I'm not quite yet ready for birdwatching, one of
those quiet meditative hobbies like gardening but less practical, but now that
I'm more up the air, if only six stories, I've become fascinated with birds and
their formations. Sometimes they're V'd, sometimes clustered, yet they always
stick together despite how fast they're moving. How do they know which
direction to go (where are they going?).
Occasionally, though, I'll hear a bump, and I
recently figured out that it's a small bird smacking into our windows and I
feel bad. (Oddly, there is an article in today's Times about Toronto being a
particularly deadly skyscrapered city for birds.) So far, they've just
ricocheted off and kept flying. I was convinced a pretty, pudgy little yellow
thing was dead the other day because it was just sitting immobile on the
terrace outside of the kitchen the entire time I got ready for work. Maybe it
was just stunned? Thankfully, it was gone when I got home. I'm not sure what
the solution is.
Speaking of windows, I do wonder if being surrounded
by glass is the best situation to weather out a "frankenstorm." It
certainly makes taping up windows, preventatively impossible. We over prepared
for Irene last year, so now I haven't done a single thing like bottle up water,
hoard food, fill up the tub or whatever it is you're supposed to do. We don't
have manual keys to the front door or garage of this building (it's all key
fobs and key codes) so if the power really does go out who knows what'll
happen. Does a power outage affect FiOS? I am dumb about these things and only
really care about my internet access and TV. Oh, and the birds.