This Has Been A Good Week

Lisa and I finally got to go up to Lake Texoma this week and it’s been great just to get away from it all. We’ve observed a no-TV rule with a few exceptions. Tonight, we’ll definitely be breaking the rule so that we can watch the Oscars. I haven’t seen many of the nominees but I’m still looking forward to seeing how the ceremony is going to handle giving out awards during the final days of a pandemic.

Plus, there’s always the competition to see who will give the worst acceptance speech. I’m going to guess Sacha Baron Cohen if he wins for Trial of the Chicago 7 or for writing the Borat movie.

My WordPress Updated

A few days ago, without any advanced warning, my WordPresss account updated. I can now no longer access the “classic editor” that I learned with. Instead, I now have to use block editor.

I’m not a fan but I think I’m getting the hang of it. It’s just a big change from what I’m used to. I’m having to relearn how to do a lot of things — like scheduling posts — that I used to take for granted.

I’m not sure why WordPress made the change. The old editor was working fine. I liked it. I know that I’ll eventually be comfortable with this new editor but right now, it’s something that I’m still getting used to.

Sometimes, I think that things are changed just for the sake of changing them.

Thoughts of a Former Smoker

There are some days that really make me feel nostalgic for when I used to smoke and this was one of those days.  It’s been seven, nearly eight years, since my last cigarette but this entire day — while I was trying to get to the office, while I was at the office, and while I was driving home from the office — I found myself thinking about how much easier it would all be if I had a cigarette.  That’s strange for me because I didn’t really have any trouble quitting and it’s rare that I ever find myself wanting to start up again.

I think it’s the distraction.  That was always the main appeal of smoking to me.  It gave me something else to concentrate on whenever the real world was getting on my nerves.  And today was one of those days.  It was one of those days that left me counting every second until I could return home and think about something other than traffic and work.  Back when I smoked, I knew down to the second how long it would take for me to get through one cigarette.  I could tell how many minutes had passed by how many cigarettes I had smoked.  I’m not saying that was a healthy habit but it was a satisfying way to pass the time without having to check my watch.

Don’t worry, I’m not planning on taking up smoking again.  To many people were too happy when I quit for me to go back and disappoint all of them.  I like having the extra money that would have otherwise gone to buying cigarettes.  I like having the lung capacity that I wouldn’t have otherwise.  I like not reeking of cigarette smoke.  But just because I’m not planning on smoking again doesn’t mean that I don’t occasionally miss it.

A Trip To Half-Price Books

Lisa and I went down to Half-Price Books this afternoon so we could get her a new calendar.  The one she had didn’t have enough space to write down everything that she had scheduled for each day.  Fortunately, we found a new one that not only had a lot of writing space but which was also full of pictures of cranky-looking cats.

Considering everything that’s going on, the store was fairly busy.  Also, despite all of the panic that I’ve heard from some of my family about Gov. Abbott lifting the mask mandate, everyone in the store was wearing a mask.  Most people that I’ve seen this week have been wearing a mask.  Judging from some of the reaction that people had to the mask mandate being lifted, it seems like some of you are under the impression that masks have been outlawed in Texas.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

I did give in to the temptation to check to see if they were selling any of the banned Dr. Seuss books.  I didn’t find any but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they were removed.  It’s a used bookstore so it’s totally possible that there weren’t any there to begin with.  When I got home later, I checked with the HPB web site and discovered that you can still order And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street online.  Of course, it costs $300 now.

I’m glad that Half Price Books is still there and open.  With everything that has happened over the past year, I was worried the store wouldn’t survive.  (Our Half Price Books sits right next to an empty and darkened Alamo Drafthouse, which hasn’t been open since last March.)  I know that almost everything is being done online nowadays but for me, I still enjoy getting to browse and search for books.  That’s something that I think future generations will never really get to experience, which really is too bad.