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Monday, October 16, 2000

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Marana platform mounds

I rode my bike to work today since I planned to stay after for a meeting and it's making funny noises again. The back wheel has a bit of a wobble and needs to be straightened. The biggest problem is that when I coast the chain does strange things. I hate to have to take it in again though.

I get off work at 5:00 and the meeting wasn't till 7:30 so I had a relaxing time sitting in the nice armchair in Starbucks and reading. This is such a comfortable place to sit and read. Love it! If I go home it's 5:30 when I get there and I have to leave at 6:30 to take the bus to the other side of the campus. After the meeting I stand out on Campbell waiting for a bus in the dark and then have to walk half a mile when I get off. It's much easier to take my bike and just take a little time to relax a little.

I enjoy reading in coffee shops since there's nothing hanging over my head and, in this case, I don't have time to go anywhere else. Plantation Coffee, across the street, is larger and is usually busier, but Starbucks is a little more laid back and relaxing. I enjoy watching the people reading and talking. It was during that great twilight time and the people at the outside tables had a bit of a surrealistic look.

The meeting was the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society and the talk was about the Marana Platform Mounds and the question was "What turns an egalitarian society into into a society with a few elites who control the most valuable goods?". I'll have to get out there some time. They have great field trips but I can't go on most since I don't have a car.

It was 9:00 before we let out and I worried on the way home that my chain would give out. I don't know what's making it spasm. It was a beautiful night. In the morning I've been watching the full moon set but tonight I saw the moon rising.


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