March 22nd, 2005

munkacsy_parc_monceau

Blustery

Rain drumming on the windows while wind makes the pines roar is certainly a winter sound. It was worth waiting until spring to hear it. Now the clouds have collapsed, and the forest is wreathed in fog, but the wind still blows. Dawn nears, destined to be gray and tumultuous, all flying tatters and torn blossoms, sodden, and filled with ragged flights of cawing crows. There will be more rain, I'm sure, to shatter the dark mirrors of streets which now lie empty, awaiting the first reflections to fall of wind-tossed trees soon to be washed in pale morning light. The late-arriving storm is unspent, and the early lilacs will be torn asunder in March, that should have bloomed in April. How many new-built nests, I wonder, have been cast into the mud this night? More are apt to follow. Yet, though the seasons may have played false, the destruction this has wrought does not diminish the splendor of this storm. Had it been timely, it would have been glorious to behold, and for the same reasons must be so now.
laszlo moholy-nagy_chx

Deep

Some parts of the Sierra Nevada have had more than 400 inches of snow this year, and the current storm is bringing more, down to elevations as low as 3500 feet. I'm quite surprised that we haven't had a proper snowfall here this year, given the amounts farther up the mountains. Tonight, the mere rain continues. I have not grown tired of hearing it. Dusk brought a sky tinged with shades purple, a rare phenomenon here, and I watched it fade into darkness while the soft rain splashed small bright specks over the sourgrass. The cold air was scented with wood smoke from fireplaces, and free of any hint of spring. As March began, it felt like April. Now it feels like January.

Another strange thing is that my bank statement does not show any large expenditures this month. I withdrew a large sum fifteen days ago to pay for the new computer. A few days later, on the 7th, I made a deposit, and the receipt showed the account down by the amount I had spent. Now my bank statement, dated the 15th, shows that money back in the account. Could the computer vendor have canceled the order and refunded the money? It seems unlikely, as I received part of it (and a costly part, at that.) yesterday. The bank might have made a mistake, but that seems unlikely as well. I'm going to call the vendor tomorrow to ask about the status of the order. When I opened the bank statement this evening it was already too late to call them. Only the automated portion of their customer service line is available at night. This is all very strange. Is Sluggo up to something? We shall see.