Normal five day work weeks arrived, along with cooler weather (albeit, the latter arrived with a terrible hurricane) in August.
What started as a typical August ended with an ongoing, persistent gut feeling that things aren’t so great in the Lone Star State. Hurricane Harvey was by far the biggest newsmaker of the month, and even with its arrival late in the month, it will cast a long shadow over things for a long time to come.
That said, here are the pics that tangentially tell the tale of August!
Up Up and Away
A coworker and I went to lunch to conspire on ways to improve our org culture, and on the back of what looks like just another cookie cutter building was this random painting (or cut out?). We couldn’t make heads or tails of it at the time. Only later did we find out that a children’s dental practice was being opened on the other side. Ahhhhhh it all makes sense now.
Conchas Be Crazy
A walk to HEB led to me taking pictures of conchas just because they were there. And no, I didn’t purchase any. I passed. Remember, I can quit anytime. I DO NOT HAVE A PROBLEM!
My brother was in town during what proved to be the hottest part of our dreadful Texas summer. He got to experience, in all its glory, the virtues of air conditioning by necessity, and the lengths people have to go to endure the outdoors in August. Here is a picture of the yard while we waited to eat burned meat.
King William Goes Bloom
I started venturing out on walks again in August. I know, it doesn’t make sense, but I was really starting to feel the effects of being sedentary during the work week. I managed to work out a little pattern where I eat lunch, then drive to the riverwalk (all of two blocks away) to the shadiest stretch possible. I then walk from shady sidewalk to shady sidewalk for 15 – 20 minutes or so. And that led to a discovery I probably missed in previous years, SUMMER BLOOMS!
A coworker joked that the apocalypse was coming on the day of the eclipse. We all laughed as we stood awkwardly outside our office building borrowing people’s eclipse glasses. The parking lot we were facing took on a silvery hue, we looked at eclipse shaped shadows on the floor, and I took this picture using the pseudo scientifically backed selfie method.
THAT SAME WEEK Hurricane Harvey arose and slammed the Texas coast. While San Antonio and the hill country escaped the worst of it, the effects are being felt statewide, and will likely continue to be so for a long time. Want to help? Here’s how.
I seem to run into this cat on a regular basis. On another lunchtime walk, I saw her/him chillaxing in front of this house. He/she just stared at me as I walked by, and then eyed me as I took its picture. I wish I was as chill as this cat.
Over Harvey weekend I got approval to do a quick donation drive at work, and boy did our team come through! My car was jammed with stuff the SA Food Bank needed, and I spent the evening volunteering with friends. Selfishly, it was good for my soul to be a part of this, and to see this. I will do more of it in the future. Sooner, rather than later.
That’s it for August!