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"Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop." -- The King of Hearts

I'm an adopted Texan. As they say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!" I post pictures and opinions as suits my mood, mostly because I can. Hooray Internet! 

So far I have three blogs here. By the Way is the oldest. I started it in 2003. I lost a couple of years to Vox because I was too lazy to bother to export when they shut down. I consider it an exercise in accepting impermanence. When I followed my husband to Singapore for his first expat assignment, I started (T)expatriate: A Southern Girl in Singapore. That covers 2010 and 2011, give or take. Next came Oslo, and (T)expat 2: Norwegian Boogaloo,  in 2012. Now I'm back home, and back on By the Way.

Pix live on Flickr. I toss links out on Twitter when I feel like it. I'm still not sure what to do with G+ but I kinda like it.


Grackles Eat Cheetos??

Put this in the "why don't I have my camera right now" category. On the way to work this morning, while I was waiting at a stoplight, I saw a grackle eat a Cheeto. The bird was on a low railing that usually hosts one of the roster of "hungry god bless" sign-holders. The last human denizen abandoned a bag of Cheetos there (what, not that hungry?), but this bird was not letting the trans-fats or chemical colorings put him off. Since my car is low to the ground I was about eye-level with the fine feathered fellow. He had this big ol' cheeto in his beak cross-wise, and bit by bit he worked it around til it lined up--it was about twice as long as his beak--and then he just... swallowed it. None of this pecking stuff. Apparently that's for wussy little birds like the sparrows at outdoor cafes. This guy was all about the Big Gulp. The light changed as he was tackling the bag looking for another one.

Oh, it would have been such a great picture. The grey dreary day, damp concrete and metal rail would have just fuzzed into a neutral unobtrusive background. The glossy black and blue bird would have filled the frame even with just my 2x zoom. His bright yellow eye and the shockingly orange cheeto would provide the graphic punch. Sure, it might not have turned out as well as I'm imagining it, but sometimes they do! And when am I ever going to see THAT again? (Well, I suppose I could go to a park and bait the birds with junk food, but that doesn't seem fair somehow.)

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