Pandemic Journal, Day 660

We took another walk with the Striders this afternoon – this one was through the Rose Garden area of San Jose. I’d driven through there many times, of course, but almost exclusively on the main streets – walking gave me a different perspective. The houses in the area reminded me a lot of those on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans or parts of Monument Avenue in Richmond – large, old, and well-maintained. Some people hadn’t yet taken down their Christmas decorations, though.

The walk did take us through the Municipal Rose Garden itself, unsurprisingly; it’s better when there are more roses blooming, but I did find one I liked enough to photograph despite the season.

Lunch was another new recipe for us – as usual, from The New York Times. This time, we made Broiled Salmon With Chile, Orange and Mint; it was easy, though it could have been a disaster. Diane noticed that there was a LOT of smoke coming out of the broiler, so I took a look – the top of the fish was fully cooked, but the inside was only 60ºF! I baked it for a few minutes and all was well; next time, I’ll put it farther from the elements when I broil it.

Last week, I ordered a few things from Costco using their “2-Day Delivery” option. They broke the order into two packages – one arrived promptly; the other one was “on vehicle for delivery” but didn’t get delivered. The next day, it was back “on vehicle for delivery” and didn’t get delivered. And the same thing has happened every day since (except New Year’s Day). I called FedEx yesterday and they told me they’d try to find it, but nothing’s happened so I called Costco for help. The nice agent there called FedEx and filed a “lost package” report and will send me a replacement shipment – she warned me it might take a week, though. Maybe the prospect of having to pay Costco for the merchandise will encourage FedEx to find the original package!