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  • Some days, the world swirls around me, while I just go through each moment doing what I do, and let the world swirl. Today just happened to be one of those days, and boy, did the world swirl. I had a lot to do today, a lot that had to happen today, and I just kept finding the energy to do what I had to do, and got it all done, but never seemed to get knocked off my center.

    My day began with a decision. Normally, every other Monday is my “telework” day, the day I work from home. Today was that Monday, but last night I was contemplating going into the office today, anyway. Since I’ve been away for two weeks, I thought it might be better to go in, and start getting caught up on things there. But, upon awakening I thought, no, stick with the program, and work from home today. I had some doctor’s appointments to follow up on, a car title to try to track down, and a lot of meetings that could be handled by phone just as easily as in person. So, I teleworked, and in between meetings and getting caught up, I got appointments lined up for the week to get an MRI, physical therapy, and to see the Orthopedist to determine how serious my ankle injury is. It still doesn’t hurt much, but still looks pretty damned funky. I was hoping it would be all better by now.

    Teleworking was a good call. I soon learned what was going on not too far from my office downtown. As everyone now knows, there was a shooter, and thirteen dead. Things down there were a mess all day. I wouldn’t have gotten much done, for sure, and I’m really happy that I didn’t go in. I feel terrible for the folks that got caught up in that, especially the victims. There’s not a whole lot more I have to say about that, because nothing I say can bring those people back, and everyone else has a strong opinion about it all, and seem to have all the answers. I don’t. I haven’t a clue. I don’t know what to say, and really don’t know what to do about it all. Most people know how I feel about automatic weapons, so I won’t get on that soapbox. I hate to think that maybe I’m just getting numb to it all, but I just don’t know. Shit happens, and today, some serious shit happened. That’s all I know.

    I did go into DC for Chorus rehearsal tonight. Different part of town, far away from where the shooting took place. I’m glad I did. It was life affirming. I needed that. One of my fellow choristers’ wife was in the cafeteria where the shooting took place. She was fine, and made it home safely. We talked about that for a little while. We had a moment of silence for the victims before we began singing. Then we sang, and I felt very much alive.

    It was a long first day back in the real world. Despite it all – I’m still glad to be back. This is my home. Tomorrow, I go back into the office, and I’m ready. I was able to get caught up on a lot of things that I wouldn’t have been able to today, had I been down there. Hopefully, things will be settling down some.

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