The next municipal event that I am aware of will come on Nov. 3, Election Day.

Meanwhile, Waldo mailboxes are deluged with “urgent” letters urging residents to vote now, by mail. I don’t know about anyone else, but for my money, the best and safest (regarding integrity of your vote) is to vote in person. At least come Nov. 4, all this will have ended.

Killer robots

My anecdote refers to computers, not robots. But now that I have your attention, it wouldn’t surprise me if my computer did get up and, with a mind of its own, attempt to wreak havoc.

The latest installment on my continuing war with computers had my Word program going completely haywire. It began doing things on its own, which brought to mind the killer robot scenario.

It seems that the latest Microsoft update had sent all my files to “The Cloud,” a nebulous place somewhere in the ether, that no one can really define with any degree of specificity.  As you might imagine, it was unnerving to know that something had transported all my files to some anonymous never-land.

To my delight and amazement, the computer repair man at Archangel Computers was able to fix the problem within 20 minutes. Now all my files are back and for the time being, the beast is relegated to its proper place as servant, rather than dictator.

Pa’tridge prediction

This past week, lingering foliage on wild shrubs made it hard to get a shot. Couple that with a scarcity of open land to hunt on, bird hunting becomes more difficult and less enjoyable each year. The problem is twofold. Once-prime bird cover, reverting farmland, has finally reverted to forest. The other, and greater problem, is that most bird covers have either become someone’s backyard or else an absentee landowner has posted them.

As I see it, the salvation of upland hunting lies not in the Midcoast region, but further north, as in the Moosehead region and beyond. Still, I continue my search for what open covers remain in our area. It’s tough to give up on something you have loved for so long.

Night sky

Right now ranks as a prime time to take a few moments and check out the night sky. Three planets make nightly appearances and these are Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.

Also, cool October nights equate to clear October nights. Star clusters and even a naked-eye galaxy, the Andromeda Galaxy, delight the viewer.

You don’t need any optical aid to view the planets and some other heavenly objects, but a set of binoculars is a definite help. A small telescope does even more. So if you have access to a clear sky, not subject to light pollution, try some amateur stargazing. It just might become a lifelong hobby.

Weekly quote

By the 1st of March the crows begin to search,

By the 1st of April they are sitting still,

By the 1st of May they are flown away,

Creeping greedy back again

With October wind and rain

— Anonymous