Problems with accessing my YouTube account, so I'm trying out other stuff.. The music at the coffee shop is slowly driving me around the bend, but I may be able to hold out long enough to put up a video. Nope. The woman behind me with the voice like a nail file who has been talking nonstop for the last half hour is too much for me to endure. I will manage to get those videos and pix up soon, however. We are staying at a relative's condo in Portland and will have wifii there.
Nothing daunted, and in spite of a winter storm warning, we are off to the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge for some birdwatching. It's part of the only 10% or so of the Puget Sound that is in something resembling its natural state. I will take pix.
Lovely day yesterday. We were outdoors mostly. Friends came over and dug out a flower bed for my daughter. I made a big frittata for the work crew and we ate on the patio, the first meal they have had outdoors for months. Then on to our grandson's second birthday party. We had such a good time playing with his big new green recycling truck.
Today it's back to "normal." Overcast with intermittent rain.
I figured out how to download from the Gutenberg free titles onto the Kindle. It's a snap! My current read (or should I say re-read) is the terrific *Damnation of Theron Ware* by Harold Frederic. The hero is a kind of American male Madam Bovary. It is just a fabulous novel but not well known outside of American English departments.
Nietzsche killed the voice feature on my Kindle. I wanted to demonstrate to some friends how hilarious German sounds when garbled by this function, which is designed for English texts. It gave out a terrific squawk at the prospect of reading Also Sprach Zarathustra and died.
I'm in the middle of reading Berube's book of essays, Rhetorical Occasions,which cost $19.95 on my Kindle. That's quite a lot, but I'm willing to pay it for such a terrific read. Reading what he says and how he says it make this book worth the money for anyone who is involved, or should I say "implicated" in public higher education in the humanities. This is a matter I pursue with great interest, although I have no dog in this fight any more, so to speak.
Greetings from Seattle! A few trees are blossoming. The crows are everywhere picking up nesting material. Coffee and megavitamins keep us alive. Oh, and I can't make comments right now. Type Pad is having one of its difficult days, I guess, or it could be the connection.