I’m wrapping-up a busy few days, so I’m going to touch a lot of bases lightly. Pardon the baseball reference, but the MLB Network replayed Game-7 of the 1979 World Series today. That’s the last time the Pittsburgh Pirates won a World Series.
Feast or Famine – During the nine, ten or however many weeks of collective isolation we’ve been dealing with, finding something on live television worth watching has been a challenge. I don’t watch a lot of TV, and I have streaming options, so this hasn’t been a crisis, but there’s a certain pleasure when I turn on the TV and find something I want to watch. Sunday afternoon, while the Pirates were beating the Baltimore Orioles, SyFy was showing “Dante’s Peak.” The movie is a little sappy, but it’s based on the eruption of Mt. St. Helen’s, which occurred while I was living in Seattle. In addition, AMC was showing “The Sons of Katie Elder” one of two western classics staring John Wayne and Dean Martin.
Yes, I know who won the baseball game, how the sons saved the ranch and how the mayor, her kids and the USGS scientist survive the volcano – doesn’t matter, this was good TV. Unfortunately the shows overlapped. Fortunately, I know them so well, it was easy to switch back and forth.
Walk & Sit – Maddie and I have been walking most mornings. Maddie has been getting crafty with her desire to sit. She seems to know which deck surface is in the sun at what times. She also seems to factor in the current temperature when deciding where and for how long we should sit.
Next Project – The next project will be the renovation of our garden shed. I will be replacing the siding, roof shingles and the single window. We are also planning to extend the roof toward the north, providing an open but covered area about 4′ (1.2m) wide by 10′ (3m) long. Partially because I want good plans and partially because I want to refamiliarize myself with my CAD (Computer Aided Design) software, I’ve been “drawing” detailed plans for the shed. I’ve been using TurboCAD since it first shipped almost 30 years ago. It’s an inexpensive yet very powerful CAD system, and it’s fun to
play with use.
Clean-up – One of the least fun tasks in any project is cleaning up and putting the tools away. My tools are reasonable well organized. I know where to look when I need something, unless that something is still sitting in a toolbox since the last time it was used. Scrap material has to be tossed and, in this case, the old doors have to be disposed of. I may reuse the old storm door, on the side door to the garage, but I removed the glass from the entry door and cut it into small pieces.
Connecticut will be moving into its first stage of opening/unlocking/releasing us on Wednesday. I’m not sure what that means. Restaurants are allowed to open, but no bars, only outside seating and only while customers maintain a proper distance. I’m not sure if the restaurants we visit will be able to make any money under those restrictions. Barbers are allowed to begin seeing customers, but both have to wear masks and no procedure can be performed if it involves removing the mask. So much for getting my beard trimmed. And, if I shouldn’t be touching my mask, I’m not sure what I’m going to do about the hair that’s going to collect on it.
I think I’ll let a few people go first.