Okay, enough ancient history.
Welcome developments on campus this week. The main building of Hamilton
Library finally re-opened on Monday, days short of the five-month
anniversary of the Flood. They have only a fraction of the computers they
had before the Flood, but space and tables are available so I'd guess
there will be more eventually.
Far less significant, but certainly welcome: they have finally
refurbished wooden benches in several areas. Many of them were literally
falling apart, some dangerously enough that if you sat too far toward one
end, you'd find yourself sitting on the ground. All the benches in the
Secluded Grove have been upgraded.
One which didn't need upgrading is the one where I met and usually see
Pogo. It also has some discreet graffiti from the Sleeptalker on it.
Alas, this week it has been either too wet or threatening-to-be-wet
for that bench to be a viable midday option.
Sightings. I saw the Handsome Statue for the first time in months. He
always calls out a cheery "hi, Albert!" Less welcome sightings include
the wretched Mongoose who is again dashing through the mall checking the
pay phones for coins and the dreadful False Prophet whose year-long exile
from campus seems, alas, to have ended.
I received, indirectly, something of an olive branch from the Black Hole,
an email address for one of the "counselors" whom I could contact to
negotiate a future there ... or something. I gave it much thought but
decided not to follow through. I'm much happier with my floor at the Dark
Corner than I ever was at the Black Hole and if for some reason that
becomes inaccessible, I suppose Dame Fortune will lead me to an
She usually does.
What next at Hamilton Library? Now a notice says they have an "arsonist"
and one has to sign in at the security desk when entering. I'm not quite
sure how that will stop anyone from going off into a corner and setting
books on fire, even less sure why anyone would want to do such a thing.
It has been a very wet and windy beginning to April, but there have been
hours of sunshine now and then. The tedious begging bowl routine on
Public Radio seemed even more tiresome than usual when listening for the
latest news from Rome, and I skipped Rosenkavalier except for the
beautiful final half hour because I didn't want to hear it with those
The news from Rome. Well, as I said on hawaiithreads.com, although I
certainly didn't agree with many of his policies, I do think John Paul II
was one of the great men of the 20th century. I was saddened by news of
his death, but grateful he was allowed to escape with relative speed and
What a nightmare it must be for security people in Rome, the upcoming
I don't often read collections of short stories, and Jeffrey Archer is one
of the few contemporary exceptions to that. His Twelve Red
Herrings is excellent and I especially enjoyed the final story in the
book where he provided four possible endings. Take your choice. Clever
I don't suppose I can offer four different possible endings for the Tales.
Well, I could, but doubt they'd be amusing.
I was sitting on a sheltered bench in the sunset area since it was
frequently drizzling. The Sleeptalker walked past, looked at me with a
smile, a grin, or a smirk. It was so unexpected and happened so quickly,
I'm not sure how to accurately define the look. And he kept on going,
didn't return. How very peculiar.
A collector's item. An issue of Star magazine without Brad Pitt on
the cover! However, he does get the main part of Us magazine and a
small but absolutely wonderful photo on People's cover. He's
cellophane. (Need to know your Cole Porter songs to understand that.)
The tedious fund-raising drive on Public Radio ended on Wednesday evening,
thank the gods. Really quite impressive, raising half a million dollars
in one week. So I can settle back and enjoy the programming for another
six months, if I survive that long.
Considering how lethal this Aries is being, can't blame me for doubting.
The Pope, Saul Bellow, Prince Rainier.
(An Albert as a European monarch
again ... is this an omen. Okay, I know, not exactly what one would call
a major monarch, but even so.)
A tabloid cover tells me there is a "battle" between Albert and Caroline
for the crown.
Of course, another tabloid cover tells me the CIA has a talking cat who is
going to be a spy in Iran.
Go for it, Caroline! Go for it, pussycat!
Dorothy arrived at Andy's factory dressed up, wearing black gloves, her
Great Dane on a leash -- opened a case, pulled out a gun and fired a shot
at Marilyn Monroes stacked deeply. Then left.
From Felix's comments after seeing a television documentary on Ray
HA! Well done, Dorothy!
Her lower East Side apartment in Manhattan was second only to the Sistine
Chapel as one of the most awesome environments I've ever experienced.
was not a surface in the place which wasn't covered with intricate,
Felix wrote that he wished I had been there to watch the documentary with
him. I wish I had seen it, too, and would certainly love to see Felix
But I am not sure about "there". Any place which is still getting snow
this long after Easter is not really where I'd care to be.
The Aries New Moon seemed to have a lot of Full Moon about it. In the
sunset bench area, a young man arrived, sat not far away and was just
incredibly animated as he changed clothes and fussed around with this and
that. Of course, I watched him, especially when he was shirtless, as
I was listening to a splendid Prairie Home Companion, live from New
York City. When he finally got himself together, he walked over and gave
me a bag of "Hershey Kisses". [!!!]
I wish you a birthday full of beautiful boys (or, even better, with
*the* beautiful one).
Splendid birthday wish. Alas, *the* one did not appear. Although I, as
usual, saw several on campus, there was only contact with one who
approached and asked to buy a cigarette for fifty cents. He explained
that he is trying to quit smoking so doesn't dare buy a pack because "I'd
smoke it all in two hours". I would have just given him the cigarette
(even if he appeared to be underage and I would be subject to a fine), but
he insisted on giving me the money.
Nice contrast from the anti-tobacco fascists who are getting worse and
worse on campus. I've been scolded twice this week for smoking, have had
to change my usual early morning hangout to Grove Two. (It isn't
secluded, is used by lots of people, mostly smokers.) Alas, it's only
viable in dry weather. Sheltered benches where one can smoke are really
too rare on the Manoa campus.
I had another wannabe room-mate at the Dark Corner. Sheez, even older
than I. If I'm going to have a room-mate there, I at least want a cute
young man. As with Camilla, I made it clear to this one that his presence
wasn't especially welcome and he hasn't returned.
That neighborhood is very quiet at night except for the occasional
midnight surfboard freak who clatters around. Fortunately, the terrain is
not very interesting or challenging, so they usually only linger for
fifteen minutes or so. Had one of those the night before the birthday,
was grateful when he finally rolled off to more interesting places.
A fellow Jeffrey Archer fan, evidently, at the State Library because I
found another collection of short stories, I think called A Long Story
Cut Short, which was a delight. He does relish quirky endings. And
at the dollar-book shelves I found a Jonathan Kellerman I hadn't read
before, The Murder Book, and Blood Test which I may have
read but if so, sufficiently in the past for me to have forgotten it. And
then Braun's The Cat Who Smelled a Rat. I do love that series,
notice there is a new one in hardcover.
Resist, resist, wait for the paperback. Enough money problems without
being silly. The wretched supermarket at the mall has raised the price of
my favorite beer by ONE DOLLAR! Greedy buggers. So it's either switch
brands (since the other options haven't been increased) or take a bus to a
different store. I switched brands, at least for the first brew of the
Now I hear the tobacco tax is going up considerably this summer.
Leave my vices alone!
"What are you doing with all those newspapers?" "I lay on them," the
Gypsy Boy said. Not correcting his grammar, I asked, "you don't read
them?" "I read them, and then I lay on them."
A rare visit to the mall by the Gypsy Boy. He isn't a shopping cart
person but might as well be, given the number of plastic bags and strapped
stuff on his bicycle. He's incredibly unchanged from those days, years
ago, when I first encountered him at the Cloisters, looks exactly
At least I remembered his Tales name (never knew his real one). Not only
have the Tales gone on so long that characters are dying, but ones from
earlier Tales who disappeared and then return ... well, I can't remember
either their real names or their Tales name. And there have been two
recently, both members of the old sunset Beach Park gatherings. One said
he's been on Maui, the other one mentioned someone else from that crowd
who is in prison again. When I see the Sleeptalker, I can describe that
one and am sure the Sleeptalker will know who I'm talking about.
I tried scanning some Tales from those days and was so horrified by the
angst over the Sleeptalker in them that I abandoned the project.
The end of Aries 2005. It certainly was an historic one, a papal funeral,
a royal wedding (of sorts), a royal funeral, a Vatican conclave.
Personally, it was really unexceptional. I am not complaining, especially
when remembering some past Aries.
A quiet weekend, highlighted by a splendid performance of Magic
Flute from the Met on Saturday, and that luxury of a little extra
sleep at the Dark Corner. Yes, being able to sleep without concerning
myself about what time it is, more of a luxury than the actual added
moments in dreamland.
So, Bull of the Rooster, what are you going to show me?