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November 4th, 2008

November 4th, 2008
06:00 pm


A look into my brain
This afternoon, as I was walking through the woods, I happened to think of the fact that when I went to Ecuador, it was the same time zone as here in Illinois.  I think that would surprise a lot of people.  From there, I hopped to the thought of another geographical fact that had surprised me when I noticed it years ago:  the distance from Tucson to El Paso is only half as far as the distance from El Paso to Dallas.  After flashing very briefly on the thought that Texas is really big, it occurred to be that it might be fun to actually drive across the southwest through those cities.  On to the idea that if I did do a road trip through Arizona, I would have to make a point of visiting Benson.  And from there, it occurred to me that there's another small city in Arizona whose name is only familiar to me because it's in a song.

It was two hours before I managed to drive "Take It Easy" running through my head.

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07:44 pm


Kickapoo Tuesday
I wanted to spend time outdoors today, so I headed over to Kickapoo (with a stop to vote on the way).  I was late getting started, but I was walking along the Emerald Pond trail by 2.  I was getting pretty hungry by the time I got to my favorite lunch spot, the pond at the end of the haul road.  After I ate, I settled down with my pad and tried to work on my outline/notes for my NaNoWriMo novel.  I was less prepared before November started than I'd had in mind, and I don't want to write beyond my outline.  I was working comfortably when I looked up and realized the sun was really low.  I looked at my watch and it was just after 4.  It was only then that I realized that I'd had a brain fart about time; between daylight wasting time and the turning year, the sun sets a bit before *5*, not 6.  So instead of getting to decide whether I would take a longer route back for variety, I had to hustle to get back to my car before sunset.

I took some pictures for you on the way out and a couple while I was at the pond.

I'd call this view iconic for the season.

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