Tuesday: Beware of Downtown

Julius Caesar was assassinated on this day in 44 BC.
The assassination of Julius Caesar, painted by William Holmes Sullivan, c. 1888 (Public Domain)

When you’ve got worries all the noise and the hurry
Seems to help I know

Petula Clark
Lyrics by Hatch Anthony Peter

I’m sure Petula meant well, but I suspect she was never downtown on a Monday like I was yesterday.

After two years of exile, I went downtown. Oh, no. We’re not back on a regular basis. But I needed to do a substantial amount of printing, and my work laptop needed repairs.

The technician came in mid-morning to replace the screen on my laptop. Unfortunately, the “new” replacement was more badly damaged than mine. So, she reinstalled the old one and we’ll try this again.

Never mind that I’d already had a less than stellar weekend. Details aren’t necessary, but it was one of those

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weekends when you say to yourself and your offspring, “Do not, under any circumstances, ask what else may happen.”

Not to worry. Nothing that happened was major. Just a lot of little stuff that kept adding up.

Like my missing the exit on the expressway which took me several minutes, and a good amount of gasoline, out of the way.

But I made it.

I spent the whole day in the office because I needed to drive north of town to pick up an offspring after work. It made no sense to drive home and make the whole trip again.

It was weird being in the office. As it has been every day that I’ve gone back during the pandemic. I think altogether that might be more than five, but less than ten days in two years.

Two. Years.

There was a time, during the riots and destruction of 2020, that I was literally afraid to drive downtown.

I’m a large, old, white man who drives a pickup. You do the math.

But all of that seems to be over for now and the only sign that it ever happened is the destruction on Monument Avenue.

I digress.

So anyway, the technician to repair and then unrepair my laptop, I gazed out the window a bit. I really do have one of the best views in the city. And even though I’ve adapted to the home office, sitting there with the view of the river just feels more worky.

But it’s still not the fun Petula was talking about.

It’s also far from normal. But is life ever really normal?

I am of a certain age when I am looking at retirement. I have a date in mind. No need to spell that out now. For one thing, it may change again.

By the time we actually finish teleworking, assuming we ever do, it’s possible that I will have spent more time in my home office than the amount of time I have before receiving that golden watch.

But wait, there’s more.

The technician was unable to repair my laptop because the new screen arrived broken. But she found she had another. But by the end of the day neither the new screen or the old screen would work and I got sent home with an external monitor which is only going to serve to take up the desk space I cleaned up this weekend.

In theory, the new part will be here Thursday. So, I’ll be back in the office.

I love you Petula. But sometimes downtown sucks.

Just ask Julius.


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The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26


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