Not having been invited to go skydiving or fossil-hunting or skeet shooting, I spent the day at home. But I didn't vegetate, for once. What I did was pick up some missing pieces from the last month or two. It may have been just catching up on old work, but some of it has been hanging over my head like a black cloud. It's good to be out from under and ready to move on. It doesn't amount to much, but I love to cross things off my to-do list. And it starts the new week on a high note.
Ever try to read two weeks worth of newspapers in one afternoon? You don't get much out of them that way. I buy the Chronicle every day and usually read it within a day or two, so I've already read the national and international news there. In catching up with the Press Democrat today, I concentrated on local news. There was no time for features on the new red pandas at the Sacramento Zoo, and the health benefits of parsnips. I tried to pick up information on ballot measures and candidates, and most of what I read reinforced decisions I'd already made. There was a piece in Friday's paper about Julian Lage, the 12-year-old Santa Rosa guitarist who played on the Grammy show Wednesday night.
There used to be a page in the paper called "vital statistics." When I was younger, I'd recognize names in the wedding announcements, then later in the birth notices. It's hard to find that kind of information these days, but I suppose I should be checking the obituaries more closely now anyway. I didn't recognize any names in the papers I read today, but I recognized some of the ages as being distressingly close to mine.
I have been struggling with the March 7 primary ballot, and I read through the voter pamphlet today, trying to make some decisions. I'm still undecided about who gets my vote for president, but I've been able to mark almost everything else on the sample ballot. I made up my mind early on the easy choices, and I spent enough time on the hard ones to know what I wanted to do there. Today was for the rest. The only measure I haven't marked yet is Proposition 20, which allocates a percentage of new revenue from the state lottery specifically for textbooks. On one hand, this seems like a good idea, since California ranks near the bottom on textbook spending. On the other hand, why should the state tell local school boards how to spend money?
The rest of the day I spent opening the week's mail, and working on a new color scheme for the March edition of bunt sign. It won't be a full redesign, but that will come. My advanced Web design class starts March 16, and I expect to learn all kinds of new tricks. I almost bought a digital camera last week. The day will come when you won't recognize the primitive beginnings of this place.