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Fossil of the Day #2378

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Fossil of the Day #2378

Kendra recently returned from Seattle, bringing with her a jar of beautifully decayed leaves. Something about their previous home – acids in the damp soil, perhaps – stripped away everything but their veins, leaving just their skeletal details behind.

Kendra has a wonderful talent for capturing the tiny worlds in everything – the clouds in a curled palm, the soft slopes of gelato, the forests at the bottom of your tea cup. I liked seeing her trying to photograph another strange world today; it was clear that the image was already in her head, and only needed to be conveyed to her camera.

Friends distracted her and the light soon faded, but in a day or two I’m sure she’ll pull something magnificent from these leaves.

I prefer your love

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March 27, 2015 at 11:24 pm

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Return of the Day #2275

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Return of the Day #2275

The Haus porch is perhaps the Land of returns; Pearce has just come back from a month exploring New Zealand and Australia with Brittany. As soon as he arrived in Berkeley he set out to join us at the Haus, and had this spare few minutes with Mitch and Leyla before they departed. It’s good to have him back, though I’ll be leaving for a bit myself just a week from tomorrow.

We have ants in our apartment at the moment – not the ideal way to welcome Pearce back home. He was unperturbed, though, as he’s just come from a land of monsters, with massive ants eager to bite; our own visitors are rather innocuous in comparison. I might like to see those ants as well – but never in my own home.

dot dot

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December 15, 2014 at 12:08 am

Feast of the Day #2254

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Feast of the Day #2254

We had a proper Friendsgiving feast at the haus tonight, replete with delicious dishes for everyone. Laurel and I made ratatouille; Kendra provided a set of pumpkin pies; Mitch made an astounding assortment of foods, a fantastic display of his skill as a chef.

Well-fed, heavy with food, our party parted earlier in the evening than usual, ready to sleep deep. These holidays are a welcome thing.

too many cooks

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November 23, 2014 at 10:42 pm

Setting of the Day #2239

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Setting of the Day #2239

After giving the climbing competition a fair shot, Pearce and I joined the others at the Haus, where Laurel battled mountain chickens, Mitch prepared delicious spring rolls, and Kendra weaved some lovely music with voice and ukulele. Winter seems eager to arrive despite the peculiar heat, so dark was falling already, but it gave a certain softened tone to things that I’ve been fond of lately.

I’m looking forward to the cold, I think.

content to be slightly forlorn

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November 9, 2014 at 1:11 am

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Duet of the Day #2155

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Kendra has discovered a hidden ability to accompany her ukulele with the sweet sounds of the kazoo – that buzzing hum, like someone speaking through a wall, as heard over an old radio. The kazoo sounds silly even at its best, but it described the evening well enough.

A little time with friends, and then back to work. These little patches are so important.

zu zu zuuuu

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August 17, 2014 at 1:39 am

Tradition of the Day #2112

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Tradition of the Day #2112

This year’s Slaughtermelon was a quieter event than the last, with only our close friends attending, but we still made clean cuts through two watermelons, roasted a number of different foods and marinated in the hot tub nicely. The first and second years Mitch claimed every watermelon; this year, after sharpening his chi and slicing the first melon in a single blow, he consented to give Jacob a chance with the second. With Mitch’s advice and inspiration, Jacob was able to send a fissure clear through the melon, but not quite split it apart. Mitch thus remains the master of Slaughtermelon, and enjoyed the fruits of his effort accordingly. I dared him to do the same with a durian – he may need further training for that.

The first Slaughtermelon was the first event I shared with these friends after graduating, and it’s with them that I found an equilibrium again after all the uncertainties of post-college life. This holiday has another layer of meaning for me, then – I’m glad we were still able to come together for it today.

imposs’ble that’s the gospel

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July 5, 2014 at 12:49 am

Juice of the Day #2085

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Juice of the Day #2085

For Joke Juice III, the comedy acts and rap sessions were interspersed rather than doled out in their own clusters – a few jokes, a few rhymes, on into the night. I wasn’t expecting a piece from Hannah and Zaire, but they were fantastic, wordplay and wit and rhythm, playing back and forth so fluidly.

We are all worn out now, so it’s time to sleep. This party-show was tied in with Hannah’s birthday, as well – let this next year treat her well.

netflix handcuffs

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June 8, 2014 at 1:19 am

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