A Missive to My Dear Readers

Hi, there! It’s been a long time since y’all have heard from me. Since I’m not sure what to write, the following will simply consist of things which have been on my mind. First, I’ve lived long enough in the South to start saying “y’all.” As one who has lived in the North for most of his life, that “y’all” should ever pass my teeth’s barrier save in jest comes as a great surprise. Maybe five years will see me fully assimilated to Dixie. One gentleman did tell me, after I mentioned that Alabama would replace New Jersey as my residence of choice, that I would fit in just fine. That my ancestors originally settled in colonial Maryland and would fight for the South in the Unpleasant Affair of 1861-1865 has perhaps left an indelible mark in my blood.

The second thing which comes to mind is that I would like to post during this time of being cooped up in our homes. To that end, I desire to post once every day until the seventh anniversary of this blog. As an “essential worker” during the Kung flu pandemic, I’ll be out of the house most days for 8-9 hours before hunkering down with my food, supplies, ammunition, and toilet paper. (Who ever thought that people would obsessively buy toilet paper for weeks? I have ten rolls myself and expect them to last a coon’s age. Yet, some psychopaths apparently feel they need a dozen twenty-four count containers of the stuff.) I should have enough time to scribble at least three hundred words on a random topic if not more.

My anime watching has been everything except disciplined. A new friend and I seem to come together on comedies like Pani Poni Dash, Miami Guns, Excel Saga, Mitsudomoe, and Irresponsible Captain Tylor. (We differ in our tolerance to moe. He can take a saccharine level of cute I can’t stand.) I’m stuck in the middle of watching classics like Cowboy Bebop (a re-watch) and Legend of Galactic Heroes. I want to return to watching Galaxy Express 999 and Ashita no Joe 2. Due to feeling sentimental, I started watching Ef – A Tale of Memories. There’s a smattering of series I’ve discovered on HiDive: Shigofumi, Orphen 2, Blue Seed, Sabagebu, Dream Eater Merry, and Modern Magic Made Easy. I can even point to a couple from the present season: In/Spectre and The Case Files of the Jeweler Richard. Maybe I’ll have something to say about them in the coming weeks. Feel free to ask about them in the comments.

Flitting from one anime to another like this inspired me with an idea. Apparently, none of the above anime can grab me for long, so why not re-watch my top fifty? I would throw in ten honorable mentions and see how my list changes. This would probably take a couple of years to complete. Over that course of time, my dear readers would get introduced to the best anime has to offer since my top fifty list spans from 1970 to 2018. Besides, it guarantees me a great line-up of anime.

On a side note, I’ve read 10% of Moby Dick. As of now, why English professors have given it such a high place among the classics remains a mystery to me. Perhaps they love the image of the noble savage portrayed in Ishamel’s bosom friend? It’s probably too soon to judge such a voluminous classic, but I’d take Mark Twain over Melville any day.

May God bless all my dear readers with good health!

13 comments on “A Missive to My Dear Readers

  1. Hey, don’t push yourself too hard, though, okay? That hot topic virus is definitely an urgent thing right now, but I don’t think it’s the worst thing we have to face.

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    • Well, the frequency of my posts have been anemic for a while now. So, this seems like a good time to push myself hard. 🙂

      How to deal with the Chinese flu is a difficult question. The two extremes are going full lockdown and tanking the economy or letting everything run like normal and whoever dies–dies. The USA has taken a moderate approach of keeping food and medical supply places open while closing down places where large numbers of people gather. I don’t like the fact that my diocese no longer holds public masses and our obligation has been dispensed for the time being. But, I’ll assume the higher ups know what they’re doing.

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  2. Gaheret says:

    Moby Dick! Well, all I can say is that I felt like you for 500 pages, seeing flashes of brilliance but mostly putting up with the verbal narrator, his weird sense of humor and his endless divagations, and then it came all together. The last three chapters were one of the finest literary experiences I have had, and the book as a whole left a big impression in me. It was the same with Don Quixote: to the very last page I was myself what the point was, and just after closing the book I strongly felt I had witnessed something great after all. So, a somewhat appropiated reading for Lent.

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    • It’s good to know that Moby Dick gets better. Ishmael is an amusing character. But, one person has told me that Melville gives a history of whaling for a good chunk of the first part, which is very hard to sit through. I’m happy that I’m doing better so far in this attempt at reading it: my first attempt saw me only reach page 3. 🙂

      Don Quixote is the best novel ever written. That’s another book I should try to read while practicing “social distancing.”

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  3. Foxfier says:

    I have ten rolls myself and expect them to last a coon’s age. Yet, some psychopaths apparently feel they need a dozen twenty-four count containers of the stuff.)

    As far as I can tell, there really aren’t very many folks doing that at all– and a lot of folks who LOOKED like they were, were actually being responsible and splitting shopping trips with others.

    Sure, they should’ve had a month’s worth of TP in the first place, but a lot of people don’t have room for those kind of supplies and/or are very sensitive to social pressure about “hording,” “prepping,” or “stockpiling.”

    Heck, I’ve got six kids, two of whom are toddlers, four of whom are girls, and folks STILL give me crud for buying the packs of TP that are the size of a normal shopping cart. Don’t get me started on the way folks react to a normal week’s worth of shopping, even when we don’t have visitors.

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    • I was wondering about that myself. Every person I’ve talked to seems to have only recently run low or are only buying a little extra. But, there must be some people who are hoarding crazy amounts of toilet paper. Seeing empty shelves in the toilet paper aisle is not a common occurrence during normal times!

      Congratulations on having six children! What a blessing! People are too hard on large families–large in this culture being any family with more than two children. Well, people who give parents of large families grief for buying sufficient goods are having less or no children themselves. So, we might look forward to a future where those kinds of people are looked at as the weird ones.

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      • Foxfier says:

        Congratulations on having six children!

        Thank you! Definitely right on two or more being ‘big’, too. 😉

        I’ve had enough run-ins with folks who see the kids, and get choked up and mention that they wanted (more), but only had (one or two), so Himself is making sure I have reminders not to be harsh on folks. ❤ That's a kind of a problem for me, and since we home-school, I have an excuse to indulge in my nosy nature ask a lot of questions when I start to feel a smite-y mood coming down. *grin*

        Direct from a department head in our local Walmart, the problem is the turn-over– usually, you’ve got say 4 days of TP on the shelves at any time, and one or two day’s worth in the back. You stock constantly, so it doesn’t ever get empty, and every two days you get two day’s worth of new stock in. It’s just in time stocking, to minimize your tax burden.

        And at the start, you have folks who are buying their normal weekly amount, and then maybe one in ten a day buy one “just in case” because they heard that the Wuhan flu was in the US and were thinking they’d hate to run out of TP if they got sick and couldn’t go out. That was enough to wipe out the spares in the back, and leave a few gaps on the aisles.

        Then the media decided to make a big story of how there were shortages, even if they had to move the stock to get a good video, so about one in five folks grabbed an extra pack “just in case.” Which made sure nobody had to remove things from the shelves to make gaps, because they still are only getting a normal level of demand stock for TP.

        The “fun” thing?
        You can’t manually order to fix this. It’s all by computer, so they can’t go “hey, just get me a double order of TP, folks are flipping out,” Even if they HAD the extra space in the trucks coming.
        They’re slowly getting that fixed– but the fixes all hit the supply system at the same time, so there’s no room on the trucks for EVERYTHING that they need, although the guy assured me that there was plenty at their warehouse, at least as of last Thursday morning. The issue is truck-space, at least at this point– and there are so many regulations that you can’t just do more trips.

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      • Yes, and the panic hits and cases two days worth of toilet paper to become two hours worth. I really hope that people calm down soon.

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  4. ManInBlack says:

    Hey, good to see you back again!

    Stockpiling and panic buying is a HUGE issue here in the UK. Despite supermarkets and the government asking people to calm down and only buy what they need, even limiting their number of purchases on things like loo roll and soap, selfish idiots are still striping the shelves en mass.

    The result is the elderly and people working in the services like nurses, ambulance medics etc are faced with empty shelves by the time they are able to get to the shops, which is after everyone else. An NHS nurse made an appeal via social media crying her eyes out because she had just come off a 48 hour shift and had nothing to eat because the shops were out of stock.

    The problem is the virus has caused staff to stay at home so whilst the stock is there, they have noone to put it out. It’s a horrible situation that has truly revealed the selfishness of people in a crisis, especially in nations like ours, where we are supposedly best at “coming together”.

    Sorry for the rant but stay safe!

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    • Thanks! It’s nice to be back.

      Yes, people have a tendency to look out for #1 when a crisis hits. But, in this crisis, it certainly seems that young people without underlying health conditions should step up to the plate. After all, one Englishman working in China who contracted the virus simply went home and fixed himself whiskey hot toddies for a week. He got well with no need for further “treatment.” There ought to be plenty of people who are at less risk who can keep the shelves stocked.

      About people who can’t stop stockpiling, I can’t understand them in this country. There are no signs that supply lines are cut off and that we have to make do for a month or more on what we have at our homes. I myself purchased enough food to carry me for one month, and almost all neatly fit in the cupboards of my kitchen. Many people always have that much food on hand, and there is no need to stock more. Well, we can all hope that those people will think themselves really foolish in a few weeks time.


  5. Nice to hear from you again! Ef is a wonderful, heartfelt little drama. Stay well, friend!

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