Roger turns 73 years old today. It seems crazy that he's been on the planet for 73 rotations around the sun, but he has. He received two birthday cards in the mail from old friends, and they both had grand messages. One said, "You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely," (a quote of Ogden Nash). The other had a lovely photo of redwoods with these words, "Birthdays always remind me of the giant redwoods on the West Coast. The way they stand tall and proud, year after year, century after century. Their majestic beauty never fails to take my breath away." Then, inside it says, "Thank you for planting them." Hah! Both cards capture the humor and pleasure of growing old and laughing all the way. That's the way Roger does it, with great joy and huge laughter.
had an early, surprising birthday present on our neighborhood walk
on Sunday. We usually head out around 10:00 am for our first walk of the day, but it was foggy and not particularly inviting. So we headed out a bit later after
lunch. We were pretty close to this old cow pasture, the first one we
photographed shortly after we moved here last year. There was a man
standing nearby. He had a document and a pen and was busily looking
around and measuring stuff. When we walked past him, he looked up and
said, "Are you the Dharma Bums?" What? Did he really just ask us if we
are the Dharma Bums, or were we imagining such a crazy question? We
said, "Did you just ask us if we're The Dharma Bums? What?" He said,
"Yes, I've been reading your blog for years. Congratulations on buying
that house." Needless to say we were absolutely blown away. We would
have never guessed in a million years that someone would actually read
our blog and recognize us out in the real world. It was great and funny
and a wonderful crazy birthday present for Roger.
Steve (the guy in the street) noticed I didn't have a camera with me. I
told him that the skies were just not inviting the way they were
yesterday (Saturday). I said, "Did you see the photo of the smoky
crepuscular rays? They were amazing." He said he hadn't seen it. Then I
remembered that I had actually posted it on Facebook and not here on the
blog. I told Steve that I would post the above photo here for him. So,
Steve, here it is. Thank you for recognizing us and saying hello!
has been crazy foggy and smoky here. The skies are weirder than ever.
The above photo is the sky about an hour before sunset. And the photo
below is our car sprinkled with ash, and the fires aren't even that