Saturday Snippet: After Trade is Done

In which Tarno goes home from the market, and gets a warning.

Not long after the sun disappeared behind the tall wares houses and the inn on the west side of the market hall, the assistant market master appeared in the great opening at the southern end of the hall. Klakita klakita klakita, he spun a wooden clacking rattle. “The market is closed. Finish all trades and go in peace, Maarsdam be with ye.” Klakita klakita klakita. He walked up the center of the hall and repeated his words twice more.

Tarno reached to the left and removed the loop and toggle that held the curtain back on that side. Half the cloth sagged down. He put away the scales and weights, triple-counting them in their special box, then closing the box and setting it on top of the counter. Then he locked the top of the big barrel of grey salt. The smaller pottery keg of white salt he closed with the wooden stopper, then set on its four clay legs on top of the still-locked knee-high barrel of fine salt. He collected the wooden lock-box of coins, and the pouch with the trade tokens in it, then lowered the second curtain. Tarno pulled his hood up over his head, then juggled the salt-keg, the coin box, and the token bag as he opened the wooden gate built into the left end of the counter. He ducked under the curtain and closed the gate. “Good trade to ye,” an older boy wearing the pattern of the market master said. He collected the box with the scales and weights and hurried away. Continue reading

Due to Dentist…

and eye-glasses shop (dark glasses, at last!!!), and waiting at drug store for prescription, and grading, I lack a brain sufficient to blog.

It turns out that there are very few lens labs remaining that grind glass. Combine that with lousy timing—right before school starts—and you get to wait a month and more for glass lenses to be ground and put into frames and shipped back. But I now have two pair of indoor glasses and a pair of dark glasses once more.

August Doldrums

The garden is in the fighting-to-survive-until-autumn stage. The area is bracing for one more round of really hot weather before the Tri-State Fair wraps up in mid September, because it is always hot during the fair. That’s just how it goes, and is part of the tradition. We had a grey norther through this week (glory, glory alleluia!), but the 90s and even low 100s are not banished. So the plants endure, just like the rest of us. Continue reading

Rural Roads

Ah, rural roads, county roads, blacktops, “pave,” Farm-to-Market roads… All the ways to get geographically challenged when you are going from the North Forty to the Back-of-Beyond. (Not to be confused with the back of Burke, which everyone knows you cannot reach unless you are going somewhere else. If you pass a large, black stump, you are near the Back of Burke. And in Australia.)

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Yes, And? So what? Who didn’t?

Welcome, Instapundit readers and other visitors! Thank you for dropping by.

So, this year marks 400 years since enslaved Africans were brought to eastern North America. That the Spanish and Prortugese had already been bringing African slaves over, and that almost every other people on the American continents practiced slavery, and that the rest of the planet practiced slavery, doesn’t seem to matter. That slavery is still practiced today, in part because some religious texts positively command it, doesn’t matter to those who are concerned with chattel slavery of Africans as practiced in the British colonies.

Yes, slavery has been around as long as humans have been around in sufficient numbers to get into disputes. And it continues, either openly as slavery, or as debt-peonage, or concubinage, or debt-slavery, or “life servants,” or “gift servants.” Only Europeans tried to end the practice, because they believed that all men were created equal, and that enslaving people was no longer a right and moral practice. But that doesn’t count, or so the New York Times and other sources suggest. Continue reading

Somewhere in all that, there’s a playa

This has been a good year for plants around the playa lake beside the county blacktop* on the way where I work. The playa and surrounding land really needs a good burn, or to be grazed down, or both, but the proximity to the road precludes that, at least for the moment. Plus a burn-ban, so now is not the time.

A whole lotta grass and forbs) and sky.

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Painted Villages

To the west of Krakow is an area known for the folk-art on and in the houses. The painting started out of necessity, and then became an art-form, complete with classes in how to make the stencils and which paints to use for what surfaces… It also shows just how wonderful life was under the Communist governments.

Painted on an old barn

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I’m trying to get caught ahead, because I will be doing concert stuff all day on Saturday (0800-2100).

I’ve gone through Shikhari 6 again, and will let it sit for a week or so before sending it out to beta readers.

The climax of a new Familiars novel hit me on Monday night while working on a piece of music. My muse has an appalling sense of timing, since I was sitting on the front row center, right in front of the conductor, in the middle of the piece, at the time.

The cover for Fountains of Mercy is in the final stages and once that’s done, all that is left is formatting and upload. The artist will begin the cover of Hopling and Pouchling not long after that.

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Better for the Planet?

Apparently, because of not living on the Coasts or in a major city, I missed the memo that 1. waffle cones will save the planet from the evil polluting effects of cardboard bowls and plastic spoons, and 2. that plant-based ice-cream has a smaller effect on the environment than does Ye Olde cow-milk sort. Since I’m a fan of waffle cones, I see no problem with people eating the serving dish rather than throwing it away, although some of the bright colors (hot pink, kelly green, electric blue) are a touch disconcerting.

I’m not certain about the plant-based ice-cream being better for the planet, though. Continue reading