Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s Wednesday, November 4, 2020, and it’s mid-afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida. Currently, the temperature is 79˚F (26˚C) under mostly sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 16 MPH (25 KM/H) and humidity at 53%, the feels-like temperature is 79˚F (26˚C). Tonight’s forecast calls for clear skies and a low of 66 (19).
I decided to take a day off from the NaNoWriMo 2020 challenge. My mind is preoccupied with the elections here in the U.S., and I don’t think I can focus properly on writing anything beyond this blog post. I’m too worried about the results, to be honest; I don’t think America can survive a second Trump Administration.
The fact that the election is still up in the air after Trump’s disastrously bad Presidency shows that the division we saw in 2016 was not a temporary blip but is the “new normal.” The schism between conservatives and liberals in this country is almost as wide and deep as the one that existed between the North and the South before and during the Civil War of the 1860s. In another era, perhaps as recently as the 1990s, if a President had mishandled a pandemic and helped usher in an economic disaster at the same time, his chances for re-election would have evaporated like a fine morning mist under a hot, fiery sun.
Yet, here we are, with Joe Biden leading by a razor-thin margin of 13 electoral votes, with several states still not reporting a projected winner. If Biden wins, it will not be by a landslide. (The other side of this coin, though, is that if Trump wins, it won’t be by a landslide, either!)
So, as much as I want to participate in the NaNoWriMo contest, I will consider today to be a day off.
And with that, my friend, I shall say “Adios” to you as well, at least until tomorrow. I hope your day has gone well, though! So…stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.