November 11, 2015
The owls spend time on this enormous tower by my apartment building.
That tower is over four stories tall.
I do not know what the purpose of that tower is. Sometimes mysterious workmen come out to work on things in electric panels at the tower’s base at night. That is always odd to me. Workmen at night. Like real night. 2 AM and 3 AM real night.
I think that tower is the owls’ winter vacation residence. The owls were here when I moved in last year right at the end of November and were still here through December. Then the owls went away.
It is November again and the owls are back.
History suggests “winter home.”
I wonder where their summer home is?
Before tonight I had never seen one of the owls. I would hear them. They call out their “who” calls late at night after the sun is long gone and their call echoes for miles – or at least sounds like miles to me on my balcony hearing their calls echo out.
Tonight I saw one of the owls. The owl was in silhouette, just a dark bird with a real long wing span coasting away against the night’s darkness.
That is one seriously big owl. I spent some formative years in the country. I know a long wing span when I see one. This owl has a wing span bigger than any hawk – and I have seen some pretty big hawks – I have ever seen. Bigger than a falcon and I have seen some pretty big falcons too.
That owl has vulture wingspan. Like the big vultures, the huge ones, that are bigger than eagles and when they spread their wings, their wing span is wider than I am tall.
I have never seen an owl that big before. But there he is. With his partner. Wintering atop the four story mystery tower next to my building.
He could so beat me arm wrestling.
Maybe I better put on a little weight.
October 13, 2015
I have this new roommate. The Gecko. He is small. He does not pay rent. I think he is couch surfing.
The first time I saw the gecko I was very worried about the gecko. What if the gecko wandered under the couch and became confused and disoriented and dehydrated?
[This is foolish thinking it is a very modern couch with no flounce that might disorient a gecko.]
A few days after the gecko moved in the gecko dodged onto the balcony when I opened the balcony door to go smoke.
[I was going to smoke. I am not sure about the gecko.]
I encouraged the gecko to flee and be free.
The gecko would have none of it.
A day later there was the gecko and the gecko dodged back in.
The gecko has been couch surfing here a month. It works out. The gecko dodges in and out when the gecko wants.
The gecko never comes in the bedroom. I do not think the gecko likes carpeting.
The gecko likes the office and the wall by Marilyn.
You totally want to see the gecko closeup don’t you?
[I knew it you are gecko fans already.]
*Shut up, it’s an iPhone, what do you want, gecko leg stubble?
May 27, 2015
I figure everyone getting stormed out in Texas and places other could use a laugh about now.
Donna the Deer Lady is hilarious to me and just never gets old.
March 13, 2015
There is a small green lizard on the balcony.
For a while, the small green lizard was pretty good about just being still while I was out there.
Times have changed.
The lizard’s thing is making a run across my feet and staring at me hard from [whatever I guess is] a safe lizard position.
I have no idea what kind of bravery is required to be a 1 ounce lizard attempting to stare down and intimidate a 100+ pound human for balcony privileges.
March 1, 2015
February 23, 2015
I may be laughing little too hard at this.
January 13, 2015
November 1, 2014
October 31, 2014
October 22, 2014
Chesh and Pumpkin touched down in Austin. This means AFF is fully underway. Yay!
Chesh came in at 1 AM and she and I were not photo friendly at 1 AM so you get a 2010 photo of us instead.
Also Pumpkin, Chesh’s traveling companion and my other house guest who is all photogenic all the time did not want to take a photo by herself so you get an old photo of her too.
[I know, it is artsy, but I like that shot. Also Pumpkin and I have totally been cheating on Chesh too since Chesh is all jetlagged and out cold while I am keeping my regular vampire hours and Pumpkin is up with vampire hours and keeping me company so there is a lot of Pumpkin love going down right now.]
[Doggy ear scratches, pervos! Jeez!]
Let the AFF follies begin. Yay!