The Doldrums

Wow. I thought I’d worked my way through through that whole Kubler-Ross-Manila thing, but maybe I was stuck in Denial longer than I thought. And I’ve been moping around the house in a state of ennui that just might suggest that I was in a state of Depression…but I haven’t actually felt depressed. Just lethargic. I’ve been telling folks I’m in the Doldrums, which sounds at least a little bit better than just outing myself as a bum.

The funny thing is, I just looked up the definition of “doldrums”, and found the description rather Galleon Trade -apropos:

doldrums: equatorial belt of calms, area around the earth centered slightly north of the equator between the two belts of trade winds. The large amount of solar radiation that arrives at the earth in this area causes intense heating of the land and ocean. This heating results in the rising of warm, moist air; low air pressure; cloudiness; high humidity; light, variable winds; and various forms of severe weather, such as thunderstorms and squalls. Hurricanes originate in this region. The doldrums are also noted for calms, periods when the winds disappear, trapping sailing vessels for days or weeks.


So it’s only natural!
I got stuck in the post-Galleon Trade mental doldrums that were still somehow post-Galleon Trade literal doldrums!

Danged flat spots.

You know, the original galleons that sailed from Acapulco to Manila couldn’t figure out for the longest time how to get back across the Pacific to Mexico, because of uncooperative winds. (Or…doldrums… dunh-dahdah- dunnnn….) It took a good 30 years before those funny Spaniards figured how to get back to the Americas, by way of some north-easterly tradewinds that landed them in California, then allowed them to toodle their way south along the Pacific coast.

So I figger, geographically, symbolically, etcetera, I’m conceptually well-justified in having been stuck for a minute.
Ha haaaa.

Didn’t Milo get stuck in The Doldrums in The Phantom Tollbooth, too?
I wonder if that book still holds up.

I’ve been mostly in decent spirits, actually. No misery or anything, just a lingering stupor. Yay, stupors! Still, the winds are picking up again. Got some thrilling news about some artsy developments that I’m super-excited about, but I’m not allowed to say anything officially yet. What comes after the doldrums, anyway? I’m hoping some sort of celebratory snack bar, with hot dogs and stuff.

A snack bar sounds nice right now.

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