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Sneak of the Day #1652

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Sneak of the Day #1652

To avoid catching Leo’s attention with the camera, I took this photo from the hip, holding the camera with an arm resting behind my back. What you see here is genuine – just friends enjoying a Pocky commercial – so it was worth it to sneak a little.

It’s so late! I fly home soon, but it’s been a good week here.

a better home awaiting in the sky

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April 1, 2013 at 4:58 am

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Vicarious Photo of the Day #1647

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Vicarious Photo of the Day #1647

The moon rose with an orange glow this evening, as if heated by embers just beneath the horizon. Andrew’s father called the family out to see the spectacle, and though the moon had already begun to cool, it remained a lovely sight. Before it left the hillside – the branches of those trees must have slowed it, naturally – Andrew prepared his camera to capture the scene. My little Powershot doesn’t have the strength for such photos, so a vicarious shot will have to do today.

The scenery around here is lovely. During the afternoon I stood waist-deep in the pool (cold enough that I had to psych myself into submerging), listening to the surrounding soundscape: restless birdsong from the trees; a distant jackhammer, drumming out a steady rhythm; hollow roars of passing planes; the crystalline plash of the pool’s fountain; the chill wind flickering by my ears, reminding me that Summer is still a ways away.

we couldn’t break from the concrete

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March 27, 2013 at 1:52 am

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Musicians of the Day #1646

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Musicians of the Day #1646

Leo instinctively produces music whenever he’s placed in the vicinity of a piano, and treated the house to a bit of jazz before dinner. Andrew, still learning to improvise on guitar, plinked along as he worked to figure out the chords Leo was using. Though I’d fiddled with both instruments here and here, I haven’t begun to absorb their languages into my lexicon; it’s lovely, still, that I can listen without speaking.

Both Andrew and Leo have busy days attending to professional things, so I have quite a bit of time to myself here, but it’s good seeing both of them. Somehow I’ve let the hours slip away – time to go catch them.

systems

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March 26, 2013 at 2:25 am

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Dinner of the Day #1484

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For our last meal together, Andrew’s mother prepared enchiladas for everyone – including a vegetarian enchilada-boat for me. It’s been very kind of her to feed me during my long stay in Santa Ana.

And such a lovely way to say goodbye! Tonight was the first time Leo’s and Lauren’s visits intersected, and we all talked for long hours together. It seemed like none of us wanted it to end, and we went from dinner to hot tub to coffee in the kitchen before the late hours pulled us away.

Everyone seemed rather quick-witted tonight, with jokes flying through the air surprisingly swiftly.

The night is deep and dark, and it is time to sleep. One more day in southern California and then it’s back to the bay.

gotta go back

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October 15, 2012 at 3:19 am

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Aftershock of the Day #1483

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This is my last night at Andrew’s, though I’ll be in the area a little longer. It’s been nice having Lauren visit so often – we become a sort of microcosm of the our household in Santa Cruz. The couch is smaller and engulfs us less, but we can still sit and talk at length at burn these small hours together.

It would be lovely to see the whole crew together again, but it may never happen. We still have our old moments, and we can still have these smaller meetings.

Right now we’re all trying to stabilize our lives and move on to the next stage of things, so most of our conversation was concerned with this. I wonder if we’ll have conquered these challenges by the next time we meet. What will we talk about, then?

out of antidote

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October 14, 2012 at 12:58 am

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Triumvirate of the Day #1477

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Andrew, Lauren and I went tonight to the Wheel of Life, a vegan Thai and Chinese restaurant. The inside, though dimly lit, was decorated with bumper stickers promoting a vegetarian philosophy, entreating readers to befriend animals rather than kill them. The menu offered dishes with beef, pork, chicken, fish and shrimp, all made from plants in careful imitation of meat. This isn’t the first time I’ve been to such a place, but I’m not used to selecting from flavors of animal, and the thought of eating shrimp – entire lives vanished in a single bite – was a bit too uncomfortable for me to even eat the synthetic variety.

But the food was delicious, whether or not it tasted like real meat (I certainly can’t tell at this point) and the owners of the restaurant were very friendly; one told us how she had once prepared 150 better-than-cheesecakes in three days, and the other approached us during dinner to shake our hands and say that he had been running the restaurant for fourteen years.

We all shared a single slice of better-than cheesecake, which may in fact have lived up to its name, and returned our triumphant trinity of forks to their starting position so Andrew could record a memento of the situation.

I like when people are amiable in shops and restaurants – it’s nice to have a human element when we go out to interact with strangers.

space lion

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October 8, 2012 at 2:17 am

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Moment of the Day #1476

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Conversations have these peaks and lulls that move in cycles, engaging everyone and letting the flow slip for a moment before a new subject arises. I liked this little silent moment, everyone staring off in different directions, lost in their heads for a bit. Leo, of course, is completely aware of the camera, reliving yesterday’s shot and that perilous checkered war.

Andrew’s parents are very sweet people, and it’s kind of them to let me stay.

I have to wonder, though, if my bringing out the camera made everyone a little self-conscious, and they each looked away in an effort to banish the awkward feeling. Social situations have quantum properties in front of a lens, and it’s difficult to record a scene without altering it.

the ness shot

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October 6, 2012 at 11:57 pm

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