Day 299 – Inauguration Day

or… All Is Not What It Seems.

Yes, I’m aware that Joe Biden’s* Inauguration is only taking place tomorrow, but I might want to save the date (or rather the day) to take stock and look back at other stuff, given the significance of the cardinal number for that day.

Anyway…

I’m not sure if – wherever you’re reading this from – you have plans to watch the US Presidential inauguration proceedings tomorrow, but if you are, then please just be aware that you might be watching a familiar, unfamiliar face being sworn in.

Yes:

Not seen much of either of the protagonists in this saga over the last few days? Well, now you know why. Hopefully the surgery will all be done by tomorrow and we can watch Joe… er… Donald being sworn in for his first… er… second term in office.

Wow. It’s complicated, isn’t it?

I wonder how they sorted the hair issue. There’s quite a difference.

And that’s not all. Donald is 7cm taller and 30kg heavier.
But presumably they sorted all that while they were swapping the faces.

Yep. That all seems in order then.

 

* allegedly anyway

Day 298, part 2 – Remember nights out?

Here’s Tove Lo’s Habits (Stay High) – we’ve had her on the blog before, and we’ve had this song on the blog before, but that’s not what this post is about.
This one is the Hippie Sabotage Remix. But that’s not important right now, either.

Sure, I know that music videos are all staged and set up and rehearsed and planned and stuff, but if this one isn’t shot on an actual night out in the pubs and clubs of Stockholm, then it does at least make a very good approximation of having being done so.

And I’m certainly not saying that I would get up to all of that sort of nonsense on a night out in Stockholm or anywhere else, but I would have at least done some of it.

Look at it! The people, the crowds, the drinking, the laughter, the live curling on the pub TV…

Remember all that stuff?

Of course, if you’re an arsehole, you’ll remember all that stuff very well because you were doing it on any given recent weekend, but for those of us with any sense and respect, it is but a fleeting memory.

Those were good days. And good nights.

I wonder when – if ever – we’ll be able to safely do these sort of things again?

[sighs gently, gazes wistfully into middle distance]

Day 298 – Back to it

It’s Monday the 18th of January. Notable for a couple of reasons.

It’s my Dad’s birthday. Not specifically a 2021 thing – it’s happened many (many) times before on the 18th of January. Happy Birthday, Dad!

And it also marks the return to whatever passes as some sort of normality this year as well.
The kids have gone back to school (don’t ask me, because I don’t know) and I went for my first run in ages. This is because they need to learn stuff and I need to sort out my lack of fitness.

I’m not expecting the school thing to last – at least not in person. That would be foolish and dangerous (and potentially a bit naughty, too?). But our two are now well-versed in the art of online learning, and I expect at least some of that to get done over the coming weeks.

We now have two High School kids. And if there was ever something – aside from one’s lack of fitness and the realisation that you’re not that far behind your father – it’s having both your kids in High School.

And so a gentle 5+kms to get me feeling a bit younger (and hopefully thinner, eventually). Hot stuff (the run, thanks to the prevailing meteorological conditions, not me), but it felt good. Even the beagle had fun. I’ll keep you posted on my continuing progress.

Even though I had to get up worryingly early this morning, I’m still feeling positive about today and the fresh starts that we’re making.

This has (so far) been a good day.