This summer has been another of those stretches of time where you put your head down and keep plodding forward only to look up and notice it’s nearly half over. Just working for a living and working in the yard. No fun has been seen here in quite some time. The repetition is boring. Every day has been too warm and muggy for my liking. It threatens rain daily yet it rarely falls in sufficient quantities. We are six inches behind for the year despite rain being in the forecast every single day.

So last night Brenda says, “I guess we’re not going on vacation this year?” which was a bit of a wake-up call. I hadn’t really thought about it. I have 157 days left until retirement and honestly, that’s the only goal on my mind right now.

A little downtime right about now might be nice so I’ve booked us a place along the western shore of Lake Michigan for later this month. Maybe I’ll even take a small transceiver and portable antenna along just in case it rains there…

Adding this to my calendar I see that while it has been quiet lately, there is a lot coming up. The GQRP Convention takes place (virtual) the first weekend of September. The W9DXCC Convention happens (in real life) the following weekend. And then there is the TAPR Digital Communication Conference (virtual) the weekend after that.

The AMSAT Space Symposium takes place in October as does the AMSAT-UK Colloquium.

Not long after those and it’s bada-bing, bada-boom then retirement!

This little break at the end of July comes at a good time and should tide me over through the dog days of August and then it looks like a downhill run through the back half of 2021. And isn’t that fun to think about?