Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

The 65 percent solution

My personal 100 poems project achieved 60someodd poems by July 31, fewer than I had projected, but nonetheless a satisfying exercise. In the meantime, I returned from my business trip to find that numerous submissions to my Mail Poetry Call came in, from exotic places like Madison, Wisconsin, SF and Brazil. I'm so pleased that people participated, and eager to spend the next several weeks on finalizing a form of simple documentation. I haven't counted the total number of participations, but I know it was neither disappointing nor overwhelming, which is, in the words of the baby bear, just right.

My wife had work to do last night, so I tried to settle in and watch a video. I could not find our copy of "It's a Wonderful Life", though (although, oddly, I think we have two), so I plunged into Robert Donat's Oscar winning 1939 performance in "Goodbye, Mr. Chips". Our video of that movie has serious "tracking" issues, though, which made me turn it off in sheer frustration in short order. I need to dig out the paperback and re-read it for the xmillionth time. It makes me happy. I'm always intrigued by how much more "literary" so many folks are in their reading list than I am. I like books that are a good read, and I don't mind at all a bit of sentiment along the way.

I went into my office for a short interlude, to discover to my relief that no thermonuclear client crisis had erupted in my absence. Then I went to nearby Springhill Park in Rowlett, which had a nice little walking area, with a fishing pond that looked fishing-worthy in a future trip.

Meanwhile, I'm wondering if life really gets any better than the riff on "Cortez the Killer", except that as soon as I say that, I wonder if the hand-clap syncopation on "Golden Years" isn't just as good.
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