The weather was glorious in Ohio for a couple of days this week. I went to the park and smelled flowers. I listened to a deafening riot of frogs trying to get lucky at the pond. I felt the sun on my face and was feeling generally at peace with the world when a man jogged past.
Joggers are common, but this guy stopped me in my tracks. He was shirtless and had on tight, spandex, uh, what to call it? Let's say it was less material than underpants, and the brightly colored British flag's X was clearly marking a spot that us Ohioans keep private. He also had on brilliant lime green spandex on his wiry calves that were sort of like rippled knee socks, or maybe neon greaves? He smiled, and I was dimly aware that he was good looking, but it took me some moments before I could put that whole picture together in my mind. I hope to see him again sometime. It was kind of like seeing an exotic and fascinating insect, or maybe a Sasquatch sighting.
When I look at Jane's blog, she never has such skimpily clad and brightly colored men jogging through the English parks. What's going on in this guy's head? Inquiring minds want to know.
Aside from these cultural exchanges, I can say that I don't care about the upcoming US/British nuptials. We aren't living in a Disney movie. If Princess Di's life showed us anything, wearing a crown comes at a cost. I hope her son and his wife fare better than Di did. And yet, Queen Elizabeth looks a lot like my grandma. I have red headed siblings. It feels like a family wedding, which leaves me wondering why I didn't get invited, but thankful I don't have to buy a present.
I'd like to say that I think monarchies are obsolescent and democracy is patently superior, but I watch the news. Current events make me doubt the wisdom of letting some people vote, besides making me question the value of humanity in general. It's like the old curse, may you live in interesting times. We're living it.
Oh well, I've been waging a personal war on dust lately. This goes against my general reluctance towards housekeeping. My house is clean and tidy enough, but I've a theory that dust is causing some of my sinus troubles and headaches and I'm working on stamping out this scourge from my life. It may kill me. I did a thorough cleaning of all the hidden spots in, under, and behind furniture in one room and spent the following several days coughing, wheezing, and miserable. When recovered, I attacked everything dog-related, including the dog. This caused a couple more miserable days. The dog's bath seemed to only create more shedding. I feel like I'm losing the battle, but I shall persevere! I'm feeling considerable sympathy for whoever cleans monarchs' palaces.