Greetings from the new hotspot for Civil Unrest in America. So strange, this sleepy little place my family has been going to for generations is suddenly in the national news. Life is funny.
This is a “vacation”, but it doesn’t feel like it really. We are up here for the last long stretch of the summer, almost 3 weeks straight, and towards the end of things we will need to do a lot of work shutting down for the winter. The first time we came up, I felt this big push to do stuff and have experiences and so on. Now, it’s beginning to get chilly, and I’m sleepy, and I just want to sit around and read my book.
Good news is, that’s all we can do! My foot is still healing a little, so I’m not allowed to go swimming or do anything with boats where stuff might fall on me. So I get up, work 9 to 5, and then sit on a comfy chair reading and watching the lake.
We could still go for drives to interesting places (nature preserves, historic monuments, etc.). Only every night just as we might start thinking about that, our phones go “BLAA BLAA BLAA! EMERGENCY PUBLIC SAFETY ALERT! STAY IN YOUR HOMES DUE TO CIVIL UNREST!!!” So we don’t go anywhere after all.
The county our house is in is sort of a wide rectangle running east and west. It’s split right down the middle by an interstate. Everything east of the interstate is now on fire and going crazy and there is a curfew and all kinds of things. Everything west of the interstate is sleepy and calm and peaceful. We are in the sleepy calm and peaceful zone, but still close enough that we get all those “DON’T GO ANYWHERE” orders. There’s also a wee bit of civil unrest directly south of us, but that seems to have dissipated a bit. I now have to drive very far northwest (the one safe direction) to get my morning coffee when I want it. But small price to pay for being able to have an excuse not to go anywhere without feeling guilty. And for building a fair and just society for all and that good stuff.
So yeah, that’s my vacation! Foot keeps me from doing anything exciting in the yard or lake, civil unrest keeps me from doing anything exciting in the larger world, I am basically FORCED to spend all day sitting around reading.