* It was refreshing to both body and mind to be away on vacation. Instead of visiting JFK to catch a plane that would takes us to a far away land, we simply took the subway to Manhattan (Lower East Side, Liberty and Ellis islands, MET Museum) and Queens (Rocakways Beach).
* My dad turned 70. Zoom birthday wishes. Sake, wine and beer.
* “Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal conscience of America’s Supreme Court, died on September 18th, aged 87” – as written in The Economist
* Gray hairs on my beard and eyebrows are getting more abundant. Discovered that “high-waisted” pants are much more comfortable (don’t crush my balls). Linen pants are awesome in summer.
* Barack Obama’s speech during the DNC was a masterclass. Deep, focused and inspiring. Joe Biden’s speech was moving, truthful and the best of his life. Both men are close friends. Obama, one of the best presidents ever, fully supporting his friend, which I hope, for the sake of humanity, will be our next president.
* “It takes guts to be gentle and kind” – The Smiths (sung by Morrisey)
* The whole world is in disarray. A global disease outbreak still ravaging the world. Endless political gridlock (left vs right – instead of understanding and compromise). Chinese concentration camps….
* Black Lives Matter protests are still going on across the country. The yellow inept wannabe dictator engaged in political theater by sending “law and order” federal forces to various cities. Less than 100 days for a presidential election that will determine the fate of millions of people.
* John Lewis, lifetime civil rights activist, congressman of Georgia since 1987, died of cancer at age 80.
* Melissa and I have been once again running early in the mornings. Our “romantic runs” are the best way to start any day (^_^)
* Melissa gave me a set of graphic novels (sex criminals) and a photograph book (the americans). At the post office there was an overly nice British lady talking to everyone. In return the USPS clerks were also overly nice. Sunshine on my face feels great. “Raiders of the Lost Ark” movie, martini, steak and pie. Best birthday ever!
* “George Floyd, security guard and trucker, was asphyxiated by a Minneapolis police officer on May 25th, aged 46” as written on “The Economist” magazine obituaries.
* Memorial Day weekend, a monday holiday. Yesterday the NY Times had a front-page with just words: one thousand (1.000) names of Americans who died of COVID-19 during the last 3 months. Just a very small percentage of USA’s official tally (or worldwide numbers). But every single one is gone, no more sunshine in their faces.
* We’ve been under lock-down rules for a few months already. Going out to get groceries, wearing a face-mask, as most people do (however not everyone does). A police car going around the neighborhood asking people to stay indoors or keep at least 6ft distance between each other. We’re inside a Stephen King novel (or a new Netflix series…)
* On Sunday, while Melissa was still working (she’s working all the time), I had the backyard grill going with salmon, corn and asparagus. It was a nice spring dinner.
* Besides Hideo Kojima, there are two other Japanese game designers that I’ve discovered: Fumito Ueda (Shadow of the Colossus) and Hidetaka Miyasaki (Bloodborne). Their video games are excellent works of art.
* Mac Rumors reported that future Apple computers will use ARM-based processors. History repeats itself: CPUs from Motorola (68000s), IBM (PowerPC), Intel (devil inside)
* COVID-19, coronavirus, pandemic, lock-down, rising unemployment numbers, suicide as a way out, daily tally of ill and dead…. out every day news
* On March 11 the WHO (World Health Organization, not the band) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, which is defined as a disease epidemic that has spread across a large region, in this case the whole world (except Antarctica and the International Space Station)
* NYC seems to be the new hot-spot for COVID-19. However, New Orleans numbers are going up really fast. But in the end the official numbers could be way below reality. How many infected are at home under lock-down? Or afraid of going to a hospital because they lack health insurance? Dying alone?
* In 1991 when I graduated from high school I got a “Conan The Barbarian” comic. At one point in the story, Conan is about to engage in combat and yells “Crom! Count the dead!”
* Melissa is working crazy hours at OEM (Office of Emergency Management). She’s my all-time favorite super-hero.
* About a week’s time spent in Madrid. Museums, food and drinks (mostly wine). Long walks and a couple of day trips via train to Segovia and Toledo. Met with two old friends (last time I saw them was in Bogota back in 2006). Melissa was very excited to attend a soccer match between Real Madrid and Celta (and a few days later at a bar we watched Atletico Madrid and Liverpool). Still regret not spending more time at the convent where nuns make yummy marzipan treats (but we were lost and had a train to catch).
* Had a dream that giant killer clown robots were destroying the world. Our dictator in chief is pretty much the same…. (no offense to all the nice robots out there).
* It’s almost the end of January, the month that Melissa refers to as “the Monday” of the year. Recently had a memory trip back to 1989, 1999 and 2009… as 2019 was coming to an end. What was I doing, where I was at, on each particular year. Can’t recall much of 1979, but pretty sure that was a good year.
* The original “Dungeons And Dragons” was first published in 1974 by TSR (Tactical Studies Rules), originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Ardenson, a pen and paper fantasy RPG (role playing game). Personally I’ve never been a fan of tabletop games but can’t deny the fascination I had as kid with Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny.
* Recent news recap: global scare of a new pandemic, impeachment trial of a wannabe dictator, democratic left-wing candidate gaining steam, my grandma turned 89 years old.
* First time I read HP Lovecraft stories was around 20 years ago. One theme of his stories is that humans are at the mercy of the cosmos, not of gods or supernatural forces, but simply the cosmos.
* Both our dads were in town. As usual I spent more time with Melissa’s dad since he was staying in Brooklyn. My dad was somewhere in New Jersey and came to Manhattan on a Saturday afternoon. Love them both.
* “What? What is this? I… can’t remember, not a thing… only, I feel… a yearning, something I’ve never felt before… what’s happening to me? Tell me hunter, could this be joy?” quote from Bloodborne – the Doll in the Hunter’s Dream