A bit of history about 1872: “Ulysses S. Grant defeats Horace Greeley. Women’s suffrage: In defiance of the law, American suffragist Susan B. Anthony votes for the first time (on November 18 she is served an arrest warrant, and in the subsequent trial is fined $100, which she never pays).”
Each post now represents a year of “modern” life as we approach the Twentieth Century but still 149 years from 2021. Christmas decorations are starting to go up in our home. It was much easier to get the storage boxes out of the garage rather than behind the locked cages of last year’s apartment. We also have more room to display some of our collection. My wife still respects our informal prenuptial agreement of no excessive decorating, although I must admit that the lanai would be the perfect location for a tree. Am I getting sentimental in my old age?
Yesterday, was a great sports watching day even though my favorites didn’t fare so well. Technical difficulties prevented my watching IU soccer lose in the last minute to Washington in the Sweet 16. I could, however, clearly see the hamulating defeat that the football Boilermakers laid on my Hoosiers in the Bucket game. It had been ten years since IU went winless in the conference, and I had thought those days were behind us. From an IU fan standpoint, the day improved with both a men’s and women’s basketball victory, as was expected. The real excitement was watching Michigan beat Ohio State and Alabama pull off an incredible come-from-behind win over Auburn in the Iron Bowl. Oregon also beat Oregon State in the Civil War.
Today, the Colts meet the Buccaneers, a game that will have some impact on my Fantasy match-up, with Rob Gronkowski and Carson Wentz playing for the opposition. The Colts are riding a three-game winning streak, highlighted by Jonathan Taylor’s 5 touchdown barrage last Sunday against the Bills. Tom Brady and company have lost two of their last three as we head into the last seven games of the season when he is typically at his best. The Bears get the day off after a thrilling Thanksgiving Day victory, while I might leave the dark confines of my office to watch today’s games in the sunshine by the pool. Back in 1872, Columbia and Rutgers met in the first ever college football tie 0-0. It’s Sunday and Trash Day, but football comes first!
I doubt that I’ve done much swimming on Thanksgiving Day, but thanks to a heated pool in our new Florida home, I’m living the dream. I’ve been to many warm spots to celebrate the holiday like Isles Mujeras, St. Maartin, Maui, and Austin but I don’t recall spending a lot of time in the swimming pool. I’m grateful we made the investment, as I continue to get my money’s worth or at least reduce the cost per use. As I’m swimming laps, it’s as if I can hear the electric meter spinning. It was 55 degrees when I stepped outside to run this morning but the pool water was in the seventies, peaking at 85 in the evenings.
From a historical standpoint, the Great Chicago Fire happened in 1871, as I continue relate events to my daily post. According to Wikipedia, “the blaze started on the evening of Oct. 8, 1871. While there is little doubt that the fire started in a barn owned by Patrick and Catherine O’Leary, the exact cause of the fire remains a mystery. Rain put out the fire more than a day later, but by then it had burned an area 4 miles long and 1 mile wide.” Maybe a cow did kick over a lantern? “It killed between 200 and 300 people, destroys 17,450 buildings, leaves 100,000 homeless and causes an estimated $200 million (in 1871 dollars; roughly $4 billion in 2021 dollars) in damages.”
It’s big big day for college sports, as my Alma Mater, Indiana plays four times today in soccer, basketball, and football. It’s a weekend for rivalries, including the Bucket Game between Purdue and IU. If it had been held last year but wasn’t due to Covid, the Hoosiers would have theoretically trounced the Boilers, but what a difference a year has made. Purdue is favored by two touchdowns. Ohio State is a TD favorite over Michigan in their annual battle this afternoon for the Paul Bunyan trophy. IU Men’s and Women’s basketball should both win today, while soccer plays #2 seed Washington that may spell the end of their frustrating season, plagued by a lack of scoring. It comes down to the fact that if the Huskies score they will probably win.
Speaking of buckets, I did watch “The Bucket List” movie again with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. It’s one of those holiday traditions along with “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.” Travel has been restricted these past few years, so I don’t know if I’ll ever get to the Pyramids. Our Bucket List has a hole in it, as plans continue to be disrupted by worldwide disease threats. We’re still hoping to get to Alaska, Japan, Kaui, and Egypt next year, but we might be limited to just automobile adventures like our drive to the Grand Hotel with stops at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Football Hall of Fame, Biltmore Mansion and Hilton Head. Despite the setbacks, it’s still good to live the dreams of your Bucket List.
I keep getting notifications from Go Daddy about security violations on my account and the need to reset my passwords. This last one from their director of security, Demetrius Comes, an actual person. Yet, they haven’t locked me out as indicated, so I’m inclined to believe it’s another elaborate scam. The same thing is happening frequently with Amazon and Apple. I tend to ignore these messages and go directly to the site where I’m not finding any indications of misuse. It’s frustrating and confusing.
Today’s retirement docket includes a home warranty follow-up, car service work, a sunset beach-nic, and IU basketball. It’s a typical Tuesday here in paradise while Fall is nearly over in the Midwest. This morning’s run was at a cool 57 degrees. I could also feel the warmth of the pool heater as I did my laps. Plans were made yesterday for Spring Training tickets and a visit from my Oregon friends in mid-March. Ghostbusters Afterlife turned out to be a very entertaining “Matinee Monday” activity.
I’m waiting on a report from an unexpected roofing inspection yesterday, part of the warranty work. They happened to be in the area after months of requests. There was also some confusion on Thanksgiving plans with my son’s wife, but we’re sticking with our commitment with a friend to eat on the beach for the second time this week. After all, that’s why we wanted to be close by the Gulf.
It’s another “Meatless Matinee Monday,” as if that even makes sense. We’ll go see Ghostbusters Afterlife and try to stay away from eating meat – popcorn is acceptable but rarely part of the routine. The trash has been collected, and I’m now waiting for the Warranty guy to update us on repair projects. He’s been MIA since our first meeting over a month ago and seems to have forgotten about us. We have one year to correct any construction flaws and have already passed the halfway point. Hopefully, this meeting will get him back on track with roofing, frame, electrical, and caulk issues that need to be corrected.
It was a busy day in sports yesterday, rudely interrupted by some yardwork. The IU Hoosiers moved on in soccer against Bowling Green and easily handled the Louisiana Ragin’ Caguns in basketball. Our fantasy football team exceeded projections, putting us in line for a win tonight. I also watched the Portland Timbers beat Minnesota on the pitch. Tonight we’ll get back to Goliath and watch the new episode of Yellowstone. I’ll see the chiropractor yet this morning and get on a Zoom call with friends about Spring Training before heading to the movie theater.
There was no time for my cool down swim this morning. My wife has a bridge lesson at the clubhouse and Tally had a good romp at the dog park. It’s a pretty low-key start to the Thanksgiving week that will not include any family this year, just a beach-nic with a friend. Last year at this time we were stuck in our apartment, getting prepared for our first cross-country drive to Florida that took us through California, Arizona, and Texas. We then parked that car at my son’s house and flew home to get ready to make the final move with our second vehicle. Movie theaters were still closed and so it was just “Meatless Monday.” A year later, we’re finally starting to get settled.