Once again, I am sitting in Gila Bend, bemused and not a little befuddled by the fact that I can so readily access the internet for free. There isn't much to report, but I'll do what I can. My leg is a slightly less angry red. I finished Kawabata's Thousand Cranes on the drive from San Diego to Yuma, marking the first time I've read a book in the car for a long stretch without getting violently car sick. It's excellent, but I think I like the expansively plotless feel of Tanizaki's The Makioka Sisters, last summer's incarnation of my annual Japanese novel undertaken during a camping trip, a little better. It's clear how the latter informs the former, too, despite Kawabata's preference for poetic condensation over the unruliness of the everyday. What else? My iPod-equivalent ran out of battery power pretty quickly, because I had neglected to charge it, but I did get to hear all of Stereolab's Sound Dust album, one of those releases that I failed to hear properly when they came out because of their proximity to 9/11. Plus, I bought it at the now-defunct Tower Records in La Jolla, so it was an appropriate listening choice. Oh, and we ate at the Olive Garden in Yuma, of all places, which was much, much better than I had imagined it would be, though the food was very salty. Tonight I get to drive down to the twenty-four-hour Walgreen's at Campbell and Fort Lowell to get a renewal of my antibiotics. Maybe I'll catch a movie, too. Time to go. See you soon!