If We Were Having Coffee on the 13th of June, 2020

Coffee Share new Hampshire in the Summer

Hello and Welcome!  Let’s sit down here at the table on the patio and I’ll get you a nice super strong mug of dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage.  It is still a little cool, though comfortable, but I can get you something cool instead of warm, if you’d like.  We can sit here and look off into the woods and pretend we are a million miles from anyone instead of in the middle of a village.  And were is this village?  Some may recognize that van Gogh mug as being in New Hampshire.

This was a busy week.  I had a busier than usual work week.  Partially because of this, I didn’t blog as much as usual. I also had a dentist appointment on Thursday – I had a filling :( There was the typical playing with dogs in the woods behind the house and walking.  For some reason, they preferred playing this week and we didn’t walk as much as usual.  I ran and did my strength exercises.  I read.  Typical stuff.

The weather was, for the most part, nice.  It is warm, but not uncomfortably so.  Most evenings were cool.  I know I am weird, but I love when it gets down to 55 F/13 C (or lower!) at night and then up to, but not much above, 75 F/24 C during the day. Heaven on Earth. Oh, and low humidity.  Can’t forget that!  To me, 75 and 100% humidity is almost as bad as 90 F/32 C and low humidity, at least when walking or running.

Still an odd week in the outer world.

To say that I have been thinking a lot during this strangest of years would be an understatement.  I can’t go into any detail – at this point I can’t summarize in less than 100K words – but know that I am a humanist. And by that, I don’t mean “anti-religion”, I mean that the individual humans are more important than the things that humans have made, that every human deserves rights and dignity, that we are not here to be a part of a huge machine that benefits someone at the top of the pyramid.  And part of this is to hold everyone accountable, not just those at the bottom, but, in particular, those at the top whose actions are much farther reaching who can damage far more lives.  Because, remember, it is those lives, each and every one, that is important*.  These are the things I’ve been thinking about, but much, much more…

Anyway, enough about that.  It is a beautiful day and I need to go celebrate it.

Thanks for stopping by.  If you have a coffee share, I’ll will try to make it over, but, as always, I can’t make promises.

The coffee share is hosted over on Eclectic Alli.  The link to join is here.

* note – When I said “it is those lives, each and every one, that is important”, that was not meant as part of the “all lives matter” thing.  I understand that if you say, “My house is burning down!”, for me to answer, “Yes, all houses matter,” is hateful. Yes, all lives do matter, but right now the “houses” of the black lives are “burning” and we need to solve that before we can move to the blanket statement.  Black Lives Matter.

 

35 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee on the 13th of June, 2020

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The weather is great, but it inst going to last – it will be very hot by the end of the week. You are right, we do need to have these difficult conversations and step outside of our comfort zones. Hopefully this time the changes will be deeper and longer lasting.

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  1. Beaton

    Hi Trent …
    Confession, the only mug I properly recognise is the Cape Cod one.
    I think the world needs a course in being human, humanology 101 because the things we do to each other…
    We having chilly winter temperatures this side of the world but all in all it seems like a warm winter and hopefully that pandemic would peak.
    ~B

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I few years ago I had two photos that I swapped depending on where I was – I think it was easier to keep up then ;)

      I agree, a humanology 101 course should be mandatory for all individuals… We are all part of one family, no matter where on this little stone called Earth we live.

      I am sure your chilly winter temperatures would feel really comfortable to me ;)

      Hope you have a good week.

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  2. dprastka

    Thanks for the strong cup of coffee! Lovely weather there and here too! It’s been by far the weirdest, craziest, strangest year of my life. Lots to think about for sure…. I have no words, my mind is just a jumble really. 🤪 I’m so thankful for these coffee shares and for all you blogging friends! I’m super busy at work too… And so on it goes! Enjoy your weekend! 😉😃

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yes, a weird year all around, there is no denying. It is nice having the blog and blog friends out there :) I hope you are having a great weekend and have a good week ahead – one that’s not -too- busy.

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  3. Antoinette Truglio Martin

    It’s a crazy time but I think some good conversation and thoughts that lead to real change for the better is on the horizon.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I do hope that better times are on the horizon. I know it seems like we’ve been here before, but this time it seems so much wider spread and more people are talking about it.

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  4. Nancy

    Certainly sounds like perfect weather to me. We are having some of that here too although I certainly don’t expect it to last! It has been a very thought provoking week. It is good to make people think and sometimes it’s good to be uncomfortable about the things you think. That’s how change happens. Have a good week.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It has been gorgeous. I agree, it is good for people to think and for people to step outside of their comfort zones. You too, have a wonderful week :)

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  5. Sagittarius Viking

    You would have liked the weather here this week. About 45 at night, and around 75 during the day, with some variations. Next week we are getting a high closer to 80, but still doable. There is always a light breeze where I live, makes it nice. I hope you are having a relaxing weekend with plenty of amazing nature time.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      That is perfect. We did have some warm weather – 85 yesterday – but it was very nice most of the week. Breezy here as well. Thinking Swedish weather, I can think of few places that are as far removed from Vegas weather! I hope your weekend is going well and that you have a wonderful week ahead :)

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  6. robertawrites235681907

    You mentioned that you had a busy work week before, Trent. I have also been ridiculously busy. Covid-19 has created a lot of extra work for the financial sector. I will look back on this time as being when I had to work the hardest ever in my career.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The problem here is that when I took over my position 5 years ago, I had 5 1/2 people working for me. Now I have 2 1/2. (1/2 = a part time employee). We have several projects going, one that in the past would take two or three years but we have to have it done in 10 months (4 months now). And then, almost daily, security changes what they are looking for, so we have to “fix” things that were fine yesterday. And we still have to keep things running, web sites with hundreds of millions of hits daily but running on old platforms ( part of our upgrade). So, yeah, it is busy, but not really Covid-19 related, it is all budget related.

      Anyway, I hope you are having a good weekend and are having a break away from being ridiculously busy.

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      1. robertawrites235681907

        Our deadline has been pushout a week which helps a lot. Wednesday this coming week was unachievable. we are now working towards Tuesday, 23 June. I hope everyone doesn’t take their foot of the pedal or we’ll end up in the same position in a week’s time.

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  7. Suzanne@PictureRetirement

    Trent, the ‘outer world’ is a good term. It almost feels separate, but logically we know it isn’t. Doing the best I can to stay connected without being part of the noise. Thinking of starting a ‘de-fund the government campaign.’ :-) Your weather sounds like heaven on earth!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      At times it does feel like a different universe. I’m glad I am so insulated from everything, but part of me does wish I could do something more. I’m not sure what, but… The weather is great! I do love being outside :)

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Yes, I think I remember that – I know that I did at least once recently comment that thinking globally but starting locally, in your own community, is often the best way to go. I do some community activity and need to get involved in more that is happening here. On thing that I also want to do is post more opinion pieces. Since I had my blog I posted very few, but I’ve already done a handful this year and most likely will continue.

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