I last posted the middle of last year. I have been hibernating, aka to hide, hole up, immure, lie torpid, sleep, vegetate, winter. Probably, since the season does not fit, vegetate works best. Though my feelings about the world are best expressed with hide. Sometimes things just get depressing.
My wife and I took a trip starting in July of last year. We drove in our RV bhrough Las Vegas for one of the hottest nights going, visited Alice's aging brother in Salt Lake, stopped in Cheyenne for a week to wait for cooler weather in Kansas, caved in an drove on to spend a week visiting Alice's aging sister near Newton Kansas, drove to Memphis to see how well those folks are doing at preparing for an earthquake, and then drove to near St. Louis to see our son and family. Need I say the weather was hot and humid at the beginning of August. And we saw the drought in the midwest up close -- it was/is horrendous. Lie torpid covers my hibernation for that period of time.
We headed back by going north into Wisconsin. A severe sunburn taught me to read the medical info on prescriptions -- makes you photosensitive and sun do not mix well. We remained warm as we traveled across North Dakota, Montana, and into Washington, but things settled down a bit as we visited our great-granddaughter near Tacoma.
Then we went to the Oregon coast and thought we were going to freeze our butts off. When you acclimate to the 100s, the 60s are cold. We meandered our way back south and returned to southern California in October. Another 6,000 miles on the old RV.
By that time the election campaigns were well on their way, and I let my my mind become immured (means to confine or imprison) by all the crap going on over TV. It was another form of hibernation. What was obvious to me was that none of the candidates would talk about the true state of our world and the problems facing it.
Then to cap it all off, the end of November my laptop crashed, totally, and I lost the last 14 months of bits and bytes. I lost what work I had been doing on a couple of books. I lost all my emails. I dropped back into hibernation and tried to remember what I had been doing for those months. Obviously, one of the things I had not been doing was backing up my laptop. Live/Die and learn.
Fast forward to January, I am coming out of hibernation. I am cleaning up my websites and blogs. I will be commenting on the continuing trends in the state of our world. My hibernation did not improve things.
So Be It. sam