November 1st, 2020

The Fossil Lady

We live on an ancient sea bed here north of Austin.  The fossils are laying all over the ground and my wife is a collector.  When we were in Florida it was sea shells.  Here it is fossils.  For instance:

Pieces of Cephalopods 95 to 400 million years old (or 6000 depending on your training)
Pieces of Cephalopods 95 to 400 million years old (or 6000 depending on your training)

She found these within a quarter mile of our house.  The construction workers who level the ground in preparation to building the latest development are used to seeing her, walking bent over in the sun scratching at the freshly turned rocky terrain.  

 I'd likely be a little more interested if I did not find them all over our house.  Everywhere.  She has some boundary and some hoarding issues that I have a full time job keeping in check.  At least it is not shoes.

For Halloween she created sandwich bag of candy.  Into each bag she would put a small fossil or two along with a carefully hand lettered note about what it was and how old it was.  She spent a lot of hours on this and had a huge bowl of them.  It was a labor of love.  She made me promise that if I found any of them on the street I would just pick them up and never tell her.

Turns out she was the hit of the neighborhood.  The kids loved them, a special surprise for them.  She ran out long before the kids stopped coming around.

At one point a kid came up to her and asked: "Are you the fossil lady?"  

There are good people on both sides

Biden campaign cancels Texas event after Trump supporters surround bus on interstate

I've watched in my lifetime the fall of civilizations.  I've watched an entire group of people at or near the top of the Maslow pyramid who find themselves tumbling down the side of it to the point that they are happy to have a tarp to get out of the rain.  Lebanon, Hue, Cambodia, Rwanda, Syria, and most instructive for me, Yugoslavia.  In all cases they had 'help' from the outside.  In all cases the train jumped off the track and there was no stopping it.  Of these, Yugoslavia was the most disturbing to me as I watched it unfold at a time when I was old enough to understand.

There were good people on both sides who knew each other their entire lives, who lived next door to each other not in some figurative sense but in reality.  People who grew up together, went to school, were friends throughout that entire period.  Then the madness of Tito's collapse and the slow, relentless, drum beat of nationalism and consequent cult of personality.  Suddenly one day a gun went off at the starting line and the neighbors who had been effectively turned by those strong men personalities killed their friends.  And much worse.  

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Leek and potato pasty

I'd wanted to make a pasty for a while and not just because I like the name.  Dana and I visited Cornwall and little is better than a pint and a pasty.

Following the recipe resulted in a pretty thick disk but it was exhausting trying to get them thinner.
Following the recipe resulted in a pretty thick disk but it was exhausting trying to get them thinner.
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