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January 10, 2009 at 6:46 am

here are two fortunes I received when I was in Phila. with my family, showing the fallibility of the fortune cookie predictor logic. after I opened the cookie containing the bottom fortune, I claimed the extra cookie that my gran didn’t want, and it held the top fortune for me:

one right, one wrong

… thus, by the cookie’s command, I’m in that new years mode where you gotta change everything around: do the long-put-off improvements, buy things you’ve been needing for a while, fix the broken, sort out the old nameless piles, throw things away, and close the book on unfinished projects.

so even though I am making big changes, and each day brings a lot of transformation, it also feels like I am treading water: ever since I was a kid, I’ve had to de-organize before I could re-organize, and bigger transitions mean more time spent in the de-organized state. there’s also lots of logistics & organization necessary, which is not my strong suit. even when printing, which should be the straightforward part, I’ve been encountering technical issues… part of me thinks “I should know how to do this by now!” and part thinks “this is how the world is, always learning…”

here, extracted from an close-to-collapsing pile of stuff on the pantry counter of my parents’ house, is a key example of “where I got it from”:


I mean, come on, tell me a better way to keep track of little tiny hardware!

adam ryder photo

my friends Adam Ryder and Brian Rosa are having an art opening for their photography of high-tension electric power line landscapes: tonight, Saturday the 10th, 6-9 pm, at the Stairwell Gallery on Broadway in Providence. inter-urban wanderlust dreams. there will also be coffee by cafe intelligencia. don’t miss!


  1. Perhaps you should look at the message again and join a kickball league or something new. I can empathize; I myself am in the midst of a giant purge. Would you like to help me write a thank-you note to that nice couple in Georgia who sent me a pair of PJs and one of those wooden-block brainteasers?

    Comment by Jonathan — January 12, 2009 @ 1:28 am
  2. Can I just say that the nut on paper cracked me up! And as you know I am having my own clean sweep/nervous breakdown right now! Carry On!!

    Comment by deb — January 12, 2009 @ 10:53 pm
  3. Hahaha, I’m with Deb. That nut on the piece of paper is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in recent memory.

    Comment by Robin — March 5, 2009 @ 2:45 pm

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