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Still with the 153s November 29, 2018

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Because until that 365 project is over, this is all you’re getting. Lists of birds and 153s.

  • I just deleted a forwarded link from my in box from January that I was going to look at later, subject line “153 best Gallery Walls images on Pinterest.”
  • Reading about the film Puzzle, running time was listed as 1h, 53m.
  • When I looked up directions from my place to one in the Adirondacks in September, travel time was listed as 1 hour, 53 minutes.
  • In October, when my favorite Sears guy showed up to service two appliances, I noticed on the receipt that his technician ID number is 1153.
  • On November 1, in looking up have/got/have got, I found these sample sentences: It’s got 153 calories and 45g of carbohydrates. It has 153 calories and 45g of carbohydrates. (more formal)
  • On November 25, the Washington Post sent an e-mail with the headline “Camp Fire—the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history—is 100 percent contained, officials say,” and then went on to give this description in the body of the e-mail: “Cal Fire and local authorities announced Sunday that the fire, which has killed at least 85 people, burned more than 153,000 acres and destroyed nearly 14,000 residences, is under control.”
  • That same day, when looking at a program/charity I give to annually, their home page had a big pie chart on it that showed that 10% of their budget ($153,870) is spent on fundraising (with 85% on programming and 5% on administration).

I’ve seen even more than those, I swear.


7BY3: Quarterly Report October 18, 2018

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I only added eight species in the third quarter, but what a lovely eight they were: blue-headed vireo, peregrine falcon, mute swan, black-crowned night heron, least tern, common tern, common nighthawk, and American bittern. The blue-headed vireo was an unexpected treat in a Vermont state park. The peregrine falcon flew over my house, some sort of prey in tow—I was sitting on my front porch when I saw it. I saw the swan, heron, and terns on our quick trip to Rhode Island. We saw the nighthawk on the Indiana University campus. And at the end of a work-related fishing trip, Tim and I snuck over to our beloved interpretive center in Paul Smiths, New York, and flushed the bittern from its marshy hiding place as we walked by. It’s only the third time I’ve seen a bittern (and I’ve only heard one once).

Year-to-date count at this quarter: 138. (2012: 110. 2013: 173 [which turned out to be that year’s total]. 2014: 116. 2015: 124. 2016: 113. 2017: 141.)

Two Birthday Limericks September 30, 2018

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We had a 100 Years birthday party in Parts West the first of this month, a double 50th for Rhonda and Martha. Of course, I wrote each a limerick. For Rhonda:

Her birthday was spent in Rwanda.
Her visage outshines La Gioconda.
With resolve like RBG’s*
She responds to all Help mes.
The world is much richer with Rhonda.

And for Martha:

When I jones for a dose of her wit,
I glance out my window a bit
and if I can see her,
we might have a be-er
and a call-the-world-on-its-shit porch sit.


*Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s

Time for More 153s August 22, 2018

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As I work on a 365 project with some blog buddies, my goal for Route 153 is to post once a month. So here are some found 153s I’ve been saving up.

  • When I got home from my kd-lang-concert visit with Kim in March, I had $153 in my wallet.
  • While editing something in April, one of the endnotes read thusly: “Ed Shenk, Ed Shenk’s Fly Rod Trouting (Harrisburg, Pa.: Stackpole Books, 1989), 153.
  • I watched a video on the Cornell website about the red-headed woodpecker, which clocked in at 1:53.
  • I watched a video on Netflix about its envelope history at the point at which it had 153 likes.
  • On my way to Portland in July, I passed a car from Colorado with a license plate that began 153.
  • Post 204 in my 365 project was exactly 153 words.
  • I was billed exactly $153 (see photo).
  • I stopped at a McDonald’s (only when I travel, I swear) for a pee and an iced coffee and was assigned number 153 (see photo).
  • I went with a friend to drop off her art at a show and walked by a piece called Sculpture #153 (see photo).


7BY2: Quarterly Report July 12, 2018

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Being in Maryland monthly for not-so-great reasons actually helped my quarter, especially when Tim was there too making sure we took some dedicated bird walks. One day we thought we heard a northern saw-whet owl and couldn’t quite believe it. It had been years. But the time of day was wrong. We tentatively put it on the list, but later heard a recording of a black-billed cuckoo and wondered if we’d made a mistake (its call sounding like part of the saw-whet’s). I have retracted this listing. And I wish I knew whether I heard a cuckoo.

Without further ado: belted kingfisher, wood duck, golden-crowned kinglet, white-throated sparrow, long-tailed duck, osprey, killdeer, northern flicker, great-crested cormorant, eastern phoebe, ruby-crowned kinglet, Savannah sparrow, tree swallow, brown-headed cowbird, yellow-bellied sapsucker, eastern towhee, Wilson’s snipe, American woodcock, chipping sparrow, broad-winged hawk, yellow warbler, field sparrow, bobolink, eastern meadowlark, yellow-rumped warbler, common raven, chimney swift, rose-breasted grosbeak, house wren, common yellowthroat, northern parula, blue-gray gnatcatcher, worm-eating warbler, barn swallow, gray catbird, hermit thrush, ovenbird, great-crested flycatcher, green heron, solitary sandpiper, wood thrush, indigo bunting, northern rough-winged swallow, black-and-white warbler, Baltimore oriole, scarlet tanager, red-shouldered hawk, red-eyed vireo, Acadian flycatcher, brown thrasher, blue-winged warbler, prairie warbler, Cooper’s hawk, Carolina chickadee, bay-breasted warbler, chestnut-sided warbler, yellow-bellied flycatcher, warbling vireo, American redstart, eastern kingbird, eastern wood pewee, ruffed grouse, eastern whip-poor-will, snowy egret, great egret, glossy ibis, willet, lesser yellowlegs, cliff swallow, black-throated green warbler, ruby-throated hummingbird, barred owl.

Year-to-date count: 130. (2012: 102. 2013: 162. 2014: 102. 2015: 120. 2016: 104. 2017: 115.)

153 June 2, 2018

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Happy 153rd day of the year!

50: The Explanation Continues May 30, 2018

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On the eighty-seventh day of the year, I explained how I had been away from home twenty-four nights. On this, the one hundred fiftieth day of the year (hello, fellow 365ers!), I am reporting that that number has risen to fifty (I hit it a week ago). I am booking seven more days away, my monthly trip south, this time to help out my recently widowed mother.

One third of my days away this year. And no real vacation in sight.

Sprinkler Service May 26, 2018

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I have been to so many memorials of late that when I received a work e-mail with the subject line “Sprinkler Service June 5,” I immediately wondered Who’s Sprinkler?, and would I have to find room in the summer issue of the journal for his obituary?

It is, of course, an annual inspection of the system.

Two Birthday Limericks for Amy April 10, 2018

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An English professor–slash-writer
laughs loudly at things that delight her.
Her mirth is contagious—
guffaws so outrageous
we deliberately strive to incite her.

A woman wed ’midst the saguaros
bet wisely on happy tomorrows.
At fifty, still gorgeous,
Amy’s  heart  is enormous
and Ken never glances at bar hos.

7BY1: Quarterly Report April 1, 2018

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Of course, as soon as the calendar turns to January 1 and my annual list turns to zero, species begin to elude me. That kestrel that is always on Route 30 on the wire goes into hiding. Snow buntings play at the corners of my vision while I am driving and can’t stop and get my 99% certainty to 100. I hear a raven but forget to write it down, then decide to wait til I hear one again, and they remain quiet.

Still, I’m doing all right (for me, not for a serious birder), because I’m two species ahead of my best first quarter (all those trips to Maryland and one to Maine). Here they are:

Dark-eyed junco, hairy woodpecker, tufted titmouse, downy woodpecker, American goldfinch, red-bellied woodpecker, black-capped chickadee, house finch, Carolina wren, white-breasted nuthatch, blue jay, American crow, European starling, rock pigeon, mourning dove, northern cardinal, purple finch, red-tailed hawk, rough-legged hawk, Canada goose, turkey vulture, herring gull, wild turkey, pileated woodpecker, eastern bluebird, snowy owl, mallard, American robin, northern harrier, short-eared owl, red-breasted merganser, common loon, surf scoter, house sparrow, common eider, northern mockingbird, common goldeneye, bufflehead, great black-backed gull, merlin, song sparrow, red-winged blackbird, cedar waxwing, fish crow, bald eagle, common grackle, greater scaup, lesser scaup, common merganser, American wigeon, ring-billed gull, hooded merganser, snow goose, American kestrel, brown creeper, black vulture, great blue heron, northern shoveler.

I got the northern shoveler in Central Park.

Year-to-date count: 58. (2012: 40. 2013: 53. 2014: 40. 2015: 43. 2016: 56. 2017: 50.)