Three Hours of Freedom

November 30, 2010
Hi All,
It has been raining nearly non-stop for three days and we have been holed up in Peregrine. We have both been going a bit stir crazy. Two days ago, Gene got so verbally abusive with the computer characters on his card games that I decided I should put on some Jimmy Buffett to shut him up. That was a sacrifice for me because I have gotten to where I don’t want to hear music of any kind at all. I simply want silence. God, I’ve turned into a Blue Meany! We haven’t played anything for some time and I shoulda known that the CD would just be another thing around here that doesn’t work anymore (forgot to write that our auto-pilot is shot again). Gene decided last night that he was going to go to the Free Zone today to get a new CD player/radio.
The Free Zone: The world’s second largest Duty-Free shopping complex. Singapore is first.
This morning when Gene got up, I could hear vast quantities of rain assaulting the tarp over the hatch. I had been up all night reading so I rolled over and went back to sleep. I never smelled coffee or heard him leave and I slept till noon. I don’t think I’ve done that since I was a teenager.
I made coffee and was doing some inter-netting when I realized that it wasn’t raining. I decided to go out and try to get an hour in before it started again. Gene came back as I was heading out so I helped put away the groceries and left him to put the new radio in.
I had a great time in the forest and was out for about three hours. I saw five new birds today and so far have identified only one; and it is not on the bird list I have for my area. I am positive about it though so: #833—White-throated Thrush.

It started to rain and I headed back to Peregrine very excited about identifying the new birds I had seen. I slid back the hatch and John Lennon singing “Eight Days a Week” came up the hatch as I went down. Gene was standing at the bottom to collect my bins and camera. “Anything interesting?”
“Arggh, I gots treasures!”
I got settled at the nav station with my computer and books, eager to find what I saw. I listened to the Beatles and put Genesha in front of the CD face so I wouldn’t have to look at its crookedness.

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