Coffee Hell

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Coffee is one of the most perfect foods I’ve ever known. It’s an incredible motivator. The prospect of coffee to come is almost as much of a morning stimulant as the drink itself. But I’ve been trying to stretch out my savings. It’s been a revealing exercise; I had a lot of routine expenses that were easy to shave off. I looked at my account the other day and realized that if I’d been making the same money I was making but living like this, I could have a pretty penny stowed away in a year’s time.

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The Crow

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About two weeks ago my lady love noticed some odd splotches on the pavement here and there in front of our triplex.

“What’s wrong, dear? Found some schmutz?” I said.

“It looks like…blood,” she said with furrowed brow. I looked around and noticed several of the splotches on the driveway and trailing along toward our downstairs neighbors’ unit.

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Funemployment

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More trials.

Early last week and late the week prior, I ate the following things, motivated in all cases by finances:

  • Some Taco Bell
  • A free chicken burrito from Chipotle
  • A free slice of pizza that looked like it’d been sitting there awhile
  • A sweaty old-fashioned donut from a donut shop downtown
  • Some rotisserie chicken from the poorly lit Safeway by our apartment
  • Some old halvah out of a can with a busted lid

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Treading Water

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I’ve entered week three of my unemployment experiment, and it has been an ongoing test to my convictions. Not having an income is not a comfortable place for me. I’m treading water. I have been here before and knew that it would be uncomfortable and deliberately made my return to this uncomfortable place anyway. But lately the cosmos have been adding more sharks to the pool, just to make sure I really give a damn.

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Still beating!

Well, hell.

It feels like I haven’t updated this thing since, like, August 17th 2013. Much has happened. I’ll get to that. But for the time being let this just stand as my re-inaugural address–a sort of state of the union, or figurative CPR chest-pumping of the figurative hammering heart stopped hammering.

As promised in my about page, there will be occasional pictures of slow lorises. This, I feel, is an occasion, and hence:

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I mean COME on!!

Slow loris for president.

Anyway. Still beating. I will update this thing more. Soon.

Hitsumoku

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My friend Haru posted the following inspirational verse on Twitter (@mituuharu), and for my life I can’t figure out where it’s from.  I have seen it stated as “more crucial than the five Confucian virtues” (though it seems to be a direct extension of those), but I guess some people say that about Darkside of the Moon or Star Trek: The Next Generation, so that’s no hint. It sounds Buddhist to me, but then maybe so is Star Trek.

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