Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

weekend, day one

Saturday I:

1. did a major hunt for things lost in my home, turning up my long-lost "back-up" pair of glasses, but not some missing keys. I made a plan to obtain new car keys, knowing that the existing keys will one day appear on a soap dish, in the freezer or as a bookmark, or in some other place that I obliviously placed them between a Thursday night at 9:00 p.m. and a Friday morning at 8:30 a.m.

2. made significant progress in tidying some things up as an adjunct to the activity in item 1.

3. drove through a very quick rainshower, and noted that my windshield wipers are a bit sluggish in getting rolling.

4. had a succulent grilled redfish and a skewer of vegetables during a charming dinner with my wife at Fishmongers' Cafe.

5. saw the wonderful French documentary film Être et Avoir, about a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in rural French farm country, who handles his charges with a stern yet compassionate dignity. My heart was stolen by a kindergartner named JoJo.

6. went for a walk with my wife on the trail we know as "Renner Road", where literal dozens of bunnies hopped everywhere, and fields of wildflowers yet bloomed. This deeply wooded riparian trail was surprisingly humid for north Texas on a very hot June day.

7. worked at my office and at home on a portion of an important filing, and got my materials e-mailed out.

8. Wrote e mails to work on last-minute publicity for next week's chess tournament. I encountered incredible graciousness from folks at the Dallas and Denton chess clubs, who worked quicktime to help me get the word out.

9. discovered that I had not dropped the ball as pervasively as I originally thought, but did indeed make the deadline to get my ads for my chess tournament in the national chess magazine "Chess Life and Review". This is the key place for publicity of such things, so now if I get no entries, then it will be a function of circumstance and tournament design rather than publicity. I am muce hopeful that the numbers I will need to get enough entrants for the entire tournament to make it fun might yet show up next week.

9. got an e-mail from the fellow in Australia to whom I sent my Brisbane song, saying "it's great", and that he had been on a visit to Japan. I would not mind another visit to Japan myself.

10. finished a box of raisin bran.

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