Most items only have a number that can then be looked up for more information. Usually items are just sat on shelves, but this item got special attention and was prominently displayed.