Above is the completed new patio with the teak gazebo (turned into an arbor) donated by our neighbors. This was taken before the solar lights and the flower pots I need to add.
I have been taping the Convention via Cable. I do not need to see all the ads and PBS seems to have too much talking before the speeches. Therefore, I tape and watch at breakfast the next day. I can fast forward through lots of advertisements which really shows how much money CNN (and other networks) make on this!
I know that it is all ritual and programming and well-crafted timing and allotment of time to those who have paid their dues. But it is the way of politics. Trading and bartering and the Dems are the big-party umbrella of varied people who have lots of issues they want to be addressed. I just hope that the far left can be patient with the changes they are demanding and have willingness to compromise.
I will probably not watch the GOP convention as I have seen the guest line-up and most of those people are either from the upper-middle class and have no history of serving their country or helping their countrymen. They are mostly scandal headliners who got in the news for their extreme behavior or behavior not normal for an average citizen. It will be a convention of hate and not vision or hope.
This afternoon since the weather has cooled we will go out for a canoe paddle in an area that we have not visited via water. I hope to get some later afternoon photos of wildlife or scenery and I hope you will enjoy my sharing on my other blog. Hubby probably hopes to catch fish. We have not gone out much because the parks and boat ramps have been closed due to the virus and the weather has been too hot and humid to sit in a slow-moving canoe.
Restrictions on life are not going to change anytime soon. Colleges are now realizing that Americans are neither sheep nor passive when it comes to restricting their social behavior. We are a spoiled lot. It has been drilled into us about our rights and science has become so politicized that common data and facts no longer penetrate the beer fogged brains of the young. They are also angry that their youth will be restricted. They are shortly facing adulthood and feel it is their right to party these few years they have. Besides they will not be the ones with inflamed organs or facing death. Have you ever met a twenty-something who felt death was possible?
I have tried to get back into an exercise program and that process has been fraught with both success and failure. For instance, I am VERY good a finding excuses to postpone the effort! I do feel better (if sorer) after my exercise, but I still do not like it.
Currently reading the book "Things That Make White People Uncomfortable" by the NFL player, Michael Bennett. It is rambling but reasonably well written so must have undergone some editing. He confirms everything I have felt about both the NCAA and the NFL. I am speed reading it since I am not a football fan and have not been for decades, but I want to know how he sees societal change and what he wants to do.
Well, my coffee is now cold. So going to get out of pajamas and into canoe clothes. Hope you set aside some time today to enjoy...just enjoy.