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Morning Pages: August 16th, 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, I've been locking myself down until I think it's safe to go out again. To alleviate fear and stress, my writer's group has put together a daily “morning pages” get-together on Zoom in order to touch base before starting the day. Here's some of my brief thoughts.


I sleep now fren.




I spent part of yesterday thinking about how much I like the toilet in my parent's basement bathroom. My apartment in Arlington was built (I think) in the 1940s, when people were smaller and thinner because there wasn't as much food or something, so the toilets are made for normal-sized people. Plus-sized people weren't a thing. Now obesity is everywhere, and that means things are designed to multiple times their original size and durability. I think the basement bathroom toilet is designed for an extremely fat person, which is why it's so big and nice to sit on. Maybe not as much lemonade as I would like out of this lemon, but what can you do. Maybe not talk about it, maybe that's it.

It's strangely dark today. Usually it's super bright, but I think since it's raining, the thunderstorm covered the sun and made it seem like it's a few hours earlier in the day. Either that, or the days are just getting shorter as we get closer to winter. That reminds me of how much I like Michigan weather. I keep getting these reports of flash floods and heat waves and tropical storms and whatnot in Arlington, and here in Michigan it doesn't seem like those are things. Maybe they would be if I had signed up for county updates.

One coworker I talked to last Thursday had traveled pretty much everywhere, including everywhere in Michigan, and mentioned how cheap land prices were in upper Michigan (either Upper Peninsula or the northern part of the Lower Peninsula). For something like $300,000, you can purchase a hundred acres of land with some small cabin on the shorelines of Lake Superior. That sounds rather dreamy. I think I should only purchase things I could defend…which makes me question whether I should purchase a house in the city. Purchasing land in northern Michigan and maybe some land in northern Ontario would be really cool. Or live in Kingston, ON. That'd be nice.