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The Company You Keep

USA | Friday, 24 April 2020 | Views [170]

The Flatirons from Lagerman Lake

The Flatirons from Lagerman Lake

THE COVID NUMBERS ARE CLIMBING, LOCALLY, NATIONALLY and Worldwide. I’m not especially anxious nor overly concerned but I do check the new cases on the web every morning.  The odds are still very much in our favor — fewer than three people in 1000 become infected — but the effect on the economy, society and our collective psyches is undeniable.


                Candice, the Covid fashionista

Social distancing and stay-at-home orders aren’t as draconian here in Colorado as in other states and they have little effect on our personal lifestyle.  It even sounds as if Colorado may be among the first states to loosen restrictions in an effort to restore “normalcy” whatever that may be.  We will have to wait and see how wise a decision that is.  One thing is certain, an effective cure shouldn’t be worse than the disease it is supposed to treat.  "First do no harm" and all that stuff.


 Thanks to Rocky Mountain PBS


                            And to Ken Burns — again!


                                             New episodes of an old favorite


                                                                Jonesing to get back on the road 

We have been spending most of our time inside reading, editing and updating our journals and watching British mysteries on the computer.  We don’t have cable so our TV is pretty much limited to our old friend Rocky Mountain PBS which, wisely, has added some wonderful educational programs to help with the “home-schoolers.”  Our top picks are Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts and Henry Louis Gates’ Africa’s Great Civilizations trimmed out with old episodes of Rick Steves’ Europe and new This Old House offerings.


   Lesser Yellowlegs                                 Prairie Dog

We went out birding yesterday with Tim and Candice at Lagerman Lake near Boulder.  We took two cars, of course, and were properly swaddled when we were together — Candice, remember, has a PhD in infectious diseases to go along with her MD.  We felt it safe to remove our masks while on the trail and it didn’t feel much different than being with them in olden times.

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 Twenty-fifth Anniversary in Tahiti.       26th courtesy of PF Chang

Today is our 26th anniversary.  It won’t be as memorable as #25 on the Maasdam in Tahiti, no celebratory dinner at an upscale restaurant, either.  They are still closed and we don’t have proper clothes anyhow.  We will have to settle for a bottle of bubbly and take-away from PF Changs™.  It’s the company that matters and I will be with the person who matters most to me.



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