From my deck I can hear the squabbles of the newly hatched blue herons. I can't see them but they are just down the street in the gully. I see them when I am driving up the hill. The sounds are comforting to me but maybe not to the parents who are searching for food.
Sitting at Lovers point this morning I saw migrating terns hunting over the water. Also saw a line of birds skimming near the water. Hard to see much more because the wind was gusting. Lots of white caps and two intrepid surfers struggling with the waves.
The sun was out most of the day. Now it is old and foggy. I had planned to go to the ocean today but then I thought about the weekend Easter traffic and decided to stay at home. Now I wish I had gone to the ocean.
I drove down Hawthorne street today in Monterey. I think of it as the street of tortured trees. Dozens of bottle brush trees line the street all cut and cropped and tortured into unnatural round shape. What a shame.
Went to see an afternoon showing of the Grand Budapest Hotle today with the 14 year old kid. Such a great movie. I love the color and feeling of the movie. And of coure the nutty story. I need to see it another time to really see it well. It moved os fast.
I am always looking for well written interesting personal essays and now I have come across a great book full of them. THE EMPATHY EXAMS by Leslie Jamison. I am reading slowly because I don't want to finish the book. I want it to last forever.
Met my sister at the Haute Enchilada in Moss Landing. We sat outside in the fog. Too noisy inside. The menu was elaborate and not so appealing to our tastes. We shared a plate of fish and chips and then fancy desserts. Next time we will go some place else.
I just realized that one of my favorite writers has a new book out. Susan Minot. It is called THIRTY GIRLS and the subject matter seems pretty grim but I have to say I am enjoying the book. Such good writing.
I think I finally get it. There is no comprehensive solution to homelessness. There are not enough dwellings for everyone. it is like musical chairs. So we need to think about economic displacement camps. OK?
Spent the day in meetings about homeless groups and poor people and the lack of full time jobs, and affordable wages and rents being to high. By the end of the day I could barely lift my head off the table. I forgot to experience the beautiful spring day here on the central coast.