The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

............................................ ............................................ A blog devoted to the ramblings of a small town, middle aged college professor as he experiences life and all its strange variances.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Winds of Time

Today was quite windy with heavy rain during my run.  But, I still did my 6.6 miles.  So, I am glad I did it (but also that today's run is DONE too) :)  I took a shower to warm back up afterwards. 

I have always wondered why some folks dislike the electricity generating windmills like those shown in the image I have posted.  We have several of these relatively nearby and I always find them rather strikingly pretty and a nice addition to the landscape.  From my perspective, I would be very much in favor of having considerably more of them.  They are quiet.  They serve a great purpose, and their austere form is such that I think is actually beautiful in a minimalist sort of way.  I find watching them as they gently rotate to be quite relaxing and peaceful too. 

During this time of Covid-19, I have been especially aware of my Internet friends.  Even though I have been extremely tied to my computer for U work most every day, I have made a consistent effort to at least see if my many Internet friends are seemingly to be doing ok.  I have not been commenting as much as I would like on blogs, but I have been reading a lot of blogs, especially to see if people are still doing all right and posting.  Other Internet friends (not on blogs) are also being regularly checked in upon ( a few forums I visit regularly, and a few other places).  But some Internet friends are not easy to check upon.  There have been 3 different folks on the forums I like that have been MIA for a while and it has been a little worrisome as no one knew of a way to contact them outside of the forums themselves.  Luckily, for two of these folks, there was at least ONE person on the forum who did know an e-mail for for them and we were able to be reassured that they were doing well.... but just tied up with other things during this time.  That was a relief.  One forum friend, though, I and several others are still wondering about.  We are hoping he is doing ok.  He is on one of the music forums I visit.  In terms of my blogging friends, I have been able to see that most all of you are still posting regularly and even if I have not commented lately, I am comforted that you are actively posting.  The one exception is in my friend here who comments fairly regularly.  This friend is Pat.  And, I do wonder if Pat is doing ok because I have no way to contact Pat other than through this blog. 

I am actually able to spend some time today working on getting some aspects of my upcoming Spring/Summer class up to snuff.   It is going to be on-line (of course) due to Covid-19.  But, I am somewhat looking forward to trying out making an on-line course from the ground up this time.... I have learned a lot during this forced electronic period.  And I still think that face-to-face is and always will be FAR superior.  But... with the only option being electronic this Spring/Summer at my U... I am kind of excited to see what I can do.  I am going to try my damndest to make this class a rich academic experience that is both valuable in content and fun and enjoyable in practice. 

I have a wonderfully aromatic pouch of "Rough Arrowhead Mixture" (a regional blend of pipe tobacco) open on my desk this morning. Its aroma is enticing and pleasant.  Even though I would rather be having the full experience of smoking a bowlful of this beautiful leaf, at least having the pleasant pouch odor is nice.

PipeTobacco

8 Comments:

Blogger Anvilcloud said...

If I go back far enough in time I would likely seen that I have lost contact with more bloggers than I have stayed in contact with.

Wednesday, 29 April, 2020  
Blogger Tom Cochrun said...

There is something calming and assuring in the design of the wind turbines. Visually pleasing and evidence of progress in tapping nature.

Wednesday, 29 April, 2020  
Blogger Pat McDowell said...

I have read many COVID-19 victims' descriptions of their illness, and loss of the sene of smell is one of the most common and striking unique symptoms.

So, your open pouch of pipe tobacco isn't just an indulgence or a temptation to return to your old friends, your pipes and tobaccos, though you may eventually do just that. For the moment, you can consider your tobacco pouch a diagnostic tool. As long as you can recognize the enticing aromas of your favorite tobaccos, there's a very, very strong likelihood that you haven't been infected by COVID-19. How's that for a rationalization?

Wednesday, 29 April, 2020  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...

Sounds like a perfectly good rationalization to me! I am glad you have commented. I had concern as you were away a fairly long time.

PipeTobacco

Wednesday, 29 April, 2020  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...

I so very much agree. I truly think we need many, many more of them!

PipeTobacco

Wednesday, 29 April, 2020  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...

I know what you mean. It makes me a bit sad. Sometimes I go looking far back in the archives and try to see if I can reconnect with some of my prior visitors.

PipeTobacco

Wednesday, 29 April, 2020  
Blogger Ol'Buzzard said...

I love windmills; they always bring up the image of Don Quixote. I love the book, I love the music.'
the Ol'Buzzard

Thursday, 30 April, 2020  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...

Hmm.... I too am a huge fan of Man of LaMancha, and the book and Don Quixote too.

Thursday, 30 April, 2020  

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