Just worked three night shifts. Now a couple of days off. This afternoon I was busy answering emails and reading. Finished reading KINGBIRD HIGHWAY by Kenn Kaufman. I really enjoyed this book. It was very well-written and pulled me into the story-line. It felt like I was traveling along with Kenn and experiencing and feeling the things he was seeing and doing. Kaufman was like a Jack Kerouac of the birding community in the early 70’s, when birding was really taking off. I didn’t get into birding until about 10 years later (early 80’s). But from my reading and studies of the birding community, I recognized many of the people Kaufman wrote about or mentioned in his book.
After supper, I squirred myself away downstairs and started in on my next book: THE CONFESSIONS OF NAT TURNER by William Styron. This book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for 1968. I hope it is a better read than the Pulitzer Prize novel I read at the end of 2011.
This year is already moving ahead quickly. Can’t believe that we are nearing the end of February. I think part of the reason time goes so fast is because I am working full-time. And when it comes to work, I am.quite torn in opposite directions. I am building a nice little nest-egg. I want to go to Alaska (to Gambel, Alaska, actually)And a trip there does not come cheap. And I’m not sure I want to go by myself. But working full-time when you really don’t need to has a price. And that price is time. It robs me of time to do all the thiings I enjoy. I am not reading as much as I did before starting the job. I don’t have the time to bird as much. I am more tired than I’d like to be. And I am eating and snacking more, which isn’t healthy either. I keep asking myself: “How much longer?” Right now, I am telling myself another year, that I will quit a year from now. We’ll see.
A ROSS’S GOOSE has turned up in London at Springbank Park. I think I will head over there tomorrow morning and see if I can find it.