Deciduous Delight

Six weeks or so since my last haircut and sports medicine specialist appointment today compelled me to get a trim yesterday afternoon from the Barber of Seville, who at 80ish continues to cut clients’ mops. His shop is located along the main business blocks of Park Blvd in University Heights.

I was on time, but George was late—focused on another customer who dragged out the cut with conversation. While waiting outside, I marveled at the turning colors of leaves on several trees. San Diego’s mild Mediterranean climate and Southern latitude (for the Northern Hemisphere) typically mean later-year seasonal change for deciduous trees. Leaves bursting with color, and being shed, is something seen in December for sure. November timing grabbed my attention.

I pulled out Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and shot the Featured Image and another, turning on Portrait mode to simulate bokeh. The photo is composed as shot and unedited—meaning straight from the smartphone. Unless I am mistaken, this is a maple leaf; being native Mainer, color and kind mean something to me. Vitals: f/2.4, ISO 50, 1/1600 sec, 70mm (film equivalent); 2:08 p.m. PST.

As for the specialist’s appointment, I developed trigger finger in the middle digit of my left hand and sought diagnosis and treatment options. Because bending the finger had grown more troublesome since about the time of my last haircut, I was somewhat concerned that it might lock into an extended position. In addition to the handicap presented, problems could arise if the extension caused misunderstanding that I had flipped the bird.

The specialist recommended cortisone shot as quickest remedy, when it works. There is no guarantee. If another is needed, no sooner than three months.

In closing, should we meet sometime soon, and it appears that I am giving you the middle finger, please don’t be offended. I don’t mean it.