I got caught up in the presidential election hoopla yesterday. By the end of the day, my nerves were jangling from a dozen online spats with various characters. Couldn't help myself. The collapse of the Stop Trump movement delighted me and I stuck a needle in a few of those arrogant Cruz supporters.
I am, literally, trying to retrain my body and mind to avoid devoting my days to internet controversy. Still have my lapses.
Yesterday was a mix of good and bad. I made it to the gym for yoga and weight lifting and I fit in a 10 mile bicycle ride through the mountains. But, I fizzled out in the evening and didn't attend to playing music and sketching.
Politics no longer has much to do with my life. As I've often said, politics is the fight over who gets what, and that is no longer an issue in my life. I'm retired and what I've got is all I'm likely to get. So, why get sucked into political controversy? (Answer: It's a bad habit.)
I have three books in the queue awaiting my attention, two by Henry Miller, and another an audiobook about Sulieman the Magnificent.
I'm about to begin training for old fart softball. Got the batting tee and net set up in the back yard. A rebound net for practicing throwing and catching, too. Once I get the Harley in for spring maintenance, I'll stick my gear in the saddle bags and head out to the sandlots in search of a partner who wants to play catch.
The main focus of my life now is taking care of and teaching my grandkids. Had half the day off from babysitting yesterday, which is why I had time to dither online. Today, I'll return to a full day of Mr. Mom chores. The twins will be a year old in a few weeks. They're standing on their own and jabbering. Soon, they'll be walking and talking.
I am writing new songs. Recording? I have the oddest problem. Still have to run my wood pellet stove in the evenings. The temperature drops down into the 40s overnight up here in the mountains. And the stove fan runs constantly, introducing background noise that would bleed through in anything I record in my house. Once I can make it through the night without the wood stove, I'll start recording the new stuff.
Internet controversy is addictive and incredibly boring. That stuff seemed so exciting 15 years ago when chat rooms, weblogs and political sites appeared en masse on the web. It all became formulaic and predictable so quickly! Even the insults seem canned and pre-programmed now. Zillions of comments and bitter arguments vaporize and disappear into nothingness daily.
I'm but a poor sinner. Today, I'll try to do better and I'll skip the pointless controversy.