Archive for August, 2009


Posted in Uncategorized on August 31, 2009 by a4synapse

Four of them, just chillin’ and watching the sun go down.  They’re funny: they’re perched right at the top of the pine at the end of the reach and just gorgeous.  They’re quick, too.  They fly off quickly; don’t stick around much.


Posted in Uncategorized on August 25, 2009 by a4synapse
I think it's a fritillary!

I think it's a fritillary!

The earlier one walks, the quieter it tends to be.  This teeny butterfly was sunning itself, revving up for a day of nectar-caching.  Might have gotten closer but didn’t want to interrupt a vital process.  Lots of crushed frogs and raccoon scat this morning.  But it was so still, it was spooky.  Just 45 minutes later, as the verge of light/dark has moved west, there is a following breeze, like the trail of a woman’s skirt disturbing the dust on a hardwood floor.


Wretchedly Oblivious

Posted in Uncategorized on August 19, 2009 by a4synapse

Stopped by the post office this morning (it’s the wealthiest zip in an outer ring burb of a dying city).  There was a short line and I had a package notice.  Two clerks, one male, one female.  A blonde woman (5’6″, two teenagers in tow) was in front of the male clerk with a sheaf of papers.  I’ll amend that expensive blonde hair (it was the first thing I noticed) and she was wearing a green top with khaki shorts, with nice tanned legs.  This is an approximation of the conversation; it’s 9:30AM)

W. Hi, I need to speak with Rose, the postmaster about these passport applications

C.  Rose isn’t here.  She’s in our other building because she has to be there until the routes go out.

W. She’s supposed to be here.  She told me she’d be here.  I need to get these passport applications done.

C. She’s not here.

W. Well, I was told to deal only with her.  Can’t you get her here?

C. I’ll get you her phone number and you can call her.  (vanishes, returns with paper; gives it to woman)

W. Can you call her?  My daughter has my phone.   (one of the teenagers has wandered out to the front on the store) (why would anyone let their teenager walk away with the teenager’s phone and her own phone?)  There is no telephone in the clerk’s area.  It would also be a simple matter to ask the teenager to return with the phone.

C. You can call her and she’ll help you with this.

W. Can you call her?  I’m supposed to deal only with her.  I’m supposed to get a refund.  (Teenager still hasn’t returned).  She’s supposed to be here this morning.

By now she’s plainly put out with the clerk, as if he’s got something to do with her problem, and there’s no one else in the world.

Legalize Drugs Now

Posted in Uncategorized on August 18, 2009 by a4synapse

The exercise in public morality has failed.  Criminalizing drugs breeds a superclass of criminals and puts money in their hands.  Legalization would remove the incentive to deal, and the incentive to draw in new customers.  It would save $44 billion in enforcement costs.  Taxing would put an as yet unknown amount of money into the public coffers and out of the hands of criminals.

More importantly, it would free up law enforcement for more important things.  Two Washington policemen write about a new benefit (why haven’t I seen this before?) in de-criminalizing drugs.  Here Peter Moskos and Stanford Franklin talk about the policemen who are injured or killed while enforcing laws in a war in which they are outgunned and will never win.

There are better ways to deal with the societal ills that drug use engenders.  We may actually learn something about our society.  It can only be less expensive.


Posted in Uncategorized on August 10, 2009 by a4synapse

The diet says to eat eight (8) bananas tomorrow.  I’m already thinking about the ninth banana.