Almost Back to Normalcy

( Composed 6/16/2008 )

Monday, June 16, 2008

The office looked the same when I returned to work.  Part of the network is still down (arrgh!), though my old phone line is working again.  The biggest surprise is that my boss will be leaving on July 3; he is transferring to the company office in Tulsa, OK.  So far a replacement hasn’t been named yet.

Brin-Brin came home at 8:45 PM this evening.  He’s missing another feather or two off his left shoulder, presumably from molting, but otherwise looked and acted the same.  He recognized the house right away, and I’m listening to see if he learned anything from Jim Latimer’s parrot, Eli.  Jim also promised to come over occasionally after Leive gets home, in an effort to make Brin-Brin friendlier.

Speaking of Leive, she decided she wants to come home on Saturday, so I just booked a ticket for her.  In the meantime, keep up the good work in Florida!

This afternoon, I heard an awful lot of cicadas on the way home.  I don’t remember them in 2006 and 2007, and according to the news, this is the time of the seventeen-year swarm; the cicadas buzzing around now were hatched in 1991.  Cicadas aren’t a big deal in Florida because they’re out every summer; I guess there are several generations of them living in the Deep South at any given time.  The Kentucky cicadas are smaller than the Florida ones, and have black bodies with orange wings; Florida cicadas are grey or green.  Now I suspect that the large bugs I encountered while driving south on June 5 were really cicadas, rather than locusts, because some people (incorrectly) call them seventeen-year locusts.  Anyway, here is a news story about the swarm.

Cicada Invasion

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