“These last two weeks have been the hardest of the pandemic,” The Fabulous Wife said yesterday. I readily agreed. In addition to casting pallor on the world around us, unhealthy levels of pollution from the wildfires have exacerbated the mobility restrictions imposed by COVID-19. I’ve had to seriously curtail exercise — and am going bonkers as a result.

There’s more to the gloom, though. On a personal level, a close friend of The Fabulous Wife received alarming medical news. And on a societal level, the two parties’ national conventions ended and the presidential campaign commenced in earnest.