There have been a lot of birds lately on the blast.
And he actually understood the reason why.
Because birds and flowers lower your blood pressure. And I suppose that I am getting low on piss and vinegar.
Birds don't tend to piss too many people off. Besides, I don't have the emotional resources to be angry all the time.
With all the shit going down in the world, the last thing I want to do is be triggered.
And I don't want to needlessly trigger anyone else either. No one is switching sides at this stage of the battle.
There is little point preaching. Roughly 38 to 43% of the people simply won't give a damn whatever I say and that is also their right.
I mentioned that I was dialing back on the rage and reactivity a few months ago. The cancer isn't out of the woods, I have a biopsy scheduled very soon and I have had the current go with the shingles. So I don't have the gasoline in my tank to do a lot of teeth gnashing right now. I guess you could call it conservation of energy.
And the truth is, Trump is not the problem today. He was a catalyst and he exacerbated the tension but even if Biden wins and whatever ultimately happens in congress, the underlying elephant in the room is the fact that the two Americas can barely speak to each other, certainly rarely civilly, there is no center or notion of compromise any more, just craven exercises in raw power. On both sides. Strike and maim while you can because the guy across from you will, if he gets the chance.
The fact is that our values systems are so different that we now have this gigantic cultural and political chasm and a completely ineffective government, and well, that's not going to change soon. It's bloodsport. Certain people enjoy it. People like McConnell love a good knife fight.
If it is environmental in nature I'll do my damnedest to mention it. Although I did forget to cover the recent "pay what ever you want to for oil leases" strategy. The red blue pissing match, shit throwing carnival, not fun for me right now. Reality is scary, racially, environmentally, politically, from a civil rights perspective, covid, it is almost all too much to handle. Afraid you'll have to start the revolution without me.
We have to ask ourselves, the actions that I take, are they helping or are they hurting our fellow terrans? What will keep me off the psychiatrist's couch and away from the internet? Where can I hide?
Birds, I dig.
Yesterday I was thinking that I was bummed that I would miss the young falcon at Torrey Pines. Has only been flying for a week.
I couldn't skip it. I drove down in the afternoon and found that there was no parking on coast highway. I would take a side street and park very far away. And I had flip flops on. But I needed to do it and walked, finally made it to the cliffs.
Waited an hour and no birds. Talked to a cool photographer named Sam. And then bam, the mother flies in, then the father and then I see the smallest juvenile I have ever seen fly by. So fast I could hardly capture it.
We got twenty or thirty minutes of aerobatics, young falcon dove on some pelicans. It was all very cool.
I had my lesser, lighter lens and it was very cloudy and gray but I made do. The length of the zoom made it the go to lens for the occasion. The birds were high on the cliff, pretty far away.
The pictures would not be epic. A lot to go through but it will surprise me if I got anything noteworthy, but still I did the best I could and am very happy to see such an incredible young bird.
But then the kid would fly in and it is so fast that I could hardly snap a picture.
Glad I went.
My computer drives are full. Two 8tb drives with my plus 200,000 images.
Had to do some heavy cutting and triage today to load them.
This morning we drove down to the harbor in San Diego for the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market. Bought right from the fishermen.
We bought Big eye tuna to eat fresh and to smoke. Black cod, whitefish too. A little wahoo. Leslie is picking up salmon too. We smoke tomorrow with friends.
Bought some halibut too. They were out of sand dabs.
Crabs looked good, so did the prawns.
Place was packed, took a while to get in. Line all the way down to the U.S.S. Midway. Get there early.
For a very small fee, they clean and split your fish for you.
This guy cleaned our fish, an older fellow. He was very careful about keeping his workspace clean, I liked the care he showed.
I can't wait to go back.
Looking forward to tomorrow too.
Eating the fish.