Day 79: Aspara and Luau

Vik (science expert) and Gary (photographer/philosopher) told me about two very different art & food events today.

As it turned out, they’re unable to go, so I need to cover for them by having a double serving (of art as well as food).


The first was the Aloha Festival. Hawaiian dancing and barbecue. Combine those two things, and it’s impossible not to have fun.

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The dancers’ backsides are shaking in ways that would cause certain injury to most people I know.

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The food’s excellent, but I wasn’t able to try all of it.

The next event, over near Berkeley, is an art gallery premiere, and a fundraiser for Unicef. The artist I’ve come to see is Siddhartha Deb. I knew I’d like his work, but I wasn’t prepared for the Aspara of Rice.

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I’m seriously drawn to the concept of a sensuous spirit rising from the steam of a household appliance. Makes me want to cook more. Gary’s right. This was a good idea.

Random assertion: If you’re looking for a deity or a muse, don’t give up. You may not find her, but she’ll certainly find you.

Steganographic data: 1820/3.5

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Day 78: Tree Urchins

Remember last week when we used a bunch of children to harvest plums? Those kids all escaped, so we had to get some more this week.

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Are there still plums in the tree? Um, is there still sand on the beach?

Up the ladder, ya scurvy urchins. After that ye’ll walk the plank.

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This should all look familiar by now. The kids do all the work in the plum mines and don’t have any fun at all, while he adults have a pleasant summer party. Brilliant.

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She’s got a sweet smile and some cold beer. I’m in love.

At about this time, one of them got away from us. She climbed the tree, and started eating the good plums and dropping the rotten ones on us. She was up in that tree for a really long time.
Oh, clever monkey.

Then we hand all the kids knives and leave the room. They’ll be fine.


This dog doesn’t give pony rides, but she’s so useful for cleaning up plum bits and stray food.

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We damaged a few of the urchins in the jam-making process, but also had one adult casualty.

This battle was over quickly.

Random assertion: Any day spent in a tree is a day you’ll remember forever.

Steganographic data: 1802/0.6

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