Another thing I’m thankful for today: the weather this afternoon was warm-ish with no wind so I got to break out the underused tripod and DSLR for some quickly family photos.

Our little friends joined in the harvest. Today they can rest and consume copious amounts of food.

I’m happy my family and I have been able to adjust fairly well to Covid. We have much to be Thankful for today. That said I’m looking forward to getting vaccinated next year and seeing a bit more normality.

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Since Covid hit the highlight of my social life has been my Sunday calls with my brother.

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With election and Federal gov’t shenanigans fading and vaccines on the near horizon I’m hoping I’ll start feeling more normal. I’m resilient but even for more this year has taken a toll. I’ve felt no single large change but lots of small negative changes in reading, music etc.

With the media noise about virus cases in our area and rumors of “lockdowns” toilet paper is once again a provision that is in very short supply and being rationed. Seems like a purely fabricated shortage at this point.

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We got our iPhone 12s today. Project Red for her and blue for me. We like the change back to the squared off case and the colors are great too (small things!). Surprised how much better old photos look on the screens. We’ll capture a lot of new photos with the improved cameras.

I have gone to the dark side… Also wide. Bought an Apple keyboard with numpad to replace my silver one without. I’m excited to have the Control key back where it belongs.

I think we’ve only crossed a state border a single time this year. Normally we’d do around 10 on various trips. I’m glad we have promising vaccines but I don’t know what sort of time frame we’d be able to get them. Maybe we could hope for 5 crossings next year?

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If we could get snow this winter it would an uplifting end to the year of Covid. It’s been years since we had a meaningful snowfall.

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My and my wife’s iPhone X’s are 3 years old now. The batteries are starting to fade and since AT&T is offering a huge discount on upgrades I think will swap out for the iPhone 12.

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Our internet has been down for 7 hours and counting. It has left us all lethargic which seems counterintuitive. Here’s hoping it’s fixed by morning.

Increasingly people are getting severely ill, hospitals are at capacity, people are dying, many are newly without food for their children yet our President thinks only of himself and using any trick possible to overturn a legal election.

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I think we Americans value independence a lot. It can be a strength in many cases but Covid has certainly shown it has weaknesses as well. We have to recognize a dependence on our neighbors especially in times of need is equally important.

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This will make some people happy (I think)

Apple to reduce App Store fees for small businesses with under $1 million in revenues - TechCrunch

I’ve been anxious for this to release ever since I switched from my MBP with Touch ID. Apple Watch unlock FTW! 1Password Mac update delivers Apple Watch unlocks and more

All day I keeping seeing posts like this
Yeah, Apple’s M1 MacBook Pro is powerful, but it’s the battery life that will blow you away

Apple’s new M1 powered MacBook shows impressive performance gains that make Intel’s chips obsolete overnight

We enjoyed riding a train pulled by this steam locomotive. It passed through a lovely bit of countryside. From the archive.

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Some very high praise for Apple’s M1 chip and the new MacBook Air with M1. I’m impressed!

We watched the final episode of Long Way Up on AppleTV tonight. The last couple of episodes were a fair let down vs the great start to the series. I don’t know if they didn’t have enough time for the trip or by the time they got to Central America they were too afraid to travel.

I wish I had a better memory of good things that have happened. I too easily remember the bad.

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Like most, since Covid hit we have not ventured far from home. I keep coming up with short trip ideas but so far the risk still seems too high.

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My wife, son and I played Catan for the first time today. It is easy to see why it is so popular. Of course our son won… We’ll get him next time!

It is really spooky how far and wide completely unfounded conspiracy theories spread on the internet.

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Happy Diwali y’all!