June 9, 2006

Weather Downgrade

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at June 9, 2006 9:53 PM

I have returned from Mexico, where I was so lazy as to not even open my computer the entire time, hence the lack of blogging. I went from a hot, clear day in Cabo San Lucas to a fogged-in and chilly Berkeley; often what happens is that I'll return to much better weather than I had on vacation, but not this time.

I tried to post from the Phoenix airport (which had free wi-fi) but was prevented from doing so by a problem with the network switch in my office in Berkeley. Fortunately I did get the chance to delete the 45 spam comments that had accumulated just before the site went down.

I like to take Murakami with me when I travel internationally; for Japan it was Sputnik Sweetheart and for Italy it was Kafka on the Shore. This time it was Norwegian Wood, which I finished this morning. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle remains my favorite of his novels, but Norwegian Wood is the one that most resonated with me; I saw a lot of myself in the main character and parts of me in many of the other characters, too. Anyway, I always thought people who initiate conversations with strangers on the BART are weird, but today I joined their ranks. A woman sat down next to me and opened a book. I glanced over from my own book (I had moved on to Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow), read one line of dialogue, and recognized it as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. So I had to take off my earbuds and tell her that it was one of my Favorite Books Ever. (Her favorite Murakami novel, as it turns out, is Norwegian Wood.) Maybe some of that extraversion from the paternal side of my family rubbed off on me this week.

So, since I've been completely out of touch for five days: what did I miss?

Tags: Books, Life, Travel

Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

Except for stuff, you know.

Posted by: Lemming | June 9, 2006 11:06 PM

Sheive graduated. That's got to count for missing something.

By the way, while initiating conversations on trains or wherever can be weird, I wish I felt socially comfortable enough to actually do that in certain situations. I think if I could get comfortable doing that, it would also help substantially with certain other things.

Posted by: Mason | June 9, 2006 11:26 PM

Mason, this might be a subject to bring up with Zifnab's youngest sister next time you see her...she has had some interesting encounters recently with guys who managed to "get comfortable" with initiating conversations on public transport. (Or maybe she'll write about this here...?) She could give you some pointers on how not to go about this!

Posted by: lidarose | June 10, 2006 12:54 PM

I could always use a greedy algorithm to get rid of all the ways not to do it.

My problem is erring in the other direction. (I have an overdeveloped sense of not crossing over any lines, so I typically don't even say 'hi.')

Posted by: Mason | June 10, 2006 3:07 PM
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