This morning is dreary. The weather is cloudy and rainy and will likely stay that way for days. The political situation is beyond comprehension. My blog traffic has been falling off the cliff. I realized I was getting bored with the routine of blogging. I have already written everything that is located in the farthest reaches of my brain. I have already illuminated, bored, antagonized, or inspired everyone possible with anything conceivable I could think of to write about. My nose is stuffy. My brain is sluggish. I don't see why I should have to shave every day and may grow a beard. My wife does'nt want to go to Costco and I can't figure out why. My to-do list has finally surfaced and there are at least 60 depressing items still on it. I am still overweight and in a state of denial, even though I have read two new weight-loss books the last couple of weeks. My computer mouse is acting up. Conan is collecting a fortune for walking away. Did it ever occur to NBC that everyone they have had on late night TV is boring, running same old tired routines, dirty jokes, etc.? Better to get out the old Johnny Carson tapes and play them to see how late night TV should be run.
Thus, I decided that if I was depressed and boring, my blog was also likely to be depressing and boring. Before I nailed it closed for business, therefore, I decided to overhaul it a bit and put a cheerful header on it. As soon as I saw the red poppies, I felt better. And spring is about here so I will have an infinite variety of new blossoms and scenes to photograph. I may even break out my new camera manual and read a few pages and even spend an hour or two seeing if I can actually learn some more about Photoshop CS4.
Meanwhile, if any of my blog viewers have any comments about the pluses and minuses of my blog, don't be bashful. If I get a fistful of gripes and complaints, that will give me a good excuse to shut down and read through the huge box of Louis L'Amour and Max Brand western paperbacks I got after my dad died. And surely someone will find a few heretofore unreleased episodes of Matlock, who had a succession of cuddly "daughters" . Have a nice day and I hope you like the poppies. How can cheerful red poppies be a banner for a blog titled "The Curmudgeonly Professor"? Just wondered. Alternative banner suggestions more appropriate to the title are welcome. I don't want to misrepresent myself.