Happy Fourth of July to my American readers!
Couple of nights ago, my best friend, Piyush, did a great imitation of my blogging style, and pretty much verbally composed a blog post for me, based on his understanding of how I write and organize my posts. Unfortunately, he did a pretty good job at it, but I have to say his narration cracked me up immensely. So much for comfortable writing patterns.
Did you get a whiff of that VA/WVA/DC/MD/OH storm this past weekend? What a humongous mess that bully created! No power still at our place, so on Sunday, we left town to warmer but powered pastures in NC to stay with my friends. Power is back up at my workplace but our den is still in the stone age. Anyways, no power on a 100 F day is never fun, whether or not there is a pool to dip in, or a movie theater to take shelter in. Half the traffic lights weren't working, so it was pretty much a case of stop, look, then drive. Have to say that this actually worked better than if there were lights, because we were literally looking around in fright and driving cautiously. Most of the retail stores were closed and gas stations had lines that could challenge any opening night queue at a big movie theater. I felt pretty much like I was in an apocalyptic locale.
My summer hours began this week. Last year was the first time I worked them and I loved the long 3-day weekends. I'm looking forward to them again this year, and although I expect my weekdays to be even more stressful than before, the allure of the long weekend and the immense possibilities around them keep me hooked. On the reading front, I didn't get anything going. At this point, I'm staring at quite a few books I could start with on my friend's Kindle to shake up a rut - 1Q84, Reamde, or maybe I'll drift towards something shorter, even though I've been reading a lot of that and would actually prefer to stay with literary fiction for now.
What are your plans for today? I had gotten so used to calling it the July 4 weekend, that it feels weird having just a day off this time. I have an early day at work tomorrow, so at some point today or early morning tomorrow, I need to make the drive to work.