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Along the Lakeshore: May 29

Road trip to Virginia, new recliner, softball

Monday we visited the First Street Catalog headquarters to try out an expensive recliner and see what material would be best. Of course, the most suitable upholstery was the most expensive. My next birthday will be a really big one, so I might just splurge and order one of these super chairs. It seems high-priced compared to La-Z-Boy, but a bargain when compared to the $6,000 one in the Wall Street Journal which was marked down from eight or nine thousand. All things are relative.

In my office, I still have the reclining chair I slept in prior to getting my first hip replaced in 1988. Mr. Lemon spends about 75 percent of his time there, snoozing the day away. Beagle no. 2 (Ahmi) used to jump onto my desk chair if I wished to relax at the end of the day and displaced her on Old Faithful. Mr. Lemon retreats to my desk well.

Saturday evening we went to Austin Park to watch the fifth and sixth grade girls’ softball game under the lights. The girls have lots of enthusiasm, but not too many skills at this age. They usually play better each game and everyone just hopes there will be more balls over the plate and fewer runs scored by walks and dropped balls.

Just before dark descended a mallard drake and his lady flew across the park from the south. The drake flew right into the backstop netting, bounced off, reoriented, and flew back whence he came. His lady was more watchful. She flapped and soared over the net, banked a 180, and followed the drake dutifully to a new destination.

Joseph Spalding is a long-time Skaneateles resident who enjoys sharing his observations about the Skaneateles lakeshore and community. He can be reached at 685-6937.

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