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October 2018

Magnum Opus

I thought my time away from work might be spent traveling the world or cavorting late at night – every night, but instead I’ve been much at home. I’m focusing a lot on lights and software in a steady, deliberate, almost tedious fashion. I’m finally understanding more fully the LED …

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Halloween Saturday

When the bagpiper blew his pipes on the terraces by the hot tub, I knew it was soon time for the Cuddlefish and the Dread Pirate Liberace to go. The bar was not yet out of alcohol, but they were through with the red Solo cups, so the bartenders were …

Jobbie Job

November 1, I will be officially out of work for 5 months. It’s been fun, it’s been taxing. I’ve got a lot done, but didn’t get to travel. I’ve rested a lot, but my career self-esteem has been savaged. I’m both ready for work and yet not wanting to look …

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Call of the Cuddlefish

I set the dinosaur alarm clock to 6am just before settling down last night at a healthy nine o’clock. What’s this, a farflung job morning job interview? Nope, just a party. I woke before dawn, ate a quick bowl of homemade granola, put on my silver cuddlefish uniform, and rode …

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Charles and Ray Eames

The Oakland Museum along Lake Merritt features an exhibit currently on the life and work of Charles and Ray Eames. Spinach and Giorgio kindly invited me along one Friday evening to the opening of the exhibit in two big museum rooms. The Eames’s may be best known for chairs, but …

The Season of No’s

This has been the season of No’s, starting far back in May with my former company’s decision to lay me off. Many of these no’s I enacted. I recently said no to my relationship. Earlier this week, I said no to Christmas travel to Cuba; the flights were poorly timed, …

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Californios

Ruben and I have fancy dinner about every year with two friends from Sacramento, Omari and John. We pick a place, Michelin starred of course, and an occasion, like a birthday. We’re tried Chez Panisse in Berkeley (simple and overpriced) and Commonwealth just a few blocks from my house (decadent …

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Hasta Pasta

Spinach and Giorgio recently loaned me their pasta maker, so I dragged this heavy contraption across town on BART. If I got jumped in Oakland, I could hit the assailant with a metal brick. This stainless steel, hand-cranked machine is indeed made in Italy. Ruben was in town this weekend, …

What Now?

So what now? I’d like to try for a while single and not looking, certainly until the end of this year and maybe for all of 2019. It feels like 8 years since I was just myself, free of the struggles and entanglements of partnership but also adrift and lonely. …

Revisionist History

It’s uncanny to go from something so quickly to nothing. The story – our story – has finalized with a beginning, middle, and end that fit on a bookshelf. In between, moments and memories fade historically and progressively forgotten. The replicant Roy Batty closes out Bladerunner, “I’ve seen things you …