Hello? HELLO? Is anybody out there? …Anybody?
I could understand if you're not!
It's unlike a dedicated Blogger like me to disappear for an unspecified period of time, so why should you think to look-in on this day, versus any other day of the past month or so.
But, there were many reasons for my uncharacteristic vanishing act... Nothing bad, I assure you. Not all of it fun-and-candy either, I must add, but none of it bad!
House matters including renovation, medical and dental matters for both Esther and me, moving new furniture in / moving old furniture out, scheduled Fantagraphics work / UN-scheduled Fantagraphics work, my local bus transit advocacy, and much more served to pull me in too many different directions at once.
...And then, of course, these two cuties!
They're ALWAYS at the top of the joyous priority list!
Yesterday was a point of demarcation for me, and (as the post's title says) a "much-needed" one!
With far more of the above-listed items behind us than before us, and on a perfect April spring day (Wednesday, the 28th), I did something I haven't done in a VERY long time - largely, but not exclusively, due to COVID-19... I enjoyed a quiet and relaxing day out, in my own special way!
With a sports-drink bottle in hand, I walked out the door (masked), turned right down my block, and proceeded to the corner.
There, I caught a bus to a local transit hub, and transferred to another bus to Long Beach, NY (the self-proclaimed "City by the Sea").
As if the gods knew... just in time for me to finally ride the busses I regularly advocate for, at the senior fare of $1.35 (vs. 2.75), COVID-19 hit - and I felt that riding a bus might not have been the wisest of transportation options... but, FINALLY I could go to Long Beach for 1.35!
I have been "going to Long Beach" (not for $1.35) for a LONG TIME! Since 1974, in fact! It has always been one of my most favorite places to go, and its (also self-proclaimed) 2.2 miles of seaside boardwalk is without doubt my most favorite walking location!
I won "the bet"!
This is the actual bus I took to leave Long Beach, as it continued to disgorge its passengers. Next, a transfer for home - $1.35 again!