Home again

[picture taken while waiting for the taxi to arrive]

An extremely uneventful flight to Cincinnati from Denver. It takes a journey back home for us to encounter snow. The fluffy snow in the driveway makes me cold by default, even though the house is at its usual comfortable temperature.

The animals were overjoyed to see us: Sophie almost exploded with barking and excitement. Satchel meowed enough to get me to finally give him some food, even though I told him that it was not Cat Snack Time. His training is strong: every time a human enters the house through the front door, Satchel is supposed to get fed. He has no problem with any of the internal logic, or external logic, of this.

I journey to London. I send back pictures.

Even though I can’t use it for its main purpose, my iPhone has gotten much use here in London for its picture-taking capabilities. [Aside -- it can also be used to play Angry Birds with on the Underground, but that wasn't me -- that was the guy sitting next to me. Honest!]

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She’s not there

As you may have noticed — or not, seeing as you’re not here, I think — I have fled the joyous confines of Cincinnati and am now nestled in a nice, fluffy hotel room in London. It even seems to be reasonably close to the British Museum. Closer than Cincinnati at least.

And I arrived just in time for the classic British autumn weather as well. Which means there was not much walking around the town done by me this afternoon due to persistent rain. Clouds etc. littering up the sky. Tragically hip youth littering up the hotel lobby.

There’s actually not that much scorn in my voice as I write about these tragically hip youth because I find them so fascinating to watch. It’s like living in the zoo. I don’t think I can sneak up on them with the camera in my iPhone, though. I think they know how those things work.

Somewhere in Kansas

So here we are in the middle of Kansas, in June when it’s a green place, and not an endless expanse of brown, cold fields. It makes a change in the traveling attitudes: no existential scream begging to be torn from my chest makes me a much happier passenger.

One thing I’m noticing: there are trees in Kansas! I think that when we drove from Colorado to Ohio a couple of Decembers ago, we were too cold and bored to notice that fact. Also, the leaves on the trees makes them a tad more noticeable. In winter, all of the brown stuff merges together in the landscape.

Silly travel pictures will be taken eventually, and probably posted.

On the road, soon

Today we head to Columbus to visit friends. I am looking forward to getting out of the house. The animals are to be taken care of by my son.

Incidentally, a bragging point: my son’s girlfriend was honored yesterday by the Chemistry Department at the University of Cincinnati for being the top student in organic chemistry. I never thought I would ever get to know anyone with a chemistry award! I am so excited and proud! Yay Betsy!

Now it is time for the weather to clear up. I can’t be happy about a trip to Columbus, not entirely, if it’s gray and rainy outside.

Suddenly Hawaii

So my one and only son graduated from the University of Cincinnati this past Saturday, and there was a lovely celebration. A couple of weeks ago, he had the sudden notion that we should all go to Hawaii to celebrate: him, his girlfriend, and his parents. Since the cold is settling in in Cincinnati with a vengeance, we all of us thought that was a remarkably good idea.

Now that we are all here, I think that was an especially remarkably good idea. Warm but not too warm in the daytime, and at night, not too cool. Dramatic landscapes surround us. Exotic birds abound; zebra doves are a refreshing alternative to the ubiquitous house sparrows of home. The last bird that I added to my list was a Pacific golden plover, which was hanging out by the pool. This was all without even trying. I’m not going to get back to the north coast of Kauai for a long time, so I will be out tomorrow, watching birds, while everyone else hikes.

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On the road again

We’re off to Boulder Colorado this morning, waiting for the flight to Denver to be called. It’s chillier there than here, but less moisture in the air. There is also a lot of sunshine, while in Cincinnati, we get doom and gloom now until almost March.

This is the last relaxing time that we will have before what I envision to be the Christmas rush. I have shopping to do, and I mean to do it. I mean to visit lots of friends, too. I may even take up skiing, but that has a probability that is very close to zero.