Summer Ain’t What it Used to Be

I was reminded that this weekend would have been the weekend for the Decatur Celebration. I knew something was missing from summer. Even if I didn’t attend every year, there was always more excitement in the city when the 3-day festival was taking place in downtown Decatur. Maybe it ran its course, but I still miss it. Maybe something else will take its place in the future. Who knows.

I still haven’t made it to the new water park, and while I had tickets for a concert at the Devon, I had to work unexpectedly that weekend. Yeah, this summer has been a real drag. To think I lived for summer when I was a kid, though I remember being ready for school by August. Everyone needs newness and new beginnings in life.

Speaking of that, by the end of August, I should be officially divorced. If the divorce gets delayed again, I’m likely to be held in contempt of court and in handcuffs. We both want it over. We’ve agreed on everything. All we need is a judge to sign the papers.

Then comes the fun part of changing my name on everything. Ugh. Transitioning all the household bills to me has gone smooth for the most part, though I’m not impressed with Ameren. While my name had always been included on the Ameren bill, somehow that wasn’t good enough. Ameren considered me a new customer and charged a hefty deposit to be paid over the first three months. I went round and round with them to no avail. They’ll be holding my deposit money hostage for a year before I see it again. Thanks a lot, jerks! I guess they want to make sure I can pay my bills by doubling them?!

Then I switched my cellphone plan from Verizon to AT&T. Along with that came a new phone number, and that’s caused problems here and there. My son’s doctor’s office had to send a letter to get a hold of me, and I guess I forgot to tell my dad my new number. He finally got a hold of me through my son to make sure I was still alive.

I also didn’t know the hospital was impenetrable to AT&T’s signal. I guess Verizon is given preference or something. I don’t know. All I know is that I can’t receive a call or text on any consistent basis while I’m there. Once I pay off the new phone, I’m done with AT&T. I’ll use my cheap Android phone with Google Fi and save $50/month. That’s what I should have done in the first place. It gets very good signal in the hospital, btw. I’ll have to change my phone number AGAIN, but it’ll be worth it.

So, that’s been the excitement in my life lately. Yeah, it’s been a hoot, but I really shouldn’t complain. Things could be much, much worse. There’s also a lot to look forward to too. A new grandson is due any minute! I just hope and pray he’s healthy and stays that way.

COVID, Again, Still

Speaking of health, it’s hard not to think about Covid, as much as we wish it wasn’t in the news so much. Positive cases and hospitalization numbers are rising again in Macon County. The variants are proving to be a real pain. Couple that with the county’s low vaccination rate, and this fall might shape up to be another tough one.

If you or someone you know is wanting to get vaccinated, or you wish to have your child (over 12) vaccinated, you can view upcoming clinics through the Macon County Health Department here. Walmart is also offering free vaccines through their pharmacy. You can stop by while you’re shopping, or schedule an appointment.

If you’re on the fence about the vaccine, millions of people have received both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and they have been proven to be safe and effective. Check out the facts here. You might have some short-lived flu-like symptoms after the second shot, like I did, but many people don’t experience any significant symptoms. It can literally save your life.

I’m going to take my 16-year-old son to get his vaccination this week. The new variant is harder on kids and younger adults than the original strain. Plus, the longer that Covid is circulating through the population, the more chances it has to become something far worse for all of us.

Stay safe.

And as an 80’s kid, I can’t help but think of this song.

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