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May 25th, 2019

HOW IS WORDS

For no particular (and, thank goodness, not for any bad) reason, I haven't been blogging.

There are reasons, but small reasons: been doing other stuff (but I've often still blogged while doing so), been tired after some days of work (but, still, blogged before), not feeling I have anything in particular to say at the moment (OH I HAVE STILL BLOGGED EVEN THEN)...and then it hits me that I haven't updated for a whole week and get concerned.

So: hi. I'm still here, and elsewhere online, plus of course life offline (like work) goes on. Hoping I'm doing worthwhile stuff, and having worthwhile thoughts.

Extremes are allowed

I Am Large, I Contain Multidudes, Latest Example:

It had been a while, like two or three years, since I'd visited the Oregon Zoo, so yesterday I got going early enough to spend most of the midday there. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., wandering, appreciating animals, and taking pictures and videos. As busy as the Zoo is, I still found quiet places for quiet moments: the unused-at-that-time North Meadow for the Asian elephants who live there, then later this moment in the enclosure for the Bontebok, a southern African antelope.


No Bonteboks were in that portion of the enclosure, nor were any of the other animals which share that space, and for a time no people other than me observing it either: just a gentle drizzle on a pond, and I felt like preserving it.

And then later, after heading home, I headed out again for a much louder experience, watching John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum in a late screening at the Bagdad Theater. Very satsifying, very violent, as the other John Wick films are, sometimes getting me to full-body cringe and to yell. And watching Ian McShane as Winston simply start to smile is ne of this film's surprising pleasures. Oh yes, I like Chapter 3.