A reminder that this is my diary. I love looking back to see what I was doing, say 10 years ago and realizing what a pompous fool I was! Not much has changed. Anyway, read it if you want.
I now watch birds with my window open. I am amazed how usually skittish birds don’t seem to mind me sitting about 3 meters away. I have added a hummingbird feeder.
I have been given a job! I have to proofread and edit text for a yearbook. I love doing this. I sit on my couch in front of my wonderfully cosy gas fire and tinker away at the text. To my left is the open window through which I can spot and eventually photograph bird action. Such a good way to pass the time. I will also get paid real money as opposed to the money you see on web bank statements. I will spend all this real money on the best food and wines for one unforgettable meal with friends in Okinawa.
Topher and I drive down to SLAC to have lunch with Melinda. We worked together about 15 years ago. As soon as we get into the main building, people come up and hug and cry and ask for their money back. We have a wonderful time!
Shucks, so good to meet lots of old friends and realize that, although we may not have met for years, we still love one another.
Driving home, I ask Topher when his next trip will be.
“I go to Egypt on Sunday.”
“Where in Egypt?”
“I have to give a talk at COP27.”
I, on the other hand, go to Clement St to get some See’s Candy.
Clement is very Chinese.
The fish shop is full of middle aged Chinese ladies who are all pushing in and squabbling, all in Chinese of course. They remind me of Pygmy Nuthatches. One lady, who has just pushed in front of me and is shouting at the poor serving guy, turns to me when she sees me buying skate and in a very plummy English accent asks,
“Excuse me, what is that fish? I have never tried it?”
“It is skate.”
“How do you cook it?”
“Well, I sauté it in black butter and capers.”
“Do you think I could steam it?”
“I am sure you could.”
“Thank you so much. I has been very nice speaking to you.”
She then turns back to the poor server and lets him have it with both barrels in strident Chinese.