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Greetings from the C&O

It felt like summer on Saturday, so after lunch and a bunch of scanning (I'm nearly finished with the last skating album), we put on our masks and went to take a walk along the C&O Canal. There were lots of cars at Carderock, but we parked at the tiny lot by Lockhouse 8 and saw few people -- more bikers than walkers (the latter mostly with dogs and wearings masks, the former riding in packs, not socially distanced, no masks and plenty of asshattery). I forgot my camera, having gotten out of the habit of taking it, so of course we saw many frogs, some turtles, even a wood duck with ducklings!

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After dinner, we Skyped with our kids. During the conversation we could hear police sirens near Daniel's apartment, then a city-wide siren, and he got a text saying they were under curfew immediately. Now Adam and Katherine are as well, since he lives right near SF City Hall. The police car fires that have been on the news are very close to him. I completely support the protestors and also want justice, but really want no more innocent people to be hurt. We just watched The Goldfinch, which did not go as I predicted and in some ways was disappointing but had a reasonably satisfying ending!
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Poem for Saturday and Banff Springs Hotel

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Friday was warm and humid and pretty quiet for most of the day, though we did have to run out to the UPS Store to drop off a contactless return, so that's the first shopping area I've been in for I don't even know how many weeks though I didn't even get out of the car. I did a long lunchtime chat with three high school friends, which was awesome, and I passed a neighbor whom I'd seen playing Pokemon while we were out walking and we ended up doing a socially distanced Reshiram raid together. In between I got a bunch of scanning done.

We spent the evening after dinner (leftover pizza) bingeing a bunch of episodes of Space Force, which is funny and has lots of great actors and many socially relevant moments, but my affection is at a pretty superficial level -- I wasn't writing down lines to quote -- and I have to admit that my favorite moment so far has been Jane Lynch threatening to sodomize Steve Carell for referring to her gender inappropriately. From 1986, some photos of the famous Banff Springs Hotel, which I didn't care back then that George VI had visited:

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Poem for Friday and Many Deer

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Thursday was my father's birthday, so I had a family oriented day. After a day of scanning Paul's final two albums -- one from Sweden from when his parents visited in 1987, including an extensive family tree leading up to the modern relatives they visited, and one that his grandmother put together for all her grandchildren, with photos and anecdotes from her entire life -- we briefly saw my parents (socially distanced) to give my dad a birthday present, and got to try the chocolate covered apples my sister and her family had sent him.

Apparently it was National Burger Day, so we had (veggie) burgers for dinner with the leftover macaroni salad from Memorial Day. We watched Burden of Truth (lots of interesting women having complicated lives) and Blindspot (so much crazy in the storylines this season, I am just here for the characters), then three episodes of the fifth season of Arrested Development (still a delight). Here are some of the deer we saw in front of my parents' house today, in the woods near my house, and a newborn fawn in the last photo taken in New York by my sister!

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Poem for Thursday and Iceland

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I have nothing exciting to report from my Wednesday -- scanned some skating photos, found an entire album of Paul's childhood photos and scanned those, took a walk, talked to some neighbors, watched The 100 (so many awesome women), the season premiere of Agents of SHIELD (really good!), the new What We Do in the Shadows (Guillermo!), plus the beginning of the fifth season of Arrested Development which we had forgotten was even a thing, but I am sulking because these were my photos from last year today and I wish I was there now:

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Poem for Wednesday and Torvill & Dean

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Tuesday was not a good day. We found out that another relative, Paul's brother's wife, had lost her father to the coronavirus -- I can't even remember now if I mentioned here that his cousin's wife also lost her father to it after a long, horrible hospital stay. My day was mostly quiet: I was scanning old skating pictures, I chatted online with my good friend in England, and I talked to my college roommate so that was lovely.

We watched Stargirl, which I liked better than the first though I hope she interacts more with other girls, and Legends of Tomorrow, which was awesome -- I don't care if they borrowed the concept from Supernatural, Kirk and Spock as lesbian lovers was a thing of beauty and I loved the Mr. Rogers and Downton Abbey parodies too! These pics are from the 1984 World Professional Figure Skating Championships and my father took the actual skating photos:

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Poem for Tuesday and Canadian Rockies

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We had a fairly quiet family-oriented Memorial Day, albeit a distanced one. In the morning, while Paul made hamburger buns out of sourdough starter, I finished scanning the photos from my earliest album, so I have digitized nearly all the personal photos in this house except a few in frames, our wedding album, and the kids' Bar Mitzvah albums. So at least I got that done in quarantine! It was another gorgeous not-too-hot day, so in the afternoon we took a walk on the main Cabin John Park trail. Before dinner, Paul's parents wanted to Skype again, so we talked to them for a while.

We ate (Beyond) burgers, macaroni salad, and potato salad before Skyping with our kids, Daniel's girlfriend, and my parents. Adam's girlfriend got laid off along with most of her division last week, so their plans are very up in the air after their lease runs out -- they would like to move out of the city and probably the San Francisco area. I'm hoping it's possible to visit them again before they do. We watched this week's Billions and the first episode of I Know This Much Is True, which were depressing in different ways. Here are some photos of the gorgeous Canadian Rockies from a 1986 trip:

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Poem for Monday and Old Disney World

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Sunday was beautiful and cool. We baked bread, I did a bunch of scanning, then we met my mother in the parking lot at Locust Grove for a socially distanced walk in the woods. I chatted with fannish friends when we got home, then we had stuffed ravioli for dinner.

We caught up in the evening on Burden of Truth and saw the new episode of Snowpiercer after the Memorial Day concert on PBS, which we watched mostly because the latter was delayed by the Tiger Woods charity golf match. From a trip to Disney World in 1975, before Epcot:

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Poem for Sunday and Barbados

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A long Memorial Day weekend just does not have the same charm when we can't go anywhere. It wasn't a bad Saturday: we made two loaves of sourdough bread, got a couple of deliveries, Skyped with Paul's parents and brother with guest appearances at various times by my father, Adam, and Daniel and his girlfriend, and took a walk in the late afternoon in the woods when it was a bit cooler.

We had cassoulet with our sourdough, then we watched Maleficent: Mistress of Evil now that it's on Disney+. I'd heard that it wasn't nearly as good as the original but I didn't expect it to be so dark and to have Maleficent and Aurora separated for pretty much the whole movie, so despite gorgeous cinematography, not one of my favorites. Here as promised are some photos from my family's trip to Barbados in 1980:

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Poem for Saturday and Squirrel Friends

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Friday dawned very rainy but turned into a humid yet cool afternoon that was quite lovely. I got to see my father very briefly -- I had bagels for him, he had Beyond Burgers for me -- and my oldest friend for less happy reasons, since her uncle had died of coronavirus and she wanted to use my USB webcam so that her aunt could join a virtual memorial service and sit shiva via Zoom. She brought sourdough starter that has risen a great deal more this evening than our sourdough starter, though the latter made good pizza dough crust when we divided it to feed it and I got to knead it, which is very good for working out the fingers!

We had delicious pesto pizza with that crust before and evening of catch-up TV: Supergirl's season finale, which was mostly good because of the SuperCorp love, and The 100's season premiere, which was pretty good though I will never not miss Marcus and Abby, and Billions, in which Axe is now a much bigger dick than Chuck and I'm only watching in the hope someone else takes them all down. I scanned late 1970s trips to Disney World and Barbados today, so you may get to see those soon, but in the meantime here are some of the squirrels and chipmunks who have been visiting our deck while we've been at home:

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Poem for Friday and Neighborhood Deer

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Thursday night feels like a weekend night because Paul's agency gave everyone Friday off, so everyone can have a long Memorial Day weekend not going anywhere! I am feeling pretty bummed, as this was a weekend we'd talked about meeting our kids in one city or another and it's not like we can go to the beach or Skyline Drive instead, let alone make plans with friends. Pretty much all my friends who have kids have at least one at home, which is a mixed blessing but I have no clue when I'll see mine off Skype.

It was a fairly quiet day -- beautiful weather again, Target delivering cat food, putting in a bagel order, lots of scanning -- and since the photos are now from before the mid-80s, I'm not sure of the year for many of the pics so they're harder to sort. We watched two Inspector Morse episodes on PBS in the evening and the sexism really pissed me off, plus "Day of the Devil" may have Richard Griffiths but it has every cliche about the occult too. From the past couple of days' neighborhood walks, the family of deer in the woods:

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