February 10th, 2019

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The Broken Car and Leaving Wales and Tabula Rasa

I had great plans for Saturday morning. I got up early. I hit the road for the forty-five minute drive from our home to Ray Roberts Lake State Park Isle du Bois. I was going to go on the 8:30 a.m. bird walk. Even the freezing cold weather did not deter me. The wind,after all, had died down.

I headed to Dallas North Tollway from the Sam Rayburn tollway. Then a sign came on my dash--Engine Overheated--put in Neutral.

I started stopping and starting and stopping and staring to limp my car back to Care Care Central. I arrived there at 8:30 a.m. I walked for 80 minutes while they checked it out. The verdict was that it needed a water pump and a thermostat. I had hoped that I could get another 23,000 miles out of my car before selling it. But I had to pay for additional work.

The work took all day. The shop gave me a ride home. My wife took me to lunch at Egglicious, where I had a vegetarian burger and a fruit cup.

My car was finally ready at 6 p.m. I had made good use of the intervening time. I walked in Glendover Park, and saw lots of birds. I finished reading Edward Thomas' "Beautiful Wales", the 1905 book that turned out to be less a conventional travel book and more a set of lyrical, somewhat poetic essays to try to capture the spirit of a place. 

At night, we went to the movie "On the Basis of Sex", the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic. We had to drive to Angelika Mockingbird in Dallas. It was rainy and cold as we drove. On the way into the theater, we stopped for a quick hot dog each. The movie was good but not great--a recent documentary was better. I like the actress Felicity Jones, but I thought the script sold her character short. A lot of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's legal genius was lost in the way the story was told. The biopic is a difficult format. I liked the film, but I hoped for more.

Sunday morning I downloaded the science fiction short story "The Last Voyage of Skidbladnir" by Karin Tidbeck. I enjoyed this story, which I finished this morning.

I walked on the Chisholm Trail in Plano and in Shawnee Park in Plano. I was up less than a pound at WW. I went to church.

In the early afternoon we met up with my wife's friend Malika. We all drove to the Murchison Auditorium in Denton to see the Dallas Symphony Orchestra play.  This was a great concert.  The DSO played:

1. Mozart,  "Symphony No. 25 in G Minor"
2. Arvo Part, "Tabula Rasa", and
3. Bartok "Romanian Folk Dances".

My favorite was the second part of the Part, though the whole afternoon was grand. On the way home, we went to DiMassi's mediterranean buffet in Frisco. I overate a bit but it was a good meal.

This was a cold, rainy weekend, but it all came out okay.

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