Been quiet on my end the last few days. I’m glad the weather is starting to turn cool. Summers have been my toughest time of year for me for many years. I guess I just don’t like day after day of sunny and hot weather. I’m not a lizard and I can wear sweaters, get under fleece blankets, and make hot soup and coffee. I’m usually my happiest in winter and spring. Winter usually puts me in a philosophical and reflective mood. And I’m usually happiest and most active in the spring. Even as a middle aged man looking at the second half of my life and seeing many people my age the parents of teenagers, I still feel as giddy as a child when it snows. I like Christmas, but I enjoy the socializing with family more than I do getting gifts now. As far as gifts go, as a middle aged man I really appreciate things like tools, clothing, and money or gift cards. Now that I’m a grown man, I understand why my dad always liked getting tools or clothing for Christmas.
As far as getting ready for colder weather, I broke down and bought a jar of instant coffee for the first time in over a month several days ago. It takes the chill out of my bones and helps me concentrate my thoughts. But too much can make me jittery and easily irritated. So it’s more of a balancing act than it was even five years ago. Caffeine just effects me more in middle age than it did when I was in my twenties. I also decided to regrow my beard and let my hair get longer. I more of less shaved myself bald and got rid of my beard for the summer. Yes, I cut my own hair. As good as my barber is, I just can’t justify paying her increased prices. Especially since I usually do most of my work and receiving guests at home and don’t have to be super presentable every day.
Been watching more movies lately. Watched a few science fiction movies from the late 90s and early 2000s over the last few days. As far as movies go, I always liked science fiction and historical drama. I don’t usually watch a lot of westerns, but Tombstone was one of my favorite movies from my teenage years. I do like some superhero movies, especially the Batman trilogy with Christian Bale. Haven’t watched much for comedies lately.
Still haven’t had much for socializing lately, at least not in person. But I’m at the age when most of my friends are busy with careers and family. All my friends except for my college friend who’s a school teacher in Netherlands are married or divorced. I don’t hear from my brother much as he’s quite busy with his career and family. I try to stay in contact with my best friends from high school and college at least a few times a month in spite how busy they are. I imagine we can eventually pick up on the long drawn out conversations once the careers slow down and their children grow up. Thanks to social media, my dad has reestablished contact with some of his old college and Air Force friends.
As popular as facebook has become I imagine there are millions of retirees in my parents’ age bracket reestablishing contact with old school friends and military buddies. Before facebook got really big, my parents told me they were proud of how many people in my age bracket and younger were making more effort to stay in contact with friends from high school, college, and the military. It wasn’t always easy, and sometimes it still isn’t. But the efforts were worth while.
Some of my friends I’ve seen only a few times in the last fifteen years, but we can easily stay in contact. It’s one of the reasons I stay on social media in spite how much negative vibes can thrive in some cases. I have gotten to where I don’t post much, at least not around people I don’t know very well. I usually save my best material for friends and family I know will appreciate, or at least tolerate, my eccentric humor and thoughts.
Don’t have much to rant about. I still occasionally have flare ups. But in most cases I can ride those out with a few minutes of ranting to myself. I guess I don’t feel much guilt for the flare ups, at least as long as I don’t take my illness out on other people. If a flare up occurs, I can usually deal with with after a few minutes of deep breathing, ranting to myself in a normal voice, or just stepping back and disconnecting from socializing for several minutes.