Monthly Archives: June 2010

First Blush: Blue skies and bright light

If it’s Wednesday, it’s a Dish run, starting the a sprint across the first and second holes of the Stanford golf course. Tee times are as early at 6:15 during the height of summer, but this morning the female DJ make it across without dodging golf balls. (The first tee is up a ridge across Junipero Serra, so the golf shots are more alley oops than line drive). By the time she got into the Dish area, the sun was warming the golden grasses and casting long shadows. It was a good outing done in good time…

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First Blush: Lakefront view of no lake

Lake Lagunita late June 2010

As more and more people – youth and adults – descend on the Stanford campus for various summer classes and camps, at least a few are interested in lounging lakeside. Or so it appeared this morning when the female DJ did her jog around the banks of now dry Lake Lagunita. Without water, it’s just hot and barren…

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First Blush: Surprised by a creature encounter

Raccoon on the Stanford campus

It was hard to tell who was more surprised this morning around 6:30 am on the Stanford campus – the raccoon or female Dawn Jogger. That it was a bright sunny morning made the encounter even more surprising. Most of the critter encounters the DJs have had over the years have happened in the dim light just as the sun is rising, and the raccoons and skunks are rounding up their nighttime foraging and heading back to the their dens for the day. That the raccoon froze while the female DJ passed was not typical behavior; they usually scamper away immediately. She thinks that it’s a young raccoon whose mother had already gone into the drain area on the other side of the walkway; he or she could only wait for her to pass before following her. Hence her up close and personal encounter…

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Trying hard to channel the Maconnais

Dinner at Parkside Grille, Portola ValletSo what was it about living in Aneugny that the female DG found so, well, contenting? They had spent a relatively cool and rainy month of May, so it wasn’t the weather. She’s suspected it was the beauty of the countryside but also the pace of living in rural southern Burgundy where everything seems to be at half time.

Then there were the things that they could easily do in the San Francisco Bay Area but rarely do. Like meeting friends for lunch on Saturday. So they did that yesterday. Which brought them to Sunday and a day where she could almost channel the Ameugny/Taize/Cormatin vibe. Get up and go the market. Then rather than morning service with the brothers, an evensong service at Christ Church Portola Valley with beautifully sung music provided by the choir of Hertford College, Oxford. All capped off by an outdoor dinner with the Bostocks, who’d been with the DGs in Ameugny/Taize. It was about as close as she can get…

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First Blush: Big Dish loom ominously

Big Dish on Stanford campus
Over the years, the female Dawn Jogger has taken dozen and dozens of photos of the Big Dish during her jogs on the Stanford campus. But there’s always room for “just one more,” particularly from a new angle. Today it was Big Dish as monster…

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First Blush: All about World Cup at this Menlo home

World Cup decorations in Menlo Park, CA

The female Dawn Jogger abandoned the countryside for the suburban streets of Menlo Park on her morning jog today. There’s almost always something of interest along the way. Today it was an Allied Arts neighborhood home whose inhabitants are clearly quite enthusiastic about the current World Cup, enough so that the family has decorated the front porch. Wonder if the flags come down when a country is eliminated…

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First Blush: Getting back to the countryside

Arastradero Preserve June 2010

The female Dawn Jogger continues to long for the southern Burgundy countryside and having a part of every day be spent in the wide open spaces. Such spaces are really only minutes from her door by car, so this morning she headed out to Arastradero open space for her morning jog. There were warning signs at the park’s entrance about some recent aggressive actions by the area’s resident coyotes, and she did see one coyote, reddish in color and most likely a pup. He/she was not willing to pose for a photo. The clouds were more cooperative and reminded her a bit of the overcast skies of rural France. Just after she got home, it sprinkled…

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