December 1st, 2008

20111112, Marilee

The Magic Triangle

As I got the groceries out of the van at dusk, I glanced up and then leaned back on the van so I could look safely: the moon at crescent plus Venus and Jupiter, forming a triangle. How wonderful! Of course, my astigmatism made Venus look a little crescent-like, too, but I knew better. I wish I could have taken a picture! Then again, lots of better photographers probably did.

I headed out to the credit union today to deposit a check, then dropped a DVD and letter in the drive-by box at the post office, and got groceries. I swear, there are a lot of people who need to look in the direction they're aiming their carts!

On the way to the grocery store, I had another astronomical event happen. This one happens every day but I'm not always going south on that part of Rt. 28 at sunset. You start out with the setting sun on your left and three blocks later, it's on your right! The road does that on purpose so it crosses the railroad tracks at a right angle, but it's always kind of fun to see.

I really need to write down who recommends DVDs. Someone recommended The Big Valley series, which is a western set in San Joaquin Valley post-Civil War, actually aired in 1965. The first disc has four very liberal episodes -- civil rights, all for one, not taking things at face value, etc. -- and I'm liking it so far. But I wasn't prepared for the very young Linda Evans to have blush, false eyelashes, sparkly lavender eyeshadow, and a drugstore's-worth of hairspray. If it keeps dragging my attention away, I'll have to let them go. The guys have more obvious makeup, too -- foundation and eyeliner at least -- but it's clear that's just regular TV makeup. Audra/Linda is wearing makeup that is way out of the time period. I'm probably corrupted by watching Deadwood. There's also a very young Lee Majors in the show, plus the inestimable Barbara Stanwyck. (Who, true to period, lets the boys make most of the decisions.)