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Welp, it's a strange place in which we live. Just got back from a glorious bike ride in wonderful sunny weather and 80 F. Flying down country roads with Bach Brandenburgs floating loudly around my haid. Fine time!
And then there's tomorrow...

Freeze tomorrow night. C'est la vie.
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Conversations with myself

I've been having a conversation with myself. We all do. We wonder whether to do a or to do b. We decide if there is time to do something before something else. We wonder which is the better way to go about something. Conversations with ourselves.

The examples above are examples which are carried out by the forebrain. One might call them conversations of the first kind. I suppose that one might say that these are rational conversations.

But there is a second kind of conversation that happens between the forebrain, the human part of the brain, and the back brain, which some people call the lizard brain. These are the kinds of internal conversations which we have when a big dark figure starts coming towards us in a not well lit parking lot as we go towards the car.

The forebrain is saying things on the order of I wonder if this is a dangerous situation or not. It is not likely to be so. But the lizard brain is saying WE'RE GOING TO DIE! RUN!! RUN!!

Now, we all have the conversations of the first type all the time. But the conversations of the second type are, I think, about survival. And they don't occur very frequently . But I have been having those conversations of the second type for the past few weeks.

It's the Ebola thing. Now for some of you who live a long way away from the Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, it probably mostly feels like a distant drama that is not likely to affect you. And I feel some of that as well in that the hospital is 30 miles from here. But I have been a patient in that hospital. It also feels quite real to me.

My forebrain is saying that it is all happening miles away. My lizard brain is saying RUN!! But as the web of potentially infected people spreads, it feels much more like a lizard brain situation. Schools are being affected. Some of them are not far from here at all. Flights are being affected at DFW Airport which is very close to here. People in Ohio are now being affected by this situation. Now we find that a cruise ship is affected. Note that I am saying affected instead of infected.

The tendrils of potential Ebola infections seem to be spreading. And each time they spread, the lizard brain speaks a little louder. And repeats itself more times each time it does speak.

I am developing a strong sympathy, and perhaps understanding, for those poor folks in West Africa. Ebola seems to be creeping closer with each passing day. The lizard brain speaks a bit louder and more frequently as each bit of this disaster unfolds.

TRAPPED! RUN!! RUN!! says the lizard brain. 
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It was a fine October afternoon. 
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my friend ray sent me this via email.  i thought you might like to know too.

On October 8th, the Moon will pass through the shadow of Earth for a total lunar eclipse. Sky watchers in the USA will see the Moon turn a beautiful shade of celestial red and maybe turquoise, too. 
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http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/18sep_lunareclipse/  
VIDEO: ScienceCasts: A Colorful Lunar Eclipse  
Mark your calendar: On Oct. 8th, the Moon will pass through the shadow of Earth for a total lunar eclipse. Sky watchers in the USA will see the Moon turn a beautiful shade of celestial red and maybe turquoise, too.
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its an odd world in which we live. nothing's perfect.

i told a friend years ago that i chose to read long books -- as in thick ones -- because for short books, about the time you get really into them, they're over. leaving one feeling somehow cut off. and, truth be told, i tend to like stuff in which the characters are well developed and thus, to mee, feel so much more real. same holds for tv shows.

i have resisted binge watching tv shows for a good time. some of it likely has to do with having binged on a couple of shows that were just the wrong ones for me to binge. and, i think i really do prefer a bit of time between episodes for most of the shows of which i've become fond. one a night seems about right for me.

but, recently i started binging a couple of shows. mostly, i think, because i got so completely sucked into them. and, at least for those shows, it was just fine to binge them.

but -- and there's allus a but, eh -- when i come to the end of the last episode, it feels like someone coldcocked me. there's such a thud, it's almost physical.

frankly, i think it's just not fair. just not fair. not fair at all.its an odd world in which we live. nothing's perfect.

i told a friend years ago that i chose to read long books -- as in thick ones -- because for short books, about the time you get really into them, they're over. leaving one feeling somehow cut off. and, truth be told, i tend to like stuff in which the characters are well developed and thus, to mee, feel so much more real. same holds for tv shows.

i have resisted binge watching tv shows for a good time. some of it likely has to do with having binged on a couple of shows that were just the wrong ones for me to binge. and, i think i really do prefer a bit of time between episodes for most of the shows of which i've become fond. one a night seems about right for me.

but, recently i started binging a couple of shows. mostly, i think, because i got so completely sucked into them. and, at least for those shows, it was just fine to binge them.

but -- and there's allus a but, eh -- when i come to the end of the last episode, it feels like someone coldcocked me. there's such a thud, it's almost physical.

frankly, i think it's just not fair. just not fair. not fair at all.
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Introducing Project Wing: http://youtu.be/cRTNvWcx9Oo
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you know, it's interesting to me just how involved i can get with dramas. i'm thinking just now about video type dramas, but i suppose it's just as applicable to book dramas.
i finished up the bbc's merlin series recently. when arthur died, i was deeply saddened. i think mostly because it seemed to me that two such special people as merlin and arthur should have had lifetimes together.
i've read about both merlin and arthur so many times. and, i guess that they've both been heros of mine for most of my life. perhaps distant heros would better describe it. but, somehow this tv series made them live in my imagination. it was a pretty fine experience for me. i guess that was why it hit me so hard when the end came for the pair. i suppose that's also why i've tended to avoid books that i know end tragically.
guess that makes me a complete sucker, eh?  i don't care.
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on a somewhat lighter note, i went out for a fine late summer night motorpickle ride in the country last night.  i'd justtified it to myself by thinking that i'd perhaps hit the grocery store on the way back.  i lied.  and i suppose that i knew it at the time.  :-)  but that's my story and i'm sticking to it.

fine summer night ride.  wind going past like a warm caress.  quiet peaceful countryside.  one of those good for your head times.  listened to bach flute sonatas.  amazing how wonderfully magic a flute is as you go charging through the dark.  :-)

as i was returning, relaxed and rejuvenated, i was into the last few blocks when i looked up and this huge black thing was directly in front of me.  braked like mad.  looked for some reasonable path past it -- there were none.  and then it moved off the road.

sheeeeeeet mon!  if was a freakiin giant black cow that had somehow gotten out.  it was peacefully munching the grass on the verge of the road.  sucker just ignored me.  MEEEE!  the one it'd almost plumb kilt!  put down the kickstand and let the PD know about it, so hopefully nobody would get hurt.  stayed till the officer came by and then went home listening to my bach flute music.  finally did stop shaking after a while at home.  

heh.  interesting what life brings you, isn't it.
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i watched good morning vietnam this evening. sort of a celebration of robin williams, i suppose. 

it left me as dissatisfied as it did the first time around. some situations just don't turn out well for anyone. brought back a lot of sad memories. and, i suppose, some happy ones as well. found myself remembering some of the people who aren't here because of that.
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Why does the porridge bird lay his egg in the air?
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Sometimes I just get blown away. I've seen pictures of the moving rocks in death valley for forever, it seems. Some real things are just too unreal to be real. (How's that for over using a word, eh?) 

Welp, finally the explanation... And it's just as neat and, dare I say it, unreally real as can be expected. Have a gander at this and join me in blown awayness. 

http://m.livescience.com/47585-death-valley-moving-rocks.html
Scientists obsessed with Death Valley's sailing stones have solved the Racetrack Playa mystery.
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