Every few months I bring my dogs to a groomer who operates out of a small storefront in a strip mall. I typically schedule them for an early morning appointment so I can run errands while they get groomed, and then pick them up by noon. I’ve noticed on my last few trips another early riser, a large group of black vultures roosting on the roofs of the stores and on top of the parking lot lights. Not entirely unsurprising, since vultures are known to feed out of dumpsters in populated areas.
I used to look at their early morning presence as an interesting curiosity, until I spent some time reading up on them, and learned that they occasionally will corner a baby deer or cow, stun it by gouging out its eyes, and then swarm in for the kill. Now I look at them with a greater degree of respect, and hope they stay on top of the buildings.
I mentioned last week than I binge on scary movies and pumpkin beer all fall, and I’m following up with last weeks list of documentaries with a list of thrillers to get you in the Halloween spirit. Pumpkin beer reviews are forthcoming.
The Silence of the Lambs
Read a Book Day!
Astronomy.com- Mars returns to view in early September. The Red Planet rises more than an hour before the Sun and climbs 7° high in the east 30 minutes before sunup. It shines at magnitude 1.8, so you’ll likely need binoculars to pick it out of the twilight glow. This reappearance marks the beginning of a long and glorious apparition for Earth’s neighbor that will culminate at opposition next July.
MTV Unplugged (MTV, concert series revival)
It (out in theaters)
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC, Season 3B)