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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Measuring Meticulously

It was supposed to be his responsibility to figure out the whats and how-muches of the appliances. He’d be living there, after all, so it seemed reasonable to assign the task to him. (We offered to underwrite it.) But the three-day weekend came and went. And the columbus day sales. So on the day the […]

These Rainy Times

There was a time not so long ago when the rain that we’ve had this year would have seemed on the dry side. A time when we would have considered the half-inches here and there and a couple two-inch rains and last night’s six-inch downpour as lacking in the aggregate.┬áBut we’re in the midst of […]

My Brother’s Notes

My brother writes short notes. Too cool, he said when I wrote about Mauna Kea. Nerd alert, he said when I wrote about Landau and Curie. Bad ass! he exclaimed when I wrote about Trudy’s tumble on the trail. Yay! he wrote when I wrote about our running class and our first run in the […]

Hearing Al Green

The flowers are blooming outside. The Fall Asters, the Cowpen Daisies, the Widow’s Tears, the Golden Eye, the Zexmenia, the Verbena, the Salvias of many sorts.┬áThe the sky is blue and the sun is shining and the shadow of the Oaks is dancing on the ground. I’m hearing voices. Yes, I’m hearing Al Green. I’m… […]

Outside

I need to go outside. It’s morning. It’s dark, and Mars should be rising in the east, a bright red dot above the horizon. Above Rigel. I need to go outside. It’s early morning, and although it’s muggy and warm, the ground is soft from a light drizzle last night. I need to go outside. […]

Time Trials

The marching band was practicing as we ran by. The director was running them thru their routine over and over again, sometimes just playing the music, sometimes playing while marching. On the other side of the high school, a team from Austin Fit was jogging around the track and doing core exercises on the far […]

One Fine Day

In the deep dark of early morning, thunder woke us. Rather, the dogs barking at distant thunder woke us, and then storm’s approach and the eventual rain kept us up. Rain, glorious rain! The storm passed just before dawn. The race was at 7:30, so we left an hour before, watching the front pass to […]

Entirely Sufficient

After the week’s long run which frankly was not that long. Sitting on the floor. On a pad. Sweating. Stretching. Rolling out a sore rectus femoris. Other Rogue runners all around sitting and sweating and stretching and rolling and talking. They’re all talking. I’m not. I’m in this post-run euphoric zone, happy to just sit […]

After Dusk

After dusk I walked out back. Walked across the soft ground still rejoicing from the rain of several days ago. Walked in that evening light that follows the invisible-gray but precedes the black. Walked with a pail in my hand. A steel pail with a lid. A lid covering the compost. The compost filling the […]