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jforbess
31 May 2010 @ 12:48 pm
Kayaking is like nothing I've done before. I have done the same bit of river four times now, which would tend to start to bore me, except for the part where it's a little different every time due to the water height and flow changes. And the part where I end up traversing different bits with my face in the water.

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I sat back and watched the rafters take out, and thought about how slow a learning curve I was accepting for myself in kayaking. I couldn't push myself to go further this time, but I still wanted to come back and do more, again. And about how I usually hate an adrenaline rush. On a bike it usually makes me hate the driver or myself, whomever was more at fault. And it might make me cry. But here on the river, I couldn't hate the river or myself, and therefore it didn't push me into crying.

After that, it was onto fresh strawberries and burgers from Redrum Burger in Davis, where I almost bit off Teff's hand protecting my share of the french fries. Good french fries.
 
 
jforbess
15 July 2009 @ 07:18 pm
This morning the sun woke me up shining straight into my window at 6:14 am.

This evening the sun made me look up from my laptop sitting on my bed by shining straight into my eyes at 7:12 pm.

Disconcerting for those of us who spend our days worrying about the sun's angle across the day. But the evening sun was a reflection off the windows across the courtyard.
 
 
 
jforbess
29 May 2008 @ 12:37 pm
Some of you know my friends Becca Dilley and Jim Norton. Last year they got married and began writing a book together: a book about Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin.

Here's a sample of the awesome information they are picking up.
 
 
jforbess
22 May 2008 @ 02:51 pm
How is it that to get a Texas driver's license they list all of the ways you can prove your social security number for ID purposes except a passport? The number 3 listed item is a pilot's license. Do more people in this state have pilot's licenses than passports? Certainly my passport doesn't have my SSN on it, but it *is* an acceptable way to prove my identity in this country. And this world.

Ah, Texas.

At least the guy on the phone was friendlier when he pulled up my file and saw I had a motorcycle endorsement. I think I dropped the ball when I didn't talk about what kind of bike I rode, though. I figured 'Trek' wouldn't really excite him.
 
 
 
jforbess
08 May 2008 @ 10:26 pm
Jesus fucking Christ The world is going to hell in a handbasket if the New York Times is publishing opinions like this:

"In a perfect world, policymakers would respond to energy crises with benign neglect. In the real world, though, they know constituents want action. So it’s better for them to balance their abuse of the oil industry with an occasional olive branch. In that sense, Senator Clinton’s pairing of an excess profits tax with a gas tax holiday isn’t nearly as bad as an excess profits tax all by itself.

This sounds cynical, but I’m just being honest. Politicians are constrained by public opinion. When the public rejects the mundane explanations for high gas prices — big boring facts like rapid Asian growth — politicians aren’t going to correct them. The best we can expect is for Washington to try to channel the public’s misconceptions in relatively harmless directions. We could do a lot worse than the gas tax holiday; in fact, we usually do."

I should have something educated and erudite to say in response, but I'm just kind of flummoxed. Policymakers should respond to energy crises with benign neglect? Politicians aren't going to correct their constituents' mistaken beliefs about cause and effect? Gah.
 
 
 
jforbess
22 February 2008 @ 02:30 pm
Wednesday night I looked at the lunar eclipse next to the Empire State Building. I guess that's not weather, but the sky was perfectly clear so it was visible. My sister said that the experience was a great illustration of the difference between Manhattan and Brooklyn: she walked through Manhattan, and it was all business as usual; when she got to Brooklyn, there were people standing outside every bar gazing at the sky.

Yesterday there was a beautiful blue sky and I got blisters on my feet wandering around Soho and the village. It was like some of the best days I experienced when I was here in June, except 50 degrees colder.

When I woke up there was snow everywhere. I whined to my sister about it, and she shamed me into putting on my boots and taking the train up to Central Park. I got out at the Natural History Museum and walked down to Columbus Circle. I stopped at a pond to make way for the snowplow, and saw a duck acting as an icebreaker for the duck behind it. It was more slush than ice, making it feasible. It was having a hard time, which made it wiggle pretty hard against the slush, and finally gave up and flew over the ice to the next open water. Cute!

It's turned to freezing rain, so I'm holed up back at nehrlich's apartment waiting for my sister to be done with work so we can make our way to Brooklyn.
 
 
 
jforbess
06 January 2008 @ 11:35 pm
Does anything suck more than knowing it's totally reasonable that your downstairs neighbors are pounding on the floor to tell you to stop playing Rock Band at 11:30pm on a Sunday night?

Yes. Those same neighbors waking you up at 5:30am on New Year's Day with their loud music. (And at 8:30am.) Playing the Beatles. What the hell?

Bastards. If only it were the upstairs neighbors. I could totally respect their quiet needs.

I am so addicted to Rock Band that if I were living with someone who only had the Xbox part, I would pay the $170 to get the Rock Band kit. I'm not yet addicted enough to pay $350 for the Xbox to start.

I have moved from a non-drummer to a reasonable Medium drummer in a week and a half. And it turns out I'm a definite Lefty. It's rare that I feel an instinctive adeptness on the left at skills that have some handedness. Usually I just feel awkward using either hand, and continue with the right because that's what my teacher can help me with best. Like tennis. Or golf.

Jofish, you better have a Rock Band friend in Ithaca.
 
 
jforbess
16 November 2007 @ 03:35 pm
Those of you who don't bother to subscribe to my real journal should check it out again. I've been biking! In Texas!

I submit the first day, the second day, and the return trip. The last one even has some photos from the first day. Yeah, my skills as an archivist leave something to be desired.
 
 
 
jforbess
12 October 2007 @ 01:05 pm
For someone who doesn't know how to apply normal makeup, I can do a mean elf ear. It's an Instructable, people. This means you can too.
 
 
jforbess
11 October 2007 @ 01:00 pm
Observing the SF skyline from Treasure Island is a rare treat. Or trick.