January 3rd, 2021

Hopefully the last tremor of 2020

For me the 2020 year will not be over until the 20th and I feel mostly sadness about it.  But I also believe that we will emerge on the far side of the disaster that has been this past (political) year stronger.  The democratic, small d, values as well as the Democratic ones have been challenged like nothing in my life.  As painful as it is to see education and privilege wasted in someone like Ted Cruz he will be remembered only as a contentious and ultimately purposeless sycophant and the system will move on and become stronger.  

We've another week of 2020 and then 10 days or so of ripples and talking heads and then we're back to the normal chaos and I can feel like celebrating the new year.

Knowing that the country will survive and be stronger for having worked through every possible iteration of resisting a power grab, resisting a dictatorship, is comforting and ultimately instructive to the larger world political growth.  The historians and political scientists will be writing about this for decades.  There is no Guy Fawkes hero in this, no annual celebration, because the people won, the populous ultimately said no more.  The center ultimately held.

But I'll feel better analyzing this on the 21st.  

The temp just hit 70

I looked down at my echo and saw the temp just hit 70.  In my head it is cold out.  I shouldn't complain as it does make my morning walk better.  If we can get out at a reasonable hour, maybe 7:30 or so, then we have the path to ourselves.  Tomorrow will be a good day for it.  We'll be back by 8:30 and will have crossed paths with no one.  I've started wearing my gator that I got a while back and never used since it was too hot.  Now I have a face covering (we don't have masks in Texas, we have face coverings) I can just pull up if/when I pass someone.  Still pretty sure it is pointless and unnecessary to walk by someone outside six or more feet away for maybe two seconds and be worried about exchanging sufficient aerated fluids to matter but if I've got the way to cover my face, I may as well.   Keeps my neck warm too.

Dana has a Samsung 7 and it is not working well.  Much of it, much of it, it user error.  She's on Facebook and ends up with a ton of crap.  I finally made her use Google Messages app so that she will not fill her messages with advertisements that the FB one has.  But her screen is a tech person's nightmare to even look at.  And it is Samsung so it has their crap on it.  And I don't think her phone with wifi is working right.  I think she's using the Mint phone system while in the house.  But the Samsung directions to check point to a place that does not exist on her phone.  

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