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"Oh also! I finally checked out some Toni Morrison, like you were saying I had to!"
“Fantastic! Which novel?”
“This.”

(Ass.)

"Oh also! I finally checked out some Toni Morrison, like you were saying I had to!"
“Fantastic! Which novel?”
“This.”

(Ass.)

Your questions, answered!

[Re: this]

vasolinejesus said: Is it different then a normal bike? Does it work in a coffee shop and gve out free sandwiches to all of its friends?

First bike since her wrecked ride from the Virginia neighborhood we just cut out of. First bike since the bullies in that redneck ghetto laughed at her after she wrecked. (Yeah, the little cracker fucks just pointed.)

Here we break with all that nonsense, and even go for a super purply-pink with fat wheels and internal gears! (Woo!) Here, we have the Springwater Cooridor and sweet feminist lady bicycle mechanics!  Here, on any given bike ride, my child will almost never encounter a Confederate flag, rather than on every other godforsaken block!

So yes, a “Portland bicycle” really is different. Here, it’s uncontrived, emblematic of a kid’s most desperately needed fresh start. She’d never lived anywhere else before this; even if she someday goes back to Virginia, she needed to experience a place where things are utterly, deliberately, blessedly, sometimes obnoxiously different. Here, she has never been bullied. 

Happiness!

Guess who has her first Portland bicycle!?

Guess who has her first Portland bicycle!?

Sleepy Sunday on Trimet.

Sleepy Sunday on Trimet.

While I’m thrilled to again have my youngest daughter with me here in Portland, not a day goes by when I don’t also really really miss my firstborn (seen in the above as a newly-minted 20-year old), who remains in Virginia. 
I miss her like crazy, you guys.

While I’m thrilled to again have my youngest daughter with me here in Portland, not a day goes by when I don’t also really really miss my firstborn (seen in the above as a newly-minted 20-year old), who remains in Virginia. 

I miss her like crazy, you guys.

When you realize you have some seriously outdated information in your Google profile.

When you realize you have some seriously outdated information in your Google profile.

yodelmachine:

REBLOG IF YOU THINK CARLING SHOULD LEAVE WORK NOW SO WE CAN EAT SANDWICHES

I stand behind these Internet homies in their myriad, interwoven pursuits of love, happiness and sandwiches.

My daughter Annalisa, budding cartoonist.

My daughter Annalisa, budding cartoonist.

My old friend Ian, two years ago. 
We had talked maybe a month ago about his maybe moving to Portland. (I offered logistics help, and our couch if he needed it.) We laughed, said we’d start an “RVA expats” group.
Then he got a job offer in North Carolina, and changed course. And I was happy for him, when I saw his Facebook post boasting of the awesome new motorcycle he’d just bought. 
Which, I just learned, he wrecked on, very badly Wednesday night. Now he’s fighting for his life at Duke University Medical Center. 
There’s a lot I still wanted to say to him. I hope I’ll still have that chance.
Love you, brother.

vmarinelli:

My homie @IanGraham, gettin’ arrested. (For, as our mutual homie Preston - from an old restaurant gig - stated, “…the crime of taking pictures of a police state.”)
(via Occupy Richmond: Richmond Police breaking up Occupy Richmond protests - wtvr) (by way of my Hunny Bunny, who is also my homie.)

My old friend Ian, two years ago. 

We had talked maybe a month ago about his maybe moving to Portland. (I offered logistics help, and our couch if he needed it.) We laughed, said we’d start an “RVA expats” group.

Then he got a job offer in North Carolina, and changed course. And I was happy for him, when I saw his Facebook post boasting of the awesome new motorcycle he’d just bought. 

Which, I just learned, he wrecked on, very badly Wednesday night. Now he’s fighting for his life at Duke University Medical Center. 

There’s a lot I still wanted to say to him. I hope I’ll still have that chance.

Love you, brother.

vmarinelli:

My homie @IanGraham, gettin’ arrested. (For, as our mutual homie Preston - from an old restaurant gig - stated, “…the crime of taking pictures of a police state.”)

(via Occupy Richmond: Richmond Police breaking up Occupy Richmond protests - wtvr) (by way of my Hunny Bunny, who is also my homie.)

Hello we are stuck at a train crossing and we are bored.

Hello we are stuck at a train crossing and we are bored.

10 months.

10 months.

Sep 8

wordishness:

My son wanted a video of me as a robot. Best I could do in a few minutes.

The eyebrow bit at the end is killing me.

Sep 8

How to interrupt a makeout session

  • Me: Babe. BABE. You need to know something.
  • Him: Wh-what is it?
  • Me: Your mustache hairs are long enough to go up my nose.
  • Him: *runs to the bathroom to shave*
Sep 7

And what about this boulder,
knocked off the moutaintop and
tumbled down a thousand years ago

to lodge against the streambank,
does it waste itself with worry
about how things are going

to turn out? Does the current
slicing around it stop itself mid-
stream because it can’t get past

all it’s left behind back at
the source or up in the clouds
where its waters first fell

to earth? And these trees,
would they double over and
clutch themselves or lash out

furiously if they were to discover
what the other trees really
thought of them? Would the wind

reascend into the sky forever,
like an in-drawn breath,
if it knew it was fated simply

to sweep the earth of windlessness,
to touch everything and keep
nothing and be beheld by no one?

-

John Brehm, “Landscape Survey”

Poetry, 1999

(via milkglassmao)

This is one of those “stop everything you’re doing/ close all your other open tabs and just read this a few times over until it really sinks in” kinds of poems.

Sep 7
I’d say she’s tired.

I’d say she’s tired.