Sunday, October 30, 2022
Olga Finds a Singularity
The weather is super-damp and warm: 73º F yesterday (23º C) and 85 percent humidity. There's an 88 percent chance of rain today -- in fact it's supposed to rain every day for the foreseeable future -- but yesterday was a bit brighter and I could take the dog for a walk in the morning.
We walked along Broadhurst Gardens and back along Billy Fury Way, where we found, shall we say, new levels of urban squalor among the discarded furniture and debris. (I'll spare you the photos.) Olga did come across a singularity -- at least a graffiti version -- and although I've often heard the term on Star Trek I must admit I wasn't sure what a singularity is. So I looked it up: "A condition in which gravity is so intense that space-time itself breaks down catastrophically." Another site likened it to the center of a black hole.
Hence the spacey black background for the graffiti, I guess. I wish a black hole would suck up all the trash on Billy Fury Way. It certainly looks like something has broken down catastrophically there. I thought it was just society.
Back home again, I finalized our holiday plans for Florida. I reserved a hotel in Bradenton, and although I wanted to stay at the waterfront Ramada where we've stayed in the past, they wanted to charge an astonishing $1,200 for four nights. Ummmm, I don't think so! I went across the street and found something for half the price that looks perfectly nice. (We shall see.)
I also booked us a little escape of our own between our time in Jacksonville and Bradenton. We're going to Vero Beach! I know this seems crazy, because it's not exactly on the way, but it's a part of Florida I never visit and I wanted a change from the same old scenery. I haven't been to Vero in 20+ years. We'll go to the Ocean Grill and walk the beach and decompress.
I thought about staying in the tiny town of Roseland at Ms. Moon's little retreat with the swimming pool guarded by the lions -- but alas, it was not available on the date we would be there. Another time!
Anyway, it feels good to have our plans firmed up. I'm just not going to pay attention to how much money we're spending. I'm going to stick my fingers in my ears and go la-la-la-la and drown out my own financial conscience. Isn't that the responsible thing to do?