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August 13th, 2009

How I spent my 50th birthday

50

6 a.m. leave for Love Field Airport
7.45 a.m. catch plane to distant city
9 a.m. land in distant city
11 a.m. drive to business meeting in rural town
4 p.m. return to airport from business meeting rural town
5.15 p.m. fail to achieve standby passage on early flight home
7.05 p.m. scheduled departure of flight back to dallas
7.45 p.m. actual departure of flight back to dallas
9.30 p.m. arrive Love Field in Dallas
9.30 p.m. to 2 a.m. drive to distant city with materials necessary for legal matter on the following day
2 a.m. arrive at hotel.
3 a.m. sleep
7.15 awake to prepare for legal meeting
9 a.m. attend legal meeting

Here are some highlights:

an Elgar violin and piano piece at 1 a.m. in the radio
a nice talk via phone with my spouse as I drove near midnight
an incredible boutique hotel at my destination
seeing cornfields well north of my home town which are not scorched or dust-bowl-looking
a Czech mass by a composer I had never known about before at midnight on the radio
reading about neanderthal man in Discover magazine
the sheer improbable, wonderful oddity of it all.