Monday, June 23, 2014

Great supper, conversation & sunset (cicadas, too)

Internet connection is behaving strangely this morning, so I guess it's just as well that there's not much to say. Late supper Sunday, late start Monday.

But we did resolve most of the pressing issues of the day around the supper table last night, (from left) Kathleen, Jan, Mary Ellen and myself. Down there along the South Chariton.

So I'll leave it at that. Take a look at the sunset through the windows. That was quite a show.


OK, so now Windstream seems have resolved its connectivity issues. Isn't it awful how lost and alone we feel when cut off from the digital universe?

In any case, there's an interesting story on the front page of The Register this morning that confirms something most Iowans have known since early June: The mating cries of those periodical cicadas are downright annoying.

A Des Moines police officer took a sound meter to the area of the Des Moines Art Center along Grand during a time of peak volume last week --- and the level came in at 83 decibels --- somewhere between a vacuum cleaner (83) and a lawn mower (90).

You can sustain hearing loss if exposed to 85-decibel sound levels for a prolonged period of time.

Since the cicadas have a life span of roughly six weeks, this should all be over with soon.

One of the critters died right in front of me Sunday morning, making a terrible racket. Despite the admonition to show compassion for all sentient beings --- I didn't try to revive it.

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