September 18th, 2019

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RSAD and Other Sources of Stress

Celebrity Death Watch: Charlie Cole was a photojournalist. Peter Nichols was a playwright, best known for A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Anne Rivers Siddons was a Southern novelist. T. Boone Pickens was an oil magnate. Eddie Money was a singer who got only one ticket to paradise. Ric Ocasek was the lead singer of The Cars, who were a big deal in Boston in the late 1970’s. John Cohen was one of the founders of the New Lost City Ramblers. Betty Corwin created an archive of theatre on film and tape.

Robert Mugabe was a Zimbabwean revolutionary, turned big man politician and dictator. All in all, he destroyed what should have been a prosperous country to line his own pockets. I’ve been known to describe him as the most evil person who never actually played for the New York Yankees. In case you haven’t figured it out, he was someone I was happy to see die. And, yes, I had him on my ghoul pool list.

Phyllis Newman was a musical theatre actress who won a Tony for Subways Are For Sleeping, as well as starring in The Madwoman of Central Park West. She was also the widow of lyricist Adolph Green.

Cokie Roberts was a political journalist. She was one of the first women to break into broadcast journalism. I enjoyed her news analysis on NPR and the columns she wrote with her husband, Steve. She definitely belongs on any list of inspiring and influential women in media.

RSAD: Some people have Seasonal Affective Disorder in the winter, due to lack of light. I am suffering from a different sort of seasonal depression. Namely, Red Sox Affective Disorder or RSAD. Technically, they haven’t been eliminated just yet, but realistically, they have managed to break my heart this season. At least the Nationals have a good chance of a wild card slot.

Anyway, the combination of RSAD and being super busy at work (with two big projects going on), has got me behind on life in general and too tired to go out much. I’ve skipped at least three events I was interested in because I needed time just to do basic life maintenance, i.e. things like laundry, opening mail, changing the furnace filter, etc.

Andy Offutt Irwin: I did go out Saturday night to see Andy Offutt Irwin’s storytelling show at The Auld Shebeen. He told an interesting mix of stories, starting with Odysseus and continuing on to a personal story about his cub scout days. But most of his material was fictional, about his Aunt Marguerite and other (fictional) relatives, who provide a lot of character-based humor. It was an entertaining evening and it was good to get out of the house, as well as to see several storytelling friends.

Dear People Who Schedule Things: I am reasonably sure there at least four Wednesdays in October. In fact, my calendar tells me there are FIVE. So why is everything I want to do on the same one? (I have already paid for my ticket and a friend's ticket to that event and been reimbursed by said friend, so I am committed. I am just kvetching because, as my mother would have said, what else is human language for?)

Retirement Planning: 353 days to go. More to the point, I have figured out two more things to do when I retire. Namely: 1) Spend roughly a month in New Zealand, and 2) take the Smithsonian Resident Associates art history certificate program.

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