Cold again, and still damp. I could barely walk yesterday morning. And it was blowing to beat the band. Today should be more of the same.
Did my stuff yesterday. Been doing a lot of driving around so I’ve got various audio books in the vehicles to keep me interested and awake. I am finding that I really like it, if I like the reader. In the pickup, Frozen Heat, Richard Castle. Melodrama in the pretend style of pretend author, spun off [or filled in?] from the TV show Castle. Nathan Fillon in the original role, and I keep trying to hear his voice, but the reader does a good job despite not being Fillon. It’s silly, and very much a ‘play within a play, within a play.’ Really liked the show, and I’m enjoying the silly book. It has some easter eggs, like a cop duo named Malcom, and Reynolds and it doesn’t take itself seriously.
In the Expy, Einstein, Walter Isaacson. Well read, it’s a bio of Einstein along with an explanation of his ideas. Very accessible, and I’m learning things.
Also in the Expy, when the kid is in the truck, The Magician’s Nephew, Chronicles of Narnia, CS Lewis. Produced by Focus on the Family, it’s a dramatization and is fully produced with voice talent, sound effects, etc. I read through the Chronicles many times, but don’t remember this one so it’s fun to hear it. All of the discs in this set are well done, with the exception of a VERY strange vocal acting choice for Aslan. Recommended if you liked the stories.
I ran out of the Louis Lamour stories, but I found some more of the Sherlock Holmes, and I’ve got a couple more of the Richard Castle books too. Audiobooks on CD are cheap on ebay, and I’m really enjoying listening to them, which I really didn’t expect. Beats the snot out of AM talk radio….
I’ve talked to a lot of people this week, during my errands. Most of them thing wuflu is about over, and certainly treating it as a special ongoing disaster is D O N E done. There is a broad awareness of coming hard times. People see the shortages, they feel the pinch of the inflation. Let’s Go Brandon got a return chorus from the group at my hobby club meeting when someone mentioned inflation. There are a lot of retired technical specialists and small business owners in the group, but this is the first year there has been much mention of politics. It’s normally a politely politics free space focused on our common interest. I spent about 10-15 minutes talking to one of the guys about lakehouses, rent houses, and how he’s selling stuff off and getting out of his investments. He figures property is about as high as it’s really likely to go, and interest rates will kill it. I’m kinda inclined to agree. And everyone was talking about supply chain issues and scarcity impacts on construction, repair, and the economy.
Do your own research, draw your own conclusions, but I’m betting on “much worse before it gets better” and while I can’t pick a specific time, “soon” seems about right. Stack all the things. It’s gonna get sporty.