Tuesday, July 23, 2002, 10:57 am, Vancouver, BC
Investment manipulation time again, and the bank, as usual, completely useless.
Yesterday afternoon walked along False Creek to between the bridges, admired the views for a while, and then returned the same way: the day was, as many have been recently, spectacular.
Cycled the Seawall first thing this morning. Think I spotted a brown thrasher, but am not positive about the identification.
After many years, completed reading Thayer’s Life of Beethoven, in the revision edited by Elliott Forbes. It is scrupulous biography; and despite its often detached dryness, remarkably vivid.
There is a touching comment by Beethoven in his letter of reply of 7 December 1826 to his old friend Wegeler in Coblenz:
If we were separated from another that was the force of circumstance; each had to follow the object of his goal and try to reach it…. (Thayer, p. 1020)
Simple, yet true; and both consoling and realistic.