Laurel needed help over lunch today, so I borrowed Anna’s bicycle and took streets from App Academy to Laurel’s workplace. I haven’t biked at all since this bootcamp started, so even with Anna’s proportionally small bike it was lovely to go riding.
It’s a very different experience biking in the city than walking. On foot I’m constantly distracted by the crowd, the flood of different characters all flowing at different speeds, with snatches of conversation popping up every few moments. I don’t get any of that on the street, and instead I’m made aware of the city scene as a whole – the skyscrapers and wires rolling past, the road stretching on forever.
I ought to be a pigeon next, and find out what the city is like from above the rooftops.
John is a very well-traveled sort; his journeys through countless countries have given him a worldliness that comes out in every word he says. It seems like he benefitted from detaching himself for a while and wandering far; I wonder if I’ll ever do the same.
Lunch was good with John for company, and the rest of the day went well. There’s a lot to do – I’m excited to get crafting.
don’t be scared
My partner was a real character today, and when I produced my camera at one point during our work he mentioned that he had an interest in photography as well. Though he’s been shooting for only a few years, he’s been much more proactive about learning the subtleties of photographic techniques, and reminded me to put some more thought into them as well.
I read somewhere that you should frame a shot by moving yourself, not by zooming the lens, but this is perhaps not always the best option. I’ve a lot to learn here; I will try, soon, to pursue this further.
I’ve been inside too much lately, and by the time we broke for lunch I was brimming with static charge. A quick walk to the park helped a bit, but Laurel made my day when she took a coffee break from work to meet me there for a bit. A little sunlight, a few minutes with her, and a dash back to class made me feel so much better – all that tension melted away.
The learning is good, but I think all the sitting in front of screens is taking a toll on me. It’ll be good to bike and climb again.
Alina is leaving soon to begin her PhD program at UCSC. Time has been so tight that I haven’t seen her at all in the last month, but I had to make it out at least today, for the second phase of her going-away party. Laurel brought her baritone ukulele, which Alina approached with the same curiosity she has for every kind of instrument.
I haven’t heard Alina’s hurdy-gurdy in quite a while – it would be nice to be audience to one of her jam sessions again. Perhaps when she’s become a Doctor, I’ll have learned to play as well, and I can join in with her.
It’s a good Someday to keep in mind.
talk about big love
Laurel’s been afflicted with a headache this evening, and even the fairy lights that crown her room are too harsh for her eyes, so she retreated into her Ed goggles while I worked.
I felt much better after spending some time with her yesterday and today. Even just resting together is lovely – it brings some color back.
We finished our fifth assessment today, and the entire class passed with full marks. App Academy doesn’t keep grades, but it also doesn’t accept more than one failed assessment; because no one in my little group here has failed a test yet, this means that we’re all Out Of The Woods now, and a great deal of uncertainty has been lifted from our shoulders.
John celebrates the end of each test with an affogato – vanilla ice cream swimming in espresso. He invited us along for the experience this time, so I had the first group lunch since this all began.
My affogato was treated with chocolate instead of espresso, and I go without beer whenever I follow friends to a bar. This makes me the odd one out, even if only slightly, and I felt a little off over lunch.
But these are good folks, and in quieter places I love talking with each of them.
It’s been a long week; I’m glad for a reprieve.