pretty busy day, but i
didn't do much of import. learned how to close one of the visitor's centers.
i'll have to do that next thursday so hopefully the brief training sticks
updated the baseball trip
page. split it into three smaller pages so it would load more easily.
met some people down the
road today. they're interns at the environmental education center and they
invited me over tonight. i stayed for about half an hour and just got back.
they're nice enough, but probably not going to be great friends or anything.
one guy was interesting because he had been to south korea as a teacher.
he looked a bit like steve, johnny's friend.
the other day i watched
three movies in the theater for the price of one ticket. had one free ticket
that i used to see a movie at the amc. paid for the fountain and snuck
into casino royale. timing didn't quite work out for a fourth movie. i
figure i can get all my theater movies out of the way in one day if i just
theater hop and watch 3-4 movies in a day. cheaper and it means i don't
have to make multiple trips.
glad to see that florida
lost their first game of the year today. in basketball one loss doesn't
mean that much, but i wanted their streak broken asap. i hate that city,
school, and its star player. lsu also lost. yay.
worked at a visitor's center
for the first time. it's pretty straightforward. the register is a cinch
and answering questions is generally limited to telling people where to
hike. there are a shitload of logs - visitation logs, sales logs, opening
and closing reports, etc. lots of paperwork to remember to fill out.
big news of the day was
the usc game. went to the local pub and watched the entire thing. like
the cal game, it wasn't as good a game as i expected, but i was fine with
that. i knew that notre dame wasn't going to stop the sc offense, but i
wasn't sure if the usc secondary was going to be able to contain quinn.
and, for the most part, they did. ucla is a big challenge as well. they're
not great this year, but they have a good defense so they could give the
trojans fits. and if they force a couple turnovers, usc could be in trouble.
so the regular season isn't over. usc has the rose bowl cinched, but they
want their fourth national championship bid in as many years so hopefully
they close it out next week.
ohio state is definitely
the #1 team in the country, there really isn't any doubt about that this
year. their defense is the best in the country and their offense is one
of the top five or so that i've seen. i think ohio state will beat usc
if that's who plays, but it'll be great to be back in the national championship
game either way. i think that usc's defense will hold its own, i just think
that the ohio state defense will present some problems when it comes to
running the ball. two things have turned the year around for usc. losing
was one and cj gable was the second. losing allowed them to relax a bit
and i think that it took some pressure off of booty. herbstreit actually
said this as well, but i had the thought before i heard him mention it.
c.j. gable has emerged as the #1 back and a pretty reliable source of yards.
he steps up when booty is struggling and gets big gains at opportune moments.
the rose bowl should be
interesting. cal and texas took themselves out of it with their losses,
so it looks like it could be michigan and notre dame for a rematch; but
i don't like rematches. michigan vs. lsu or florida might be good, but
i've never been real clear on which conferences get which bowls. where
does boise state figure in all of this? i think they should be allowed
to be in a major bowl, but i don't know how the system works. hopefully
they get a big opponent or two in the next couple years so they get the
opportunity to compete with the larger schools in terms of strength of
meanwhile the niners actually
have a shot at making the playoffs. seattle has been struggling lately
(though they've been injured) and they're only one game ahead of the niners.
i was in the bay area the week that the two sports bombs were dropped and
i listened to a lot of sports radio. it seemed like most of the callers
were pretty disappointed by the proposed move of the athletics and niners.
modern professional sports are pretty fucked up.
cousin mary by john coltrane
might be my favorite jazz track. freshman year i had that or giant steps
on our answering machine and i remember jon's dad asking what god awful
noise (or some thing to that effect) it was. i could see 'ascension' described
as awful noise (though i like it), but giant steps and cousin mary are
speaking of old people,
i met a guy named dick whitehead at the boston store today. boston is a
township inside the park and boston store is an old canal store that has
been converted into a visitor's center (i think they should punctuate it:
"visitors' center," but that's just me). anyway, we talked for at least
a couple hours about all sorts of things. he's between 75 and 80 years
old and has traveled quite a bit and been a chemist and was enlisted in
the army and has volunteered for the parks service and all sorts of things.
towards the end of the conversation he started talking about working at
bf goodrich as a chemist and doing spectrograph analysis of different polymers
and having to take the spectrograph analysis of the diamond upon which
the sample would be placed and essentially subtracting that spectrograph
from the end result. he got into the hardcore chemistry of different polymers
and how they'd add different chemicals to stabilize it, etc. most of it
was way over my head, but he seemed happy talking about it so i let him.
i don't know where i heard it, but i heard a quote to the effect of "you
should live the first half of your life so thoroughly that you can live
the second half purely on the memories of the first half." it's a pretty
cool idea and i think this guy has done that and then some.
if you watch enough movies,
or read enough books, or listen to enough folklore i think you're able
to apply the philosophies presented to most any situation in life. my cultural
texts of choice are films, but they could be anything from hip-hop lyrics
to written literature. i often relate different life philosophies or individual
ideas to moments in film. perhaps i will write a book near the end of my
life entitled "life philosophy via film" or "personal philosophy from jeff
webster to luke jackson." jeff webster is jimmy stewart's character in
far country and luke jackson is paul newman's character in cool hand luke.
that would be a fun one. in looking at some of the "memorable quotes" from
cool hand luke it occurred to me how many of them come off as so completely
flat on paper. but when you have paul newman, george kennedy and strother
martin breathing life into them, well it's completely different. strother
martin, there's an underrated character actor. completely unique, yet mostly
unknown to this generation.
"on" is one of my favorite
tracks by aphex twin and it's made better by its video. there's a little
sound he buries in the background about 80 seconds into it that always
makes me think someone is calling my name. aphex twin has a handful of
tracks that just blow other artists out of the water.
i've been away from my
audio/video equipment and cds/dvds for 51 weeks now. one day i'll be able
to play my music and feel the bass or be able to watch "planes, trains
and automobiles" at a moment's notice. ptaa would be perfect for today
since it's the best thanksgiving movie of all-time. guess it'll have to
wait until next year.
today has been pretty uneventful
for me. i woke up late, played red alert 2, watched two movies, successfully
manipulated the antenna so we now get three channels, and watched a bit
of the cowboys game.
the black keys are from
akron which is about 15 miles away. i wonder if they'll be playing anytime
it's not even 11pm and
it feels really late. if i were in california i might be finishing up dinner
right now, getting ready to watch a couple movies. as is, i'm upstairs
in the dark listening to radiohead and both roommates are asleep.
also updated my movie review
list. it's mostly a list of the longer reviews i've written. sometimes
i included a review because of one good observation or well-worded sentence.
in other words, it didn't take too much to make the list. that said, considering
the number of reviews i've written, the highlights list isn't too out of
control. i created the list in large part to help inspire me.
not sure if this is conceited,
but reading my (better) reviews is the most inspiring thing i can do with
regards to getting in the mood to watch more films. reading the reviews
other people write or hearing other people talk about films is nice, but
it doesn't get me hungry to watch more films in the same way that reading
my own reviews does. i'll read a review about a film like "the wind will
carry us," a film i've only seen once, but it'll get me back into the mindset
i was in while watching the film originally, and that will inspire me to
watch it again or to watch another kiarostami film or something similar.
of course this makes sense since the reviews are perfectly suited to my
tastes and thoughts, so i guess it's not conceited at all.
having roommates is a drag,
i just remembered. i was trying to watch mr. smith goes to washington and
the two old guys were talking in the kitchen. with about three minutes
left in the film, bill came into the living room and, in the spirit of
my old roommate scott, started talking about being addicted to ebay and
wishing we had an internet connection. the guy's crazy.
i haven't seen as many
movies this year as i would have liked, but i've seen more movies in the
theater than i thought was possible. over 120 so far. going to a film festival
will do that. about half the films i've seen have been in the theater.
there are two parts of
my brain that are arguing over the subject of pop music. one side says
that pop music these days is crap compared to that of 40 years ago. the
other side says that pop music is pop music and i'm just an old fart inside.
musically i'm ill-equipped to give an informed opinion. pop music of the
00s is catchy and geared towards the single, just as it was during the
60s. then and now pop musicians rarely write their own music. beyond that
i can't make any sort of substantive claims about the quality of the musicianship.
i can, however, comment on the lyrical content. lyrics these days are more
sexualized, sensational, violent and less intelligent than they were in
the good ole days. jimmy mack by martha reeves and the vandellas is one
example that i was listening to today. it begins with simple lyrics that
go something like this: "jimmy mack, jimmy, oh jimmy mack when are you
coming back?...my arms are missing you. my lips feel the same way too."
it sets itself up as a very typical love song, but the next set of lines
go something like this: "i tried so hard to be true, like i promised i'd
do, but this boy keeps coming round...he calls me on the phone about three
times a day...this loneliness i have within keeps reaching out to be his
friend...jimmy mack, jimmy, oh jimmy mack, you better hurry back....i want
to say, i'm not getting any stronger, i can't hold out very much longer,
trying hard to be true, but jimmy he talks just as sweet as you."
if you compare this to
the simplistic lyrics of the 90s pop stars (backstreet boys, n'sync, britney
spears, etc.) it's clear that these are much more sophisticated and textured.
i compare jimmy mack to a modern song like fergie's "london bridges" which
is about, among other things, a woman who can't control herself around
a certain guy. in it fergie presents herself as a woman who is "such a
lady" but dances "like a hoe." in this sense she has the same competing
parts of her personality that martha reeves addresses in "jimmy mack."
after the typical "i'm here, step aside, i'm great" type introduction,
fergie launches into the chorus which goes something like "how come every
time you come around my london bridge wanna go down?" the song's theme
seems to be her inability to control her rock star world (she talks about
slurring her speech while drunk; she talks about being a lady, yet she's
dancing like a hoe; she talks about the paparazzi making her life front
page news and her reaction to this [spraying them with mace]). clearly
this is an anecdotal analysis, but i think it summarizes my thoughts on
the state of pop music rather well.
i've also thought quite
a bit about the abortion issue lately. i think it comes down to this: when
do i believe life begins? well, i've looked back at my old ap biology textbook
and found a clear definition of life, a definition that includes all lifeforms.
comparing this with fetal progression charts i've come to the conclusion
that human life occurs 392 hours after conception. so, my stated opinion
is that abortion should be legal before this scientifically proven timeframe.
after this time we must consider the child a human being, and thus abortion
would be considered murder. i am a reasonable person, though. i understand
that the woman is also a human with her own will, needs, wants, and rights.
thus i have developed a secondary solution for the time frame between the
392 hour non-human window and birth. henceforth we shall treat these baby
humans as renters, and the women as landlords. thus, the government will
pay the women a small rent on behalf of the child during this window. this,
of course, will be worked off by the child at a later date. further, if
the woman wishes to abort her child past the 392 hour window she must give
her renter one month notice. this notice must be filed in duplicate to
HUD (the department of housing and urban development) as well as a new
agency which will be created to link vacant landlords with renters looking
for a place to live. in other words, potential surrogates with unwanted
babies. if, after one month, the renter has not found a new landlord, the
woman is allowed to evict the squatter at her discretion.
and with that post i bury
all thoughts of ever holding public office.
yesterday i was at the
library and i saw three women talking about the osu/michigan game which
then led to talk about the browns/steelers game. this week i've actually
heard just as much talk about the browns game as about the osu game. both
teams are huge here.
i've got the next few days
off, but i think i'll hike and read anyway.
had to buy new hiking boots
yesterday because my old ones are too small to accomodate my orthotics.
they're not waterproof either. my new ones seem okay so far. getting the
right pair of boots is difficult.
two days after the fact,
i discovered that the niners won their last game. that's three in a row,
their first three game win streak in four years. i attribute it to a few
things: the acquisition of jennings and allen (is that the left tackle's
name?, can't remember), frank gore at running back, and the coaching. i
also read that bryant (their best receiver) was arrested for driving while
intoxicated. i just don't understand why people can't develop other habits.
like playing too much red alert 2 or watching too many movies.
also read that robert altman
passed away today. a good american filmmaker. a bit overrated for me, but
i guess i should wait until tomorrow to say that.
a few minutes ago there
was a family of deer in the clearing outside my window. they were running
around, then eating, then running some more. deer are a major problem here.
i forget the exact numbers, but a healthy deer population is around 10-20
per square mile, but the population at the park is around 100 per square
mile. since all their natural predators (except for humans) were killed
many years ago, the deer population goes unabated today. the park is working
on solutions, but i don't know what they are.
morning of first snow
car i drive while i
this is where i'll
be working on the weekends:
i see that usc is in third
place, just barely behind michigan in the bcs standings. in the harris
and usa today poll usc is in second, but the computer says otherwise. in
a rare instance, i agree with the computer on this one. i love usc as much
as the next guy, but here are the facts: usc has two fewer wins than michigan
and both teams have one loss. michigan lost to the best team in the country
and usc lost to an unranked oregon state. here's what i'll grant: usc lost
by only two points, but michigan lost by only three. ohio state, though,
played a fairly crappy game and still won by three points. in other words:
michigan played well, ohio state turned the ball over three times, and
michigan still couldn't win. michigan has one real quality win against
notre dame. they also beat wisconsin, iowa and penn state which are good
wins. usc, meanwhile, has beaten arkansas, cal, oregon and nebraska - all
are top 25 teams. i think that if usc runs the table then they will probably
end up at #2. if they do run the table (a big "if" since they still face
notre dame and ucla), then they probably deserve to get the #2 spot. further,
it wouldn't be all that exciting to see a rematch of michigan and ohio
just saw a program on niagara
falls on pbs. incidentally, we get two channels up here - pbs and some
weird channel that shows old tv shows and religious stuff. anyway, learned
about all the ways in which the falls have been changed by humans over
the years. the very shape of the falls has been changed, native americans
had (more) land taken in the 50s to make way for hydroelectric power, the
flow is a mere 25% of what it was before humans started messing with it,
etc. i knew that the flow was decreased, but i didn't know that it was
to that extent. i also didn't know that they changed the profile of the
falls for "safety" and aesthetics. the history surrounding the area is
fascinating and (largely) depressing.
paul is out of town for
the rest of the week so i'll be exploring the park and reading on my own
for the next two days, then i get three days off. these days i've been
doing a lot of trail walking and reading to get acquainted with the park
and ranger policies, etc.
been playing more red alert
2 than i should.
hopefully the 49ers won
today. it's a bit strange not having information readily available. i like
the change though.
went on a talk with a former
ranger who works at a county park. the subject was wild turkeys. i like
saw the second half of
the big game at a pub today. watching an ohio state vs. michigan game in
a pub in ohio is a rare experience. it's possibly the biggest college football
rivalry in the country and they're #1 and #2 so...there was one table of
michigan fans in the room i was in which made it a bit more interesting
as well. everyone was really into the game, doing the ohio state cheer,
yelling, etc. when the usc/cal game came on the pub didn't even have it
on the tv, i had to request that they changed the channel from the georgia
tech game. while the usc game was on there was a blues-rock band playing
and everyone was paying more attention to them than the number #3 and #17
teams playing. it's a football state, but i guess they only care about
the usc/cal game wasn't
as close as it has been the last few years. if you look at the stats i'd
bet that the turnovers would appear to be the problem for cal. in actuality,
though, they were a non-factor. they had two fumbles that they recovered,
so those wouldn't be recorded and didn't really make a difference. they
had one interception in the last minute when the game had been decided
so that doesn't count. they threw one interception, but that actually ended
up giving them two points (on a safety) so that, strangely enough, worked
to their advantage. usc's defense was the story. cal had 9 points, but
usc's defense only allowed 7. meanwhile usc's offense put up decent numbers
as usual and they won the game. at the beginning of the year i thought
usc's defense was in the top 3. i think they're probably not that good,
but they may be in the top 5. usc remains a second half team under pete
during the game the live
music act incited a man and woman to "dance." the woman was standing and
shaking, but not really dancing. and the guy was playing the air guitar
and gyrating, but, again, not really dancing in the typical sense. it was
a funny scene. as i was leaving i came across the guy at a crossroads and
he gestured with his arm that i should go, so i did. as i was walking towards
the door he said that he was heading outside to smoke a cigarette because
"it is good for me...not." other than in Borat
i don't think i've heard a "not" joke in many years; it was unintentionally
in the last year i've lived
in: austin - home of the 2005 national champion texas longhorns, los angeles
- home of the 2003 and 2004 national champion trojans, and ohio - home
of the probable 2006 national champion buckeyes. put another way i've lived
in: california, a strong blue state. texas, a strong red state. ohio, one
of the two (florida being the other) most infamous "purple" states (barely
won it for bush in 2004).
tim, the older, cooler
roommate, has offered to show me around the area. there's a antique market
type place, a mexican restaurant, and a mini hearst castle that he thought
i should check out.
i had planned on comparing
the gas prices a couple days before the election and a couple weeks after
the election, but i don't really see the point since they made it far more
obvious than i thought. i had figured on a subtle increase over the next
couple weeks, instead they waited a day and then increased the prices.
it was so obvious that even the mainstream media picked up on it. gall.
i'm about 70 movies behind
my annual goal of 300 a year. this lonely time should serve as a good opportunity
to meet and beat that goal in spite of the 77 day road trip and stressful
period without movie watching that followed it. i only have six dvds with
me and don't have any movies on the computer so that'll make it tougher.
netflix is likely to be slow out here as well. the local library has a
vhs/dvd/cd collection so i'll be tapping into that as early as tomorrow.
today i played quake for
the first time in several years.
internet access isn't great
around here and the laptop seems limited in its ability to download torrents.
argh. spent most of the day figuring that out. also got some foodstuffs.
view outside my window.
there's a road just below the edge of this picture.
first real day of work
is now complete. it wasn't really work though. paul, my boss, had his annual
meeting with other interpretive staff members so he sent me off to tour
the park on my own. i went to the major attractions, did a couple hikes,
introduced myself to various employees at the ranger stations and that
was about it. i have two days off and work again on saturday. missing the
football games is going to be an annoyance. maybe i can find a torrent
that has the games, download them, avoid learning the outcome, and watch
them afterwards. finding internet is going to be another challenge.
tim is the older roommate
and i talked with him tonight. he's a good guy and just as talkative as
the other roommate (bill), but in a better way.
tour 1 and video tour 2
i've fallen behind quite
a bit on the picture posting so here's the last couple weeks' worth of
last of the bookcases
being trucked away
book room empty for
the first time in 27 years
driving to meryl's
in the corrado
somewhere in colorado
somewhere in nebraska
mcdonald's in ohio,
canal lock at canal
visitor center in northern portion of cvnp (cuyahoga valley national park)
canal visitor center
near bridal veil falls
muskrat? beaver? not
deep lock quarry. sandstone.
ron jeremy lives in
this place is pretty lonely
already. roommates pretty much stick to themselves and there's not much
to do here. i don't feel as though the place is mine so that's a drag.
if i was here by myself it would be better.
watched a few episodes
of the office and ate dinner. the isolation will probably mean a lot of
movie watching and book reading. i miss meryl.
i'm in my new home, pretty
much everything is unpacked and settled. met my new boss and got an idea
of what i'll be doing for the next four months.
the last few weeks have
been as hectic as any i've ever had. tying up loose ends in southern california,
trying to get the car fixed and legal in northern california, visiting
people, last minute changes, strains on the budget, etc. long story short:
my mom gave me her car to use and she bought a new car a couple months
earlier than she had planned. the corrado is at her place and will hopefully
legal soon enough. the biggest hang up ended up being the smog check which
couldn't move forward without doing some things that take longer than i
had. huge headache.
i have a lot of movies
to review, will get that done in the next couple days.
cuyahoga national park
wasn't made a national park until 2000. it gets 3.2 million visitors a
year, but that number is highly suspect because they basically just count
traffic through the park and the park's major trail (the towpath trail).
since the park is between akron and cleveland and is home to hundreds of
residents, it gets its share of non-park related traffic. during the baseball
trip i relayed the fact that cuyahoga is one of the top ten most visited
parks. seeing it, and knowing how the visits are counted, makes me want
to take it off the list. that said, i don't know how one would arrive at
a more accurate number. there aren't any park fees and the park will probably
always be used as somewhat of a thoroughfare between cleveland and akron
so that makes it difficult.
i'm hungry and somewhat
left for ohio on saturday
morning. i picked up jon in the corrado sometime after 8am and we left
for la. the corrado ran well from the bay area to la which made me wonder
if i should have just driven it to ohio after all. the rain of oil leaks
under the car, which i discovered while unpacking it, made me happy i didn't.
jon and i hit the road from la around 4pm. for the next two days we were
in the car 90% of the time. we slept in the car for two nights and drove
almost the entire time that we were awake. we made one stop in glenwood
springs, co which was a nice stopover town in the western part of the state.
after i dropped him off in chicago i drove straight through to cuyahoga
and found a hotel. getting a good night's sleep was nice. during the entire
trip the car ran like a dream in spite of having 235,000+ miles on it.
it's not too cold here right now, i'd guess somewhere in the low 30s. there
isn't any snow on the ground, but there usually is around the first week
of december. we get what's called "lake effect snow" here. the warm winds
(i thought they would have been cold) blow off of lake erie and hit the
cold air here. this temperature differential creates condensation which
falls in the form of snow. typically the area doesn't get much snow, which
is contrary to what i thought. it does get into the single digits in temperature
my boss is a nice guy,
but different from what i had envisioned. he's older and bigger than his
voice indicated. he is a bit on the strange side as well. i met one roommate
briefly while in the field and he seemed nice. he's a maintenance guy and
probably in his 50s. the other guy is real talkative, in his 40s, and a
little paranoid. should be an interesting four months.
couple things still need
work on the car, definitely coming down to the wire. everything in the
last weeks has cost more, and taken longer, than expected. for the last
two weeks i haven't been able to think about anything other than the car
and preparing to leave la/marin.
the next four months have
finally settled in. i started packing up the car and got a little sad and
nervous about the next chapter in my life. i've been so pre-occupied with
getting things in order that i haven't really had the time to think about
why i'm in such a rush. actually, i still don't. there are still a lot
of things i need to do. there are tiny things the car needs done to it,
things that will have to wait until i get to northern california.
i'm going to be pretty
spotty with email and updates for the next four months, but i'll be writing
and watching movies and doing stuff. uploads may be few and far between
a couple of guys are downstairs
right now loading the last of the bookcases. not all of them are going
to fit, but most of them will and the bookroom will be empty for the first
time since it was built. afterwards i should be on my way to pick up the
car and then drop it off at the dealership to get a little work done. things
are finally coming to a close. having things come down to the wire is stressful,
but when you depend upon others, that's what happens. i've gotten a lot
done since i've been here so that's a good feeling. the homes of jamie
gold, my mom, dad, uncle, and (especially) grandmother are all cleaner,
less cluttered, in better shape, and of better value than before i came.
i even managed to save two or three hundred bucks in the process. as well
as make $125 for my dad and a few thousand for my grandma. soon i'll be
off to ohio where i'll do more work basically for free ($60/week which
pays for food, gas, etc. and the leftover is my profit) and hopefully i
can feel just as good about it.
the kerry "controversy"
is such a laughable example of politics. it's sad that even mainstream
figures are referring to the joke as a botched joke about the soldiers.
if they were intelligent, looked at the context, or didn't buy what was
being sold to them so easily, then they would refer to it as a botched
joke about president bush. even newt gingrich, when pushed by colmes, admitted
that it was a joke about bush, but he quickly redirected by saying that
he thinks what kerry mistakenly said is actually closer to what he believes
than what he meant to say. i'm completely serious and i saw/heard this
myself. it's so ridiculous. when you see the quote in the context of him
making jokes about bush earlier in the speech then it's clear that he meant
to refer to bush, not the troops.
here's how one AP article
covers it: "Kerry got caught up in charges and countercharges with the
president for saying earlier in the week when he told California students
that if they did not do well on their school work they were likely to "get
stuck in Iraq."" i don't find that to be very accurate or honest. with
or without context it's very clear to me that kerry meant to say "get US
stuck in iraq;" a clear reference to bush's stupidity and (likely) his
biggest blunder. the right wingers saw a great opportunity to take the
quote out of context and tie it into a larger idea that democrats hate
america or whatever. they dug up his anti-vietnam speeches and mixed them
with this latest misrepresentation and created a troop-hating liberal named
kerry. this is nothing new, but it's remarkable that mainstream figures
(hillary clinton, "journalists," comedians like leno and o'brien, etc.)
are all buying into the lie wholesale. there's very little attempt at contextualizing
the statement. rovian politics at its finest.
i think this one will carry
for the next few days until the election and might be enough to sway a
few thousand votes or get a few thousand more republicans to show up to
the polls. it's amazing to me how easily people are swayed. everyone seemed
to jump off the dean bandwagon when he had that one excited speech and
now everyone's jumping all over kerry because of this joke.
getting the car is taking
longer than it should. guy took it to shop last week and they're taking
their time fixing it. should get it tonight or tomorrow. after that i can
begin packing up.
bookcases will be gone
from the bookroom/garage tomorrow.
watched a bit of basketball
last night. the heat looked awful. lakers looked pretty good. oh well.
saw phil for the first
time in a long time on monday.
dinner with mom tonight,
max tomorrow, dad the next day. leaving for northern california on saturday.
none of the next four months will settle in until i get a car.