22. May, 2006 - back at it?

The walk to work
The walk to work
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Lots to report since last I spewed stuff at you. Last week I was in San Jose for work. It wasn’t completely unexpected, but as usual, I didn’t say much about it here until I got home safely. And it was a welcome break from the usual blogging. I don’t think I could have maintained my sanity if I’d tried to write while I was out there. But it was a productive week of work, even if I didn’t always feel as though I was getting much done. And it was nice to be able to walk to work up Park Avenue in San Jose. My first morning there, the fog broke relatively early, and I got this photo of the walk.

Peregrine Falcon 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
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Falcon 2
Falcon 2
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I have a few quick gripes from the trip out to San Jose. First is that the food court at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has had its windows walled off. No longer can you grab some breakfast while watching planes move to and from the gates. It’s a much more depressing place to eat now. Second, because we had a full plane, NWA was letting people who would check one of their carry-ons board early. Seems kinda wrong to me, but that’s probably just because I saw that the flight was full when I checked in, and checked my bag right then. Thinking ahead gets you no rewards at the airport, it would seem. Third, NWA’s two choices of snacks sold on the flight both contained nuts, to which I am allergic. That did not make me a happy camper. I think I’ll write them a letter.

Falcon 3
Falcon 3
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Wednesday morning, I woke up way too early, hearing a noise from outside. There was a falcon sitting on the ledge outside my window. I was staying on the 20th floor of the Fairmont, and there’s a 3′ wide ledge just outside my windows. But it was skittish, so when I moved the drapes to get a better view it took off. Wednesday evening, I heard a lot of noise. There were two of them, but as I opened the drapes (housekeeping had closed them during the day), one took off. But the other stuck around and posed for a while. 30 pictures taken, through a glare-filled window, with rapidly fading sunset light, and here are the results. I’m relatively pleased by them.

Falcon and Adobe
Falcon and Adobe
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On Thursday evening, after work, the falcon was back again, but on a more distant part of the ledge. That allowed me to catch a photo of him with work in the background. And later that evening, one of the highlights of the trip was dinner with jr. It’s odd, but he reminded me very much of Matt, my roommate from my senior year of high school. Good eggs, both of ’em.

Friday, I flew home, and spent the afternoon catching up around the house and preparing for that evening’s Saints game. Saturday saw a bunch of shooting with some co-workers, and another Saints game. Sunday, yet another baseball game, mowing the lawn, and then collapsing in front of the TV and (unsuccessfully) trying to figure out my schedule for this week.

Which basically catches you up to today. If I’m blogging regularly this week, I’ll go back and fill in some details, but it’s possible I’m going to be taking some more time off from the typing this week. There are some inconveniently scheduled meetings at work this week, plus the landscapers are still here (more on that for sure), and it could very easily be the weekend before I make the time to type at you all some more. See you when I get a chance.

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