Let's take piers, for example. Some people see piers as place to walk. Some people see them as places to fish. But ring-billed gulls understand they are places to congregate and stand.
My young friend and I saw lots of gulls in Bob Woodruff Park in Plano today, where they were swimming, flying and confidently pier-standing.
We also saw tufted titmouse, robin, cormorant, mallard duck, American coot, common grackle, and blue jay. We walked about 70 minutes on a sidewalk trail through a woodland edge. We passed friendly dogs and those dogs' personal attendants. We had a good time.
We also visited the Mexican restaurant Chuy's,where I had a grand green chili stew. My young friend found an album to download from jamendo.com.
Later this afternoon, I went to Big Lots and bought a lot of toys. Monday I will find a charity to which to donate them, as I was too late today to get to the fire station.
Tonight my wife and I went to the Allen Public Library for a concert called "A Scandinavian Christmas". Two brilliant accordion players played songs from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the Shetland Islands, and the sub-Arctic areas. A Finnish-American couple sang a lovely carol whose name I did not catch. The more skilled accordion player, a Russian man who got conservatory training there, showed his skill with an effortless ease. The collection of polkas, scottisches, and humorous folk tunes was quite entertaining. I particularly liked the fellow who played the jaws harp of the Sammi people of Norway, called a munnharp. I loves its drone-like, aboriginal quality. The accordion players played button accordions with five rows of buttons. Each had an instrument with an in-built sampler and synthesizer, allowing for lots of disparate sounds to be created.
My wife and I adjourned to a local Tex-Mex eatery, which served competent but not spectacular food. Tomorrow I hope to address more holiday cards.