HAIKUS: February 2021

By Peter Y. Chou

These haikus were written as exercises in mindfulness—
an attempt to catch the fleeting moment in my daily walks,
while reading, listening to music, and pondering about life.
(Underlined words are not for emphasis but to web links.)
This web page best viewed with Times font size 14.

Monday, February 1, 2021, 3:00-3:45 pm
Mountain View: Ann came to my apt at 3:00 pm,
drove to Los Altos Library to pick up two books;
"Daily Post" all gone at Chef Chu's news bins;
then to Valero Gas Station for "Daily Post"

Janet Flanner's Paris Was Yesterday: 1925-1939;
Anthony Yu's (trans.) Journey to the West, Vol. II;
4 HTML books still in transit from other libraries.
Monday, February 1, 2021, 4:00-4:15 pm
Mountain View: My smoke alarm buzzed "Tweet Tweet"
all night (running low on batteries); Put cottonballs
in my ears; hard to get peaceful sleep; Phoned office
& apt emergency for maintenance to fix noisy problem

Bryan Velasquez, the new Maintenance tech
came over and placed a new smoke alarm
that will be less noisy when batteries run low.
Monday, February 1, 2021, 4:30-10:30 pm
Mountain View: Thanks to Al Guzman fixing my
Epson ET-2720 Printer on January 23 to work;
Gave Ann 2.5 weeks of newspapers
and three poems printed in color—

"Miroku Buddha" (100%),
"Conquering the World"(70%);
"Flaming Leaf from Ash Tree" (88%).
Monday, February 1, 2021, 4:30-10:30 pm
Mountain View: Number 44: Item #78: At age 44—
Accomplishments by John Napier, Newton, Robert Walpole, Pasteur, Margaret Thatcher, James Cook, Lady Hamilton,
Anton Chekhov, J.M. Barrie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Photos with 10 lines of texts for above;
45 more people to do without photos
with 1-2 lines of texts.
Monday, February 1, 2021, 9:30 pm-1:40 am
Mountain View: Added two writers at age 44 with photos:
William Wordsworth (wrote "The Excursion" at 44) and
F. Scott Fitzgerald (died at 44) with Last Tycoon unfished.

Went through "At Age 44" in "Tolstoy's Bicycle"
and linked to 45 people with things done at 44—
four hours to complete (9:30 pm-1:40 am).
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 2:00-4:00 am
Mountain View: Late dinner: P.F. Chang's Shrimp Lo-Mein;
Didn't need 5 tbsp canola oil for 10-minutes stir-fry;
sauce and oil in the package were sufficient

To absorb extra oil, added diced Bok Choy,
3 large radishes, imitation crabmeat chunks,
whole cashews and half-pieces of walnuts.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 4:40-10:30 pm
Mountain View: Groundhog Day: "Punxsutawney Phil predicts 6 more weeks of winter in 2021" (CBS News)

Today is Candlemas holiday in Europe—
Feast of the Presentation of Jesus Christ,
40 days after Dec. 25 (Luxembourg B174).
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 4:40-10:30 pm
Mountain View: No "Daily Post" printed Tuesday;
Stayed home to work on Number 44 project:

Geography Section: Items #79-101—
Highway 44 in U.S. and around the world;
Stanford Bronze Plaque 44 for Class of 1944.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 4:40-10:30 pm
Mountain View: "Hal Holbrook, Actor Who
Channeled Mark Twain, Is Dead at 95"

(By Robert Berkvist, NY Times, 2-2-2021)

He carved out a substantial career in TV & film
but achieved widest acclaim with his one-man stage
show, playing Mark Twain for more than 6 decades.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 4:40-10:30 pm
Mountain View: "Tony Bennett Reveals
He Has Alzheimer's Disease"

(By Sarah Bahr, NY Times, 2-1-2021)

"He's not the old Tony anymore,"
his wife, Susan, said. "But when
he sings, he's the old Tony."
Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 12:00-4:22 am
Mountain View: Continue Work on Number 44:
Geography Section: Items #79-101— 7:52 pm
for E-44 and 3:15 am for Number 44 Coffee Shop

Surprised it was so late
spending 8 hours in Geography,
uploading 17 images at 4:15 am.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 7:05-11:30 pm
Mountain View: Wrote poem "Tour of WisdomPortal"
in bed (7 am) counting 9 syllables per line; Found Business
Card (minus Phone #) as illustration for this poem

Imagination, Inspiration,
Insights, Illumination—
mindscapes at WisdomPortal.
Thursday, February 4, 2021, 4:20-4:30 pm
Mountain View: Mid-Penisula Manager Tatiana
Lachajczak said my Apartment Recertification is
incomplete, need Social Security Award Benefit
Letter with date; Put copy in Office slot yesterday

Paid February rent of $1183/month
in time to avoid paying $30 late fee
after the 5th day of the month.
Thursday, February 4, 2021, 7:50-11:30 pm
Mountain View: Columbia's roommate Huai-Han's
12/25 email informed me that Chang Lay Nam died
of Covid-19 (Dec. 8); Went to Virginia Tech's site and
saw how many of his colleagues & students loved him

Lay Nam was a year behind us; Enjoyed his
visits to our room (514 & 623 Livingston Hall)
often (1960-1963) to chat on a wide range of topics.
Thursday, February 4, 2021, 5:15-5:44 pm
Mountain View: No Red Bus after 20 minutes wait
(4:35-4:55 pm); Walked to Valero Gas Station
to pick up today's "Daily Post" and "Metro";
Shop at Safeway (580 N. Rengstorff Ave); Hour wait
(6:40 pm) Bus #40 to Montecito Ave & walked home;
Peter Robinson emailed a poem today (see right)—

4 Kettle Potato Chips (8.5 oz) @ 99¢ = $3.96;
8 oz bag Sig. Farms Spinach for Saad @ $1.99;
2 lbs Bar-S Deli-Smoked Ham (30% off) @ $4.89.
Thursday, February 4, 2021, 7:50-11:30 pm
Mountain View: Feb. 4 Email (10:16 am) from Peter Robinson
"Hope you are well... thinking of you... / I've been writing alot these days..." NASA scientist in Dick Maxwell's Workshop; Audacity to crash Squaw Valley Poetry Workshops (1980);
Slept in bunk beds in room with Terry Adams and me

"from the summer of love
to the fall of hate
to the winter of our discontent
better hope... springs not late".
Thursday, February 4, 2021, 7:50-11:30 pm
Mountain View: Mid-Penisula Housing sent notice
of accepting applications for waitlist on apartments;
Waited 6 months before getting accepted to live here
(3-19-2014); Gave Tamara $1050 for April 2014 rent

Rent is now $1183/month; Waitlist was closed
for 6 years; Rudy didn't apply for low-income
housing; Picked up applications for him again.
Thursday, February 4, 2021, 7:50-11:30 pm
Mountain View: Peter Robinson closed his eyes to
point randomly to a poem in his list and deleted it—
his way of sacrifice to Poetry Gods for inspiration
to write more poems; Told me he stopped doing it.

Sharon Olds would not let him attend
any 1980 workshops, but he played softball
and volleyball that week, having a great time.
Friday, February 5, 2021, 4:40-5:05 pm
Mountain View: 4:15 pm Bus #40 to Chef Chu's news
bins for today's "Daily Post" & "Palo Alto Weekly";
Shopping at Safeway (645 San Antonio Road);
5:39 Bus #40 to Central XPwy & walked home

3 lbs Reser's Potato Salad @ $5.00;
4 Kettle Potato Chips (8.5 oz) @ 99¢ = $3.96;
2 Sig. Select Thin Crust Supreme Pizza @ $1.99.
Friday, February 5, 2021, 6:30-11:30 pm
Mountain View: 1954 NY Journal American Baseball Cards
(Prices): Mickey Mantle $1,355; Near Mint $12,000;
Yogi Berra $550; Billy Cox $125; Duke Snider $1014;
Hank Thompson $125; Phil Rizzuto $137

"$1000 Cash Daily for Lucky
Baseball Cards" on NY Journal American
baseball cards in 1954— it's true now in 2021.
Friday, February 5, 2021, 6:30-11:30 pm
Mountain View: "Scientists Are Testing a Mind-Blowing Time Theory in a Nuclear Reactor" (Physicist Joan Vaccaro using neutrinos & antineutrinos to measure
the passage of time within a powerful nuclear reactor)
(By Caroline Delbert, Yahoo News, 2-5-2021)

Time may not be flowing from lower into higher
entropy, or disorder. Vaccaro believes entropy
might result from time, not the other way around.
Friday, February 5, 2021, 6:30-11:30 pm
Mountain View: Professor Jean-Pierre Dupuy was going
to teach a Stanford class on "Time" (2003); Composed these
web pages for him— Quotes; Essays; Philosophy; Poetry; Art; Music; Books: Franklin Merrell Wolff on Time; Aphorisms;
Forgot to include Seng Chao's Chao Lun (414 AD) on time—

If time depends on an entity, where is there
time without an entity? No entity exists,
so where would time exist?
Saturday, February 6, 2021, 2:50-3:07 pm
Mountain View: Walked to Valero Gas Station
to pick up today's "Daily Post" & "Daily News";
Shopping at Safeway (580 N. Rengstorff Ave);
3:15 Bus #40 to Montecito Ave & walked home;
2 Gorton Fish Fillets (12) @ $8.99 BOGO = $8.99

Free small bookcase on Rengstorff Ave gone;
Could fit 40 poetry books stored in bags & floor;
Was going to use Safeway cart to bring it home.
Saturday, February 6, 2021, 4:30-10:30 pm
Mountain View: Last night (10:20 pm-12:55 am) Number 44:
Sports Items #102-105: 1947 World Series (Yankees vs. Dodgers); 2010 Super Bowl XLIV (Saints vs. Colts);
1991 NBA Finals (Bulls vs.Lakers); 1958 Stanley Cup
Finals (Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins).

1958 Stanley Cup NHL Champions;
1947 World Series; 2010 Super Bowl XLIV;
1991 NBA Finals (Chicago Bulls vs. LA Lakers).
Saturday, February 6, 2021, 4:30-10:30 pm
Mountain View: Mercury News not delivered today;
Phoned them at 12:20 pm when I woke up; Can't speak
to someone live; Office opens to 10 am on Saturday;
Will call Office opens to 5 pm, Monday-Friday

Can't read Mercury News e-Edition;
Finally got to their Comics Section
an hour to read comics that takes 15 minutes.
Saturday, February 6, 2021, 4:30-10:30 pm
Mountain View: "Christopher Plummer, Actor From Shakespeare to The Sound of Music Dies at 91"
(By Bruce Weber, NY Times, 2-5-2021)
Obituary from Reuters & Mercury News

His performance as Captain von Trapp in one of the
most popular movies of all time propelled a steady
half-century parade of television and film roles.
Sunday, February 7, 2021, 5:20-11:00 pm
Mountain View: Last night (6:48 pm-12:56 am)
Number 44: Sports Items #106-132: Baseball Records
& Sports records from NCAA, NBA, NFL, Olympics

Item #132: Uniform #44 for Hank Aaron, more
homers than Reggie Jackson & Willie McCovey;
more famous than Jerry West & George Gervin.
Sunday, February 7, 2021, 5:20-11:00 pm
Mountain View: Listen to KNBR: 104.5 FM
Super Bowl LV between Tom Brady (age 43)
of Tampa Bay & Patrick Mahomes (age 25) of Kansas City

Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns
as Tampa Bay Buccaneers beats Kansas City
Chiefs 31-9 for Super Bowl LV.
Sunday, February 7, 2021, 5:20-11:00 pm
Mountain View: "Lessons from distance learning"
(By John Woolfolk, Mercury News, 2-7, 2021, E1, E3)
We asked Sal Khan, the world's most prolific tutor—
Pandemic forcing schools to ask: 'How do we make sure we're engaging students?' With its free lessons in math, science and humanities in 46 languages, it is used in
more than 190 countries & has more than 118 million registered users, nearly 20 million learners per month.
"Don't make it a lecture, do an in-person collaboration"

Khan: "My style is very conversational—
talk to students as a friend that resonates;
share my thought processes, thinking it through.
Monday, February 8, 2021, circa 6:00-8:00 am
Mountain View: Dream of Albert Schweitzer
High school students not paying attention to my "Health" lecture; I find Albert Schweitzer in a lab across the hall;
He wraps his arm around mine & walks to my classroom;
I tell the class "You may have seen him on the cover of "Life magazine" (1965). I present to you Dr. Albert Schweitzer from Lambarené, Gabon." 80-year-old poet Margaret Mullen is sitting next to me "Peter, I'm surprised you invited such an important guest. I don't want to miss a single word."

Schweitzer says "My specialty is tropical medicine.
There are thousands of diseases,
but one health— so stay healthy."
Sunday, February 7, 2021, 5:20 pm-12:47 am
Mountain View: Worked on Number 44:
Sports Items #133-135: Uniform #44:
Reggie Jackson, Willie McCovey, Eric Davis,
Jim Browm, Ed Mariano, Jerry West, George Gervin

Kevin McHale, Paul Westphal, Dan Issel,
John Riggins, Leroy Kelly, Chris Pronger,
Terry Labonte driving Nascar #44 (1985).
Monday, February 8, 2021, 3:15-4:00 pm
Mountain View: Ann drives me to Los Altos Library
to pick up 4 HTML books: Create Web Page with HTML;
HTML in Easy Steps; HTML5: Up and Running;
HTML5 and CSS3 All-in-one for Dummies

Then to Kaiser Permanente (555 Castro St)
for 3 vials of Humulin @ $12 = $36.00
and Glipizide @ $8.33; Total = $44.33.
Monday, February 8, 2021, 5:40-8:00 pm
Palo Alto: Karen's place on Oregon Ave to see movie
"Eat, Pray, Love" (2010) directed by Ryan Murphy, Based on Elizabeth Gilbert's 2006 book; starring Julia Roberts; Javier Bardem; James Franco; Richard Jenkins; Viola Davis; Billy Crudup; Sophie Thompson; Mike O'Malley; Christine Hakim; Arlene Tur; Hadi Subiyanto; Tuva Novotny; Luca Argentero; Rushita Singh; (YouTube: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5); (Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4); Karen got me home 8:17 pm

A friend recommended Eat, Pray, Love book
I bought at Los Altos Library for $1 but not read,
so watching this movie is substitute for the original.
Monday, February 8, 2021, 8:15-11:30 pm
Mountain View: Bookmarked earlier today in Poetry News:
"Amanda Gorman, in a first, brings poetry to Super Bowl"
(The 22-year-old poet who stirred America at the inauguration of President Joseph Biden last month, again commanded the
spotlight on one of the country's biggest stages, 32 million on
Super Bowl LV.) (By Jake Coyle, PBS News Hour, 2-7-2021);
Amanda Gorman reads inauguration poem, 'The Hill We Climb'
(By Joshua Barajas, PBS News Hour, 1-20-2021)—

"When day comes, we ask ourselves: / Where can
we find light / In this never-ending shade? /
The loss we carry, a sea we must wade."
Monday, February 8, 2021, 12:06-3:35 am
Mountain View: Continue working on Number 44:
Collectibles Items #136-142: U.S. 1944 & 1844 Coins;
Braided Hair Large Cent; Seated Liberty Half Dollar;
Walking Liberty Half Dollar; 1844 World Coins & Medals:

1844 Massachusetts Medal;
1844 Albert & Victoris Medal;
1844 Montreal Bank Half-Penny:
1844 Spain Isabella Gold 80 Reales.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 5:45-6:05 pm
Mountain View: 5:15 pm Bus #40 to shopping at
Sprouts (630 San Antonio Rd); 0.71 lb Roasted
Unsalted Macadamia Nuts @ $13.99/lb = $9.93;
6:24 pm Bus #40 to Central XPwy & walked home

1 Bunch Green Onions (7 stalks) @ 79¢;
3 lbs Roma Tomatoes @ 98¢/lb = $2.95;
2 lbs Cuties Mandarin Tangerines @ $1.98;
1 lb Raw Unsalted Sunflower Seeds @ $2.63.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 10:25 pm-1:00 am
Mountain View: Continue working on Number 44:
Collectibles Items #143-151: Trading Cards—
Wings; Wheels; Look-N-See: Cleopatra;

Scoop: East Meets West;
World Flags: Denmark:
Antique Autos: Thomas.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 5:15-11:30 pm
Mountain View: Continue working on Number 44:
Item #152: 22 U.S. stamps 44¢ denomination—
Katharine Hepburn; Mother Teresa: Angel with Lute

Paintings Stamps #4444a-4444e (Jackson Pollack);
Cowboy Stamps #4446-4449 (Roy Rogers);
Comics Stamps #4467-4471 (Archie).
Thursday, February 11, 2021, 4:28-5:10 pm
Mountain View: Half-hour walk in the rain
to Valero Gas Station (Middlefield Road)
to pick up today's "Daily Post" & "Metro"

No need to shop at Safeway today
in the rain; wind not that strong
to blow my umbrella inside out.
Thursday, February 11, 2021, 6:00 pm-12:00 am
Mountain View: Continue working on Number 44
Item #153: 2 Canadian stamps 44¢— Walrus; Snowy Scene;
Item #152: 17 U.S. 44¢ stamps— King & Queen of Hearts;

Brown Pelican; Bob Hope; Gary Cooper;
"Hopalong Cassidy"; "The Lone Ranger";
"I Love Lucy"; "The Honeymooners".
Friday, February 12, 2021, 6:15-6:48 pm
Mountain View: Half-hour walk to Valero Gas Station
(Middlefield Road) for "Daily Post" & "Daily News";
7:33 pm Bus #40 to Montecito Ave & walked home

3 lbs Sig. Sel. Mustard Potato Salad @ $5.00;
1.5 qt Breyer's Snickers Ice Cream @ $2.79;
6 oz Greek Spanakopita Appetizers @ $4.73;
11.9 oz Chocolate Toast Crunch @ $2.50 FREE.
Friday, February 12, 2021, 8:00 pm-1:30 am
Mountain View: Cathy from Las Vegas & Steve
from NYC sent emails "Happy Chinese New Year!"
Year of the OxU.S. 1997 Ox: Fiji 2021 Ox Year

On Chinese Lunar Years, compiled Monkey Year;
Horse Year; Tiger Year; Sheep Year; Snake Year;
Will work on Ox-Year People today— 3.5 hours
to do Years 1985, 1973, 1961 (9 pm-1:30 am).
Saturday, February 13, 2021, 5:35-8:35 pm
Mountain View: Waited almost 3 hours for Bus #40
that never showed up; No Red Bus that came either;
Black fellow waited an hour at Valero Gas Station;
Wants me to keep him company walking to El Camino
to take Bus #22; Tells me it's 8:25 pm & I'm shocked
it's so late; Decide to walk home & warm myself

With no more Red Busses running this late,
and 9 pm Bus #40, no sense going to Chef Chu's
news bins for "Palo Alto Weekly" & "Daily Post".
Saturday, February 13, 2021, 11:00 pm-12:03 am
Mountain View: Hot cup of ginseng tea when I got
home after 3 hours in the windy cold outside;
Found photo of opposum— and with memory
of an opposum in Palo Alto from 30 years ago,
wrote this 24-lines poem "Opposum"; Too long
to complete "Ox-Year People" (may take a week)

Elisa's birthday (2-27) is just two weeks away—
Need to focus on finding 44 denomination stamps,
then type quotes from my books to finish this project.
Sunday, February 14 2021, 5:30-8:00 pm
Palo Alto: Karen's place on Oregon Ave to see movie
"Chinatown" (2010) directed by Roman Polanski, starring Jack Nicholson; Faye Dunaway; John Huston; Perry Lopez; John Hillerman; Diane Ladd; Darrell Zwerling; Roy Jenson; Richard Bakalyan; Roman Polanski; Joe Mantell; Bruce Glover; James Hong; Beulah Quo; Burt Young; Belinda Palmer; Jerry Fujikawa; (YouTube: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5); (Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4); Karen got me home 8:15 pm

Thought this film was shot in New York
or San Francisco Chinatown, but it's about
corruption of water supply to Los Angeles.
Sunday, February 14 2021, 8:30-11:30 pm
Mountain View: More YouTube (1, 2, 3) on Chinatown film; Three holidays in a row: Chinese New Year of the Ox (2-12), Valentine's Day (2-14), President's Day (2-15); Steve Gould's 2/13 email on "12022021" being a palindrome & an ambigram (read date from left to right, from right to left, and also upside down). His friend in London sent him this date (Of course, the format is the British one of having the day first, then the month);
Valentine Mints at SF's Ferry Building (7-27-2005); 11-10-2018

Metro, Feb. 10-16, 2021, pp. 15-17: Love coach
& author Lisa Nicks-Balthasar on the importance
of self-love, and how to find your soul mate.
Monday, February 15, 2021, 6:50-7:11 pm
Mountain View: 6:35 pm Bus #40 to Chef Chu's
news bins for "Palo Alto Weekly"; no "Daily Post";
Shopping at Safeway (645 San Antonio Road);
8:09 pm Bus #40 to Central Xpwy & walked home

Sig. Sel. Quiche Florentine @ $4.73;
Sig. Sel. Quiche Cheese & Bacon @ $4.73;
12.4 oz Chocolate Toast Crunch @ $3.99 FREE.
Monday, February 15, 2021, 8:40-10:14 pm
Mountain View: Mercury News not delivered on
Saturday (2/6) or Monday (2/8); Phoned 4 times
on missing papers, but they never replaced them;
Can't read E-edition Mercury News emails me daily

Kurt Snibbe had "Presidential Pop Quiz"
(46 questions) on Sunday, Feb. 14 (page B-15),
but can't link to this page (fee @ Press Reader).
Monday, February 15, 2021, 10:14-11:47 pm
Mountain View: Searching for 44 denomination stamps,
came across U.S. Revenue Stamp Museum with many
"socked-on-the-nose" date stamps from 1860-1870s;
Downloaded 14 of them & put them in Dates folder—

(6-26-1901) U.S. 295 Train, Tecumseh, Michigan;
(3-12-1872) U.S. R131 $50 Washington Revenue;
(7-19-1877) U.S. RB2b Mining vignette on check.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 1:13-5:00 am
Mountain View: Found 15 stamps 44 denominations— U.S. Purple Heart (4-28-2009), U.S. U668 Seabiscuit (5-11-2009), U.S. Junipero Serra (8-22-85), Ireland 865 Europa (5-14-1992), Netherlands 1279b Bison (10-17-2007), Palau 98a Comet 1985

Need to download above stamps
from colnect with catalogue #s
and dates of issue.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 6:30-6:50 pm
Mountain View: Half-hour walk to Valero Gas Station
(Middlefield Rd) but no Monday "Daily Post" found; Shopping at Safeway (580 N. Rengstroff Avenue)
7:30 pm Bus #40 to Montecito Ave & walked home;

Sig. Kitchen Imitation Crabmeat Chunks @ $1.99;
18 oz Innovasian Vegetable Fried Rice @ $3.99;
12.4 oz Chocolate Toast Crunch @ $3.99 FREE.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 8:20-9:08 pm
Mountain View: Robert Nyden (Stanford Sarum Group) 2/16
email: "France on hunt for centuries-old oaks to rebuild spire
of Notre Dame"
(1,000 trees between 150 and 200 years old)
(By Kim Willsher, The Guardtan, UK, Feb. 16, 2021)

Steve Gould's 2/16 email on Pizza Pro
A pizza chef spins dough like a master juggler
(By Jessica Rach, Daily Mail, UK, Feb. 13, 2021)
Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 1:28-2:41 am
Mountain View: After dinner at 1:10 am, wrote poem
"Dream of Albert Schweitzer" (2-8-2021) after
finding images: 1965 Life; 1949 Time Magazine;
Gabon C1 1960 Airmail Stamp

Schweitzer says "My specialty is tropical
medicine. There are thousands of diseases
but only one health. So stay healthy."
Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 3:20-5:06 am
Mountain View: Found 5 stamps from French Polynesia
with 44 francs denomination (1981-1991) for Number 44
No access to Scott Stamp Catalogues (Libraries closed),
relied on year-by-year survey at colnect.com to find them

Fr. Polynesia 348 Polynesian Couple;
Fr. Polynesia 387 Crown of Flowers;
Fr. Polynesia 413 Polynesian Woman.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 6:30-6:50 pm
Mountain View: Half-hour walk to Valero Gas Station
(Middlefield Rd) for today's copies of "Daily Post";
Shopping at Safeway (580 N. Rengstroff Avenue)
7:29 pm Bus #40 to Montecito Ave & walked home;

3 lbs Reser's Deviled-Egg Potato Salad @ $4.99;
32 oz CoffeeMate Creamer Coconut Cream $3.00;
64 oz Open Nature Almond-Coconut Milk @ $2.08.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 8:00 pm-1:30 am
Mountain View: Looks like Daily Post didn't print
Monday, Feb. 16, 2021 issue on President's Day
as four news bins were empty; No archive of this
issue on their web site or statement in 2/17 issue

Can't find "Zen in the Art of Writing" notes
of Goethe marvelling at waiter with balance,
carrying a tray full of cups and dishes.
Thursday, February 18, 2021, 4:00-4:27 pm
Mountain View: 3:46 pm Bus #40 to Chef Chu's bins
for "Metro" & CVS news bins for today's "Daily Post";
Shopping at Sprouts (630 San Antonio Road);
5:00 pm Bus #40 to Central Xpwy & walked home;

19 oz Bag of Raw Wheat Germ @ $2.79;
0.54 lb Peruvian Scallops @ $7.99/lb = $4.35;
1.92 lbs Walnut Halves @ $3.99/lb = $7.66.
Thursday, February 18, 2021, 5:30 pm-1:30 am
Mountain View: After video of Pizza Pro, thought
of sports feats that amazed me in baseball, football, basketball,
high-wire act (Blondin), Olympics gymnastics, figure skating,
skiing, juggling, flying trapeze, & Aikido Master Ueshiba

Steve Gould's 2/18 email on Omega Sunrise
his EPA colleague James Haklar sent him
at EPA's Edison facility in Manhattan.
Thursday, February 18, 2021, 9:05-9:47 pm
Mountain View: Video on "Pizza Pro" Steve
sent me is larger than those from Daily Mail;
Took over a dozen screen shots to select 6 for poem.

Over his head; Twirling the dough;
Across his shoulders; Behind his back;
Entertaining patrons; Spinning the dough.
Friday, February 19, 2021, 12:20-4:46 am
Mountain View: 12 photos (9 from screen shots)
of athletic feats as illustrations for the poem
"Pizza Pro Juggling Dough" that was fun to write

Mesmerized by YouTube videos of these
sports heroes excelling in doing their best,
while finding best photographs for the poem.
Friday, February 19, 2021, 7:45-8:10 pm
Mountain View: 6:38 pm Bus #40 to Chef Chu's
news bins for "Palo Alto Weekly" & "Daily Post";
Shopping at Safeway (645 San Antonio Road)

2 Sig. Sel. Pineapple Chunks @ $1.69 = $3.38;
Pound Cake @ $2.50 - $2 Reward Coupon = 50¢
6.8 oz Nature Valley Energy Bars @ $4.99 FREE.
Friday, February 19, 2021, 8:40-10:06 pm
Mountain View: Waited for 9:00 pm Bus #40,
but last Bus #40 is 8:10 pm; Took 9:34 pm Bus #22
to Rengstorff Ave; found shopping cart to wheel home

At 575 Birch Creek Apts, found shopping cart
to wheel my three bags (one with 12 newspapers
and another with Safeway groceries) home in half-hour.
Saturday, February 20, 2021, 12:00-1:35 am
Mountain View: Larry Rosenberg & Jon Kabat-Zinn
invited me to MIT (1975) to see Master Chang Sik Kim
cutting watermelon on student's belly while blinfolded,
but my research was too busy to see this amazing feat.

Google Books has "Dad and Me" (2009)
by R.H.B. Jackson (p. 586) witnessing
Chang Sik Kim cutting watermelon blindfolded.
Saturday, February 20, 2021, !2:00-1:35 am
Mountain View: Forgot to include flying trapeze in
my poem; Recalled song "Man on the Flying Trapeze"
in Frank Capra's film "It Happened One Night" (1934)
that won all five Academy Awards

Clark Gable & Claude Colbert on bus listening
"He floats thro' the air with the greatest of ease.
The daring young man on the flying trapeze."

Saturday, February 20, 2021, 2:05-3:42 pm
Mountain View: Al Guzman's gifts of wireless mouse
& giant black umbrella; Eliminates "Flaming Ash Leaf"
he scanned 1/23 that was in "Picture" folder, somehow
became a "screen saver" I couldn't erase until now

Microsoft blocked me using Microsoft Word
after downloading Microsoft Office (5-30-2020)
due to excess spamming (perhaps from previous owner of refurbished laptop); Al can't get it to work.
Saturday, February 20, 2021, 5:00-5:21 pm
Mountain View: Half-hour walk to Valero Gas Station
(Middlefield Rd) for "Daily Post" & "Daily News";
Shopping at Safeway (580 N. Rengstroff Avenue);
5:45 pm Bus #40 to Montecito Ave & walked home;

3 lbs Reser's Potato Salad @ $4.99;
8 oz Lucerne Sliced Swiss Cheese @ $1.99;
8 oz Sig. Farms Unsalted Pecan Halves @ $1.50
(Special Discount 75% off regular $5.99 price).
Saturday, February 20, 2021, 5:30-6:30 pm
Mountain View: Late breakfast of Quaker Instant Oatmeal
(Maple & Brown Sugar), Brazil Nuts, Almonds, Walnuts,
Sunflower & Pumpkin Seeds, Dried Cranberries, Cashews,
Banana Chips; Almond Milk; Time (March 1 & 8, 2021):

"The Next 100 Most Influential People"—
Charli D'Amelio, dancer; Ijeoma Oluo, writer;
Salma Toor, painter; John Jumper, proteins;
Sanna Marin, Finland Prime Minister.
Saturday, February 20, 2021, 9:25 pm-2:20 am
Mountain View: Steve Gould's 2/16 email on "Pizza Pro"
sidetracked me last 4 days writing poem "Pizza Pro Juggling Dough" with 14 links to other athletic feats that amazed me; Need to concentrate on "Number 44" project—

Item #159: Books with 44 in the title (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6);
Item #162: Hiroshige's Woodblock 44 "Views of Edo";
Item #163: Mark Rothko No. 44; Thesis;
Item #164: THEMIS Art #44 from Mars.
Sunday, February 21, 2021, 6:30-9:00 pm
Mountain View: No "Daily Post" printed Sunday;
Stayed home to do the laundry; $1.75 wash, $1.00 dry;
Recall one of my favorite poems: Richard Wilbur's
"Love Calls Us to the Things of This World" (2004)—

"Oh, let there be nothing on earth but laundry,
Nothing but rosy hands in the rising steam
And clear dances done in the sight of heaven."
Sunday, February 21, 2021, 7:20-11:55 pm
Mountain View: Al Guzman helped me with first scan
"Flaming Ash Leaf" (1-23-2021) and the second scan
"Yin-Yang Leaf" (2-20-2021) that needs more enhancing
in Adobe Photoshop from dark shade to bright for poem

Half dark & half light,
brown and bright yellow side by side—
I pick up this treasure
Sunday, February 21, 2021, 7:20-11:55 pm
Mountain View: Ann finds flowers blooming at
Huddart ParkMilkmaids, Indian Warriors,
and lily (photo sent) on Richards Road Trail

Fetid Adder's Tongue (Scoliopus bigelovii)
has an unpleasant odor that
attracts flies as pollinators.
Sunday, February 21, 2021, 8:30 pm-12:30 am
Mountain View: After laundry, work on Number 44
Items #165-172 Classic Music: Bach's Church Cantata 44 (1724) to Jean Sibelius Opus 44 "Valse Triste" (1904)—

Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts Chamber Orchestra
of Europe and Lorenza Borrani in her premier
violin solo at Cité de la Musique, Paris, 2008.
Monday, February 22, 2021, 4:00-6:17 pm
Mountain View: 4:20 pm Red Bus to Showers Dr.
to Wal-Mart news bins for "Daily Post"; Sprouts
for printout of 2/18 receipt ($14.80) not received;
Shopping at Safeway (645 San Antonio Road)

8 oz Sig. Farms Spinach for Salad @ $1.67;
1.64 lbs Red Seedless Grapes @ $1.88/lb = $3.08;
6.8 oz Nature Valley Energy Bars @ $4.99 FREE.
Monday, February 22, 2021, 6:40 pm-2:01 am
Mountain View: "Number 44" file corrupted;
Downloading from web site (200 KB) not OK;
Develop Section for "Show Page Source" code;
Copy to BBEdit (338 KB) that finally worked

Redo "Number 44" Items #165-173 Classic Music:
J.S. Bach, "Church Cantata 44" (1724) and
Jean Sibelius, "Opus 44: Valse Triste" (1904).
Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 6:30-9:10 pm
Mountain View: NY Times link to 3:25 minutes
NASA video of Preseverance Rover landing on
Mars; At 1:14 of video, spotted Platonic Λ
image inspiring this poem "Soul on Mars"

Seven months of 300 million miles
journey and Preseverance Rover
is making a landing on Mars.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 9:30-10:53 pm
Mountain View: Worked last night till 2:01 am
on "Number 44" Items #165-177 from Bach's
"Church Cantata 44" to 44th Academy Awards (1972)
No need to go out as there are no Tuesday "Daily Post"

Will concentrate on Number 44—
Items #178-186: 44 in the Bible;
Items #187-242: 44 on Philosophy & Religion.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 10:53-11:30 pm
Mountain View: Electricity went off; First power
outage experienced this year; Laptop still working
due to battery, but email to Karen didn't go through
as Wi-Fi Internet connection was dead also

No flashlight to stumble across the room;
even refigerator lights were off;
might as well go to sleep now.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 11:30 pm-3:00 am
Mountain View: Lights came on at 11:30 pm as I got in bed;
Worked on "Number 44" #178-186: 44 Quotes in Bible (5),
Chapters 44 in Psalms, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel; Book of Enoch, Gospel of Thomas, Pistis Sophia, Aquarian Gospel

Feel good finishing "Items #178-186:
44 in the Bible" tonight; Work tomorrow on
"Items #187-242: 44 on Philosophy & Religion".
Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 6:00-6:26 pm
Mountain View: Half-hour walk to Valero Gas Station
(Middlefield Road) for "Daily Post" & "Metro";
Shopping at Safeway (580 N. Rengstroff Avenue)
6:33 pm Bus #40 to Montecito Ave & walked home

6 oz Sig Sel Spanakopita Greek Dessert @ $4.73;
32 oz CoffeeMate Peppermint Mocha $3.00;
Cauliflower Chips @ $3.99 BOGO not found.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 7:20 pm-1:00 am
Mountain View: Took 2 hours to solve Jumble Puzzle
(2:05-4:15 pm)— "When I, V, X, and L went for
a hike together, they were _________". Answer was
"Roamin' Numerals"; Working on "Number 44"

"Number 44" file corrupted again on my USB;
When it was uploaded (3:29 am) to my web site,
used Page Source Code to retrieve readable HTML.
Thursday, February 25, 2021, 4:10-4:33 pm
Mountain View: 3:47 pm Bus #40 to Chef Chu's
bins & CVS news bins for today's "Daily Post";
Shopping at Sprouts (630 San Antonio Road);
4:57 pm Bus #40 to Central Xpwy & walked home;

1.89 lbs Cauliflower @ 98¢/lb = $1.85;
2.86 lbs Roma Tomatoes @ 98¢/lb = $2.80;
1.14 lbs Raw Almonds @ $3.99/lb = $4.55;
2.25 lbs Raw Cashews @ $5.99/lb = $13.48.
Thursday, February 25, 2021, 5:19-7:45 pm
Mountain View: Kim Randall emails (3:51 pm): LINC-90C
"Online Collaboration Tools" class starts on March 1;
Introduction Discussion in Orientation due Wed. March 3;
Can't register for COVID-19 shots at CVS (352 University
Ave, Palo Alto); No Mobile Phone #, Can't recall Medicare #

Registered at Kaiser Santa Clara
on Monday, March 1, @ 2:55 pm
for first vaccine shot for COVID-19.
Thursday, February 25, 2021, 6:15-6:40 pm
Mountain View: When "Number 44-2.html" file was
corrupted; Used "43-1.html" to restore Items #187-278;
However, this erased 12 items from a dozen Los Altos Library books placed on hold used to type "44" quotes

Internet Archive did not archive "Number 44"
from March 14, 2020 to February 4, 2021
where I could find the missing pieces.
Thursday, February 25, 2021, 6:15-6:40 pm
Mountain View: Found oldest Lexar USBs (2006)
but Norton Utilities that was used to retrieve deleted files
was not there; Downloaded "Disk Drill" but didn't work;
Found some interesting images from these old USBs—

Pistoxenus Venus Mudra;
Czechoslovakia E2 Doves;
Y-shaped Eucalyptus branch.
Friday, February 26, 2021, 4:20-4:46 pm
Mountain View: 3:48 pm Bus #40 to Chef Chu's
news bins for "Palo Alto Weekly" & "Daily Post";
Shopping at Safeway (645 San Antonio Road);
5:29 pm Bus #40 to Cenral Xpwy & walked home

16 oz Sig Sel Cheesecake (reg. $9.49) @ $5.00;
18 oz Seapak Popcorn Shrimps (reg. $9) @ $5.00
46 oz Tide Liquid Detergent (reg. $9.99 ) @ $3.99.
Friday, February 26, 2021, 6:30-7:00 pm
Mountain View: "Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Poet Who Nurtured
the Beats, Dies at 101"
(In 1956, he published Ginsberg's "Howl") (By Jesse McKinley, NY Times, 2-23-2021)
"Lawrence Ferlinghetti, American poet & artist died at 101"

Founded City Lights in 1953; His A Coney Island
of the Mind
(1958) has over 1,000,000 copies in print.
(City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, 2-22-2021).
Friday, February 26, 2021, 7:00-9:45 pm
Mountain View: Searched History (11/2020-2/2021)
in Safari Browser day-by-day, for old "44-2.html"
file that may have quotes from 12 missing books

No luck finding links to missing quotes;
Perhaps this inventory page of 17 books
will help to locate some quotes on the web.
Friday, February 26, 2021, 9:45-11:55 pm
Mountain View: USPS sent me incoming mail notice (2/22)
on refund from 2019 IRS tax return (filed late 11/10/2020)—
$1,746.48 withholding + $12.51 interest = $1,758.99.

Received $1,758.99 check today from
U.S. Treasury, Kansas City, Missouri.
Will deposit check to Wells Fargo on Monday.
Saturday, February 27, 2021, 4:44-6:11 pm
Mountain View: Half-hour walk to Valero Gas Station
(Middlefield Road) for "Daily Post" & "Daily News";
5:50 pm Bus #40 to Montecito Ave & walked home

No shopping at Safeway today, since
Saturday Bus #40 doesn't run late,
otherwise I need to walk home.
Saturday, February 27, 2021, 6:40 pm-1:00 am
Mountain View: Because some virus corrupted
"44-2.html", couldn't finish "Number 44" in time
(Items #1-205) for Elisa's 44th birthday today

Sent Elisa web page "Happy Birthday" with
Ando Hiroshige's Woodcut #44 "100 Views of Edo",
Tao Te Ching's 44, 18 stamps with 44 denomination.
Saturday, February 27, 2021, 7:25-8:00 pm
Mountain View: Phoned Network Solutions
to find old file on their server to repair
damaged "44-2.html" in Wisdomportal.com

Jacksi & Chris couldn't help;
Need to phone Monday (8 am-6 pm EST)
to Host Specialist (Option 5) for assistance.
Saturday, February 27, 2021, 8:05-9:05 pm
Mountain View: Consulted my Numerology 3x5 cards
for words that add up to 44 in Last Item #278
for Elisa's 44th birthday in "Number 44"

Seraphim, Vineyard, Sixteen Ten (1610),
May Eight, August Eleven, Sunflowers,
Baptism Dove, Peace King, Square Space.
Sunday, February 28, 2021, 5:00-6:00 pm
Mountain View: VTA doesn't have updated
2021 Schedules on the Bus; Waited hours
for Bus #40 Saturday that never showed up

Went to VTA web site to print out 2021
Bus #40 schedules North & Southbound—
pages 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, so won't miss bus agan.
Sunday, February 28, 2021, 5:00-6:00 pm
Mountain View: Since Foothill Krause Center
closed 3/15/2021, have not gone to campus,
or printed 2021 pocket calendar until now—

Downloaded 2021 Pocket Calendar 12"x16"
at pngitem.com, resized to smaller size 4"x5";
Printed four calendars in HTML page.
Sunday, February 28, 2021, 5:00-6:00 pm
Mountain View: Stumpled by Jumble Puzzle
(2-28-2021)— "Whether you call it an estate,
mansion, chateau, depends on your...

Had "Image of Nonspark";
The right Answer was
"Manor" of Speaking.
Sunday, February 28, 2021, 5:00-6:00 pm
Mountain View: Karen's boss at Almaden Quicksilver Park
asked her to make iMovie videos; Now wants her
to sketch what she sees in parks; She sents me—

Palo Alto Neighborhood (2-25-2021);
Sanborn Park (2-26-2021);
Sanborn Park (2-27-2021).
Sunday, February 28, 2021, 6:00-7:00 pm
Mountain View: NY Times News Briefings
had a link to "Reviewing the Book Review"
(By Parul Sehgal, NY Times, 2-26-2021)

Halfway through Lolita, Humbert Humbert
has dragged his 12-year-old quarry on a road trip
across the country, a perversion of a honeymoon.
Sunday, February 28, 2021, 7:10-11:00 pm
Mountain View: Slept almost 12 hours (3:00 am-2:55 pm);
No need to go out for newspapers (no Sunday "Daily Post");
Stayed home to work on "Number 44": Items 206-222—

No need to drag a dozen books to
Foothill College Krause Center to type
as I have these philosophical books at home.

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