Wednesday, July 30

Saturday, July 26

warts and all

I'm taking an easy day today, had to call in to my clinic shift, and skip ju jitsu. I'm not happy about either of those things, but I also can't really walk, so it would be pointless to go.

A plantar wart that I've had on my right foot for ages has suddenly become very painful. Makes walking tough. I've developed a limp. The area looks kinda red, swollen. I think something might've gotten in there during my beach time last week.

Yesterday night I made an herbal foot soak. I repeated it again today. I think it's helping a lot. Also, Rebecca and Josh have been helping me out with acupuncture, moxa, massage. My calf has been super sore from gate compensation, and the imbalance is moving up my body to my right shoulder. No Bueno.

So, hopefully, within the next couple days my foot gets a lot better so I can resume the forward motion of my life. I need good feet for this big move...

Monday, July 21

blue steel




A display of my diverse range of modeling faces. Blue steel, magnum, le tigre...

Going away party was a blast. A good group of eclectic folks turned out. I had a blast seeing all the interesting characters that have made my time here so, unique.

Thanks for coming everybody!

Tuesday, July 15

disgruntled.

don't shop at target.

Saturday, July 12

you know my name

Jeremy. A strange set of syllables. Constantly misspelled by well meaning data entry customer service representatives, despite its ubiquitous selection by suburban mothers in the late 80's. Mispronounced by the other children ("jermy"). My name has just never quite fit me, no matter how much I may identify with Pearl Jam. Why "Jeremy?" I haven't been able to make sense of it.

Some meanings of the word: "appointed by god" "god will uplift" "the lord exalts"

Those things don't sound so bad. I've always felt like I was inherently lucky. Uplifted, sure.

The name also comes from Jeremiah, the famous scholar of biblical times. I can relate to that role, as I have an insatiable interest in accumulating knowledge.

Jeremiah is also known as the weeping prophet.



Today I learned a new word, a word that seems to capture a quintessential chunk of my constitution. Jeremiad.

"A Jeremiad is a long literary work, usually in prose, but sometimes in poetry, in which the author bitterly laments the state of society and its morals in a serious tone of sustained invective, and always contains a prophecy of society's imminent downfall."

"As such, the name jeremiad, in the sense of a dolorous tirade, is given to moralistic texts that denounce a society for its wickedness, and prophesy its downfall."

Perfect.

I know, this comes from the biblical tone of Jeremiah, but still, I haven't made a connection like this before. It's not a matter of being a rebel for the sake of rebellion, nor is it an insecurity masked by cynicism. I think there is something seriously wrong with the American way of life. Corporations control our country, they control our laws, our environment, our medicine, our food. Their only goal is to increase quarterly profits. They have no concern for the quality of, or future of our lives. The situation is dismal, disheartening, disconcerting, disgusting.

Thursday, July 10

all ears

So, we just got back from the pet psychic, Brigitte. Wow. I'm a believer.

Brigitte welcomed us into her office, and there was a table with three chairs. She designated a seat that the "main human" should take. After a moment of deliberation, I took that seat. Abra took a lap around the office, and was content. She then jumped up onto the table and laid down.

We got the "left brain stuff" out of the way first, telling her our names, our main problem (loud nightly coon shouting), and a brief history of Abra- where we got her, etc.

Brigitte got out a yellow pad of paper, so she could write down her conversation with Abra. She asked us to please not pet the cat during the session, unless she came to one of us on her own.

We maintained silence while she went to work. Abra was lying on her side, and once the psychic began, she started purring and breathing more deeply. I watched the words on the yellow pad. At one point Brigitte asked, "What would you like to tell Jeremy?" The answer came, "That I'm his girl!" Whoa.

A couple questions later, she asked, "What would you like to tell Rebecca?" At that moment, Abra stood up, an walked over to Rebecca's lap. She began cuddling and loving her up. "I adore her. I think she's perfect." Freeeeeeeaky.

After she talked with the cat, she talked with us. We have a tape recording of all the things she said to us, analysis of what the cat was getting at, tips and suggestions to improve our situation. I have to make her feel noticed, loved, special. This cat is special for sure.

All in all my task is to show more love to an animal. Not a bad job. We can measure our progress by the quality of our sleep...

Wednesday, July 9

wish list (travel)

My top five travel destinations are pictured below. Can you guess which photos go with which country?

The choices are:

-New Zealand

-Japan

-Ireland

-Bali

My top destination isn't in this list, but it is pictured. Name the country!

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Monday, July 7

perception



The shaman uses his senses to learn about those he helps. For this reason, he must live at the periphery of society. Otherwise, his body would adapt to the unrelenting noise of humanity, becoming numb.

As he enters his trance, his external senses are bypassed, and his information is then gleaned from a non sensory realm. Transcendence of the senses must be differentiated from numbness.

Thursday, July 3

siesta

dog tricks



nice catch.





she gets it on the second try...

she's miserable

Abra hasn't been happy. She still howls at night. She wants to be outside. She's also been getting less and less affectionate towards us. I'm concerned that she's miserable. Looks like it's going to be the pet psychic, otherwise we have to give her away to someone with a yard. No one likes our current situation.