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Splash of the Day #2532

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The San Diego heat was oppressive today, but that just gives more reason to swim. Jamie came along this time, and was even willing to cannonball for the camera, brewing a storm of bubbles that scurried to the surface. They make quite a spectacle, but the experiencing them is something else – that momentary tickling as thousands of little bubbles roll past you to get back to the atmosphere they were torn from.

Laurel and Jamie’s big-sister-versus-little-brother dynamic was in full force today. They’re good to each other, aside from the requisite teasing.

I care but I don’t care

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August 29, 2015 at 1:00 am

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Respite of the Day #2531

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Respite of the Day #2531

We woke up early this morning to make our flight. I was tired and buried in my book, so I barely noticed the journey at all; the takeoff and landing went by without any of the usual emotional fanfare.

The sky was lovely on the way to the airport, though – feathery clouds in the waking blue.

This afternoon was naps and swimming and naps. We both needed some time to do nothing, and it’s so nice to finally get it.

addams family fallout shelter

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August 27, 2015 at 10:33 pm

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Bubbles of the Day #2473

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Bubbles of the Day #2473

I ate on the lawn by cupid’s abandoned bow again, and as I sat there the heavy summer sun wicked water from the grass, leaving it suspended in droplets on the underside of my salad lid. When the meal was gone and the debris packed away inside, I saw these little refracted worlds on the surface.

It was lovely to be out, but as I walked back to worked I felt sun-sapped, ready for a nap – summer is built for lazy days.

seasons wait for you now

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June 30, 2015 at 10:43 pm

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Pebble of the Day #2358

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Pebble of the Day #2358

Last night I dreamed of coding for the first time since App Academy. It might be a little maddening if that were all I were doing, but I’ve been able to get some sun and see the sea every day here.

Matt has settled in well to his post-App Academy job out here. Spare moments on the weekends have let him explore the area, and now perhaps he knows the secrets of Santa Cruz better than I do.

We biked out to Wilder today, which I always felt was some secret hideaway, but Matt already knew it well. A caravan of colorful bikers passed us on the dirt path, and when we caught up to them they were standing in a row at the edge of the water, about to soak their feet. The fern cave was less toothy and more populous than usual, so we moved on.

Past the fern cave is one more cove, where the walls are so brittle you can pull slabs and slivers out with your fingers. I’d stood there before with Lauren and Pearce, and the splashing waves inched up just short of our toes. Today we found a colony of sea lions basking there, like the living raft I watched three years ago had run ashore. When we stepped into view they looked up at us and the group started to wriggle away, ready to drop into the water.

It’s good to find that Matt is doing well, and loving the Santa Cruz life – as I thought he would. I haven’t heard from many other App Academy alumni, and can only hope that they’ve all found their footing.

thermal contraction

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March 8, 2015 at 12:23 am

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Eyelet of the Day #2357

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Eyelet of the Day #2357

Laurel and I walked by the water again, hoping to find her coworker navigating the waves below. The surfers had formed a great flock, and it was impossible to identify any of them from the cliffs, but they all moved with elegance, standing demure on their boards as the ocean carried them back to earth.

In the distance was a tiny islet, little more than a boulder that hovered a stubborn distance from the continent. Sea lions have claimed it, covering the rock like a swam of brown caterpillars, and from across the water we could hear them barking and croaking, making their sluggish ogre calls in the sun.

Two quadcopters flew over the lawn by the lighthouse, and that slight difference from when I was last here makes it feel like I’ve traveled thirty years into the future. All those trips on the Bart must have had some strange relativistic effects on me.

the fear has gripped me

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March 7, 2015 at 2:04 am

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Rays of the Day #2355

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Rays of the Day #2355

Lunch with John again today: salads under the neurons, next to the soft green of the bay. John has taken on a new job, and is still uncertain about it; I want to be encouraging about it, but he deserves work that really engages him. Things are still starting out, so I am hoping that he’ll find a good rhythm with his work soon.

I wonder how everyone else is taking their new jobs – it’s a strange adjustment for all of us, probably. I was fortunate to get a position at my company, I think. Lots to learn, and a good atmosphere to do it.


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March 4, 2015 at 11:24 pm

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Cider of the Day #2282

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Cider of the Day #2282

A glass of Martinelli’s, ignited by candlelight, became host to an inverted sunset; look close at the top, and you’ll see the shapes of distant mountains, and rising bubbles cast the shadows of rolling waves.

We were hoping to see some friends before flying away, but our plans fell flat tonight. Laurel and I had a night in, with popcorn and cider and Neil Degrasse Tyson. Tomorrow we fly – just a short hop, from here to San Diego, but a marvel of engineering no less.

dots in space

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December 22, 2014 at 12:24 am

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