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I'm catching up on several days' worth of NY Times articles (and still bemoaning the fact I can't read Dowd, Rich, Herbert, or the rest), and found a couple I really enjoyed, particularly this one, where it shows that the marvelous little critter of the deserts has slowly and sneakily become the country's most widespread and successful predator. Probably any Chicagoans who see one assume it's a stray dog.

Also read up on plays I can't go see, and found this review, which leaves me wondering why the director did not cast Nathan Lane as Felix and Matthew Broderick as Oscar. It seems to me an obvious casting choice; Lane is an extremely obvious Felix, no wonder he has to stretch to play Oscar. It's not like Oscar is an extension of Max Bialystock (his character in The Producers); and while it's been many years since I've actually seen Broderick IN anything since he's been largely on Broadway, I think he'd make a much more credible Oscar and he would a Felix. I am glad they're bringing The Producers to the big screen so I'll get to see them in it (finally); I just wish they'd start producing Broadway shows for DVD the way they used to for video. I'd never have seen some of my favorite shows of the last twenty years if they hadn't (mostly Sondheim musicals, although there's one or two straight plays and the various Gilbert & Sullivan productions that made it to home video). In fact, I'm often surprised Disney hasn't done just that--it seems to me putting Beauty & The Beast and The Lion King on DVD is a given. I've missed every touring company that's come through Phoenix because of a) bad publicity initially (I never hear a show is coming until it's already here), and b) horrendously expensive ticket prices. The Les Miserables in Concert DVD release was not the play, just the actors standing at a mike singing their roles. Nice, but I can get the same effect listening to the CD.

I stil have a few more days' of articles to read. I won't get on the "look at the monkey!" tax cuts for the rich and the rest of the BS happening in the country... (too stressful!) But now it's time for work.

We do not get Veteran's Day off. Phoo.


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Nov. 8th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
About seven or eight years ago, Rackham and I had been up at his office for some reason or other until around 2:00am, and on the way out of the main Microsoft campus, I saw a dog ambling along the sidewalk out of the corner of my eye. It started setting off all sorts of bells in my brain and I did a double-take, and sure enough, it was a coyote happily trotting along the sidewalk in the middle of town on Microsoft campus.

Of course, that did go a long way toward explaining what had happened to all the chickens that used to hang around Lake Bill. :-p

Even cooler, from time to time we get coyotes in the park behind our house. I was really surprised the first night I head them out there... NOT what I was expecting. They seem to migrate around from greenspace to greenspace in the area, since they're mostly all connected by streams.
Nov. 9th, 2005 12:17 am (UTC)
Yup! I mean, I live in Arizona, so I expect to see them occasionally, and usually outside of the cities, but I have seen them trotting happily along down city streets. It's when they show up in Chicago! Apparently, they're one of the more successful predators/scavengers, along with ravens and grackles, to spread all across the country. Yay coyotes!

Always makes me shake my head when we get people building their houses out in the desert hills and then complain when the coyotes eat their cats and small dogs. Well...
Nov. 9th, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
For some reason that reminds me of the guy who bought property across the road from my grandfather's hog farm, had a house built and then tried to get the zoning changed with the county to get rid of the hogs. Fortunately, they don't put up with that sort of thing in rural Idaho. :-p

Of course, the other thing we get around here in the suburbs are cougars (not surprisingly, mostly over in the area called Cougar Mountain) and the occasional bear (there was one ambling through a local urban area about a week ago).
Nov. 9th, 2005 01:36 am (UTC)
Happens in Arizona all the time. Unfortunately, in the Metro Phoenix area, the developments beat the farms. :'( They build these developments right next to the fields full of sheep, people move from Michigan and say, "What a charming area! Look at the lovely sheep!" They buy a house in the new development, and then realize that sheep are stinky. The complaints happen, and the farms go away. The griping that's amusing me is as the city of Tempe has expanded west, people on the outskirts are complaining about the noise from Sky Harbor Airport. My question to these people is, "How did you fail to miss the JET AIRPLANES landing on a regular basis when you purchased your house?"
Nov. 8th, 2005 07:49 pm (UTC)
Let's hear it for the wily urban coyote! (And hide your cats and small dogs.)

What is this Veterans Day of which you speak? We do not have that at our company.
Nov. 9th, 2005 12:18 am (UTC)
BARB gets the day off, the weasel. :)

I have to see how the work goes, I might ask for a couple hours PT, if I can. But we're at least having a goodie day on Friday. I think I'll make pumpkin gingerbread.
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