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This is the 100th anniversary of my Mother's birth.
I didn't write a lot about her, but here is the eulogy I wrote for her. I don’t think I shared it at the time.
She died in 2007. She left her body to medical research, and didn’t give us any funerary directions. The next year my sister and I gathered with my Mother’s three sisters and our cousins for a remembrance. I opened and closed it with songs from records that I knew she liked because she bought them twice; first on vinyl, then CD.
Here she is in 1944, with her sisters (by age) left to right: Mom (Elizabeth,) Margaret (Peggy,) Virginia, Isabel.
three hares motif
was chatting up the woman who does some painting/wall repairs around the buildings the last few years. i have always championed her since the other idiot who does the repairs can be such a pain in the ass. she was painting outside the front door as i was coming in and ive been plotting to ask the landlord for a days work patching and painting especially as all the work in the building opened up some fresh cracks.
its all very friendly chit chat until i ask "the question" which going in was hoping was perfunctory. but nope. she has not got vaccinated. so it quickly went down hill since any response is going to be defensive. i tried to suss out a rationale which essentially was i need more proof and i have a strong immune system and am not likely to get very sick and it only reduces the degree of sickness anyway. normally id pivot to some notion of collective good but i could tell she wasnt enjoying being put on the spot, but i couldnt help twist the knife a bit at the end by suggesting i thought she had more sense than ricky, the other handyman, who also wont get the shot and danced around his answer in even more ridiculous fashion. he more agressively claimed he studied physics so he is really a scientist and know things.
so, so much for my everyman bonhomie. now i dont know if id even want her up here, but rest assured ive made future encounters akward if not unconfortable for the foreseeable future. so essentially just she is just like everyone else.
70 years of ikea catalogues
impressive and terrifying
Is this the dance it will do over a field of our stripped-of-flesh skeletons? https://t.co/fBtwwA2799— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 19, 2021
Everyone knows it's windy
Four day old bird alert out here n pa.
first bag of books donated. pickles received in trade.
trying to pare down my books. if you have endless amounts of space then why bother but i have neither that nor the apparent capacity to read. fortunately a used bookstore opened down the block mid-pandemic. the girl must have money and time to burn but if you like books it looks like a fun endeavor. she just has a desk in their and probably does a lot of reading and book chatting. i get it.
so i asked if she took donations because i just want to get rid of them at this point and putting them in a box outside doesnt mean theyll necessarily find a good home. there is a little share a book kiosk, very little, up on rivington but thats has provided me with much joy and this is about me, of course. also, just a pain in the ass to remember to grab a couple of books should i be heading out in that direction.
ahhh, is this still going?
pickles. she trades books for pickles. im curious to see if the books are evaluated or its just a thanks for making the effort sort of deal.
ill keep you posted.
Simon's Drive-In Café, Wilshire and Fairfax, 1939
feels like 99 here. time for my yearly phoenix weather report.
for the birds
early 70s van nuys blvd
Some visitors today
Old friend of ours, beautiful show nice review Alex Hay
all the outlets and lights that run on the old power in my apartment have been out for a week. basically the overhead lights, bathroom and closet and about seven or eight outlets that i use sparingly. so annoying but i have eight or nine outlets from the new power lines i got about seven years ago. had to use a few extension cords but otherwise not a huge imposition.
called the landlord the first night and the handyman came over in short order. he was a little nonplussed that i didnt have an old fuse box in the apartment but seemed to have some idea how to proceed. i said it wasnt a rush job and that he could come the next day or so. saw him on saturday and he said he could do some wiring in the hall when i told him id be away most of the day. came home late. didnt seem like any work was done. saw him on the street monday. said he would come by later. never came. texted the landlord this morning. landlord talked to him. said he would be by this afternoon. no show to this point.
came back from a bike ride with the landlord on my steps outside. we commisserated over how frustrating this guy can be. he lives in the landlords building but really acts like he is doing the landlord a favor by working for him. but the rub, of course, is that he is cheaper than licensed plumbers, electricians or carpenters. still, he is edging towards getting rid of him but he cant quite get himself to do it.
anyway. the guy, lets call him, ricky, was offended that the landlord asked if he could handle the job, like maybe it was beyond his skill level. perfectly innocuous question. some things take a little more know-how. there have been other electricians working on the renovations who are supposed to be here anyway on saturday. so if he doesnt get it done they will be engaged for the work. same guys that did the electrical work here seven years ago. they will be efficient and reliable which probably is worth the extra cost especially if you are not paying and are tired of headaches.
just amused by the breaking news aspect. seems excessive and yet not quite grandiose enough at the same time.
Breaking News: Evidence is mounting that a tiny subatomic particle is being influenced by forms of matter and energy that are not yet known to science but which may nevertheless affect the nature and evolution of the universe.