December, 2022: 25 posts.
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New Bot Day! Jet Jaguar (ジェットジャガー) is from Godzilla vs Megalon (1973). Jet is a mecha created based on a fan contest by Toho to create a new hero. Mazinger and Ultraman were popular at the time! This robot has evolved, gained sentience, and is friendly. This is the Cherry Blossom edition, a 2022 San Diego Comic Con MONDO special edition my pal Andrea scored for me. Long time no bot!
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I took the day off today and it was a chance to introspect my feelings, fears, angers. Knowing precisely or at least closely how I feel is always step 1 of sorting out what to do next. Also scored sweet shells. And I always consider dolphin sightings an auspicious omen. Despite my rational brain rejecting that as, of course, ridiculous. Onward.
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Saturday mornings are good.
The most important thing that happened to me was to become, at age 7, an expatriate kid. I was only that for a few years, but the learning stuck. I retain this point of view even decades later. Here’s 5 lessons.
1. I know that the things taken for granted are often arbitrary.
2. I learned to be a minority.
3. I learned to ask questions about the unfamiliar in respectful ways.
4. I learned what class, wealth, and poverty were.
5. There’s very little of the planet untouched by colonialism.
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This photo is from when Kelly and I had been dating for 2 months, when things were—complicated. I could not post this photo then. Five years later? I am delighted to. What a happy night at the Liberty Station tree lighting! May your holidays be as happy!
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New Bot Day! B2EMO is a hard working scavenger droid and a trusted part of the Andor family. And every day is a good day to quote Maarva Andor, who relied on Bee especially as she took sick. From her own eulogy: “The Empire is a disease that thrives in darkness, it is never more alive than when we asleep. It’s easy for the dead to tell you to fight, and maybe it’s true, maybe fighting is useless. Perhaps it’s too late. But I’ll tell you this, if I could do it again, I’d wake up early and be fighting those bastards from the start!”
“Tell me, why do we require a trip to Mount Everest in order to be able to perceive one moment of reality? I mean… I mean, is Mount Everest more “real” than New York? I mean, isn’t New York “real”? I mean, you see, I think if you could become fully aware of what existed in the cigar store next door to this restaurant, I think it would just blow your brains out! I mean… I mean, isn’t there just as much “reality” to be perceived in the cigar store as there is on Mount Everest?”
— My Dinner with Andre (1981)
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Next week I will do something I have not done in 11 years. I’m moving. I will not be alone, I will be moving in with Kelly and Gwen! It’s going to mean a lot of things: I’m not much further from the beach, the toy robots will have more room, and I’ll be on the Green line. 2023 might be great. I am very lucky!
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I’m moving. Some parts of the English speaking world say “moving house.” What do I watch or listen to when moving house? So far: Moneyball. My Dinner With Andre. Also there’s a little weeping because moving house is emotional and somewhere in my 40s I abandoned stoicism because it’s mostly overrated.
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Cultures and religions across the world, have different definitions of adulthood, landmarks, sacraments, traditions—but few acknowledge obtaining and maintaining a moving dolly (e.g. checking the air pressure in the tyres; and filling them) as a signifier of maturity. Pastors, Rabbis, Priests, get to work on that. It’s important.
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Do you love art? Would you like to buy a moody evocative 4’x4‘ oil and mixed media painting? Are you in San Diego? Then you can purchase this painting. The artist is my extremely talented ex @leohblooms serious offers only via direct message please. Local inquiries only.
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I’ve moved so much I’m not totally sure how many. 22. Depending on how long you have to live somewhere to make it count as a move. My most recent move happened fast. I lived in that apartment longer than I’ve lived anywhere else in my life, and this is the longest years in a row I’ve ever lived in any city. It feels good to have a home I like. Moving is dislocation and disruption; it’s hard in any circumstance. I’ve moved broke, depressed, divorced, unemployed. Here at the end of 2022 I’m happy and working and creating and I’ve got family and friends and the means to take action and a I have a terrific girlfriend I’m moving in with. Here’s to 2023!
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