Full and happy

Los Angeleno by birth, Northwesterner by choice, Second-hander by nature. Librarian, housebound chef, father, and lowly subject ruled over by the needs and whims of a very old house.
Partial to Mexican, Italian and Vietnamese cookery but will eat damn near anything. Collector of many strange things..the result is chaos and anarchy and a very pleasant place to live.
There is pleasure in accumulation, not just "collecting": music, books and film, in all their multi-formated glory. Outsider artists and those kinds of prints you would recognize if you took liberal studies classes in college. Cooking implements and gadgets for recipes still untried or those ventured. Glasses for most types of libations. Flowers in the garden, herbs in the pot.
It's a life of the senses and a good home life reflects that. Walking helps take in all the rest. Requires no special equipment, opens up the pores, brightens the taste buds, clears the decks for further adventures, puts on the miles, widens the eyes and helps fuel the imagination.

Live boldly, play graciously and love with all your heart knowing that true love comes only once or twice in this lifetime. Speaking of which..donde estas, Empress of my Heart?


"Lack imagination and miss the better story" Yann Martel

"Life is a great adventure and I want to say to you, accept it in such spirit. I want to see you face it ready to do the best that lies in you to win out. To go down without complaining and abiding by the result....the worst of all fears is the fear of living." Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.

"Not I - not anyone else, can travel that road for you
You must travel it for yourself" Walt Whitman

And above all, friends should possess the rare gift of sitting. They should be able, no, eager, to sit for hours-three, four, six-over a meal of soup and wine and cheese, as well as one of twenty fabulous courses.

Then, with good friends of such attributes, and good food on the board, and good wine in the pitcher, we may well ask,

When shall we live if not now?

-From Serve it Forth,
M.F.K. Fisher

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Push pin city

Okay, kids, time to get out the old National Geographic United States map and all your colored push pins and mark where Accumulate Man has sent off applications these last few months....

Boise, ID
Fern Ridge, OR
Issaquah, WA
Ridgedge, CO
Santa Clara, CA
Puyallup, WA
Prineville, OR
Pueblo, CO
Twin Falls, ID
Nampa, ID
Pocatello, ID
Lakewood, WA
New York, NY
Spokane, WA
Silverdale, WA
Los Angeles, CA
Port Orchard, WA
Pasco, WA
Caldwell, ID
Eugene, OR
Prossor, ID
Woodland, WA
Moscow, ID
Tacoma, WA
Seattle, WA

Some of those cities have called for multiple applications. Some apps coming up include Stevens County, Washington, Bakersfield, San Diego and a little town outside of Chicago called Glendale Heights. I've even considered Louisana. For the gumbo? No, for work.

It's been one grand geography lesson. Know that I just might end up anywhere which is fine by me. Anywhere has a paycheck. PO? Well, let's just say it's been swell.


1 comment:

Thaydra said...

NY? Wow... that's quite a distance away from the rest of them! I grew up near Bakersfield. It's gorgeous out there. Do you have an area you are hoping most for?