Fred, dreaming. video by Kira Od
As long-time readers of this blog know, jackrabbits are creatures of habit and often take refuge from the sun in the same spot day after day. This year, a jackrabbit has chosen a spot next to my driveway. Unlike a certain rabbit from 2019, this one is leery of me and runs away when I walk by.

I walk down the driveway every morning to get my mail. I've tried taking another route to the mailbox but in so doing I disturbed a jackrabbit resting in a different shady spot. You can't win.

I posted video today of the rabbit settling into the spot near my driveway. 42 seconds, parts of it at 8x speed.
Cylindropuntia One cholla flower in my yard this year. I'm impressed there are that many in light of how little rain we've had.
My left eye had posterior vitreous detachment on 31 Dec 2016. It's usually benign but you wanna get it checked out right away because sometimes the retina tears. January 1 was a Sunday, everyone took Monday off, and I couldn't get it examined until January 3. A friend drove me to the eye doctor so I wouldn't have to drive home with dilated pupils.

This afternoon, the same friend had what looks like posterior vitreous detachment. His eye, like mine, picked a long holiday weekend to come apart.
Cupressus arizonica
Tree goo.
Amr Mohsen's LinkedIn page lists patent law as one of his skills.

He does have experience with it. See my 9 May 2009 posting for details.
Lepus californicus
Jackrabbit, around sundown a couple days ago.
Happy nineteenth, everyone.
Joshua trees typically branch after flowering. Mine flowered in 2019, didn't grow last year, but now is sporting two branches near the base of the flower stalk at the top of the tree. The branches are just small clumps of leaves so far. As they grow, they are splitting existing leaves that are in the way. One is shown below. Yucca brevifolia
When the first lockdown measures came to California about a year ago, the BLM-managed areas in my neighborhood were closed, making a lot of the local climbing routes inaccessible. My buddies and I instead climbed routes on land owned by the City of Los Angeles. The restrictions on BLM land didn't last long though.

Youths wouldn't stop using a closed skatepark in Dieburg, Germany. This week, after tape and barriers didn't keep skaters out, the mayor had a truckload of gravel dumped on the skating area.
As reported by Politico:
"I don't think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election," McCarthy said after meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House alongside other congressional leaders.
Ionesco anticipated moments like this. His play Rhinoceros is often read as allegory for fascism and mob mentality. Kevin McCarthy's statement reminds me of this line: Rhinoceros, act two, scene one
My first attempt at making a screwdriver with a grooved handle. I have factory-made screwdrivers with three, four, and six grooves; this one has five. Five is a nice prime number.

Three, four, and six are tame choices, akin to how 3/4, 4/4, and 6/8 are safe, familiar time signatures. 5/4 is where it starts to get spicy.

My primary motivation in adding the grooves wasn't how they help with grip but rather so that the tool won't roll off a table.

Prunus serotina
Obamacare has made decent health insurance available to me as a retired person (with preëxisting conditions) shy of Medicare age. I don't have much income and the federal government subsidizes the premiums, more so in 2021 (one of several COVID relief measures). Last year I paid 14% of the premiums and the government paid 86%; this year the feds are paying for all of it. Even so, the insurance company drains $1 from my bank account every month so that I don't forget who is who.

Yesterday I got email from They Might Be Giants saying
For the next seven days, this very rare live duo show recorded at the Music Hall of Williamsburg is available to you for free.
I went to the band's website to take them up on the offer. I put the download for the show in my cart, it was priced at $0.00, but checkout wanted me to send $0.01 via PayPal. I declined but the offer is good for a week if I change my mind. I am somewhat curious to see if PayPal would eat the 1¢ or whether they'd initiate a withdrawal for that little.
Geococcyx californianus, Sceloporus occidentalis
Roadrunner with male western fence lizard
An appeals court in California ruled this week that Amazon is responsible when people are hurt by unsafe products sold through their site.

From an LA Times article on the ruling:
An Amazon spokeswoman, requesting anonymity even though she's, you know, a spokeswoman, declined to comment on the new ruling or whether Amazon will appeal it to the state Supreme Court.

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