Seen Today

Saturday, February 9, 2013

This morning I awoke to rain.  When the sun came out a hummingbird zipped along the rosemary.  A friend called and said that there was snow on the Catalinas, but I can’t see them from my house; in the afternoon when I went out it was gone.  The clouds look foreboding; we may get more rain.

5:45 pm

A very large bobcat just walked across my bedroom patio, at least four times my cat’s size, with paws about ten times as large.  I was so engrossed in the newspaper that I only noticed the motion as he strode behind the chaise.  Of course I grabbed my camera, but he didn’t pause for a photo op, just continued through my fence to the wash.  My cat was sound asleep at my feet.

When I left the house at 6 pm the Catalinas were larger than usual, a rosy pink, with sharp shadows of dusty blue.  The grey-blue clouds above them were color-coordinated, illuminated to pink beneath by the setting sun.

Monty Python Accents

It’s not insomnia; I just often wake up in the middle of the night.  If I can’t get right back to sleep I turn on the radio, and at three in the morning NPR runs the BBC.  So the other night I heard two guys with Monty Python accents discussing Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi earning an estimated $43.5 million.  I thought that this must be some Monty Python joke, or maybe part of my dream.

But, in the light of day, I googled him and found that his wages and bonuses were “only” $15.8 million, but he also had $27.7 million in endorsements1.  Then I googled highest earning American athletes including endorsements and found The 50 highest-earning American Athletes2.  Last year, the boxer, Floyd Mayweather, who was unranked a year ago, scored two huge pay-per-view paydays to earn $85 million without a single endorsement. tiger + girl

He beat Tiger, who only got $59.4M for 2012. ($4.4M in winnings, $55M in endorsements.  Guess the wife v. girlfriend brouhaha has blown over.  Nobody’s paying attention to his latest blond, a 22-year old!)


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2 Responses to “Seen Today”

  1. Price Says:

    Good luck with the bobcats. Lead article in LATExtra today about bobcat poachers not too far from our place – Joshua Tree. Poachers trapping on private as well as private lands. One woman who ‘tracks’ (chronicles) families reports 7 of 8 vanishing in recent period – still hears the kitten crying for family. (see L A Times, LATExtra Section, 2/11/13).


    • notesfromthewest Says:

      People around here, in general, like the wildlife. A friend had a mom bobcat bring her three kits into her yard to play around the picnic table. The friend got good photos. I hate to hear of the poachers! If the woman who heard the kits crying for family called a wildlife rescue in your area, those kits could be raised. Here the Desert Museum can tell you who to call. (When my daughter – when she was young – found an injured bird, the Desert Museum directed us to a rescue person. My brother, in Sonoma Valley, works with a raptor rehabilitation center. A friend, when she lived in Colorado, worked with orphaned racoons, which included teaching them to catch crayfish in her cattle ponds, and teaching them to raid her chicken coop for eggs!)

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