Wet Sunday in Connecticut. I’m doing laundry, lifting weights, cleansing the home, taking part in chess, listening to a chess educational video, doing homework from my anti-racism course, and cooking dinner all on the similar time. Too busy to jot down a weblog put up.
I admit to being nervous in regards to the election on Tuesday, and have been having problem concentrating, bouncing round from preoccupation to the subsequent.
I acquired my haircut this week, the primary one in over a yr. I used to be on my method to the barbershop again in March when they locked the doorways for the shutdown. I used to be a minute late. They wouldn’t open the door. So I grew my Corona do and secret stache, too (hidden beneath my masks). Whereas I loved feeling like I used to be in my teenagers once more again within the 70’s, the hair acquired slightly unmanageable. I’d throw my medic pack over my shoulder and the strap would catch on my hair. Annoying. Plus with winter coming, we had our first snow once I labored on Friday, when you have lengthy hair and put on a hat, it outcomes for me in hat head, so I went with the close to bald look. Not a hippie, I hope, the brand new look will kick me into gear, enhance my exercises, make me eat higher, and normally, enhance my outlook on life. If I hadn’t been so anxious and looking for methods to maintain myself occupied, I might need let it develop slightly longer, however going to the barber was one other factor to take action I did it.
My workforce the Patriots misplaced immediately with their quarterback fumbling because the workforce drove to a attainable game-winning landing or definitely and simple sport tying discipline objective. I turned the TV off straight away and put within the educational chess video. I watched an incredible present on Netflix final week, a seven episode collection known as Queen’s Gambit a few younger orphan who learns to play chess and goes on to battle the Russians in a giant chess showdown. I gained’t give it away, however the ending was magnificent, nicely well worth the time invested. The film was about many issues: coming of age, battling substance use, discovering your method on this planet, however within the ending moments, it was in regards to the world’s love for chess. I stood up and cheered on the finish. It restored religion for me in mankind in these most unsure of instances.
When Bobby Fischer beat Boris Spassky again in 1972, I used to be 14 years previous and was waving the American flag with patriotic pleasure together with the remainder of the nation when he gained. I like many took up chess for some time due to Fischer, however I used to be by no means superb at it. I’m taking part in once more now towards a pc as a result of my daughter gained’t play with me, and whereas I handily worn out the newbie and intermediate pc gamers, I’ve been getting crushed by an avatar named Nelson, who appears like a grinning Lebron James. He’s aggressive along with his queen, and whereas I’ve overwhelmed him a time or too, they’ve been with “hints” from the pc. For essentially the most half, I free focus and make a blunder, which the pc instantly flags for me in purple, and I battle again my anger and frustration. I do know I’ll by no means be an incredible chess participant, however I believe it is perhaps one thing I can work on as I become old. I’ve heard chess helps construct mind cells and fights off dementia. Chess for the thoughts and weights for the physique. My health club sweatpants are dry now. They acquired moist as a result of I swam this morning. With the COVID guidelines the locker rooms are closed so I’ve to place my swimsuit on at house and put on it house moist beneath my sweats. I’ve been swimming 4 and 5 days per week, however my efforts have been lackluster. I’m allotted 50 minutes to swim in my lane, however discover myself leaving after 30 with out even having pushed myself onerous in my time within the water. An excessive amount of on my thoughts.
I’m going to do some dumbbell circuits now and a few step-ups on a brand new field I purchased and made. The oblong field has heights relying on which method you set it — at 12 inches, 14 inches and 16 inches. I take advantage of the 16 inches for the step-ups, however can solely field leap 12 inches after which I solely try it after I’ve put the field towards the wall to brace myself in case I don’t stand up excessive sufficient or journey. If I’ll survive with out breaking my hip, then I’ll stand on a bosu ball for steadiness work. At 62 and my six eight steadiness not being Wallenda like, and, significantly heading into winter with icy roads and sideways, I’m more and more anxious about slip and falls. Me slipping and falling.
After which in fact there’s COVID on the market, and I discover myself glancing typically at my chest in anticipation of seeing his purple laser mild on my coronary heart. Tense instances.
So that you see I’m simply making an attempt to maintain busy, making an attempt to maintain myself occupied, making an attempt not to consider what might occur to America on Tuesday. I simply certain hope all Individuals vote and that everybody’s vote is counted, and that the election is honest, with out voter intimidation or courtroom ordered repression of votes. I hope nobody stirs up any bother or violence.
Good needs to all (apart from Nelson). But when Nelson checkmates me once more, I’ll shake his hand just about. He would be the winner in a good battle. I can’t throw a tantrum. I can’t declare his victory is fake. I can’t unfold lies and conspiracy theories. I can’t dishonor chess.