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Four be the things I am wiser to know:
Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.

Four be the things I’d been better without:
Love, curiosity, freckles, and doubt.

Three be the things I shall never attain:
Envy, content, and sufficient champagne.

Three be the things I shall have till I die:
Laughter and hope and a sock in the eye.

Dorothy Parker

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Trying to prevent personal entropy. I love road trips, and time spent in Mexico. Self-employed IT minion, usually working under contract to a company in the Bay Area and traveling there a lot. Would like to live in a place with four actual seasons one day - not just it's raining or it isn't raining, but it looks like it might.
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Day one: to Mountain Home, Idaho which, if you've never been here, what the hell are you waiting for??? Nah, not really. But it was a good one-day distance from Seattle. 39 mpg in the TDI, 50% biodiesel. That's pretty good for bio and uphill, but it's probably dino from here on, though I think I may pass within striking distance of some bio dealers and will give it a shot. Usually doesn't work out for one reason or another. Closed on the day I'm there, cooperative buying club only, 100 gallon minimum, and so on.

Tomorrow I will get on the road earlier than I did today - must drive another one third, at least, of the distance to Albuquerque from Seattle. On the way to check up on my mother's house, which has been sitting empty and on the market (where it is likely to remain for some time) since September. I've been a bit concerned about it, and I'm not doing much of anything at the moment, so...road trip!

Drove into a fog bank today near Dead Man's Pass, and I got the point - had to slow to about 35 for several miles of scrunchy turns and switchbacks. After the peak, the sun broke through to reveal the valleys below all around holding fog like wicker baskets full of cotton. Did anyone see "The Valley (Obscured by Clouds)", from 1972? Underappreciated flick about hippies and tagalongs on a journey into the unknown in New Guinea. Trippy. Anyway, I flashed on that.

The Coke machine at this motel has a motion sensor, so if you walk near it, it lights up, begging for attention and cash. Marketing, schmarketing. It's just pitiful. Besides, I already have a Diet Coke :)
Sat, February 21, 2009 - 8:12 PM permalink - 1 comment
Unusual and hot drawings and paintings.
Sun, February 15, 2009 - 1:40 PM permalink - 0 comments
Went to Town Hall in Seattle last night and heard Jonah Lehrer, who's written a book called How We Decide. It's about the neural mechanisms that supply rationality, emotionality, and shoves in one direction or another when we need to make decisions. His main theme is metacognition, or thinking about how we think, so we can apply the proper strategy to making decisions. He's brilliant, funny, cute (though married) and is well worth seeing if he comes to your town. He's in Portland tonight and his schedule is on the blog. Time well spent! Here he is on Colbert getting the usual buzzsaw treatment but holding his own eventually.
Tue, February 10, 2009 - 3:52 PM permalink - 1 comment
Bush is nearing the end. Counting the hours? This will help:
Sat, January 10, 2009 - 6:46 PM permalink - 0 comments
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