Tuesday, April 24, 2012

24 April 2012 Ten Degrees and getting older

          Of course, the line is “ten degrees and getting colder down by Boulder Dam that day!”  It didn’t get colder last night.  The predicted drop to sub-freezing passed us by, delivering a low of 39°F.  The effort expended moving the plants in for shelter and outside again was largely wasted.   The plants seem unaffected.  We, however, have added to our pain levels for the day.  Those efforts that would have been carried out quite easily when we met and married are now efforts that carry an increased pain level. 
          A new and quite amazing friend of ours, Park Overall, is running for the U.S. Senate in the Democratic primary.  Her intent and hope is to oppose and defeat Bob Corker for his seat in the Senate.  She’s speaking at a rally in Nashville this coming Saturday at the state capitol.  We’d very much like to attend but a quick look at the map and the travel time required reminds us of the penalty for what we now have to regard as a long distance drive.  The round trip would be 8-9 hours of driving plus necessary stops to stretch and walk around.  The time of the rally would make it preferable to stay overnight. That’s not possible with our animal population.
          I was talking to another highly regarded friend.  Well, writing, not actually talking.  We met because of a Grateful Dead tape compendium project that took place 12 years ago, now.  He and I have forged a friendship that extends far beyond the music of a single band.  He mentioned in another forum that he is now being fitted for hearing aids.  That admission brought two other friends/correspondents to the same admission.  While loud music or noisy weapons may have been a causative for our similar disorders, we’re all old enough now that the common male auditory problems are also likely to show up in this group of Dead Heads. 
          Gloria trimmed a single wisteria bush this morning.  She worked as a landscape gardener when she was younger.  Today a single plant – trimming and clean-up after – made her aware of the passing of time. 
          Oh, well!  As Jimmy Buffett sang so long ago, “I’m growing older, but not up!”  At least, that’s the plan for the day.

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