Thursday, July 16, 2020

Retirement, Twitter, Podcasts And Prayer

Preface: Today, I am suffering from DIMI - Dog-Induced Morning Insomnia. The blasted creatures woke me at 2 AM and I haven't been able to get back to sleep. The post below reflects my state of mind.

On with the show.

I miss retirement. 

I left my job on November 1 of last year after many decades of work. I was off for 6 months and then went back to work. This was the plan all along as the financial change allowed my wife to be fully retired. I don't regret it, but I miss being retired for the same reason I'm learning to loathe Twitter and ponder taking a podcast vacation as well.

Twitter is a distraction. It's a set of tiny dopamine triggers. Outrage! Scandal! Anger! Snark!


Podcasts, as much as I enjoy them, are the same thing, just in a slower format.

All three of these things have contributed to the complete collapse of my prayer life. I'm finding that clearing my mind and reflecting on Scripture or the events of the day or even saying the Rosary is practically impossible. I can focus for work and I'm happy with what I'm doing there, but outside of work, my mind is splattered all over the place.

I think it's time for another digital fast. You'll probably see a lot more photography posts for a while.

Nick Cannon Comment: If you don't know him and haven't seen his now-viral rant, Nick Cannon is a black podcaster with a Twitter following of about 5,000,000. He's an out-and-out Nazi loon and proves my long-standing assertion that Nazism is alive and well in the progs. He had a long podcast discussion with another black dude about how melanin gave you soul and depth and God knows what else and how melanin was feared by whites and that was why whites tried to dominate everyone because they were afraid of the melanated people who were superior and whites were closer to animals and were savages and ...

I swear, it sounded exactly, exactly like something one of the Nazi race "experts" would have said in the 1930s. He got some blowback from it, but he has also gotten support from other Twitter and cultural heavyweights. If you ever wondered how the Nazis rose to power in a 1st-world nation like Germany, old Nick is your case study.

Cotton Update: My cotton is thriving and beginning to flower. One of my Nankeen is about 6' tall now.

This is on one of my red foliated cotton plants. It looks like it will be a beautiful flower.

Anywho, I'm hoping to find time to nap later today. Without the dogs. Catch you tomorrow, hopefully with some good photos to share.


tim eisele said...

I didn't realize cotton blossoms could be so decorative. Nice!

Ohioan@Heart said...

Are you thinking of trying to grab a photo of Comet Neowise?

I don't think you get one as good as this one (APOD, but I'd sure be interested in how good a photo you can get. Maybe a weekend trip to either the mountains or desert...

K T Cat said...

Thanks, Tim!

Ohioan, I think I've made such a fuss about my night sky photography that I have to try to shoot the comet now. It looks like Monday night, July 20 will be the best. I'll give it a try in the desert. NASA says I need a view of the NW sky and Sunrise Highway is blocked in that direction for it's entire length as far as I can remember. It's all good. My new desert spot is only a 90-minute drive.