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2 things [Jan. 19th, 2017|06:11 am]
Robert
I like bananas. I need to remember to pick up my shirts from the dry cleaners.
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chilly, weary, thankful [Jan. 18th, 2017|09:24 pm]
Robert
A chilly day, with moisture in the air. My dog likes Alpo Tbonz treats. They look like steaks, and even smell a bit meaty. I have not tasted them yet. I suspect that, like most dog treats, they taste like thick crackers. I had 3/4 cup of the veganic cacao cereal, two slices of pepperoni pizza, one slice of Santa Fe chicken pizza, pickles, carrots, broccoli, a chicken breast a bit of spaghetti, and a small salad.

I am grateful that we had President Obama as our leader during the Great Recession.
We made it through.

I got two things mailed out today. I feel a bit weary lately. I will get a health check-up. Warmer weather returns tomorrow.
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brief note on Tuesday [Jan. 18th, 2017|08:25 am]
Robert
Tuesday proved super-productive. I felt as if I worked in the flow. I walked in Salmon Park in Sachse at lunch. I liked trying to take pictures of the bluebirds and finches, and not succeeding in getting any good ones. I ate oatmeal, Church's fried chicken, french fries, and a great chicken dish my wife made for dinner.
I got some minor family paperwork done yesterday and this morning, and intend to tackle more later this week. Today things look cool, gloomy and rainy, which I like.
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veganic chocolate [Jan. 16th, 2017|09:28 pm]
Robert
I like Sprouts Market. This chain of small grocers came to our neighborhood recently. Sprouts appeals to me because its focus is fresh fruit. Beyond fruit, though, it has a curious set of products. Lots of the products have interesting names, like "One Degree Veganic Sprouted Brown Rice Cacao Crisps". This product, which I will call by the acronym "ODVSBRCC", advertises that it is flavored with "coconut palm sugar" and also grown with "no pesticides" but lots of "nutrients in the soil".

I breakfasted on a bowl of ODVSBRCC this morning. Despite or because of its acronym,it tasted pretty good, like Count Chocula pressed into the kernel size of Cocoa Krispies, all with a vaguely health, muzzy granular vibe. All this veganic charm still consumed 7 Weight Watchers smart points for a cup of cereal, a bit more than I like to ingest with my skim milk at breakfast. But it tasted pretty darn good, and that is a veganically inescapable thing.

My wife had the day off for the Martin Luther King holiday, but I went into the office.

At lunch today, I walked in Heritage Park in Sachse. I saw the little Loggerhead Shrike flit about, and several Eastern Meadowlarks foraging on the ground. I saw a Harris' Sparrow in a tree--my first sighting of that species in Heritage Park.

One of my New Year's resolutions was to turn in more bird lists to eBird.com. I made this resolution once I noticed that in 2016 I failed to turn in many lists of places I often walk. I felt my lists might be more useful if they were consistent. So far I am pleased with the results. While last year I had 103 species total, my species total mid-way through January is already at 46. Further, I get a better view of what bird counts I see at my most usual walking stops. I imagine, too, that consistent reports of non-glamorous patches about which nobody else reports is better citizen science.

After my walk, I had a turkey sandwich on wheat at Subway. I got things done this afternoon in good order. This evening I went to Taco Bueno for three soft chicken tacos, after my wife went out for dinner with a friend. I am home watching "Scorpion", while my sweet angel of a dog is barking.
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Poll days and Mondays [Jan. 16th, 2017|08:22 pm]
Robert
Poll #2061367 Would you rather?

Would you rather have the meaning of life be:

written on a subway wall?
2(12.5%)
be a random two-digit number?
0(0.0%)
something whose inner meaning you discuss with someone along with your latest fling?
1(6.2%)
be a process rather than a set of facts?
8(50.0%)
remain elusive?
5(31.2%)

Would you rather?

avoid hamsters?
3(18.8%)
avoid lizards?
1(6.2%)
avoid grasshoppers?
5(31.2%)
avoid tomato soup?
7(43.8%)

How many of these are true?

When I click on a site for a story or article, and find a mass of odd, spammy ads, my heart sinks
10(40.0%)
when I think of the newspapers of my childhood as compared to news now on the internet, my heart sinks?
5(20.0%)
when I think of the way we all navigated with thick books of maps, I am bemused.
10(40.0%)

What do you most love?

a rainy night?
13(86.7%)
the nightlife?
0(0.0%)
bananas?
2(13.3%)
salamanders?
0(0.0%)

Resistance is:

futile
2(12.5%)
necessary
9(56.2%)
a misused word
5(31.2%)

Your band would be named:

Tambourines for Peace
2(12.5%)
Ocarinas for Justice
4(25.0%)
Triangles for Hope
6(37.5%)
Timpani for Love
4(25.0%)

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how confident are you that you will be better off in 2018 than you are now?

Mean: 5.81 Median: 5.5 Std. Dev 2.35
1
0(0.0%)
2
1(6.2%)
3
3(18.8%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
4(25.0%)
6
2(12.5%)
7
2(12.5%)
8
2(12.5%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
2(12.5%)
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Foggy Sunday [Jan. 15th, 2017|10:26 pm]
Robert
Today the weather warmed but the day stayed foggy. I walked on the Chisholm Trail near Spring Creek Drive.



Then I went to Weight Watchers, where I was down .6 pounds. I walked in Shawnee Park in Plano, where I was able to see interesting things despite the heavy fog.



I went to church at First United Methodist Church, for their "Way" alternative service. Then I ate 3 soft tacos at Taco Casa. I went to Bethany Lakes Park and took pictures of Yellow-Rumped Warbler. I headed home and took Beatrice for a walk.

This evening we ate chicken sliders and a spinach salad with a fig dressing. We watched both our local sports team and my wife's home town local sports team narrowly lose close games on televised sports.

I got some laundry done today, but need to get a little personal paperwork done tomorrow. Tonight a huge rainstorm moved in, with 60 m.p.h. winds pushing the rain into sheets.
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hibachi and cold, foggy walks [Jan. 14th, 2017|10:10 pm]
Robert
I got up this morning to a gray, cold, somewhat misty rainy day. But my Cheerios and skim milk tasted as good as ever. Beatrice shivered a bit, being a short-haired dog, so we made sure she was warm. My wife slept in a bit. I showered and got several layers of clothes. Then I walked to the Watters Creek Branch Trail, to the Urban Centre Loop Trail and back by walking the median on Ridgeview Drive. I saw these birds:

Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Blue Jay 11
American Crow 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 7
Northern Mockingbird 7
Cedar Waxwing 16
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Dark-eyed Junco 8
White-throated Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 10
House Finch 8

I got some good pictures of lots of things I saw during a 6 mile walk. I headed to Denny's for lunch. I had egg whites, chicken sausage, a ham slice and a fruit cup. I went to Target and got my nephew a Sega Genesis hand-held game machine with 80 vintage games on it. I stopped by CVS for a card. I wish I had designed a card, but I did not have time.

I went home and rested a bit with sports playing on television. At 4:40 p.m. I walked in Glendover Park. Glendover Park has a cute little pond. On the tiny "beach" of that tiny pond (a beach sans sand), a cute little Eastern Phoebe walked.





We headed to Benihana in Plano to meet my brother's family for my nephew's 25th birthday celebration. I liked that my Facebook Memories page featured pictures from birthdays past at hibachi restaurants past. We enjoyed our time with my brother, his wife, his son and his son's nice woman friend. My nephew said he liked his gift from us. I had hibachi shrimp, which I enjoyed.

We stopped by my brother's house, where I got a belated Christmas gift--a framed photo of a Great Blue Heron picture I took. I liked it a lot.

We just watched an episode of Nashville, and now will watch another. The new season seems much better for that show.
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not nearly but nearly enough [Jan. 13th, 2017|09:36 pm]
Robert
I felt that I did things all day, but did not do enough. I did get some things done, and get a good night's sleep. I did eat oatmeal for breakfast, three soft chicken tacos for lunch, and a Whichwich turkey sandwich and mozarella for dinner, with baked chips on the side. I did read more of "One of Ours". A Red-Tailed Hawk landed on a lamp post near Sewell Middle School.

I thought about the 1980s and 80 degree weather. We watched the season premiere of "Nashville", part 1, and thought about chilly days to come.
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no cell [Jan. 12th, 2017|09:24 pm]
Robert
Falling back asleep is always risky.I This time, I woke up at 7:50 when I wanted to wake up no later than 7. I had already had my cheerios and skim milk. Still, I was delayed. I made it to work a bit later than I wanted to get there--at 9:25 a.m. But I got a lot done today. I went to Cici's for pickles, carrots, raw broccoli and two slices of pepperoni pizza. I walked in Bradfield Park, where the air was warm and he sky overcast--usually a harbinger of active birds. But today it was relatively quiet. Then I saw this Cooper's Hawk:



Cooper's Hawks hunt small birds. Voila. Mystery solved.

I stopped by Breckinridge Park to walk a bit after work. A cold front was coming in as I got out of my car, and I felt the sharp temperature drop immediately and progressively.

I forgot to bring my cell phone to work today. I felt a little bare. I recall in the early, pre--smart days of cell phones, when leaving one at home was a delightful way to avoid unwanted calls from work. But not now. My cell phone is back with me now.
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a fine polish [Jan. 11th, 2017|09:40 pm]
Robert
I got up at 5:50, ate my oatmeal and hit the road. I drove to my dentist's office in Mesquite. My dentist offices a goodish way from my house. I went to high school with him. He is a good guy. Today his dental hygienist sought to scrub my teeth from their various imperfections. I listened to the new Late Night Linux podcast as she worked over my teeth. I like the woman who does my teeth. She no longer tries to proselytize me on the virtues of doing better.

On my way to work, I stopped by Springfield Park in Rowlett. I walked for about 20 minutes. I saw a huge flock of American Wigeon ducks and took photos of a sprightly Eastern Phoebe.



I worked a solid day. At lunch, I ate a t-k-y sandwich and baked chips at Potbelly's. I walked in Travis Farm Park in Murphy, where I saw a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet.

After work, I walked in Heritage Park until near-dark. I came home, where we ate
salmon, spaghetti and steamed broccoli. Now I am watching "Chicago PD".
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