I’m not very interested in what I have to say lately.
There’s just something about February. It’s a short month, but marks the start of every-other-week columns and cartoons for Bicycle Retailer and Industry News.
Too, the weather is often inhospitable, which can be a problem when shooting video for Adventure Cyclist.
And every so often we find ourselves adjusting to a New World Ordure, which can be irksome.
So, yeah. Apologies, but I’ve been taking a few continuing-education courses at good ol’ STFU.
While in residence I read a 1955 interview with James Thurber in The Paris Review. Thurber — an FBI target dubbed “prematurely anti-fascist” by Red-hunters — was discussing what he called “this fear and hysteria” of that period in American history and how it was affecting his writing:
“It’s hard to write humor in the mental weather we’ve had, and that’s likely to take you into reminiscence. Your heart isn’t in it to write anything funny.”
Speaking of stormy mental February weather, I see King Donald the Short-fingered is to address the multitudes this evening. P’raps instead of watching that excremental extravaganza we shall borrow a teenager from one of the neighbors, immerse ourselves in some novel off-the-cuff and inconsequential lies as a change of pace.
Or maybe we’ll re-read “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”