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week #10 with Andrew Bird and others

March 11, 2020

midday, a Tuesday and the house is quiet inside while the family is off on an adventure and I’m tinkering off and on in the yard: fed and watered the chickens, relocated the humming bird feeder, filled the bird feeder in the backyard, made a makeshift bird bath (which is too shallow, I know)

week #10 was a week of birds, Andrew Bird among the prettiest I heard. Andrew Bird’s album Armchair Apocrypha is excellent and filled with whistling. His whistling? No idea, but I did thoroughly enjoy it. One of the best full albums I’ve heard thus far on my weekly exploration of new-to-me music. I bet @noiseprofessor loves Andrew Bird. It was difficult to pick a favorite tune, but one must so “Spare-Ohs” is the one for the 2020 Playlist.

2020 Playlist (so far and in this specific order) 

  1.  Time by Jungle
  2.  Severed Crossed Fingers by St. Vincent
  3. Lemon Glow by Beach House
  4. 666 by Bon Iver
  5. The World at Night (for Stew) by Walter Martin
  6. The Place I Love by The Jam
  7. The Great Pretender by Brian Eno
  8. Hot Freaks by Guided by Voices
  9. I Like That by Janelle Monáe
  10. Spare-Ohs by Andrew Bird

In other bird news… per the recommendation of @jimgroom I watched the horribly boring movie chock full o stars“The Big Year” (2011). Maybe I just didn’t get it due to my beginning this hobby? I’m definitely not going for a Big Year, but feeling pretty stoked about the five finds in the backyard and environs this past week.

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The Red-breasted Nuthatch was the neatest in that it was an entire group of them in the tree over the driveway. Some of the small ones were only as big as my thumb. It took me a few days to narrow down the species options, but after watching a few NorCal species-specific videos on YouTube, I found the species and triangulated it with my new/used book “Reader’s Digest BIRDS Guides to Recognizing Just About Everything in Nature” and the Audubon app (screenshot above). My years on this planet stop me from buying a monocular for birding and other toys just yet. Shit eyesight be shit.

A few months back I treated myself to a subscription to the New Yorker. The first mag subscription I’ve got in many years. It’s getting read by me and an added benefit is that the babe is also a New Yorker reader, when he poops, in my room.

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No joke.

Made Dutch Babies, focaccia x 2. Wrote a reference letter for a former coworker. Maryland lost a few then tied-won the Big10 conference (woo–not great). Made smash burgers for guests, visited the Kid’s Garden down the way and collected greens and leeks (yums). Cooked the ribeye steaks I had salted in the fridge for a few days. They came out over salted, but the au gratin potatoes were excellent. The baby has been super intense in a “I’m growing up and screaming about everything” kinda way. Bugging me out and fun and a whole lot of something I’ve never experienced before. Wrote and mailed eight posts. Last, I applied for and scored a temp gig with the US Census as an enumerator which will (barring any issues) begin end of April. The gig should fill my pot until the next gig. I hope. And provide me enough flow to attend the @reclaimarcade opening fandango. 

What of gratitude and joy? Grateful for time to watch birds. Grateful for @scottlo and @rowanpeter for being vocal about it. Joy pending. In all things, joy pending.

Up next week for new-to-me-tunes:

432. 13th Floor Elevators – The Psychadelic Sounds of The 13th Floor Elevators

No idea what’s in store there. Do you?

Seals smacking their tails. Sea otters floating in the distance. Rock squirrels perched. All manner of sea bird fly dive swim float and sing. Learning the colors here. How the color of the sky and the sea are intertwined, fighting for the color blue.

(Journal, Pacific Grove, CA, 2/29/19)

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