August 2nd, 2010

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Poem for Monday and Great Falls Wildlife

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We had a pretty low key Sunday since we weren't sure what the weather was planning. After lunch (grilled cheese with fake bacon), we went to Great Falls, where were were expecting the Potomac River to be high after the storms of last week; to our surprise, the C&O Canal was pretty high, even where a 100-year-old oak had come down during the storm and collapsed over the wall of a canal lock, but the river was quite low, so much that we could see the drains the park service put around Olmsted Island to protect it from flooding. We saw a snake, a toad, three skinks, a heron, a turtle, several geese, some buterflies, a few spiders, and many dragonflies, and we left before it started to rain.

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We stopped at the Bethesda Co-op on the way home for Lughnasadh necessities like fresh bread, corn, potatoes, and wine, then had loaded baked potatoes with the rest for dinner before Adam went with a friend's family to see Inception. The rest of us watched an older corporate espionage thriller, Duplicity, which has very good acting, good chemistry between Julia Roberts and Clive Owen, lots of entertaining locations, and a hopelessly convoluted, back-and-forth-in-time plot that requires way, way too much explanation at the end, which puts a damper on the fun but doesn't really ruin the movie. Collapse )