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  • Writer's pictureKen Murray

Isolation Day 63 - Zooming for Hero Dogs? Not Quite Yet.

It's been 9 weeks of quarantine, and restrictions are starting to lift. Ocean City beaches and hotels are open, with retail open at 50% capacity. Restaurants are still closed. But masks and social distancing is still the norm for most of us for the time-being.

I woke up at 4 am this morning wide awake. Well, I wasn't totally wide awake until I started petting Lennon in bed. She sleeps on Shelly every night, and when she saw I was awake, she came over to me. So after 5 minutes of cuddles, I got up. Fortunately, the replay of the final matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup was on the Golf Channel, so I watched it.

I participated in the May 2020 Hero Dogs Board of Directors meeting via Zoom but some members had technical difficulties with Zoom. So we are rescheduling it. Here's an article on how Hero Dogs are still learning during the quarantine.

Later in the day I enjoyed watching the golf skins match between Matthew Wolff and Rickie Fowler, and Dustin Johnson and Rory Mcilroy. They wore shorts and carried their own bags! It was nice to see live golf again, but a bit weird without any fans and noise on the course.

I got an email from Rams Head Stage about the rescheduling of the Wynonna Judd concert. It was originally scheduled for March 31st, then rescheduled to June 3rd, and now July 19th. In the email they stated they were giving gift cards worth 120% of the ticket price to those who could not attend the concert, but this was not acceptable. We can't attend the concert in July, so I asked for a refund, which they are processing.

McCartney was happy to see Shelly.

I watched the movie The Matrix, starring Keanu Reeves and Lawrence Fishburne. Reeves plays Thomas A. Anderson, a man living two lives. By day he is an average computer programmer and by night a hacker known as Neo. Neo has always questioned his reality, but the truth is far beyond his imagination. Neo finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus, a legendary computer hacker branded a terrorist by the government. Morpheus awakens Neo to the real world, a ravaged wasteland where most of humanity have been captured by a race of machines that live off of the humans' body heat and electrochemical energy and who imprison their minds within an artificial reality known as the Matrix. As a rebel against the machines, Neo must return to the Matrix and confront the agents: super-powerful computer programs devoted to snuffing out Neo and the entire human rebellion. Believe it or not, I've never seen this movie. I am not into science fiction, but I liked it a lot. 7 out of 10 stars.

I guess it's Keanu night. I watched the movie John Wick starring Keanu Reeves. With the untimely death of his beloved wife still bitter in his mouth, John Wick, the expert former assassin, receives one final gift from her--a precious keepsake to help John find a new meaning in life now that she is gone. But when the arrogant Russian mob prince, Iosef Tarasov, and his men pay Wick a rather unwelcome visit to rob him of his prized 1969 Mustang and his wife's present, the legendary hit-man will be forced to unearth his meticulously concealed identity. Blind with revenge, John will immediately unleash a carefully orchestrated maelstrom of destruction against the sophisticated kingpin, Viggo Tarasov, and his family, who are fully aware of his lethal capacity. Now, only blood can quench the boogeyman's thirst for retribution. It's a violent film as Wick kills 77 people as he takes his revenge. A decent movie worth 7 out of 10 stars.

Here's a throwback photo of Mount Vernon in 2019. I met great friend Brian Smacher, who was visiting from New York. We toured the house and grounds and had lunch at the tavern. I had a really nice day.

And in closing, here's the final scene from The Matrix. Pretty cool.

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