May 1st, 2010

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collision center

I woke up early this morning to take my car to Caliber Collision Center, so that I could get repairs for the rear-end collision I sustained in March. The GEICO representative proved courteous and efficient. The representative advised me that his company would pick up the repairs and my rental car. I drive a Hyundai Sonata, and they rented me a new Hyundai Sonata, so it was deja vu all over again. They called in the afternoon to advise that the work was more extensive than a mere dented back bumper, and that repairs will continue until Wednesday.

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I listened to lute music on the car CD player. We went to the local pizza place where I ate cheese pizza.
We watched the very fine film "Good Hair", which we enjoyed very much. We made plans for Saturday involving wildflowers and a dinner event for a charity which gives poor kids books. I ate a roast beef sandwich with provolone cheese for lunch. I combed the books at the 75 percent off bookstore on the way home from work.
I am very concerned for the people and wildlife of coastal Louisiana, south Alabama and coastal Mississippi in light of the huge oil slick caused by an oil rig explosion. I read about a 19th Century poet, and about an interesting 21st Century poet with the same surname. I am glad tomorrow is Saturday.
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I woke up early this morning and watched some videos of musicians playing on youtube. When my wife returned from her yoga class, we went to Elke's Market Cafe for lunch. I had a Carribean wrap (chicken and a bit of salsa in a wrap) and a cup of green chile pork soup. On the way to lunch, I got 2 books mailed off to folks through I am up to 90+ points now. When I get a 100 or 2, I will begin donating points to rural libraries and prison reading charities.

We went to Erwin Park in McKinney and walked among the wildflowers. Here's a sample of the Indian Paintbrush:

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My wife saw an eastern bluebird, but I only saw butterflies.

Today is an early voting day, so we decided to go home and research our candidates for the city council, school board and community college board elections. After weeding out those against mass transit or otherwise hewing to a doctrinaire position not in keeping with our town's needs, we had our "whom to select" list ready. We went and voted. Almost nobody else was early voting.