Hello, everyone! Good morning, and welcome to another Thursday, and therefore, to another of my weekly blog posts. I felt tempted to begin with, “Hey, Vsauce! Robert here,” since I’ve been watching rather a larger number of YouTube videos than usual, including many Vsauce videos that I haven’t seen in a while. I’ve shared a few of them, which you may know if you follow me on Twitter or are a Facebook friend (I don’t tend to share videos on my Facebook author page. Maybe I should).
Of course, the above is related to the fact that this is my second Thursday working from home, and thus writing this blog from home. It’s not that I don’t go into the office at all, since I am responsible for records and payroll, not all of which can be done remotely*. But we’ve moved such operations as we’re able out of the office. It’s been surprisingly successful, on some days more than others, but certainly not ideal.
Also, let’s be honest, apart from going to the office, this blog is the most social thing I do, so I’m tending to involute a bit more even than usual, which is probably not a good thing. I won’t say that, like Melkor, after wandering in the Void too often I start wanting to take over Middle-earth, but like him, my time spent alone (albeit reading and listening to books and watching mostly educational YouTube videos) does lead me to have thoughts unlike those of my brethren.
Then again, I’ve always had those.
Oh, by the way, a Happy Passover to those of you who celebrate it! I don’t know if anyone’s having seders or not—I suppose they might as well do them with the people with whom they’re living, anyway—but still, hopefully you have a nice holiday that’s not too disrupted from the normal flow.
And of course, the fact that Passover has started probably means that Easter is coming. Let’s take a look…
…yep. It’s this Sunday (unless you’re Eastern Orthodox or similar, in which case you’ll celebrate the following Sunday. I’m never quite sure why the difference, and I guess I don’t care enough to look it up). So, for those of you who celebrate that holiday, do your very, very best to have a Happy Easter! As far as I know, chocolate bunnies aren’t sources of contagion, as long as they were in packages that were wiped down before being opened. Ditto with Cadbury Creme Eggs**! Of course, I know that none of the chocolate or egg things have anything to do with the religious aspects of the Easter holiday, but they’re fun, and I doubt Jesus would mind people celebrating with chocolate***.
Of course, given my time at home, Unanimity is continuing well, though ironically, not quite as speedily as when I go to the office. That latter fact is just a matter of transition, adjustment, and adaptation; I’m somewhat overindulging in the fact that I don’t have to commute, and using it as an excuse for a relative lie-in. I sometimes sleep as late as seven in the morning (!), though admittedly I still experience my usual inevitable awakening sometime between three and four, and do a bit of grumbling and fumbling before I’m able to go back to sleep, if I can at all. This latter habit has nothing to do with my prostate—I’ve been that way almost for as long as I can remember, and it seems to be related to dysthymia/depression, with its whole lovely early morning awakening.
If I developed the ability to see people’s auras and go higher up the levels of the “tower”, as in Stephen King’s Insomnia, I wouldn’t mind it so much.
I still haven’t released my latest/last version of my song Schrodinger’s Head, nor have I released the audio blog I did off the cuff last week, though they’re both ready for public consumption. It’s probably partly due to the general topsy-turvy nature of the current weirdness that I’ve been so lackadaisical. I really must try to get those out soon.
With that, I suppose I have little more to add. I hope you all stay as safe and healthy as you’re able, while remembering (tacitly, at least) that perfect safety and permanent health are impossible. Everything involves trade-offs, and no one lives forever****. But certainly, there is no excuse for endangering others unnecessarily, so take precautions, and if you’re ill, stay away from other people as much as possible. Hopefully the far end of this thing will come sooner than we think…but of course—and rather by definition—I don’t think it will. Oh, well. The world’s a hard place with many sharp corners and uneven surfaces. That needn’t stop us from making the most of it.
*Including giving people their paychecks.
**Mmmmmmm, creme eggs…so yummy!
***“Hey, did you hear?” “What?” “Jesus came back from the dead!” “Wow! That calls for a celebration! Let’s have some chocolate!” “Sounds good to me! Oh, by the way, do you know who spilled food coloring on all the eggs and then tried to hide them all over the place?”
****Except Michael Menelvagor and the vampire, Morgan. To know who those people are, read my books Son of Man and Mark Red. Go ahead, you probably have some spare time.