When I was "J"-less...
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
...I was like Kahless at the Three Turn Bridge. Okay, that's an fairly obscure Star Trek reference. If you get it, we should definitely be friends.
I really meant to blog about Monday's walk, but didn't. So, here goes. It was practically a religious experience. First it was cold. 51F by the app on my phone. So, I pulled out a flannel shirt for warmth and headed out, still on my own. My normal route is a big rectangle, starting north and running clockwise, so my first turn points me eastward. Now, in my city, that's the dark side of town. We are bounded on the east by a small mountain, beyond which is some very rural country. Very little artificial light that way. The sky was incredibly clear. Someone explained the physics of that to me once. I don't remember. The sky really is clearer when it's colder.
I tried to remember my constellations from my Boy Scout days. I made out Orion pretty easily, Jupiter rising just off his feet. ( I thought it would be Venus, but she's visible in the evenings right now) I could even make out just a hint of the Milky Way, normally an impossibility due to the city lights. It was so nice to be out, I added a quarter mile to the walk. For once, I actually didn't miss J. We'd have talked, and I'd have missed it.
Speaking of J...I was lying in bed this morning in a room that was hotter than a room has any business being in Pennsylvania in mid-September, trying to motivate my aching knees to do their part for the day, when my phone rang. It was J, a day early! "Brother Scott, I'm on my way", he said. I had to make sure I was really awake. That would have been a mean dream to have inflicted upon myself. I passed on your condolences. I think the whole idea of an online community confuses him sometimes, but he says "Thank you". Well, actually he said "Gracias". We shared our stories and got caught up. We continued the quarter mile I added Monday. What a great way to go "over the hump".