Thoughts

Of Hummingbirds and Mushrooms and other tales

We’ve been progressing in our idleness. The hummingbird feeder that Thea got for Christmas is now out. It didn’t take very long for hummingbirds to find it. There are at least two that we’ve identified. The smaller one with a green mottled throat is more aggressive and will chase the white-throated one off. Or try to. Some nights there’s a standoff. Originally the feeder pole had a suet bell on it. But that was a bust. The few birds that…
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News-less Hegemony of Trump

I turned off the news at 11:00 pm on Tuesday, November 8th. Clinton had just lost Pennsylvania. CNN was desperately looking for more blue votes in districts who hadn’t fully reported their results. I turned it all off and went to bed. I haven’t watched or read any news since. I feel like I’m the child who stuck a penny in the light socket. It was supposed have been a magical flash and the world would be different. Instead, a…
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The Hegemony of Trump

It’s a bit liberating really. I think that that’s how I’ll have to see it. I did my part. I voted my conscience. So my conscience is clear. Whatever happens now is none of my doing. It’s a bit sad, too. Being excluded. I am along for the ride; an unwilling participant. Not completely unwilling, of course. I could always exile myself somewhere. Canada is very close. But the laughter from the joke hasn’t faded enough. Even though the joke…
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Toronto Introduction to our Toronto Vacation

This trip went much smoother than our last one. No cancelled flights. No inclement weather. No one got sick.   I had been planning for our 25th anniversary since our 24th. I wanted it to be something more special than ordinary.  I wanted to get away and get Thea away from work. Of the several places that I offered (Hawaii, Puerto Rico, New York City….) her choice was Toronto. Her reasoning was that we had just been to Canada for…
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SWA Woes

I start making plans for skiing in November. I’ll watch the snow reports and predictions. I make reservations a month in advance. When I do all this, I do not expect to have to remake them at the last minute or in the last hours. Such was the case with our ski vacation this year. In January, I made reservations with Southwest to fly out to Seattle early on the morning of the February 7th. It was the only way that…
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Story time

It’s story time. I figure if Thea will listen to my story with interest, it must be worth telling. That could just be her being polite, but I’ll take my chances. I’ve had a Fujitsu Lifebook as a tablet/laptop for the last ten years of so. It started out as being sufficient and small. I adapted myself to it. And I found that I enjoyed being able to stand in front of a server rack, tablet in one hand, stylus…
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Stuff

I do actually take out my camera and a give it some exercise between trips to museums and zoos. It’s just that those photos wind up being categorized under miscellaneous and no one sees them. There’s no reason that anyone should. They’re not very good, don’t have a theme, and are in my mind devoid of merit for publishing. But they do exist. The first few here are just of a pair of jewel-winged flies that were buzzing around my…
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