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The Last Lunch Bag

Sometime in the early 2010’s, my kids were getting ready to start summer day camp and they’d need to pack a lunch every day.

Rather than getting lunchboxes that would either get lost or impossibly dirty at camp, my wife bought a box of brown paper lunch bags. Classics.

There were 500 of them. Now, after a dozen years, this is the last of them, dutifully carrying my sandwich and apple for lunch today.

Bonsai gang survived the winter

It’s Springtime-y as hell here. There was a frost warning three days ago and it’s going to be 80 this weekend. That was the last of the cold-cold, though, so I took these bonsai bros out from their winter cover and I’m going to set them up in their homes for the season. The azalea needs some partial shade and the fir gets full-blast sunshine. I was able to rely on rain/snow for winter watering, but I’m going to have to get back on my daily check-ins as things warm up.

I’m not even worried that the azalea didn’t bloom. It feels sturdy as hell and the leaves are strong and a great green. Maybe I’ll get a bloom or two? If I do, I’ll def. post them here.

This little fir, which was already trimmed up bonsai-style, got nice and wooly. I’m inclined to give it a year of regular growing and I’ll take a look at some pruning later this year.

I can see your house from up here.

We go through bouts of travel a couple of times a year. It’s nice to be other places.

Back soon!

Big Norfolk Weekend

Had occasion to catch the end-of-semester dance show at ODU. I’ve seen a lot of these over the years and they’re almost always a great time. College dance majors are on a different level.

And since we’re in baseball season, we hopped over to the ballpark to see the AAA Norfolk Tides take on the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders. The Tides are apparently loaded, so we didn’t want to miss a game full of future major-leaguers.

Tulips are here.

It’s always exciting when these bulbs come up. They’re huge.

Big Eclipse Day

We had a pizza party here at work with Moon Pies, Sunkist, Starbursts, and Capri Suns.

The iPhone-through-eclipse-glasses photo didn’t come out so great.

Ducks Ltd. at Richmond Music Hall 4/2/2024

The Richmond Music Hall is a nice room for bands.

Ducks Ltd. is a new-ish band to me (thanks, CHope) and I’m glad I went out for the show on a Tuesday night.

The sound has lots of ringing guitars and I’d mention The Clean, Soft Pack, and maybe some XTC as points of reference (2 of those 3 bands are faves of mine).

Here’s to live music!

Power’s out, again.

We’re in a weak local infrastructure pocket, electricity-wise. Some big winds this afternoon knocked the power out, and it’s still out tonight.

They gave us a repair ETA window from 9pm to midnight, so there’s still some room for them to hit it.

The low-light mode on the camera does a nice job of accenting the clouds in the darkness. It doesn’t pick up the hum of the handful of folks that have generators, though, so you’ll just have to imagine those.