Pockets of joy in the driving rain

It’s the last day before work begins again in full. And I had a certain vision for today that went array after I woke up after three hours and wound up jamming through six hours of real-job duties before 9a.m. Needless to say, I didn’t want to leave home after that. And when I finally did force myself out the door (at noon), with every intent to follow through on a planned short hike, it immediately started raining.

Without a raincoat or hat, I summoned the inner, long-lost Alaskan in me, and I told myself to at least gut it through the first uphill 15 minutes (before congratulating myself and immediately running home to hide like the Californian I now am). But when I made it up, a forgotten inner peace set in. Nature’s the best, yes, even when it’s wet! So I thought, what the heck, I’ll do the whole 70 minute loop. And it was beautiful and made me feel alive and aware of how precious every moment is. Until the halfway point, when the rain started to feel like hail, my feet started to hurt, and my shoes and top layer soaked through. Anyhow.

I’m happy about something Donald Trump did today. Yes, that’s right, I said it.

I’ve been working really hard to not get emotionally invest in the daily news (particularly the bad news). Mostly by limiting my consumption, which is not easy for an ex-journalist with internet access. And it’s been going ok, but I have to admit that I felt crestfallen last night when I read about the House’s plans to neuter the Office of Congressional Ethics. So good on the Donald for playing a part in the reversal. I am fighting some real temptation to not give him too much credit here (it’s easy to do the right thing when it’s politically advantageous for you, right?). And I guess I can’t stop myself from giving in to that temptation just a little bit. But, fact is, he helped to halt some very typical Washington shenanigans today, and in so doing, he did indeed let just a little water out of the swap. At the end of the day, I’m willing to applaud that, and hope that as he is forced to move further out of his old campaign bubble, some other good decisions will follow.img_3018

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