THEY HAD A GOOD RUN - 08.04.2021
August 4, 2021
Good Wednesday morning. I'm author Richard V. Rupp, writing from Burbank, California. Welcome to Rupp's Notes/FBI Special Agent Hartman Series posts.
I can't believe we are already into August. While the year has gone slowly because of the pandemic, it has also speeded along in some ways. I think most would agree this is a year we would like to get over, and hopefully, next year will present a needed fresh start.
Talking about things that need a fresh start. My desktop computer rebelled against my changing to a larger monitor on Monday, so there was no Monday post. I ended up taking the new monitor and the desktop computer box to a local computer fix-it place. He was able to get things working again, but it was too late for me to do the Monday post. I'm seeing things much more clearly now. Not sure if that translates to what I write about.
The glitch with my computer also created havoc with my writing. To get to the cables, I had to move stacks of files that I'm using to write my upcoming novel SKYWARD. So it's now housecleaning time. Also found a lot of dust.
Even though mutations of the virus seem to still be playing havoc with us, it was nice to see we have reached the 70% vaccination rate. Hopefully, that will move the needle more toward normal.
I suspect it's time for our soccer ladies to consider some change. The caption for the LA TIMES article was "End of a Soccor Era?" The U.S. Women's Soccer Team had a good run. Like many of you, I have been following them for years. That team did not show up at the Olympics. Carli Lloyd said, "Eventually, it comes to an end." The C-Virus and strange Tokyo Olympic setting could have had something to do with it. But, I suspect Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Kelly O'Hara, Christen Press, Becky Sauerbrunn, and even Alex Morgan are beyond their prime. They were fantastic together for a long time, but I think that time has passed. As the TIMES article states, "But then no one argued that the U.S., which was dreadfully sloppy throughout the Olympic Tournament, deserved any better."
Carli Lloyd indicated, "We're not going to walk away with a gold medal, but I'd like to walk away with the bronze medal, at the very least. So that's all the focus for me." After that, it will be decision time for Lloyd and many of her teammates.
They had a good run. It will be interesting to see if a new crop replaces the old-timers, or they join our men's team and kind of fade away for a while.
A while back, I indicated that every restaurant I passed on my daily walk (and that's a lot of them) had signs up looking to hire staff. Now next to those signs are "You must provide proof of vaccination before entering." This morning, I noted that NYC will require proof of vaccination for all indoor dining, gyms, and entertainment venues. I suspect this is just the start of the requirements for mandatory vaccinations.
Enjoy your day. Hopefully, you will find time to read one of my novels. Or write a review if you have read them. They are available on Amazon.com.
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