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A Few of My Favorite Things
I'm too tired to compose the entries I've been planning to write, but do have the energy to list some of my happiness triggers:
• The flannel shirts I got out of storage a few months back, after not using them since we moved to Tucson, and have been deploying as jackets avant la lettre
• The way a freshly opened sleeve of Thin Mints smells
• Getting hit with a snowball by my winter-deprived daughter
• The rush I get from guitar-centric New Order songs, from "Ceremony" to "Krafty"
• Making a drop step, followed by a hook shot
• Anything involving sliced beef, mushrooms, ginger, and onions over rice
• The point of no return
• Arts and Crafts-style homes on Berkeley side streets
• That tingling sensation on the tip of my tongue
• Hearing a cat -- in this case Smokey -- crunch dry food in the kitchen
• A kiss on the neck
• The smell of nasturtiums
• No longer having to worry about whether the Bears will make the Tournament
• Making people feel better about themselves
• The font and leading in those MIT Press theory books
• Eating a corn muffin together with a Vietnamese coffee in the Encinitas Pannikin
• The research my partner is doing on interesting new music
• Whole-hearted hugs
So there you have it: I'm becoming an inspirational poster!

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From: ex_benlinus Date: March 14th, 2006 10:45 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I don't much care about watching hoops these days, but we should definitiely PLAY some hoops together one of these days.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 14th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
But where? I prefer wood floors, but those are hard to come by. You look tall. Are you tall?
From: ex_benlinus Date: March 14th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Maybe a school or somethin? I'm guessing we wouldn't have much luck finding wood floors though.
I'm just over 6 feet, but I'm way out of practice. My fg% will be an embarrassment. I remember back when I played pickup games I overheard these kids talking about me as we were running back up the court after I missed a shot. I heard, "The kid's got good form, but he can't hit a fucking shot to save his life."
Since then, I've taken it on as sort of a mantra - I'm all style, no substance. It's one of those charmingly sad things about me. Haha.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 14th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I never could shoot to begin with. I can set a nice screen, but that's about it. The other problem with outdoors is the sun. I try to avoid burning my bald head and playing in a cap can seem a little ridiculous. Still, I'd be willing. Where in the OV are you?
From: ex_benlinus Date: March 14th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Maybe we could play at CDO High? That's close to you, right? I'm up off Palisades.
Don't forget the party Saturday, yo!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 14th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Do I have directions? I'll be there 10-something.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 14th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, and are there courts at CDO? I've never seen any when I go to James T. Kriegh Park next door.
From: e4q Date: March 14th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

dinner. mmmmm

i want one of those sliced beef dinners you mention - just slide one into a padded envelope, would you?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 14th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: dinner. mmmmm

The beef part would keep in an Express Mail envelope. But I think there are customs restrictions... :-)

It's so easy. A wok works best. I start by searing some bell pepper pieces, then add onions. I like to get them both a little scorched before adding oil, but that's not necessary. Last night I chopped up celery root with ginger, spicy chile peppers, and garlic, then added that to the bell pepper and onions prior to the beef. The beef I'd pre-drizzled with soy sauce and a little vinegar. I added the beef and sliced mushrooms together. Once the beef was about half-cooked, I added enough chicken broth to keep stuff from sticking to the bottom of the wok and to generate the steam necessary to cook the beef the rest of the way. Sometimes I'll use wine instead of stock. It depends. Or I can use both. The idea is to get a starch-free "gravy" to ladle over the rice. Mmmmm.
From: e4q Date: March 15th, 2006 09:25 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: dinner. mmmmm

siyeh From: siyeh Date: March 14th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You should really take Skylar to the Chiricahuas.We were there yesterday and it was filled with snow and the perfect temperature. I'll post some pictures later.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 14th, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Good idea. I wonder how long the snow will last. I have photos from our trip to post later too.
From: bobo_amargo Date: March 14th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Eros, Eros, Eros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thanatos

Having climbed aboard the device and let you begin to push, I was ready for a fun merry-go-round ride -- things I'd agree with (those cottages in Berkeley in which I've always wanted to read into deep, deep night) or not so much (sliced beef).

But you stopped me short with "the point of no return."

As Ben Jonson put it, meaning something slightly different, it's hard to imagine you wanting "to lose all father now." Perhaps the desire is the recurring condition of the possibility of not enacting it.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 14th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Eros, Eros, Eros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thanatos

My petits-morts come in more
than four, I ate them to and fro
yet find another plate galore
and know I'll never sated slough.
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: March 15th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Eros, Eros, Eros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thanatos

I once read significant portions of an entire book devoted to Ben Jonson's digestive tracts. It was interesting. The guy was cracked out on Deleuze. That was interesting.

Sometimes I wonder if (and what that means) the point of no return can only really look like no return in retrospect. And then I wonder what it is to reincorporate that in the looking in the now. And then I think about the way trying to find the point of no return is always also about trying to find not just the point when doom or bliss began to more than seem a given but also the last point when it didn't quite so fully seem so. Does it ever fully seem so? Is it ever last or does the question simply last.

From: bobo_amargo Date: March 15th, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Fear Death by Drowning

I have to confess that Charlie's response to my response embarrassed my comparative sobriety on this matter.

Usually I'm about as open as the next goof to the lurking sexual pun in, or use of, a phrase, but it didn't even occur to me that Charlie was actually talking there about male orgasm.

I guess because Friday past was the memorial service of a friend of mine who actually jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, the idea of the point of no return seemed ineluctably wrapped in the ominous. It's synchronic of you to have tokened the name of Deleuze, theorist par excellence of the point of no return (1001 plateaus) and a jumper himself.

What is the relation between little deaths and death proper? What is death "proper"? When Derrida died, I kept saying to myself "Derrida is more, Derrida is more, Derrida is more." Stevens said it best when he said, "A pip of life amid a mort (amour) of tails."

There's a lighter note. To continue it, I like the idea of Ben Jonson's being cracked out on Deleuze (in my mourning, I want "the guy" in your post above to refer to its nearest antecedent).
icetulip From: icetulip Date: March 15th, 2006 12:04 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I like "the point of no return". Unfortunately, the Kansas song of the same name got stuck in my head immediately after reading that.

Are you doing an NCAA tourney bracket online as part of a group like through ESPN or Yahoo? If so, let me know if I can join your group. Usually, my fellow DJs at KAMP have a pool, but not this year.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 15th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Sadly, no group. I think I'll fill one out online regardless, though.
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