Friday, July 18, 2014

I Was Here With No Camera

Guilty.

Asheville, NC; Cullowhee, NC; Charlotte, NC; Oakland, CA; Menlo Park, CA.

Mostly work; a smattering of play; plus five and a half hours laid over at DFW.  Got home at 3:30 AM.  Missed the kid.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

I Am Here

Harrisonburg, VA

Saturday, June 14, 2014

I Was Here

Staunton, VA.  Yes, that is Jesus.  Apparently he only appears to the clean.

Friday, June 13, 2014

I Was Here

Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; I am a terrible blogger.

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Walking Dead

This morning, over diner breakfast, a friend of mine shared her vision of what the world's last flip phone will be like: Have you seen those really big phones?  With really big numbers?  That are raised?  For old people who can't see?  That's gonna be it.

By way of comment, I dug out my own flip phone: ancient, mildly broken, but still possessed of the ability to make calls and send text messages that require the finger dexterity of an exploited, underage factory worker.

I had to dig my phone out because that's where it lives: in the dug-out, half-forgotten recesses of wherever I managed to leave it.  I lose my phone constantly, even ardently.  I lose it between couch cushions, in the pocket of the wrong coat, in dresser drawers and offices and the darker provinces of the car. 

And I know, with as great a degree of certainty as anything can be known, that if I had a smart phone it would never leave my side.

I lose my grandma phone because it is a grandma phone.  I lose it because its paucity of features, its broken screen and cumbersome interface, means it lacks the addictive power of my laptop and every other device that dings when Uncle Marty comments on that photo of your lunch.

DING!

*yum*

You take it your phone your hand -heck, it was already there, nestled in your palm like moist, electric paw of your first crush, the one you body checked your best friend to stand beside at Sharing Circle- and raise it to your lips.  Your fingers fly over its length, inscribe its skin:

*sooooo yum*

And then, hey, you and Uncle Marty feel the frisson -delicious, restorative- of shared humanity because you both like pizza and I, your client or your wife or your colleague or your teacher or your friend, I with my long-lost flip phone, am left to stare at the top of your head.

News flash: some of you are bald.

Eventually, of course, I will find my flip phone.  I will go to the phone store and trade it in and walk out with a smartphone and I will sleep with that smartphone next to my bed; I will tap on it in  waiting rooms; I will cradle it close; I will never again eat indifferent pizza; and I will know, with the incandesent certainty of the Googler, whatever happened to that guy in "That Thing You Do!"

But until then: Get off my lawn.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Insonmnia

After decades of glorious slumber, I've developed insomnia.  Grown-up, real-deal, hours-awake insomnia, days on end and lasting for months.   Needless to say, I am not a fan.  It's particularly galling in light of the fact that my baby is, and has been for a while, an Olympic-caliber sleeper, conking out reliably at 7 PM and rising with startling and somewhat disgruntling cheerfulness twelve hours later.
 
Not being able to settle to sleep sucks, particularly when the change seems to be permanent, and especially when sleep has been, in the past, a wellspring of joy.  I miss, acutely, the delight I used to take in going to bed- as if, every night, I unwrapped the most perfect, most useful, and most personal of gifts.

Now the bed is a bier.  RIP sleep

And yet, life trundles on.  It does so in the face of wakefulness and loss, amidst cancer and paraplegia and climate change and the million other miseries, gnat-sized to elaphantine, comprising the human lot.

We're adaptable beasts.  Even awake.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

April, Now

This morning, my father fed my son his bottle as the sun set its fingers to the lip of the world and the trees, large and small, stepped into their bodies and I flew from home to home. There are worse constellations of things.