Ah summer! The smell of lighter fluid on the barbecue. The brown hills. The hawk flashing its red tailfeathers at a redwood. The ground squirrels sitting on their haunches, hands wrapped around a stalk of oat grass like a lit candle. Right now? My German neighbors are moving to Pennsylvania where they'll both have jobs on the same campus. No more twin boys, aged 4 (ish), in the parking lot and dad shouting "Alex!" (Are they both called Alex? somehow twin #2's name never comes up.) Kids screaming all day long in the swimming pool. The wind chime on the deck below. Day laborers (light denied?) digging a trench, but spending a lot of time in lively conversation in a language I can almost follow. Time for some lunch.