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adventures in the neighborhood

(unrelated to our Laughlin trip)
A couple of weeks back, B and I went exploring around the foresty bits around our neighborhood. About 3 miles from our house is a secret place (as in, Bryan has lived within 5 miles of it his whole life and never even knew about it) called Picture Canyon and it contains Flagstaff's only waterfall. Because we weren't really planning on doing any real hiking or rock-climbing, we weren't geared for it so we didn't go as far down into it as we would have liked to, but next time for sure.
(more info: http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1997)

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An illustration of me will be on display at the Perihelion Arts gallery in Phoenix for the month of September. My pal Matt Dickson is having a solo show there, stop by if you can to see the rest of his work, too!




I love this guy

This is the opening monologue to "Whatever Works".

"What the hell does it all mean anyhow?
Nothing. Zero. Zilch.
Nothing comes to anything, and yet there's no shortage of idiots to babble.
Not me. I have a vision.
I’m discussing you. Your friends, your co-workers, your newspapers, the TV.
Everybody's happy to talk, full of misinformation.
Morality, science, religion, politics, sports, love. Your portfolio, your children, health. Christ. lf I have to eat nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day to live, I don’t want to live.
I hate goddamn fruits and vegetables. And your omega-3's and the treadmill and the cardiogram and the mammogram and the pelvic sonogram and, oh, my God, the colonoscopy!
And with it all, the day still comes when they put you in a box and it's on to the next generation of idiots who'll also tell you all about life and define for you what's appropriate.
My father committed suicide because the morning newspapers depressed him. And could you blame him? With the horror and corruption and ignorance and poverty and genocide and AIDS and global warming and terrorism and the family-value morons and the gun morons!
"The horror," Kurtz said at the end of Heart of Darkness.
"The horror." Lucky Kurtz didn't have the Times delivered in the jungle, then he'd see some horror. But what do you do? You read about some massacre in Darfur or some school bus gets blown up, and you go, "Oh, my God, the horror!" And then you turn the page and finish your eggs from free-range chickens.
Because what can you do? It's overwhelming.
I tried to commit suicide myself. Obviously, it didn’t work out.
But why do you even want to hear about all this?
Christ, you got your own problems.
I’m sure you're all obsessed with your predictably unsatisfying love lives. Your failed business ventures.
"Oh, if only I'd bought that stock!"
"If only I had purchased that house years ago!"
"If only I had made a move on that woman."
If this, if that. You know what? Give me a break with your "could haves" and "should haves."
Like my mother used to say, "lf my grandmother had wheels, she'd be a trolley car."
My mother didn't have wheels, she had varicose veins. Still, the woman gave birth to a brilliant mind, I was considered for a Nobel prize in physics. I didn't get it, but you know, it's all politics like every other phony honor.

Incidentally, don't think I'm bitter because of some personal setback; by the standards of a mindless, barbaric civilization I've been pretty lucky.
I was married to a beautiful woman who had family money. For years we lived on Beakman place, taught at Columbia: string theory."

Edo, Nippon: PART TWELVE

Welp, kiddos, this is my last batch of photos to post. Fret not, I still have a few text entries coming down the pipes still in regards to Tokyo.

Just like my last trip abroad, this last batch consists of all the goofy/weird/miscellaneous stuff that I either found amusing or just couldn't categorize with/into the other posts (admittedly, not as much engrish as I was hoping to capture, but trust me, it's there).

Onward, ho!

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Edo, Nippon: PART ELEVEN

Ueno Park, a ridiculously huge and gorgeous park home to temples, gardens, museums, zoos, fountains and statues. So big, in fact, I only managed to see a 1/3 of the zoo inside of it before I just couldn't go on anymore.


This was one of my favorite spots that I visited the whole time I was there. It is beautiful. One of those things you absolutely cannot skip if you're ever in Tokyo AND it's free and will easily take up an entire day or more to see it all (the zoo was $6, though).

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