#WeekendCoffeeShare – 2020/04/26

If we were having coffee, I’d wish you a fine Sunday morn and pour you a steaming cup of bold roast from Charleston Coffee Roasters. I ground the beans myself and must admit th at it is quite good.

I’ve been missing bunches of time on tyhe blog and writing in general lately. I don’t like it, but it has been hard to be motivated with everything going on. My rhythms are off, so to speak.

I’m continuing to not use the internet bandwidth we have at home, saving it for others who need it for school and work, but have found a dot at the table this morning while enjoying this wonderful coffee and thought it would be a great time to get back in touch with everyone out there.

I do hope everyone is well and that we have the worst of the pandemic behind us. Some things have begun to re-open, and though that makes me happy, it also causes a bit of worry. What it we’re re-opening too early? What if we have to start this whole Coronavirus lockdown all over again?

There are concerns on the other side as well. What if we’ve waited too long to re-open? How many will lose the businesses they gave everything to build? It’s a wierd situation to be in for everyone, and there’s so much conflicting information out there, you don’t know what to believe.

It doesn’t help that when I go to work, it’s like what virus? We’re just working normal over half the time. I swear that most of the people there can’t read the social distancing signs posted up everywhere because they will walk right up on you and blather about whatever comes to mind. Oh, and step back all you want, they’ll just step with you and close that distance right back up. Six feet? By who’s tape measure?

As for brighter subjects, I’ve been running fairly consistently and doing some things to help with alignment and strengthing of the muscles in the foot and upward through the whole chain to avoid injury. Eric Orton’s book “The Cool Impossible” goes into a lot of things you can do around proper running form and strengthening the before mentioned muscles and I just finished reading it, so I’ve been incorporating some of those things into what I already do. The book is a good read. It is a book focused on running and coaching though, so don’t go into it looking for great prose and story. But there are pieces of story here and there.

I’ve also been messing with my old guitar instead of writing lately. Seemingly anything that I can do that’s not writing is what I’ve done the past few weeks, including binge watching Orphan Black with my wife. Only one season left!

This week, if this dot will stay here at the table, I’m going to try being a little more active in the blogosphere. Those dots can be quite elusive however, so you never know. What I am going to do (or try to do) is pull myself out of this writing funk. It’s past time. I’ve sulked too long and maybe it’s pen and paper that I’ll be sitting with, but it’s not like that’s never happened before. Pen and paper has been the bearer of some of my best ideas after all.

So, I suppose I’ll let you go. Feel free to take a cup of that bold roast with you for the road and be safe out there. Don’t forget to keep six feet, as measured on a standard tape, between you and the random peeps, and dot willing, I’ll see you next week!

11 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare – 2020/04/26

  1. Oh, I’m sorry you’ve not felt like blogging much lately and that your rhythm is off. Mine thankfully is still pretty much as it should be. I also don’t experience shortage of Internet bandwidth.

    I share your concerns too. It’s truly a weird situation. How weird that work continues as if nothing is going on and people aren’t even keeping their distance.

    The coffee definitely sounds delicious. It’s latish evening here though, so no more coffee for me.

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    1. Thanks Astrid, I’m glad you’ve still got you’re rhythm! Hopefully, mine’s on the way back.

      Thanks for stopping by for a chat in these weird times we’re living in. Hope to see you next week!

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  2. Hey Russell,

    I guess I’m fortunate in that I rarely go into the office for my work and haven’t been there literally in many months. I’d bet they are better about maintaining distances though. My company quickly picks up and supports things like this.

    On the other hand, I too am suffering from having my writing rhythms all out of balance. I both miss it and don’t which also bugs me.

    I’ve caught myself thinking how much better things would be if I could just retire.(the general plan is to work for another 2 years and try to get out of California in the mean time.

    But I wonder if that would even help me out of the funk I feel is part of the whole SIP lifestyle.
    And enough of this grousing already. I’m trying to stay positive and focused on all the blessings I still have and enjoy. But it sure felt good to blow off some of the frustration steam.

    Let’s talk about our next story. We need to get back on track.
    Warmest regards

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    1. Hey Gary, I’ve found a dot here at home and I’m nursing it as best I can right now. Ha, it sounds ridiculous, but it’s true.

      Where I work is really two different stories being told on a single worksite if you will. Up in the offices, where things are clean and quiet, social distancing is the norm. Out on the floor, where things may not be so clean or quiet, that’s not always the case. I would say that the company supports the whole idea of social distancing, but it can be hard to put into real practical practice at times. I do what I can, but there’s only so much I can do and still get my work done at times.

      And I also know what you mean about both missing and not missing writing. It is something that I enjoy and even hope for something of a second career doing someday. But then it can be so easy to slip away from it when things get hectic. The worst is feeling guilty about letting it slip when in the end it really is just a hobby.

      Even so, like you said and I can’t agree more, let’s focus on the blessings in these times of turmoil and stay positive as much as we can.

      With just a touch of luck, we’ll be back writing and living a bit more of a normal life soon. It was great hearing from you Gary, see you next week!


  3. Hi Russell,
    My response to your post just took a bit of a U-turn when I read you referred to your writing as “just a hobby”. Is that true, because it sounded rather dismissive, when you seem to be rather dedicated most of the time. That’s the sort of thing my husband might say when he’s in a bad mood and I must add that he really copped it as well. Almost hit the road after that. Just because it’s not paid work, doesn’t mean it’s not worthwhile.
    On the subject of self isolation and lifting restrictions, it depends very much on where you live and incidence rates as well as your own health and age. I live in Australia and I feel we’ve done a great job so far in responding to the crisis. At the very least, we’ve bought some time which has allowed us to be better equiped. From where I sit , America has been too cavalier and has paid a terrible price.
    Establishing herd immunity is another approach, but that has been pretty devastting.
    Anyway, I hope your office manages to lift its game on social distancing. We all need to be very vigilant.
    Best wishes,

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    1. Rowena, I’m sorry that I threw you for a bit of a loop. My writing, while I would like it to be more one day and while I try to take it as seriously as I can, is a hobby. Maybe not just a hobby, but I can’t allow myself to take it “too” seriously as I have done in the past and ended up isolating myself in situations that had nothing to do with any sort of virus. I hope that explains the statement.

      As for the virus, we’re not in a hot spot. Yes, we’re in America and there are some hot spots here, but not where I am. I just don’t want us to become the next hot spot! Maybe all the coming heat and humidity of summer will burn/drown all of the corona germs. I’ve got my fingers crossed!

      Thanks for stopping by and your kind words!

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      1. I know exactly what you mean about more or less being sucked down a tunnel with your writing and cutting off from everyone and everything around you. I know all about that, and am now better at sensing when I am heading into what I call nunnoo nunnoo territory (reference to Robin Williams in Mork & Mindy). Our 14 year old daughter is also a dancer and there have been a few movies put out about how that can take possession of you body, mind and spirit. This Blogging From Ato Z April Challenge takes me into this zone every year and I produce some of my best writing under a lot of pressure, because I never have the posts prepared in advance, but also find this pressure cooker environment really extends me and results in my best work and I’m getting the stories finished, which can be a huge issue for any writer. I have almost finished for 2020 and it has almost finished me, but it’s been particularly good to do this during the shut down.
        In terms of boosting your writing, I find the more I write, the more I write. There’s a book called The Artist’s Way, which I can highly recommend. Just the idea of writing everyday and not editing what’s going down on paper works. I also do a fair amount of handwriting. I’ convinced there’s a connection between the friction between pen and paper on the page which stimulates the brain. However, we also need to be wary of overstimulation, and that is more of a problem for me. I’ve lond felt this is a serious issue for writers to consider, but you usually only ever hear about writer’s block.
        Best wishes,

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        1. I love to write with pen and paper. It’s so natural and relaxing until my hand starts cramping which is what happened last night, lol.

          There was a time when I was using a thing called the Magic Spreadsheet. You get points for getting your words for the day. The more days in a row, the more points per day. Miss a day and start back at ground zero for points per day. It can be a great motivator. So I went for 3 years or better without missing a day. Christmas, Thanksgiving, night out with friends, it didn’t matter. I don’t remember what it was that made me miss that first time, but it took me months to write again after that. I’ve been trying to avoid that sort of compulsion since that.

          Thanks for the book recommendation. I’ll check it out for my next read. Just started Salem’s Lot though, so it’ll be a few.

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          1. This book isn’t a read. It’s more of a writing program. However, it too could trigger that compulsion as well. There’s a fine line between having a routine and a compulsion, but having a system where you go back to zero simply by missing one day, doesn’t sound good to me. That’s go that all or nothing pressure and no allowance for what else is going on in your life. Doesn’t seem healthy to me.

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