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24 Jan

Have decide spur of the moment that since a friend in a far-off land who has many small children can just list interesting events, so can I.  Although her events and writing skills exceed mine in interest and ability.

Marsha and I went to NY City two weekends ago to visit Dawn.  We were all at Cornell; Dawn lived across the hall from me and she and Marsha took economics together. New York streets were full of fur coats and garbage.  More of both than I have ever seen.  We had a very fun visit walking up and down and over and across to visit all sorts of mostly fancy used clothing shops.  Where the used clothes were more expensive than most of new ones I ever buy.  With names you would recognize on them.  The cloth and sewing and styles were of great interest.  There was fur for sale in the shops, too. We went to a free night of opera at Hunter College.  As we were walking home, Dawn noticed people funneling into an auditorium, so we followed them, found out about the evening’s free performance and were told there were no more tickets.  But we walked over through throngs of people to the free ticket table just to make sure.  Good thing we did.  We ended up with balcony front row tickets.  Great seats.  Marvelous concert.  Sets, costumes, acting, singing–all wonderful.  A full pit orchestra that was just a tad loud sometimes.  We went to Times Square at night, and had home-cooked meals and Peruvian chicken, seviche, avocado salad,  and yuca fritas and went to church in Soho in Greenwich Village in a beautiful church.  I sat there thinking “How can they rent this fabulously beautiful church at 10.45AM on a Sunday morning”?  Because it is a Seventh Day Adventist church, natch.  Dawn’s apartment mate is interesting and wonderful.  She played fairy godmother to us all.  I came home with a beautiful Mongolian style hat: yellow fabric crown and fur headband.

Hawthorne and I are taking a class together.  It is called Agility Foundations Level 1.  We are learning what a clicker is and I am learning how to use it to get behavior I want.  Right now Hawthorne gets to hear a click and receive a treat when he touches my open hand with his nose.  His treats:  his regular food mixed with small cut up pieces of cheese, baloney and chicken gizzards.  He is the largest dog in the class.  And the loudest.  And he peed the most.  But her went through the tunnel, which I thought he might not.  Isabelle went with us.  She didn’t like the lady who did not want Hawthorne to  go near her Jack Russell.  Ah, well.

It is cold here.  I waited until the afternoon to take Hawthorne on his walk.  It was above ten then.  I know, it’s colder in UlaanBaator.  Am having trouble enough with the cold here. Jay took the car to work.  It was -15 F  and the truck would not start.

Last week one morning I saw three small black creatures during my walk.  A small caterpillar, a flying insect, and a spider were each about 1/4 inch long.  They were in different places, but all on or near my daily route.  They gave me hope that spring will actually come, since at the time I thought they might know something about the weather I did not.  The foot of snow since then makes me think that was just me, though.

I need to go visit my neighbor.  She is elderly and believes she will not live through the winter.  She wants Jay and me to help with her funeral.  I just found out we can.  There are no rules, legal-wise, about funerals.  Only weddings.





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