ARTLUNG: <Joe Crawford> <San Diego> <California> <USA> <FEBRUARY> <2003>

The Past Week In Review. In Bullet Points

  • I really like my new job. I am learning and teaching and DOING.
  • I am enjoying revisiting something from my teens: riding mass transit. I like being able to read and chill on the way to work.
  • I’m appreciating working standard office hours again, I start early in the morning. It keeps me occupied and happy. It reminds me of when I worked at ARCO in downtown L.A., but in a good way.
  • My car died this week. It’s a 14 year-old Toyota Corolla. It didn’t so much die as much as it is has gone lame. It rumbles in a bad way. Tonight I took it to the shop. I hope all it needs is some TLC and a tune-up.
  • Cashflow is a wonderful thing. I’m still in arrears but it’s all improving. Slowly. Surely. Slow. Steady. Wins. The. Clichés.
  • San Diego has become Los Angeles. It’s got a vibrant array of immigrants. It’s got better mass-transit. It’s got bohemian snotty kids. It’s got storied characters. It’s got hellacious traffic. It’s got wonderful stores featuring exotic materials from all over the world.
  • We are living in the future. There are tv screens on the gas pumps. There are tv screens inside cars. There are wireless networks all over the place. I use an encrypted connection to view my personal electronic message box from work. I am able to find directions to anywhere in the city by using a hypertext system. I am able to pay bills without ever writing a check or licking a stamp. I am able to ignore events around the world and focus on the intense media celebrityhood of my nation. I can get news from anywhere I want. I converse regularly with people I have never met and only know from their online electronical personas. This is the future.
  • I see Leah regularly. She remains a wonderful person to see and have adventures with.
  • I missed the racquetball on ESPN today. I forgot to tape it. This disappoints me. Of course I could buy it on DVD.
  • I am a terrible correspondent with many people. My Mom for one. Several other people for another. Time is so short though. But I need to get consistent about it. I want those who read this, but with whom I don’t speak regularly… to know I feel bad about it. I’m working on it. I feel people are more important than these diversions. But these diversions also sustain me. People are core. But passions are core too. How to reconcile these two? I have no idea.
  • I was taken to lunch by my staffing agency this week. I had a halibut steak. It was very tasty. I also had part of a rainbow roll (a sushi roll).
  • I am still badly in need of a haircut, but I will be fine I think.
  • It is an amazing life.
  • I am content though, even in this half-chaos.
  • Tomorrow I’m going to Los Angeles, to this thing called Live From The Blogosphere!. I think I’ll be able to sponge a place to stay with some electronic pals. Did you know that The Amtrak San Diegans are no longer called that? They’re now called Pacific Surfliners. That’s important.
  • I’m also going to play some racquetball. That should be good.
  • I’m also going to hang out with Leah and her kids and Leah’s pal Mickele. Adventures!
  • It’s a whirlwind life.
  • It’s a good life.
  • It’s a unique and it’s an American life. I sort of wish I was going to one of the protests this weekend.
  • I was moved this week by Senator Byrds’s comments in the Senate. Read his words here.

Onward to sleep!

posted this 20 years ago.
What else did he post in February 2003?

(Saturday February 15th 2003 at 12:43am)

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