Richard can’t wait to get up. Today is the day he and Rita have plans. First, they will be venturing to Whole Foods where he is aware that quinoa is on super special. After that, on the way for a visit at the genius bar at the Apple store (Richard likes to play with these young “geniuses” to see if they are as smart as they think they are) they will stop off for a little Tex Mex in the strip mall - although it his housed in a rather humdrum part of town it boasts the best Albondigas soup which Richard plans to follow with the arroz con pollo (and maybe his guilty pleasure, the cheddar and jalapeño biscuits) and finally the house specialty - rose petal flan. Rita prefers the Posole Rojo and the Pork and Poblano stew and sometimes she will forego the dessert for a second Negra Modelo. Yes indeed, this is going to be a full and pleasant Texas afternoon and, with his camera in tow, Richard will share some snaps with the others at FFL. They will be able to see what he did today and where he went. He knows that the folks like to see what he has been doing during the day.
First though, he must check the computer. Now that Dan is gone there is no longer the race to post. The post count will be his, just as it usually is. He is the king of the heap, he stands head and shoulders above the others who don’t have the endurance to hit the SEND button with the frequency and pleasure with which Richard, the pundit, does. He is the veteran, he knows the ropes, he has the comebacks, the answers, the macros stored and ready for any eventuality. Richard can wear down even the surliest, the most indignant and self righteous poster. He just laughs and laughs and laughs. It is a good life. Richard isn’t bothered if he is purportedly on the no-read list - he knows that eventually his messages could leak through the equivalent of a triple sealed and bottled Dos Equis. Those who associate him with Prairie Dogs or claim he is off his medication don’t know the truth - Richard is having fun and isn’t fun what a lot of this life is all about? You can TALK about advaitin, nididhyasana, na medhaya and abhijna all you like (and verbally duel Sanskrit terms and concepts all day long with Empty) but when it comes right down to it Richard is livin’ the life and there’s no place like Texas to be doing it.