Apr. 28th, 2017

A-C

Apr. 28th, 2017 04:45 pm
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Finishing up our grocery trips, facing the prospect of a hot afternoon boiling over, feeling confident with Kay being here, I suggested to Pop that we try the air-conditioner. He kind of hesitated. He is clearly feeling pinched. He asked, "What month do we usually put it on?" I said 'May' and shrugged. It would have been a 'no go' if Kay were not here, I am sure. As it is, the a-c is now humming and seems to be working fine, with nothing leaking.

I am thinking that we might make it through another southwestern summer, after all. I was afraid that this might be in jeopardy, because Pop, in his middle-seventies, seems to be becoming only more child-like in buying any toy that catches his eye. He seems to feel that he should not have to deny himself anything, but then he complains to me about the finances as though I am the one bleeding money. Of course, you would think he must go bankrupt sometime, but I am praying that it won't happen in the summertime.

Chess

Apr. 28th, 2017 07:09 pm
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Wow, I just dropped two straight games to Robot-1400. And here I was thinking that I would never lose a game below the 1500 level. It shows, though, that my enthusiasm for chess is strong that I don't let it bum me out. Ten years ago I probably would have quit the game (again, for the nth time) in mortified frustration: who needs to be reminded everyday that he is stupid? But now it is like literature and philosophy. I don't have to be good at it to enjoy it. Indeed, I have even come to prefer having the chessboard out rather than the laptop computer, no longer having anyone online that I like to talk to.

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