If we were having coffee, I would hope that it would be in a nice, air conditioned coffee shop. We are melting here in Oregon. Yesterday we hit 90 degrees. Right now it is only 12:30 pm and we are at 92, headed for 100. Tomorrow will be more of the same. Yuck! Way too hot for Oregon in June. Way too hot for this old lady who has no air conditioning.
I’m sure we would at least mention the passing of Muhammad Ali. He was one of those icons that even when they were no longer what we remembered of them, the memories kept him young, strong, and vital. I think we’ll all remember him that way. I remember one of the first times I heard of him. He was Cassius Clay then. Yeah, I’m that old! I remember my dad (also gone now) talking about him and Sonny Liston in the days before their championship boxing match. It was all over the news. The match was not televised then so we listened to it on the radio, in the kitchen, all gathered around. It was 1964. I was 9 years old. I didn’t understand everything that was going on during the match, especially since it was not on TV but I understood from the excitement in the announcer’s voice, and from the crowd’s screaming, and from my own parent’s reactions, that this was something special. This was something we would all remember many years later. And we did. Even when he became Muhammad Ali and his religious affiliation brought him negative attention from the Establishment, it also gained him a huge following from the younger generation. He was arrested for draft evasion and stripped of his World Heavyweight Championship. Until 4 years later when the U.S. Supreme Court over turned the conviction, Ali did not fight professionally. Finally, in 1971, he returned to boxing. He was able to regain his undisputed heavyweight boxing champion title and fought Joe Frazier and George Foreman to keep that title. I remember listening to those boxing matches too. My family…we were all Ali fans. Ali’s personal style craved the limelight. He created his image. Butterflies; bees. That was him. He was loud. He was confident. He was The Greatest. I guess we would more than mention him. At least I would. That’s what’s on my mind today.
I would also tell you that I got a little unexpected time this week and I was actually able to read an entire book! I haven’t picked up my Kindle to read since February! Finally I got to read. It wasn’t planned, either. Spencer needed a nap but Anderson had a friend playing over at their house and it was too noisy for Spencer to sleep so I went and picked him up and he came and slept in my bed. He stays in my bed as long as I am there with him. So he napped for a couple of hours and I got to read! Yay. It felt good to finally pick up a book!
I’m streaming movies, still. Nothing super but I did see one that was interesting. If I remember the name correctly, it was called The Age Of Adaline. Very interesting. I watched on Amazon, it’s a Prime selection. I recommend that.
Well, I’ve got to run. My daughter wants me to go on an errand with her. So tell me about you. How have you been? What is on the agenda for the coming days? How’s your weather? Do tell!
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