So far, so good, right?
I mean, aside from the pandemic and the long overdue, ever-present, worldwide protests against systemic injustice, this year has been like any other. Remember back in January when the weirdest thing about 2020 was the impeachment of Donald Trump or the latest real possibility of WWIII?
Since then, Kobe Bryant died. Trump skated. The Chiefs came back. Iowa forgot how to count. Rush Limbaugh received an undeserved medal. Mitt Romney showed courage. Polygamy became legal. Roger Stone and his Nixon tattoo got 3 years. Ahmaud Arbery was murdered. The Dow plummeted. Covid-19 did not disappear “like a miracle.” Everything shut down. Everyone got $1200. Black Monday. Harvey Weinstein got 23 years. Black Thursday. Breonna Taylor was murdered. Tom Brady left New England. Unemployment spiked. America became the world leader in infections. Joe Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee. The Space Force launched. Oil prices went negative. The Senate reaffirmed Russian meddling. The Pentagon admitted UFOs. NASA set up a moon trip. Murder hornets attacked. George Floyd was murdered. Trump got checked. Far-left and far-right groups sowed the seeds of dissent. Trump attacked Americans for a photo-op. Protestors formed autonomous zones. The White House formed a perimeter. Muriel Bowser formed Black Lives Matter Plaza. Gone with the Wind was suspended. Rayshard Brooks was murdered. The LGBT community gained civil rights. Longstanding racist symbols finally came down. John Bolton told all.
The protests continue, 26 days later. The coronavirus is surging again. There are still 10 days until the midpoint of 2020.
Today’s headlines are about Trump and the DOJ’s usual abuse of power. About an ill-advised political rally that could (and probably will) lead to outbreak. About defunding the police. About Juneteenth. There is always a tally of the surge, a mention of the plague. Is anyone talking about climate change right now?
I tend to chronicle the events of humanity alongside events of my own. I have a global and personal perspective. As the world turns, Tom proceeds. My early 2020 promises have had mixed results. That’s okay. Some of that was bluster, others obvious, and some of it was just for fun. I’ve had a good year, personally. Surprisingly. Mrs C remains happy as she’s ever been. The dogs remain healthy and active. Work is busy, and we’ve added my dear friend Dylan to the payroll, as something of a protégé to Tom. I performed my first wedding ceremony, and it went without a hitch (pun, apologetically, intended). The Rams haven’t lost a game this year.
I’ve been distant, I know. I haven’t spent a ton of time on my blog, or yours. It’s really not you, it’s me. I haven’t done much exercising or reading or writing or grilling or going out or anything like that. I have cleaned my garage, a lot. I did stain my deck. My left foot is a constant reminder of that since the top portion has been numb ever since. Apparently, that’s where I held my weight? Pinched a nerve? My mobility and balance are completely unaffected. It just feels weird. I intend to replace the entire back fence, next. I counted 305 6” pickets. It’s only money. It’s only time.
I’ve been at work a lot. I’ve taken work very seriously, of late. I’m preparing my mind for the takeover, which is one day closer every day. That is where most of my energy is directed.
Home. Family. Work.
Who knew at 51 I’d suddenly adult?
In 9 days I’ll be 52. That number doesn’t look much different than 51 to me. And, as you already know, I’ve been calling myself 52 all year. Nothing changes. Everything changed.
What will the second half of 2020 bring? I’ve heard alien invasion is next. Or is it an asteroid hit? Aren’t we supposed to have seen the locust that sting like scorpions by now?
Maybe this is the beginning, not the end. Maybe we’ll all look back at 2020 as the moment when we woke up. We’ll leave Trump behind, having learned our lesson. We’ll treat each other better. Maybe we’ll start to focus on things that really matter. People over profit. Planet over money. Unity over division. Acceptance over judgment. A better future. A better humanity.
Maybe we needed 2020 right now.
Take care of yourselves today, folks. Take care of each other. Stay together, and stay strong. Keep up those protests, until everybody listens.
The future is brighter than ever.