Top of the World

Today has been virtually great. Well; great, really, too.

It started with a bike trainer ride, virtually connected to the worldwide Zwift community (please see this post for a description of that platform), though with a different group than usual (ironically, one based here in Winnipeg, Canada), and I was joined by a former co-worker, chatting with him on the Discord talk app. What fun… and strenuous! We climbed 550 metres over the 35 kilometres we rode in 75 minutes.

Then at noon, it was a virtual family reunion on Zoom, with folks in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and England.

Then, a small group discussion group this afternoon, also on Zoom, with some people in Colorado, Winnipeg and Scotland. We had a fabulous discussion on “the joy of conflict.”

Ironically, isolation has produced some opportunities for online gathering that have introduced us to some lovely people from all over North America, people we’d never have met otherwise. Don’t get me wrong… I long to be in the same room, close up to our family, hugging them and sitting near each other at the table. All the things we probably took for granted before.

After dinner, Sweety and I started watching the second season of Ricky Gervais’s After Life, as we’d heard it had come onto Netflix. We’ve been watching some great shows on Britbox recently — Vera, MI-5, Heartbeat, Hinterland, and Yes, Minister (which is more true about life as a civil servant than you could know, unless you are or have been one!). During the first episode of After Life, there was a montage of scenes to catch the audience up. During that, The Carpenters’ “Top of the World” was playing. Every time I hear the duo, I remember hearing their song, “Yesterday Once More” playing as the soundtrack to a TV commercial for a local clothing store in the late 1960s. 

The Carpenters were famous for their music and their embodiment of success and happiness. Years later, we learned of the difficulties Karen Carpenter had with an eating disorder that led to the tragic end of her life, and a loss to those who loved her.

It’s a difficult time in the world right now. I don’t mean for this to sound Polly Anna-ish: I hope that there are times when you feel like you are on “Top of the World” for moments, hours, even days or more… Stay safe and well. We will get through this.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the audio from the Carpenters’ official YouTube channel

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