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Sunday, August 29, 2004

Sunday August 29, 2004. Planned: A trip with Pat Craft to Taylors Falls. We also ended up seeing various other places along the St. Croix River.

On the way, we passed through a series of towns which had Swedish sister cities. Oddly enough, a high percentage of that area's white settlers had been Swedish-born.

The area along the St. Croix River is more like where I grew up than anything else I've seen in Minnesota. Hilly enough to attract rock climbers, second-growth forest in what used to be fields, most of the towns rather small, etc. It doesn't have nearly as much poison ivy as the Catskills area, but that's not among things I'm nostalgic for.

Taylors Falls was smaller than I'd expected. And the public library building was the smallest one I can remember seeing.

We went to a lookout to see the river -- and found there were too many trees in the way.

Had coffee at a place in Taylors Falls called Coffee Talk. Music was provided, all by the Beatles.

We looked around Taylors Falls, then went across the St. Croix into St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin -- a rather larger town. I think this is where we went into a mini-shopping-area devoted to crafts -- about half taken up by a mostly-clothing store, the other half by smaller crafts sellers.

We took a different route back. Stopped at a food stand; as one result, I now know that the official Canadian French for "dry pint" is "chopine s├ęche." (This seems to be used only for bilingual labels on US products.)
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Writing: daily exercise -- done:
What Comes After Mammals?

Assumptions: Most or all mammals above the size of a rat become extinct. Possibly as the result of something a particular primate species has done which turned out to be a very, very bad idea.

And the animals which evolve to fill now-empty niches aren't mammals as such.

Possible sources: 1) Small mammals.

2) Birds. They have better brains than mammals do, relative to body size. So if one line
reaches human-level intelligence, they might do so faster.

But they have at least one disadvantage: They would be unlikely to evolve hands. They could probably use feet and beaks to manipulate objects; but they would still need their feet as feet. It's possible that wings could become arms of a sort, in some flightless species.

3) Some new kind of animal developed artificially before humans became extinct. For example, some kind of six-limbed flying creature; two legs, two wings, two hands.
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"They Might Be Windmills" -- Added more zero draft.
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Decluttering: Threw away a few things.
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Mindwork: Bought small pieces of agate to use for focusing.

Bodywork: My body has loosened up noticeably more. I'm not sure why or how.
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