These aren’t easy posts for me to write. A lot of things bring me joy, but sometimes it’s hard to put them into words. But I’ll try.
- Mary. I have to start with the woman that has put up with me for 41 (at least, as of January 28) years, and a couple before that. I think I knew she was the one for me the day I saw her in our training class at Marshall Field’s, and again the day she saw me in line for coffee at Loyola and asked, “pardon me, do you work at Marshall Field’s?” We’ve been through a lot together, and still like each other (although she was less than happy with me when I backed up her iPad and lost all her knitting patterns). The other day, we came home after being at Starbucks, and she said, “I love being at Starbucks with you, and I love when we come home and spend the evening together.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.
- Molly and CeCe. The end of the line as far as our stewardship of the lives of cats. I’m just happy they’re in good shape at their ages (14 and 17, I think) and that they still like us. Well, Molly likes both of us, CeCe likes Mary (and then I think only grudgingly). CeCe’s lived almost all her life with us, and still treats me like a stranger. Molly, on the other hand, came to us as a foster kitty and, well, it was a foster fail… and it was a good fail.
- Music. This goes without saying. I listen to music whenever I can get away with it. I’m a little obsessed with it, something that started when I was in high school. I’d put an album on and spend the whole time reading the liner notes as I listened to it. I’m still like that, although it’s hard to come by the liner notes anymore, so I substitute the Wikipedia articles. Two For Tuesday is just one expression of that obsession, but really, all the music I post here is.
- Vintage TV. Newton Minow called TV a “vast wasteland” back in the ’60’s, but compared to now, the programming was classic. We probably wouldn’t watch TV if it weren’t for channels like MeTV, This TV, and Cozi TV rerunning old favorites like The Andy Griffith Show, Hogan’s Heroes, Columbo, The Saint, Charlie’s Angels, Wonder Woman, Frasier, Wagon Train, The Rifleman, Perry Mason, and so many shows we enjoyed when we were younger. Mary and I were talking the other day, and decided that the writing and storytelling were so much better, maybe because the writers were storytellers, not TV writers. I think a big part of it is the demand for quantity. But maybe that’s just me.
- YouTube. I’ve talked here before about my favorite YouTube channels. YouTube is my “happy place”: when I’m in a bad mood, I can sit and watch things on YouTube and it seems to get me out of it.
- Baseball. Baseball is the only sport I follow, but I’ve followed it most of my life. I’ve rooted for the White Sox the whole time, and for the Braves since I’ve lived in Atlanta, through thick and thin (mostly thin). I don’t get to watch it much, because the games are on cable stations and we don’t get cable, and MLB.TV blacks out games that are held in Atlanta, so it wouldn’t be worth the $19.95 a month. Besides, for that much a season I can get the radio feed of every game played in the major leagues. Seriously, I’d just as soon listen on the radio, because I can do other things while I’m listening.
- This blog and you, my readers. I’d write this blog every day even if no one was reading, but I do appreciate that you take the time to read and leave comments or “likes” on the stuff I write. You make this worth doing. Thank you!