From Pelican place to Olympus Mons

On August the 26th 2007 I decided I was going to get out of Hawaii! It was eating me! It had eaten me… Out, And I mean anyway I could, Jil helped, it worked and then it didn’t… That happens, I hear. We drove to the Columbia river basin in the snow, we lived in the high desert in the winter and spring and the summer. I learned how to fly. We played music! Dean and Dena and I, Dura Mater (tough mother), we. I read Arundhati Roy and Kim Stanley Robinson, I read Iain M. Banks and Salmon Rushdi and plotted to go to India to finish my book and, Discover Civilization. On August the 15th, 2008 Indian Independence day! I will be in Mumbai. Wow, what a year!

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Both Trash and Treasure

In a week, I will have quit this apartment managing job. I will be in Seattle for the last time for a very long time. In two weeks, I will have experienced Independence Day in Mumbai. Hopefully, I will have a shalwar kameez! But today, I’m in a barren apartment. I am going to ship another ebay sale and the 100lb suitcase of memories – almost all belonging to James. All my life, I’ve kept my memories tidy, ready to move. If I leave them behind now, it’s more to keep them dry and safe than because they are heavy or bulky. and the world has caught up with me. Now, all my photos and all my music and all my writings mass no more than a couple of pounds, incorporeally suffused through an external hard drive and backed up on a dozen or so discs, which will be shipped with my more hard-copy memories. An 8-year-old’s autobiography, a couple of college essays, some childhood photos, and little more. Both trash and treasure.

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