Less than an hour after putting up that last entry I turned off the computer and staggered off to bed. I need new glasses, I'm sure; the ol' peepers just wouldn't focus on the screen. Nor would my mind focus on the story I was writing.
I was, however, amazed that I could drink a fair amount of tea and fall asleep shortly thereafter. While I could drink coffee, snap off the light, and head immediately into snooze-land years ago, I assumed that "skill" was long gone. Caffeine and I still have the same old relationship, it seems, even though my taste has gone from Folger's to Cuban-roast.
Tea doesn't matter much. It's all good. Except for the cheap "Red Rose" brand I bought when I lived in Seattle, that is. It's mostly Lipton now, though I buy quite nice green tea at the 99-Cent Store. None of that herbal stuff for me.
Tea, coffee, it all has caffeine in it. Abi gezunt.
So I have been sitting here since 5:45, and have actually managed to resume progress on the current work. It should go off to the editor today.
I am carefully avoiding reading the news today. No need to get riled up so early, is there?
There is one political thing I want to say: our nation is too polarized. Based on my feelings about the upcoming presidential election, people have inferred that I won't vote for any black person, any woman, any Mormon or any evangelical Christian and am, therefore, racist, sexist, anti-Mormon or anti-Christian.
That bugs me.
I just won't vote for the black man, woman, Mormon or evangelical Christian running for president this year.
That is a major flaw in our society today. Rather than encourage and support candidates who share our beliefs, have experience, are not severely tainted by their own past actions and/or don't come across as expedient, focus-group-driven phonies, we embrace symbols. Foolish.
Besides, I have already cast a vote for a black, female president. Granted, that was many years ago and she appeared only on the primary election ballot and didn't go all the way, but I did it. And if she was alive and running today, I'd do it again.
She wasn't a Mormon, though. Or, though Christian, an evangelical. She was simply a decent person with good ideas.
We seem to have run out of people like that.
We need a Jewish president. I wish Jackie Mason wasn't too old to run.
Oh, well. Back to work. Long, long day ahead.
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