Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Warm, Quiet, and Peaceful

It's warm, quiet and peaceful out this morning.  The North Boulder neighborhood where I'm house-sitting was lovely - the only sound was that of birds singing, and an occasional dog barking.  Here, at the apartment, I can hear the rumble of traffic on US 36, the voices of two people playing tennis behind the privacy fence, and the sound of birds (and squirrels chittering at my kits).  The kits are outside, playing in the sunshine - and I have a sleepy feeling, like I really need to curl back up and go back to sleep, even though I got a good 8 hours last night and this morning.
  About 51,000 people ran or walked in the Bolder Boulder yesterday - that's not counting the professional runners, or the wheelchair racers.  Patrick, a friend who's a barrista at Starbuck's, said he was totally over-run by customers - especially since they had a $2 frappucino grande special running from 4 to 7 p.m. - Patrick worked by himself from 5 to 7, and couldn't even start to break down the work stations until 7 last night.  ...  The Boulder Creek Festival was its' usual success, and ended yesterday with the rubber duck race down Boulder Creek. 
    In the news:  The man who was attacked in Miami has lost about 75% of his face, according to a local TV station.  Larry Varga, who witnessed the ferocious attack, said: "The Police officer came over, told him several times to get off and a police officer climbed over the divider and got in front of him and said, 'Get off!' And told him several times and the guy just stood his head up like that with a piece of flesh in his mouth and growled."   That was when the officer shot the assailant.  The victim is still in critical condition.  ....   Florida, Colorado and New Mexico are not the only states with wildfires - the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has a wildfire that has burnt over 34 square miles and destroyed over 36 residences.  ....  Shackleford, who won last year's Preakness, won yesterday's Metropolitan Mile Handicap, in his usual front-running style.  Caleb's Posse was closing fast, but couldn't catch the big chestnut.  .... Black Caviar, the Australian thoroughbred, will soon arrive in Great Britain.  It had been hoped by the Jockey Club that she would be entered in the 1-mile Sussex Stakes; an offer was made to "sweeten" the purse from 300,000 pounds to one million, if Black Caviar faced Frankel in the Sussex.  However, Black Caviar's connections have rejected that offer.  (Black Caviar is unbeaten in 21 races, while Frankel is unbeaten in 10.)
  Hope you have a good week!

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