It’s drastic Mood Swing time! Yesterday’s good mood thrown into the gutter with the announcement that the lock-down will continue through May 4. I was expecting another two weeks, but two weeks and change dampened the spirits, and made me fear for all the local businesses, again. Also, a whole month of this?
I’m into the fourth week now.
So I got in the car and drove downtown. Just drove downtown. Got out, took some construction pictures, walked around my old route from car to office just to do it, just to trace the old steps while listening to the same radio show. Wore mask, saw maybe two people.
It may seem a bit silly, but when I get an alert on my phone that my parking meter is 15 minutes from expiring, it feels good. Used to be daily; now it’s weekly. But it still is.
Wasn’t until now that I remembered what I thought when I read the deadline was extended: will I have enough relevant Andromeda Strain Bleat banners?
Priorities, people! Priorities!
Anyway, it’s not a diminution of optimism. Just a heavy sigh before getting up and doing it again, and then again, and then again, each day in sequence, until. Until the Bleat Ban sounds the all clear. You’ll know it when you see it.
I killed some lockdown time with Akinator, a website that tries to guess which famous person or character you’re thinking of. The first series of questions are obvious - male / female, movie / animated, YouTube or not. That takes a lot off the table. It got Alex DeLarge from Clockwork Orange in 24 guesses. Took a bit longer with Charles Foster Kane, because I answered “no” to the question “does the character have more than 50 subscribers.”
I mean, yes, he did. A lot more. But I figured that wouldn’t be accurate by the definitions of the program.
Likewise, what do you do about Clark Kent? If asked if he has super powers, what’s the answer? Clark Kent did, but his persona was built around the perception that he did not.
Sometimes I’d give it an easy one, like Rick from Casablanca, and you’d roll your eyes:
It couldn’t get Charlie from “Peggy Sue Got Married.”
It really couldn’t get Maria from Metropolis. Again, the questions were tricky: is your character a robot? Does your character dance?
Well, yes and no. It’s complicated.
It's fun. Try it and give it a good challenge.