January 9th, 2021

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January 9--Not an infomercial

I finished up the work necessary to get my students onboarded for their clinical experience in a couple of weeks. It's one of those tedious and time-consuming tasks that has to be done, and has to be done while I am on break. It all needs to be completed two weeks before the start of the semester. It went smoother this time than any other semester, which is ironic, since it will be the last time I need to do it. I'll pass it on to whoever. Maybe it's not really ironic, and there's probably someone out there muttering to themselves, "No, no--that's not irony."

great blue egret

A great blue heron from our drive around the delta the other day. We saw such a wide variety of wildlife that day. Malida saw a red fox in a field.

I have been waiting for the opportunity to get a COVID vaccine. Not because I think I am going to get it again, but because I think it will be necessary in order to do anything in the hospital, which I will need to do in a few weeks. Not to mention international travel. I want to go back to Thailand this summer.

I called my healthcare provider to see what the situation was. I'm kind of in a gray area between Phase 1a and 1b, and they said they didn't have any to give. I mentioned it to a coworker, and she told me that Kaiser was offering immunizations for nursing school teachers, and got me connected. So I'm getting the first jab on Monday.

Putah Creek

We had all sorts of really bad fires this summer, and one of them was along a creek where I used to fish, back when I used to fish. I took a drive out along the creek to see what it looked like. You can see all sorts of devastation, but there is a lot of new green coming up that softens it a bit.

chickens

Some chickens inspect my left foot.

I walked down a trail to the creek and these two guys came out of the bushes and started following me around. They were the friendliest chickens I have ever met. I talked to them for a bit, and apologized for not having any dried corn in my pocket. I did remember, though, that I had some unsalted peanuts in my camera bag, and gave that to them.

I was curious about them--why they were there. I was nowhere near any farms or structures. I am wondering if they lived on a farm somewhere and fled the fire, ended up next to the creek, and decided to stay there. They look pretty healthy. There's probably someone out there muttering to themselves, "No, no--that's not how chickens behave." Ironic, isn't it?
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