April 20th, 2005



One the way home from Jeff's Star Wars game tonight, I slowed down because I saw something moving by the side of the road, and then an enormous owl went skimming across the road, about six inches up, before it turned and flew up to the top of a lamppost.

There's also a crow's nest above the loading dock next to the rear door of my office building, and I'm pretty sure that the noises I heard the other day mean that it's filled with baby crows.

I would love to know how to do augury -- fortune-telling based on the birds you see flying by -- because these random encounters always seem so pregnant with meaning. I might have to make up my own system one of these days if I can't find out how the Romans used to do it.