Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

July in the Pandemic

Saturday I went to the office to get some work done. I use dual screens at work, but only individual screens at home, so sometimes my office is preferable.  Our building is not heavily tenanted so social distancing there is easy. Still, sometimes one sees an unmasked person in the parking lot, though that is less common now.

One aspect of our local Glendover Park causes more concern. A youth sports football team holds practices there a couple of times a week. A few kids wear masks. Most do not. Their parents, who come in a small but material contingent, fail to wear masks or socially distance. I joked with my wife that the team name was Community Spread.

I heard an NPR interview about how school re-opening went well in Denmark. A teacher's union representative explained that all the stakeholders got together to work on safety, protect the vulnerable and implement common sense guidelines. I wish we lived in a time of stakeholder cooperation in this country.  The core thing the story did not cover, though, was that Denmark made material strides to contain the virus.

I like Facebook memories because it reminds me of great trips we took in the past but may not take for years to come.Yesterday the memory was of visiting Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada. I wonder when next I will fly in an airline.

I also like the Dreamwidth "search posts" feature. This morning I searched to find that I purchased the laptop on which I type this post some four years ago. I got it used for $ 102 on eBay. I have replaced the hard drive once, but otherwise it has worked out well. Similarly, I bought my desktop computer over four years ago used from a Microcenter. It also still runs well though it runs a Core 2 Duo processor and probably had some years' life before I got it.  I run Peppermint OS on my desktop and Q4OS on my laptop.

Yesterday I worked a good bit. At lunch I walked in Heritage Park and in Dave Sanford Park. Then, in that time when the late afternoon turns into early evening, I walked in Limestone Quarry Park in Frisco and its surrounding neighborhood, near Liberty High School. I saw 12 bird species. New homes were being built in new subdivisions.  On the park's trail, known as the Taychas Trail, the masks were fairly evident on many but not all and social distancing was largely strictly maintained. 

Thursday I did not sleep well, and watched the first Harry Potter movie again at 2 in the morning.

My 2020 eBird statistics through the end of July: 
85 species seen in Collin County, 13 species behind my 2019 pace.
65 species seen in Dallas County, a record for me in any full year, much less by August 1.

I think the latter is because my lunchtime short walks are now coordinated to occur in conjunction with take-out windows. Since my office is in Dallas County but adjacent to Collin County, perhaps I went afield from my office into Collin County more prior to the pandemic. We'll see if the gap closes any through Autumn migration.

from Dreamwidth, because two posts of the same text are twice as nice

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