Topic: "Master of None" (8)
Frodo wonders if writers ever have too much material? Surely, in Middle Earth, there is presently no shortage of irrational political comments or senseless actions geared to unachievable goals. Has this always been the case, or are we simply victims of the 24/7 news cycle? It has gotten so bad that Frodo will not settle on a specific television channel unless the crawler "Breaking News" is prominently displayed.
Perhaps this explains why the Hobbit is maximizing his efforts afield. Ladies in the Shire are always giving Frodo flowers to plant amid that which is already crowded all about. There generally follows a discussion about him becoming a "Master Gardener," and learning how to further expand his personal link with tropical growth. Frodo has learned that there are many ladies, but few masculine types about to pull weeds and to show off their abs.
Frodo has also read about a program developed by the Audubon Society in which one learns to become a "Master Birder." Sightings and songs are the measurements for success around short jaunts to parks and fields in the nearby trails encircling the Shire. Frodo may enjoy this even more, given the fact that becoming a "birdwatcher" was not a necessary component of Frodo's adult life goals. This, certainly, requires something more than a glossy brochure and a saliva-filled sales pitch.
Perhaps in jest, a sportsperson has also recommended that Frodo expand his bass-catching expertise to include cold-water trout in the nearby mountains of North Georgia. Purchasing fly rods and flies to go with specialized tackle could be more expensive than the Hobbit is willing to consider. He snickered when informed that such skill wins one the title of "Master Baiter." Probable it is that, not unlike the play on words therein, the Hobbit does not need any assistance in furthering his proficiency.
All of this relates, of course, to an organized plan in active retirement. For now, the unseasonably warm days, and the continuing presence of the aged Mick, the Wonder Dog, keep Frodo busy. These, he knows, last not forever. A major literary assault is eveningtide underway as Frodo pursues his effort to read at least one book by everybody, just so that no one be disappointed. Fareed Zakaria is the current target, Dorothy Parker to follow. Noted on his Kindle is the World War II centered addition, scheduled for release in September, to the latest trilogy of Ken Follet (this may mean that Diana Gabaldon remains on the inactive list even longer).
Busy, busy, busy.