Thursday, December 31, 2020

A Homer's Travels Look Back At 2020

2020 … What an unending shit show. A year of two pandemics: one a deadly virus and the other a narcissistic proto-Fascist.  We learned just how ignorant and selfish our fellow Americans are.  It seemed like another bad thing happened every day and the days went on forever … but not in a good way.  A year of anxiety and mental funk that can not be over soon enough.
Let's look back at the dumpster fire that was 2020, shall we:

  • I posted 58 times this year - the lowest since I started Homer's Travels in 2006.  I posted less than I did on the Appalachian Trail.  Sad.  I just couldn't get myself motivated to write.  We didn't go on vacation this year along with almost everyone else.  I didn't want to talk about the pandemic.  I didn't want to post about politics.  There was too much of that out there and everything else was overpowered.  I didn't feel like adding to the dreary mess that we were bombarded with in 2020 so I didn't. 
There is hope on the horizon but there was hope on 2019's horizon as well.  No one saw the pandemic coming and no one knew just how unprepared we were.  But with the vaccinations finally being distributed and a change of leadership we can start dreaming of normalcy again.  How will the future unfold changed by this year's experiences?  Some things will have slowed.  Other things will be accelerated.  The future is in our hands.

Here's to a Happy, Prosperous, Healthy, and Boring New Year for all.  May all your dreams come true in 2021.

Friday, December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas To All

I hope you are all having a merry, healthy, and safe Christmas.  The Wife and I are having a quiet Christmas at home.  I will be taking a Christmas walk followed by Christmas dinner.

Merry Christmas!

We were both good this year.  The Wife got two 32" televisions to compliment her 70"+ television in her She-shed.  She can now watch three games at the same time which makes her She-shed the closest thing to heaven for the Wife.

I put the balls in the tree this year.  They didn't
handle the wind we had a couple days ago very well.

I received a new Tempest weather station to replace our aging one.  The new one had no moving parts using some innovating methods to measure wind speed and rain accumulation.  I'm still working on mounting it properly to get accurate readings.

Mom have us gift cards, twizzlers (a Christmas custom), and a box of heirlooms, including a couple from Guatemala) that will decorate our house. (Thanks Mom!!!)


2020 is almost over.


Monday, December 21, 2020

Happy Winter Solstice!

Today is the winter solstice.  Today, as it is still 2020, will certainly be the longest shortest day of the year.  Winter has begun.  I was hoping for a cold, snowy winter but there is little evidence for that at the moment.  Maybe in 2021.

Also, tonight there will be a conjunction on Jupiter and Saturn.  The two planets will line up forming what looks like a bright star.  It has been suggested that a similar conjunction was the "Star of Bethlehem" that guided the Three Wise Men.

Finally the conjunction will be joined by the small Ursid meteor shower.

Let the lengthening of the day ... BEGIN!!!

Friday, December 18, 2020

Forgotten Remembrances

The last Camino marker
at Faro Fisterra 
 As I was walking today I heard "Walk on the Ocean" by Toad the Wet Sprocket.  This song always reminds me of sitting on the rocks near Faro Fisterra watching the sun set on my second Camino.  As I was brought back in time by the music I realized that I hadn't posted a second Camino anniversary post.  Not only had I forgotten but I'd missed it by nearly two months.  This bummed me out.  My two Caminos (and now, to some extent, my Appalachian Trail hike) were very important events in my life right up there with meeting the Wife and our marriage.  To forget them ... not a good thing.

This is just another symptom of where I've been since I returned from the Appalachian Trail.  As I mentioned in June, I have not been present since I've gotten back and the year since my return has done little to fix it.

I am disconnected from my life and now I am missing things important to me. I am losing connection in my life. Something needs to change soon before I'm too far gone.


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

It Has Finally Started

 A bit late this year but it has finally come.  The first bloom on our Christmas Cactus.  Usually it blooms earlier in December but better late than never ... especially after the year we just lived through.

The first bloom of the Christmas season.

Happy Holiday Season's Beginnings Everyone!!!

Saturday, December 05, 2020

History Updated

Last September, nearly a year after I returned from the Appalachian Trail (AT), I decided to reread my posts from the time on the trail.  As I read memories flooded back along with typos and bad formatting.  I decided that it was time to do something I have never done on Homer's Travels - I edited the posts.

Over the last couple months, on and off, I have edited all my AT posts. I corrected errors, massaged the formatting, and most importantly I added stories that, for one reason or other, were omitted from the original post.  I'm sure there are some stories still missing from the record but some things only make sense if you were there.

So, if you are interested in my 2019 AT adventure, go back to April 2019 and reread the posts and learn a little more about my adventures along the way.