The latest news out of the UK is that Boris Johnson is out of the ICU and that he’s recovering. That’s good news, regardless of whether you voted Tory or Labour in the last general election.
Here in the States, there was briefly a flurry of excitement when it was reported that Colin Kaepernick, who has been a free agent since 2017, had been signed by the New York Jets. It turned out that the story was based on a tweet that was put out by a parody twitter account. What was interesting was witnessing the number of media figures — the same people who were told we should listen to in times of crisis — who fell for the tweet. Those of us who have never particularly cared about whether or not Kaepernick was signed to an NFL team have often wondered who Kaepernick’s fans actually were. Now, we have our answer. They’re people who work for the cable news channels.
Myself, I never really cared whether or not Colin Kaepernick wanted to take a knee during the national anthem. It was his right, as an American, to kneel. At the same time, I also think the NFL had the right not to sign him. Many people seemed to feel that an NFL team should have been forced to sign him but, even if that was constitutional, it just would have meant Kaepernick would have been spent the past three seasons sitting on the bench instead of appearing in Nike commercials.
Today has been a good day. It’s been as close to a normal day as anyone could hope for during a pandemic lock-down. Everything that has happened has really given me a new appreciation for normal days.