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dol·drums Audio Help /ˈdoʊldrəmz, ˈdɒl-, ˈdɔl-/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[dohl-druhmz, dol-, dawl-] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun (used with a plural verb)
1. a state of inactivity or stagnation, as in business or art: August is a time of doldrums for many enterprises.
2. the doldrums,
a. a belt of calms and light baffling winds north of the equator between the northern and southern trade winds in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
b. the weather prevailing in this area.
3. a dull, listless, depressed mood; low spirits.
[Origin: 1795–1805; obs. dold stupid (see dolt) + -rum(s) (pl.) n. suffix (see tantrum)]
—Synonyms 3. depression, gloom, melancholy, dejection.
This is where I’ve been lately, becalmed in the sea of my life. First there was the heat. Now there is the rain. Rain is better than heat, but not much. And it brings with it fears we won’t see the sun again until next June, a not unreasonable fear given the kind of weather we’ve had this year, what with June-uary and all. I’m not the only one feeling this. Seoul Brother, a guy from Tacoma I follow on Twitter, expressed this fear just yesterday.
Now, how to get out of the doldrums. I’m trying. First I had to wash dishes, then I had to cook. More cooking is in store, and making bread. Fresh baked bread always makes it better. I have a couple of books I need to get read before, yikes, tommorrow. Better get on that. Non-fiction is so hard these days, though.
While I was digging for the pictures of hole-in-the-wall, I realized my photo collection is out of control. I used to live with someone who did photography as a hobby, and so I have thousands of photos. Many of them are duplicates, from back in the days when they gave you an extra set. I need to put a lot of them in scrapbooks and label them while I still remember who and where they are. Making video scrapbooks and slideshows would be a good idea, too. I promised my sister I would make a slide show of my Dad’s life for when the inevitable occurs. Apparently they are all the rage at funerals these days. To do that I need to dump the backup off one of my external hard drives. Video sucks up 1 gig every four minutes. Or I need to get a Drobo with about 4 terabytes of hard drives. Yeah, like that’s going to happen.
Meanwhile, that gives me something to work on this winter. Along with other stuff. Baking, much more baking. Cooking beans and soups. And BTW, I like that new “Press This” thing that WordPress just installed. It’s cool. And now, back to my regularly scheduled doldrums.