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September 2018

No Telephono

I don’t have phone. Contemporary smartphone shopping engenders a fraught bewilderment that rings tedious to others. Three years ago, I bought from Sprint a $200 iPhone 6s with neither an activation fee nor a monthly charge. Today, the cellphone landscape has been gentrified: do I buy the phone from my …

Exercise

I may not be working, but I still exercise regularly. I stick to a regimen that’s both affordable (meaning free) and works for me. I’m hoping that my daily work-out, proper eating at home, and eight-hours of sleep each night will keep me sane (and attractive) until the start of …

Happy Birthday After All

I thrashed around most of yesterday in a deep funk for my birthday. I tediously repaired six Triangles by washing their covers, sewing rent seams, repositioning LEDs, and laboriously putting back together the lights, covers, and frames. Fortunately, all six Triangles still work. Unfortunately, frustrating busy work in my backyard …

Not so Happy Birthday

Today I turn 46, an inauspicious number, neither a round 45 nor meriting the freak-out worthy of 49 or 50. I wish I were happier as this day unfolds a lonely 46. I’ve been in a bad mood all September because of a melancholic mix of the darkening season, unemployment, …

Party Too Hard

After a sad Saturday with Stephanie in Fremont, I took the evening BART back towards San Francisco. On the bus bridge through Oakland, John Major contacted me to say that he was still at Public Works club for their 8th Anniversary party. Having DJ’d as part of Polyglamorous from 3-6pm …

First Day of Fall

At the start of each season, I write out a list of objectives for the upcoming three months. This season envisioning need not be overly laboriously. Furthermore, no worries if I don’t accomplish everything. For example, I thought I would have made one Bird over the summer. Instead, I made …

Laundry again

Woooo, Burning Man, what a party! Glad that’s over and done. While folks go back to their desk jobs in September, I sit in the laundromat day after day. I’m up to my eighth load of laundry with at least four more to go. As I type, yellow sunflower petals …

Adventurer

As former coworker Adam has been down on his luck, I offered to take him out Tuesday night to the Odd Salon lecture series at Public Works club near my house. But first, adventure. We met just after five o’clock (Adam gets to work quite early each morning) at 18th …

Best Yet

Inspecting the whirling LED Snowflakes, I realize this teardrop art project is my best yet – better than the six cartoon Fish, better than the Roses that have graced two weddings, and even better than the money-eating, laser-cut, braised steel, relationship-killing Sunflowers. I’m grateful for the Snowflake’s beauty, grateful that …

Budget

Budget

While I’m not broke, I’m certainly not earning any money. It’s time to draft a budget. I’ve listed first fixed bills, like rent and health insurance, that pour in regardless of whether I’m alive. After the fixed bills come the more amorphous variable expenses like food, drink, travel, and entertainment. …