Smoke and rain, smoke and mirrors

14 Jun

I think I slept better last night, but it was another busy evening for my brain. I don’t remember many details from my mental nocturnal excursions, but I know the Justice League of America was there. I am sure we had quite the adventure, me and The Flash and all our friends…Our Super Friends, that is.

We got a serious rain storm yesterday. It began at my office around 4:45pm. By the time I left at 5:20 or so, the storm seemed to have passed, so cycling home wasn’t too bad. Strangely enough, the moment I passed the last intersection a block from my house, the bottom fell out. I got pretty drenched but at least I didn’t have to go far. Then the rain came and went all evening. Strangely, the smell from the fires got really heavy as the downpour was unleashed. I guess the rain brought the smoke down to nose level. Hopefully the rain reined in some of the fires as well.

Which reminds me, on Friday because of a shift in the wind, a whole bunch of smoke poured into downtown Jacksonville. I work in a high rise building near town and you could smell the smoke inside of the building. Much of the view of town from my office window was muted by smoke. I work in Human Resources and we actually got inquiries and email from people who were concerned about the smoke, wanting to know if we could do something about it. People turn to HR for the weirdest things sometimes. Later, the winds shifted and the smoke cleared out of downtown. Hopefully some of the people who were concerned looked out the window and thought, “oh look. HR has done something about the smoke!”

The first Presidential debate of the 2012 campaign occurred last night. I did not watch it, so I am not going to get into specifics about what was said or not said. What I am going to do is strike up my whine about the fact that in America the Presidential campaign seems to be virtually non-stop. This may have been the first debate, but some of these people have been campaigning since before the last election. We get daily poll numbers– “Good News for Obama” and “Bad News for Obama”–sometimes on the same day.

I am reminded of a joke from the original Saturday Night Live Weekend Update: “According to a new poll, if the Presidential election was held today, 99% of registered voters say they wouldn’t vote because they expected the election to be held next November.”

Sometimes I think life has made me more cynical than I really am. If that makes any sense…

Smoke and rain. Smoke and mirrors. I sure wish I had a better memory of my dream about the Justice League. I bet that was a lot of fun.

Happy Tuesday.


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