Friday, August 9, 2013
Odds and Ends
Olga and I went back to the canal yesterday, where we came upon this wreck of a shopping cart, apparently recently raised from the depths. It reminded me of Julian Montague's Stray Shopping Cart Project and its classification system for derelict or wandering carts, which I mentioned briefly way back in 2006. (It looks like the original web site is no longer online, but Montague summarizes it here.) I'd say this cart was originally a B/12 "simple vandalism," and has transitioned to B/19 "in or as refuse."
I arranged for a dog walker to begin coming for Olga on August 15, a few days before Dave and I go back to work, so she can get used to the system. It's a huge relief to have those plans in place. I think I'm now ready (more or less) to go back to work, aside from the normal new-job jitters!
The wild blackberries are ripe now. I came upon these along the canal and didn't eat any of them -- my hands weren't clean at the time, having been dog-contaminated. But I did pick some on a walk just before we went to Spain, and those berries were tart little devils. Much more sour than the supermarket variety. I always feel so adventurous picking and eating blackberries in the wild!
-- Can you stand a few more tidbits about Laika, the Russian Space Dog? While researching Laika stamps online for yesterday's post, I came across this photo, showing a man who got a tattoo not only of Laika, but of a Laika stamp!
-- And on a related note, my friend Reya sent me a link to an old Calypso song about Laika. It's pretty fabulous: "Now I am very sorry for the poor little puppy in the Russian satellite." Indeed!
-- Finally, I posted a video online of the monastery at Montserrat, which I wrote about when Dave and I visited a few days ago. I took the video when the monastery's bells were ringing and echoing off the surrounding mountain. It shows the mountain's unusual geology, the monastery and the people on the plaza. There's even a glimpse of the huge line we were in to see La Moreneta!