Number of hours spent in the minivan we rented to drive home for Christmas : 70 Miles driven : 4,309 Least paid for regular unleaded gas : $1.99/gallon (in Texas) Most paid : $2.99/gallon (in California, near the airport) Weather conditions driven through : snow, fog, rain Most fun, yet undocumented, coincidence : passing mile 420 onContinue reading “Jackson’s Index”
You’re driving out of California and trailing a storm, the road still wet from the rain that passed ahead of you. The backroads you take to get from your small town to the big interstate are covered in mud, having recently been under water. You feel lucky you didn’t leave a day earlier when roads might have beenContinue reading “the road”
SOUND: It’s early and I’m sitting at my desk, listening to the garbage truck empty our three trash cans. One for yard waste, one for household garbage and one for recyclables. It’s easy to tell when he gets to our recyclables. The clanging of empty wine bottles is enough to wake the neighborhood. Luckily, they’re alreadyContinue reading “senses”
(I would have written about this experience sooner, but I came home from Boston to a sick dog, Dali, who is hopefully on the mend now.) It’s hard to describe the emotions you feel when you see a production of your work, especially if you’ve never seen it staged before. It’s an ass-puckering combination of fear,Continue reading “the play”
GETTING HERE I barely made my flight. The drive from our house to the San Francisco airport with no traffic should take about an hour and 45 minutes. It took three hours with traffic. Then I had to dick around on the bus from long-term parking for a good 20 minutes before arriving at theContinue reading “Boston”
Or, the time I went on a four-hour whale watching trip and puked into the Pacific. The signs were there that things might not go well. A final note: I’m absolutely going to go whale watching again–properly medicated. But if you come with me, just don’t stand too close.
This is Monterey Car Week, something I hadn’t heard of until a few days ago. There are car auctions, rallies, races, film and arts festivals, fancy dinners and events all over Monterey, PG and Carmel. Most have d’ in the name, as in Concours d’LeMons Monterey, Crash d’Concours, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, etc. (the d’ =Continue reading “the little car show”