After I fooled with the bread I made coffee. I tried to make coffee. The coffee maker light came on, but then failed to do anything else. I guess it is the heating element. It is about 10 years old, so I tossed it out and went out and got a new one--the exact same one as I had. It's a little 5-cup Mr. Coffee with a stainless steel carafe. The old one was faithful until the very end.
After I got back from shopping, I messed with the bread some more. I put the Dutch oven in the regular oven and let it get super hot. Then I dropped the dough in and put the lid on. 50 minutes later I had a delicious loaf of bread with a very crunchy crust. It was so simple. I am already thinking of ways to enhance the recipe, maybe with some garlic and herbs or something.
My friends and I listened to some music tonight. Some random funky Latino stuff and some David Bowie covers. It was good.