Strange Thoughts
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Early Birds

Every few months I bring my dogs to a groomer who operates out of a small storefront in a strip mall. I typically schedule them for an early morning appointment so I can run errands while they get groomed, and then pick them up by noon. I’ve noticed on my last few trips another early riser, a large group of black vultures roosting on the roofs of the stores and on top of the parking lot lights. Not entirely unsurprising, since vultures are known to feed out of dumpsters in populated areas. 

I used to look at their early morning presence as an interesting curiosity, until I spent some time reading up on them, and learned that they occasionally will corner a baby deer or cow, stun it by gouging out its eyes, and then swarm in for the kill. Now I look at them with a greater degree of respect, and hope they stay on top of the buildings.

I mentioned last week than I binge on scary movies and pumpkin beer all fall, and I’m following up with last weeks list of documentaries with a list of thrillers to get you in the Halloween spirit. Pumpkin beer reviews are forthcoming.


Rear Window/Virtigo

Gone Girl


The Game


The Silence of the Lambs

Shutter Island

Mulholland Drive 

Session 9

September 6th

Read a Book Day!

September 7th Mars returns to view in early September. The Red Planet rises more than an hour before the Sun and climbs 7° high in the east 30 minutes before sunup. It shines at magnitude 1.8, so you’ll likely need binoculars to pick it out of the twilight glow. This reappearance marks the beginning of a long and glorious apparition for Earth’s neighbor that will culminate at opposition next July.

September 8th

MTV Unplugged (MTV, concert series revival)

It (out in theaters)

September 10th

Fear the Walking Dead (AMC, Season 3B)


  1. Vultures are amazing–even if it’s a little hard to get past their looks. At a wildlife sanctuary, I learned that their bald heads evolved because it’s easier to stick your head cleanly into a carcass if you don’t have feathers on it. Ugh. We have a community pier in my town in MD, where people crab, and the most common bait used is raw chicken necks, so we get a lot of vultures hanging around. Thanks for keeping Wednesday weird!

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