Fairly late last evening, yet somehow it made little difference this morning. It’s 5:25 and the coffee is made.

Since a number of you struggle a wee bit starting your ‘engine’ at an early time, I thought I’d begin with a bit of levity (and learning as well).

The original painting was made by the French Painter, Joseph Ducreux (1735 – 1802). He was mostly known for his unusual self-portraits, of which he made a number.

So, now that the ‘night fogs’ have lifted, something a bit more substantial:

“‘After all these years if you are still mnemonically possessed by Pluto, then this may help:
My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nachos.”
~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

Now after pondering on deGrasse Tyson, just ease back into your pillow, close your eyes, and try to think back to some long forgotten business travel; you were comfortably settled in your room at some Motel-6. Then, at 5, you hear the alarm going off in the neighboring room. It’s loud enough to wake you up, and keeps snoozing for almost an hour. OK, you’re awake now?

Exercise – One of the best niceties of Medicare is the Silver-Sneakers program. A week or so ago I joined the YMCA. Our nearby local branch has an indoor pool and this is what I was interested in. Winter was not going to affect me.

Last Monday was my first lap event, and it felt great! Great that is until I started getting a bit of a leg cramp. I eased up and went to a back-stroke. Matters got worse by the minute and I made for the deep-end ladder (the closest). That’s when I noticed that I couldn’t get my heels down and couldn’t climb out of the pool. Here I stood, trying to look calm and collected, much like I was just trying to get my bearings (which I was). Eventually I did manage to get out – maybe looking a bit as if I had a tad of Cerebral Palsy. The hot shower did help a lot.

It was about the time I was finishing up dressing that the chlorine burning in my eyes was more than I had thought. Actually, my eyes were tearing so bad that I couldn’t see. Eventually, with one eye clearing more than the other, I was able to make it home. Even with multiple Visine Totality drops, it took a full day and overnight to get back to normal.

Now the hunt was on for a pair of swim Goggles. In the mid-west, and out of season, this is most difficult and I wanted to inspect first and therefore skipped ordering on line. Finally I hit it at REI Co-op and got a pair of upscale Italian swim goggles. I know that they’re ‘upscale’ because these are fog and UV protected – critically important for swimming in an indoor pool. Yesterday’s lap event was wonderful, even if I only did half the number of laps I did on day one.

Hospital Garb – the Pros and Cons. In a most efficient manner I was traipsed into a small changing room and advised to place everything I had on in a nearby handy-dandy locker and to shimmy into a pair of very hospital looking pajamas. I had an early morning session with an MRI machine.

On the bottoms, I managed to tie the strings, but the rest looked like sausage casing. Then I noticed (a cooler stream of air alerted me) that the front was stretched wide open and I now looked like a stallion about to be led to a waiting mare.

I didn’t care whether or not there was a camera on me. I began to open and close a series of drawers in my quest to find a larger pair of bottoms. Success and in the end all was well!

Back at home Marcia listened to my tale and asked about the top. I remembered my struggle tying a bow with the straps positioned behind my neck, and that it took a bit of effort. Perhaps I screwed that piece up; from movie scenes I thought the top had to be put on in a manner normally considered backwards.

The highly trained MRI professional never blinked and he treated my whole ‘dress-for-the-occasion’ event as perfectly normal. I never even noticed him smirking.

A Weekend of Fun – This whole ridiculous Impeachment nonsense all week long got my dander up. To a point where Marcia finally told me to “get a life”. So I did.

The House’s ‘clown circus’ brought back memories of one of my favorite comic characters, England’s Benny Hill. Enjoy the little video, it’ll tell the story:

Fini – UPDATE: Two Saturday from now expect The Ramblings to appear on SUNDAY. That Saturday morning early I’ll be participating in (what’s now become an annual event) the Cyclone’s Frozen 5/10K.

Tevita made it back from is visit home, Tonga is a long way away and with almost an 18-hour time difference it takes a bit to get back on track

At 9:00am this morning a Canadian fishing TV show will premier. As luck would have it it’ll also be available on their YouTube channel – “TNFF River and Lake Smallmouth Bass Fishing”. What will make it really great is the fact that it was filmed a couple of lakes up the road from Northern Comfort on Lake Jobamageeshig. Ann and Jim Kehoe owners of the Outpost Lodge hosted them and the scenery alone should be great.

Saturday February 1st Marcia and I will participate in our neighborhood’s annual Progressive Dinner. Over the years it’s become a winter highlight. Since our neighborhood is replete with a massive core of “Never Trumpers” I think I might have the perfect offering for the event. Think I can replicate it?

Have a great week and stay safe!
Dirk

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