@Allison indeed, I lived in CT and did the commute from Noroton Heights for 20+ years then moved to CA which was a huge improvement. East coast overall is fairly stressed out and significantly amped up. I must say I do prefer to relax.
@totallyunoriginal I got my degree in graphic design and now 80% of what I do is troubleshoot and fix code for websites, so it turns out I do what I hate for a living. Perhaps it is inevitable.
@calamity Are hazelnuts and filberts the same thing?
Ugh. Playa dust. Cough, cough.
In an effort to match the ballooning real estate of San Francisco, Guerneville now has half million dollar homes? Ouch! Converted vacation cabins in the redwoods: dark and cold. I mean, turn on lights to read the paper at noon and wood fires in July dark and cold.
I consider neighbors that don't introduce themselves creepy. Most of the stories I write are mysteries involving the unspeakable acts of these antisocial misfits. I use their real names.
Great lunch bag illustrations! The only thing I miss about Metro North is the sound of the conductor's hole punch. The rest of it I'm grateful not to be in the midst of.
Oh, the picture of little Winston in that cast is priceless. Indeed, it is easy to shell out amazing amounts of money for pet care and I have done it. This changed my attitude about pets. Now I consider keeping a pet similar to imprisoning them and I no longer do so. Zoos are strictly avoided.
Not sure if I agree with the idea of "stimulation" here, but it's a lovely poem.
I just bought one. It cost $3.39 and was worth every penny.