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Lunch of the Day #2551

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Lunch of the Day #2551

Another catchup lunch with John, a month or two later. John is established and valuable at his new job, and is developing a relationship with his new motorcycle – perfect for adventuring.

Some close friends of his lived on a farm that burned down in a wild fire just a short time ago. I am too distant to help with the tragedy, but the people are safe and they’ll have John to help them get back up again.

Take care of yourself out there.

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September 16, 2015 at 11:08 pm

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Photo of the Day #2495

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Photo of the Day #2495

It seems that lately a big chunk of my social life is meeting friends for lunch – these small windows of conversation between our work lives. I love that I get to see them, of course, but it feels strange after so many years of spending several evenings a week with friends, doing whatever nonsense we like with no particular direction.

John is back after a bit more adventuring, and he’s started a new job a few blocks away – this one with the challenges he wanted from a job as a developer. There is lots to learn and room to grow, and so life is as it should be again.

We bought our lunches further inland, but we always eat out by the water. It’s a better place to sit and talk, and all the noise of the city just drifts out over the bay and disappears.

thirty-two congratulations

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July 23, 2015 at 12:17 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.

freedommmmm

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March 4, 2015 at 11:24 pm

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Photo of the Day #2334

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Photo of the Day #2334

One last lunch with John before the end of his contracting gig. Next week he gets an intermission for adventure, and then it’s on to the next thing, which brings with it new trepidations and new sources of inspiration. I hope it’s a good place – John is the sort of person who does better with color in his life.

A new pair of lenses arrived this week, and this one seems to lend itself rather nicely to quick portraits. I’m excited to play with them – I’ve been wanting to capture people in a more directed way for a while now.

hedwig’s theme

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February 12, 2015 at 12:55 am

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Traveler of the Day #2526

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Traveler of the Day #2526

Lunch again with John today. We met this time by the unicorn fountain, where John often ate lunch while we were at App Academy. Everything here is marbled, water falls from the skylights above and the air is thick with the conversation of businesspeople, and John found it a good place to sit and people watch while his brain cooled off from the intensive coding we were pressed to accomplish.

In a few weeks John may start somewhere new, and he talked about how the week vacation between gigs might give him an opportunity to go to Costa Rica. He’s never been there before, and there’s no special incentive for it besides its innate natural; it’s just a place that would be nice to go.

John’s done a lot of traveling in the past, and it always strikes me how easy it is for him to go wandering abroad. It occurred to me that I’m just as capable now of taking trips like that, and I certainly should. My wandering friend here agreed – there’s a lot to gain from seeing the rest of the world, and getting to know people who live entirely different lives, immersed in different languages.

It’s hard to imagine doing that alone, but I think it would be good for me to try it someday.

all of us who worked on this cathedal

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February 3, 2015 at 11:35 pm

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Photo of the Day #2315

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Photo of the Day #2315

John’s taken on a contract near where I work, so we met for lunch today – fancy grilled cheese by the water. He’s proving his mettle at this new gig, of course.

Worn out tonight – I’ve some rest to catch up on, and it may not happen yet.

all the little children and all the big children

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January 23, 2015 at 11:25 pm

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Demo of the Day #2268

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Demo of the Day #2268

I brought John along to climb today, and as we were waiting for the train back afterwards he pulled out his laptop to show me a project he’s working on. It’s looking pretty sleek so far – John has a knack for coding things that really draw the eye.

We took the train downtown, then realized that John had left his skateboard behind. Another lap around on the tracks let us safely reclaim the board, and as we waited we discovered that the full length of the station lights was claimed by spiders. They’d laid their webs at regular intervals, about two feet apart, and a spider waited patiently in each one, knowing that someone would come helplessly drawn to the light. Moments later a moth approached and tangled itself once or twice, managing to struggle out of the trap before spiraling off to the other side of the tracks, where perhaps more spiders waited.

Burgers and frozen yogurt followed, and John and I talked a bit back and forth about life and what work was supposed to be. He’s working to figure things out, like the rest of us; a good answer will fall soon.

my angel

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December 8, 2014 at 12:23 am

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