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the cats are named

Although my cats are named Arthur and Daschel, I tend to call them "[poop|shit] [stains|steaks|flakes]" at this juncture.

I chose Arthur and Daschel from the film "Minority Report", which is of course based on Philip K Dick's short story of the same name. The precogs in the movie are Agatha, Arthur, and Daschel. I'd rather stay true to PKD, but Phil gave his precogs boring names: Mike, Donna, and Jerry.

p.s. Daschel farts.

karoake tonite

maybe i'll sing abracadabra

ahm hungreh


pitchfork sandwiches


woe be the meals of the batchellor

Tonite made black bean soup from elise.com's site, and Northern Cornbread in my cast iron skillet. Yes, I am the bomb. I need a wife with whom to share these things.

braeburn in the ground

i didn't think friends were coming to help me plant my tree today. but i misunderstood their RSVP, and had to jump off the couch, throw on a bra and yesterday's t-shirt. s'all good. shannon and andy and their baby eleanor came along with dan who's visiting from manhattan. too bad andy stayed behind the camera.

BRAEBURN APPLE from New Zealand. Superb late season fruit: very crisp and tangy, more flavorful than Granny Smith. Excellent keeper (like me!). Green with dark red blush. October-November harvest. Self-fruitful.

M-111 ROOTSTOCK Excellent all-round rootstock for apples. Tolerates wet soil, dry soil, poor soil. Resists woolly apple aphids and collar rot. Induces bearing at young age. Unpruned tree height 15-25ft. Trees on M-111 may be held to any desired height by summer pruning.

i plan on pruning the tree to keep the fruit in reach.

not that i'm suffering over it, but i'm suddenly aware of how much instant gratification i'm accustomed to -- this tree won't bear fruit for a few years. i won't get to bring friends and coworkers its bounty until maybe 2010, and i'll be almost 40. that's a little scary. but that's why i'm putting fruit trees in the ground during my first year in my house in berkeley -- get 'em growing!

arbor days at kallen's

Soon I'll be getting the three bare root fruit trees I ordered from Berkeley Horticulture:

* Braeburn apple - good for eatin' and pie bakin'
* Fuyu persimmon - the non-astringent kind you eat like an apple
* Black Jack fig (or a Brown Turkey fig depending on availability)

So exciting!

Hopefully I'll come back to post about how the planting goes, and photos.

NYE, caring for my introvert

My typical internal debate again tonite. Go out to celebrate NYE or not? Inner tug-of-war for 3 hours between

1) BARTing to the Mission to a huge party. If it were easier to get to, I'd have at least dropped by, done a "fly-by"
2) Walking a few blocks to Jupiter for a beer and some live music. eh.
3) Walking a few blocks over to Freight n Salvage for some country and bluegrass music. But they don't have beer :< Still, prolly more my kinda place.

Instead, making tea and catching up on what the internet has to say about introverts. It's nice to remember there's a reason why I'm like this. just a couple URLs: http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200303/rauch http://introvertretreat.com/

*shrug* .. whatever calendar you follow, be well on yet another trip around the sun.


what is the Midwestern accent?

What American accent do you have? (Best version so far)


You're not Northern, Southern, or Western, you're just plain -American-. Your national identity is more important than your local identity, because you don't really have a local identity. You might be from the region in that map, which is defined by this kind of accent, but you could easily not be. Or maybe you just moved around a lot growing up.

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