I’m living with a musician again, and tonight Pearce, ever thoughtful, asked our neighbors for permission to jam. With blessings from the apartment above and next door, he and Brittany invited Paul over and the three continued working on their musical quilt.
It’s always lovely to be an audience to this, so just enjoy this little snapshot of their voices and tunes, and have a warm night.
give me one more chance
Today was a null day, I suppose, but my null days now are better than they used to be. Cooking, climbing, reading, gaming, cleaning and the day is done, with so many things left that I wanted to do.
I should be doing more than just maintaining the status quo. How do you sculpt your days into what you want them to be?
I somehow always forget how sharp winter chills can be. It bit into me on my way to and from the lab today, spurring me onward, so that every last therm running through me was something precious to be rationed for the trip. Stopping to admire the sights would be a waste of heat, so I have only these glimpses caught mid-stride.
More than any other winter, perhaps, I feel very inclined to just eat lots of things to keep myself fueled, and to huddle under warm blankets until the sun swings north again.
I think I hear angels
Two months in and we’ve finally had a housewarming party of sorts, bringing in a flurry of friends for food and games. Winter has just struck, sharp and brittle, but Dylan and Paul managed to coax our pilot light to life and soon our tiny apartment was more toasty than I’d ever dreamed it could be.
Brittany arrived just before the soup vanished, followed by Mitch and Leyla, and last Alina’s beau (named Bob, I think). Soup and potatoes, cookies and cider and games – this place is properly homey now.
At this moment the only camera I had on hand was my 3DS; all three of my other camera-equipped devices were sitting in the other room, locked away by the cold. An even greater cold, with sharper fangs, discouraged our friends from stepping out, so when Mitch called for pizza he asked for another favor as well. He’s an amicable fellow and the pizza folk have taken a liking to him, so when he requested they pick him up some whiskey from their neighboring liquor store, they agreed without a second thought. It’s ever so slightly audacious, which may be why they were so happy to go along with the favor. Something to keep in mind – don’t be afraid to ask when you need something.
This isn’t the common tether we usually practice on, but a truly slack line, inelastic and free of tension. I can’t even sit on these lines, and when I first saw it the prospect of walking along this line seemed outrageous.
Pearce has been working at it, though, a little each day, and now he’s developed the catlike powers you see here. It’s an impressive thing to see – walking along this line would be impossible for most people.
This is the sort of thing that makes me wonder what the limit of human potential is in physical feats, and whether a thoroughly trained animal might be able to surpass us. Compared with other species, humans are often touted for their brains and not much else, but we really have made some remarkable athletic accomplishments.
Be proud of your weird bipedal body, your wiggly fingers, your strong shoulders, and see what you can do.