Southeastern Colorado

After my trip to Boulder, my flight wasn't until Saturday evening, so I took a little side trip on Friday night and Saturday morning.

And I found this wee apple.

And by "little side trip", I mean I drove a few hours down to Pueblo, CO, then drove on another two hours in the morning. After I visited the apple, it was a 3 1/2 hour drive up to the airport at Denver.

The apple had a companion.

Yesterday, I promised meta. But maybe that's not the word I meant to use.

I was thinking that maybe recursive was the right word, like the Land o' Lakes packaging.

But that doesn't feel right, either. Maybe the word I'm looking for is just "weird".

This is another in the continuing series of wee toaty explorers, a project to keep me busy while I'm on the road. A nice summary is here. The whole set is available if you click on Wee Toaty Explorers.

Wee Toaty Roundup

Wow, I forgot to do the annual roundup. I'll not do a full repeat like last time. If you want to see all the recent Wee Toaty Explorers, just click on the sailing beans in the upper right corner of this post. You could also follow this link here.

I changed positions this year, so I had expected to travel less. In fact, I haven't been home for seven days straight since May. But most of those weeks have been in Cupertino. I find it hard to drop too many Wee Toaty Explorers when I'm staying in the same hotel week after week. But while in Cupertino, of course, I did have to note a little religious gathering:

There were a lot of apples, but my favorite ones joined a famous choir in Salt Lake City:

So, we had 15 installations this year. That exactly matches last year. After four years, we have now made 82 visits. For the first time, we didn't visit a new country, but we did three new US States and a new Canadian Province. I predict that this fifth year will significantly decrease in output, simply because I will not be traveling so much. For real this time.

My favorite of the year? It has to be the singing Batman under the bat bridge in Austin:

Did you have a favorite? Let us know in the comments.

Tomorrow, I'm running over to a lake in Colorado to meet the most meta Wee Toaty Explorer yet.

River of Stars (Guy Gavriel Kay)

Late autumn, early morning.

This one has a few instances of the titular line.

The most significant one is right after a significant bit of dancing:

"Very well", said Emperor Te-kuan. "I will be guided by you." Said it on the grass, autumn, under the river of stars.

But the use of the title that I think makes the statement the book is trying to convey is on page 424:

It goes back too far. We might as well blame the river of stars, or heaven.

And on page 578, our author maybe reminds us he is there:

The river of stars, in the legends of Kitai, lies between mortal men and their dreams. There were no stars visible in the sky yet that autumn day, but a poet might have placed them there.

This book is really interesting, especially for the way it treats the arc of the patriotic hero. It's definitely not how Hollywood would tell the story. That said, I think the preceding book, Under Heaven, is still the best book I've read in two years.

This Night's Foul Work (Fred Vargas)

By fixing his curtain to one side with a clothes-peg, Lucio could better observe the new neighbour at his leisure.