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First [Jan. 1st, 2015|06:24 pm]
Well, I did manage to stay awake late enough last night to hear the paltry local noise at midnight, and I woke up early enough today to see Pasadena on the Rose Parade telecast. Aside from that, it was indistinguishable from any ordinary day. Well, not entirely indistinguishable. I am experiencing a low-grade headache today, like a faint echo of my misspent youth, but it's not from a hangover. It's probably a result of missing my adjustment from the chiropractor last Tuesday.

The moon is bright tonight, and the first full moon of the new year will arrive in a few days, but the nights will probably still be too cold to spend much time outside looking at it. I find that my tolerance for cold (as well as my tolerance for heat) is rapidly diminishing as I age. Most annoying is that there is only one day in the next week when there is any possibility of rain, and that is slight, plus the day will be comparatively mild, so I'm going through all this discomfort but the cause of it will be doing nothing to assuage the drought. The misery would be much easier to tolerate if I thought that it was going to bring a pleasantly green spring and a summer with plentiful water.

New Year linkage: Something scottobear linked to last night is this page from the Center for the Study of the Public Domain about a number of works of various sorts that would have entered the public domain this year had copyrights not been greatly extended by the law passed in 1976. Under current law they will enter the public domain in 2054, by which time I expect to be quite dead. My guess is that the law will be extended still farther before then, though, and maybe none of them will ever become part of the public domain. Meanwhile, all the stuff that can no longer earn a profit (the great majority of published works) will have vanished altogether.

I have resolved this year to make no resolutions for the New Year. This has worked well for me for decades now, and I see no reason to interrupt a winning streak. I might make a resolution or two for Groundhog Day. We'll see.

[User Picture]From: zyzyly
2015-01-02 05:13 am (UTC)
I was up in Chico the other day and thought about you. I took some visitors to the Sierra Nevada brewery. Pretty interesting, and good beer.
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2015-01-03 05:43 am (UTC)
I've never been to the brewery but I hear the restaurant is pretty good. The beer is very good indeed, and one of the supermarkets in Paradise regularly sells six packs for $6.49 because it is a local product. Getting a bargain price on Sierra Nevada Porter is probably the best thing about living here.
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2015-01-02 09:35 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year, a day late, to you! It's cold here but looking to warm up a bit and get rainy. I hope you do get a peek at the full moon.

Some yahoos on my block set off what sounded like cannonfire all New Year's Eve. It was loud and pretty scary, but I still managed to fall sound asleep by 12:15. Some years I don't even make it all the way to midnight. I'm gettin' old. ;)
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2015-01-03 05:48 am (UTC)
There are always a few loud explosions here too. I suspect they are quarter sticks of dynamite. But here there aren't many buildings nor much pavement for the noise to echo from, so it just sort of fades into the wooded distance. I was probably asleep not long after midnight myself, but I don't remember for sure.
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[User Picture]From: scottobear
2015-01-06 04:02 pm (UTC)

GH day!

I was born on groundhog day. :)

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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2015-01-07 01:16 am (UTC)

Re: GH day!

It's an excellent time of year. There could still be snow, but the days have grown longer so there is more daylight in which to enjoy it. And spring is near, whatever Phil says.
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