What Was Tolerable
(... Specifically in 2020)
There's a fairly high bar for something to have been tolerable last year. Whatever's present, will have been present day after day for indefinite duration, so it had better not have been very annoying.
Cooking - (but not cleaning up afterward) - the best of the many options in these latter days of the Golden Age of Global Food (supply chains permitting).
Stretch corduroys - I find them superior to stretch blue jeans, though that's also a notable innovation, for those long stretches sitting. And who cares about the "whoosh-whoosh" walking around the house anymore? Apparently no one.
Robert Fripp/Toyay Willcox Sunday Lunch- performances on youtube and elsewhere, King Crimson guitarist Fripp covers rock classics in brief form while Willcox performs in her own chosen way. Here they "do" Metallica. That and memories of the Crimson tour in the last years of the decade just finished provide a Hurrah! that will resound from this era.
Sirius XM. My cars (Hyundai) had the bug on top for it, so they tracked it down and gave it to me, practically. It works in the Gorge when KTAO cannot be found. If you listen to one station exclusively, it is repetitive an a couple hours' hearing will bring duplication. So, keep changing! My most frequent listens 1st Wave, U2, Real Jazz, Alt Nation, Sirius XMU, and that English football one. Now, Hyundai--that's a different story, for another day.
Talenti Gelati e Sorbetti. It's just Unilever, but they are packing some good gelato and sorbet flavors. My current favorites are the Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Gelato and the Cold Brew Coffee Sorbetto. My answer to the "unpacking" going on in talks all over.
...And What is, Now
The picture's practically self-explanatory, if it's all readable. Our local cinema reopened yesterday after about 12 months, and we had to go see a movie in the theater. Locally, we were being rewarded for low number of Trump Virus infections ('green' status), something likely not to persist: we are being deluged with out-of-towners from various Neanderthal-leaning states (and California). We were so charged to be there, with the popcorn and the candy, and 25% maximum-capacity seating, and good ventilation.
As for the movie, it was a good choice for us. See my review for more about it; we knew next to nothing going in, but were not up for a police procedural or some kind of tear-jerker. We wanted action, and sensory stimulation.
One other comment: The trailer for upcoming movie "Dune" flattened me. Streaming services have their place, for TV-type viewing, but this is one I commit to seeing on a big screen (not in my home).
Remembering the Heroics of "Ballers" Who Mattered to Me - (Factual Statements below are Unchecked)
Westley Unseld - Wes, the player who I wanted to be. The master of the defensive rebound/outlet pass, and of scoring in the low post. A humble, hard-working, effective Hall of Famer. I saw him in the semifinals of the Louisville Invitational Tournament as a child (his Seneca team suffered a tough loss to Carr Creek in the final, or was it the other way around? ) He was the franchise player for the (US) Capital area NBA team for a decade or more and got at least a title there.
John Thompson - never saw him play (a backup on some Celtics teams) but his effect on basketball, through his coaching and recruitment, made a permanent difference to the game. His teams earned a great deal of respect and generate major NBA stars.
Gale Sayers - He was a hero whose abilities were beyond imagining for me. His specialty was the broken-field run, avoiding tacklers and cutting back and forth, but always forward. His style reminds me of some of the modern 'footballers" like Messi, DeBruyne, or Pulisic. Like them, defenders have to go for the knees; Sayers' career was all too short.
Joe Morgan - The man who added the magic, simply by doing everything right, to make the Big Red Machine into the world champions of '75-76. The best trade the Reds ever made in my lifetime was to get him. (The worst, obviously, was trading Frank Robinson, which happened before i was even aware of it.)
And John Lewis/Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Why not include them? These two played their game(s) as it was meant to be played. They put the lie to cynics who deride their profession(s).