#FPQ 181: How Ya Doin’?

Fandango asks:

How are you doing? Seriously, are you okay? Feeling good? Just okay? Not so great? Why do you think you’re feeling the way you are?

Fine, thanks! Physically, nothing more than the usual aches and pains; as a friend of mine said, if it ain’t hurtin’, it ain’t workin’.

I haven’t been out of the house since June 14, and the way it looks, I won’t get out again until October 19, and that’s fine with me. I don’t feel stuck or stir-crazy. Quite the opposite, in fact: I haven’t had to mess with masks or booster shots. If I want out, Mary says she’ll take me, but I don’t want out. I’d rather hang out in the playground in my mind…

(That’s the original, by the way; Clint Holmes’s was a cover and it got all the attention. Billy Lawrence is, according to the comments accompanying the song, an Italian guy from New Jersey.)

As they say, I’m in my own world, but I know everyone there.

I’ve been assiduously avoiding the news, as always. About the only news I watch is the last two or three minutes of The NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, becaue I have to warm up the TV to watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! Lester Holt got his start in Chicago on WBBM-TV, which is the CBS O&O station there. He’s older, lost most of his hair (he used to have a pretty good Afro), and wears glasses now… Anyway, I find that ignoring the news, or rather what they dish out and call the news, makes me a calmer and much happier person. If I want news, I’ll watch the bloopers…

How are you doing?

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