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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
Yesterday evening we negotiated our way on surface streets all the way from the San Diego Zoo to the North County coast where we stay. I love seeing new neighborhoods that way. San Diego has some nice ones, even if they lack the film noir gravity of Los Angeles. Then, while the family was enjoying a leisurely meal at the Seaside Markett in Cardiff, I managed to watch all of the NCAA final at a reasonably pleasant sports bar a few storefronts away -- sorry, siyeh, but Florida was just better -- thereby extending my streak of having caught at least some of the Big Game live -- I woke up in the middle of the night in Germany to hear the end of the Syracuse-Indiana tragedy on Armed Forces Radio -- since Magic Johnson battled with Larry Bird. That's an impressive streak and not one I'd be happy about breaking. After a delicious helping of Sugar Cone ice cream, the invention of a place in that same plaza, which I was forced to share generously with my companions, we returned to the campground. I went out to get gas and run my daily internet errand at the B&N/Starbucks in Encinitas. Finally, after arriving back at our site, I sat down at the picnic table and had a wonderful time reading Michel Foucault by the light of the propane lamp. Call me what you will, but few things make me happier than reading cultural theory in that context, the sound of the sea insulating me from the stress that constrains my thinking at home. Since I was reading the second volume in The History of Sexuality, I mused on whether the pleasures I was deriving from the experience were localized enough in a portion of my body to render them potentially self-indulgent. You see, I might as well have been eating ice cream, the rush was so intense. Now I'm sitting at another Starbucks, taking advantage of our twenty-four hour T-Mobile window, enjoying the slight chill brought on by the sea breeze coursing over my bare legs and pondering whether it would be fruitful to revisit Walter Benjamin's The Origin of German Tragic Drama in light of Foucault's preface to The Order of Things. I'm blissed out, in other words, a condition I welcome especially in these times of trial. It's nice to remember what makes me happy, particularly since what makes me happy is doing the work that I need to be doing!

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Muse: a lame Norah Jones song on the speakers overhead

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siyeh From: siyeh Date: April 3rd, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
They were better, but largely in a way that seems just wrong, like their threes were falling, and ours weren't. Like they can draw fouls other teams can't. Because they're Florida. In the words of Noah, "KNOW WHAT I'M SAYIN"?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 4th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Ahh, but here is where statistics come in. They were excellent from beyond the arc all year. Humphrey is the best three-point shooter in the country.

I don't like Florida, mind you. But the fouls didn't seem so uneven. Oden stayed on the floor for once. Sigh.
chefxh From: chefxh Date: April 3rd, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
"right occupation" is a blessing.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 4th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Even when your staff is sick or in jail? :-)

chefxh From: chefxh Date: April 4th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
*laugh* yup, especially then.
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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 4th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well, Hillcrest, clearly. But I liked Crown Point a lot. And the neighborhood south of there and west of Hillcrest, whatever it's called. A little too funky, perhaps. Have you looked at Crown Point?
gpratt From: gpratt Date: April 5th, 2007 06:54 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I was all around Hillcrest yesterday and today, between appointments. Wish we would have bumped into one another.
Your "...the sound of the sea insulating me from the stress that constrains my thinking at home." is too true. My best writing comes from that mental place I can only get to while at the beach.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 5th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I was going to invite you to the zoo yesterday, but we weren't sure of our plans until we headed out. This trip was complicated because I had to go back early and someone else from Tucson was joining us at our campsite on Wednesday. Hopefully, it will be easier to hook up in June. Maybe the boys from Seattle will be settled by then. . .

I miss the sea already!
gpratt From: gpratt Date: April 5th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

It's all good

We'll catch up with y'all soon enough. We couldn't have made it to the zoo anyhow. Had you called I would have blown off too much crap I had to get done.
I am very-very-very-very excited for C&D to get here. June is probably a little too hopeful.
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