Friday, January 01, 2010

The Crossing


So we begin another year.

I, for one, am hopeful.

Dubious, but hopeful.


We stayed up until the crack of nine-thirty watching "The First Spaceship on Venus" by way of MST3K and went to bed sober and the New Year got underway without our assistance.

We began the new trip around the sun with an hour of Sun Salutations. We were trying for  108 repetitions but I gave out at sixty. She could have kept going but was gracious enough to pretend that her legs were shaking, too.

It felt good, though. It was a nice way to say hello to the year. That and our long walk on the East/West ranch with the bulldog. We met up with a Russian lady walking four basset hounds, a crazy-looking mut, and carrying a little dog in a snugglie on her chest. She warned us that one of the hounds was autistic.

I wonder how that diagnosis came about.

"Well, he's three years old and still hasn't said his first word. And he can't tell time at all."


Saigon Eggroll in Paso Robles for lunch. Bahn Mi pork sandwich and a huge bowl of Pho. Fresh  and spicy and fragrant and murderously good.

Cacio E Pepe for dinner. Fancypants way of saying pasta with cheese and pepper. Plain, but delicious. Big salad and some leftover broccoli and crusty bread.

Long walk in the cold dark after. Through the deserted streets. In the vibrant silence.


I am going to try again this year to do all those things that will perhaps bring me closer to the man I imagine I am capable of being. Yoga and meditation. Not a lot but consistent. Something physical in the morning, a bike ride or a hike in the woods or a run on the beach or some good old fashioned calisthenics and jumping rope. Not a lot, but consistent. Eat clean Monday through Thursday, eat whatever I want on the weekends. Give my liver a rest.

Approach life with equanimity and some humor.
Remember that it's fatal, but not serious.


Love my wife yet more.

Give myself to the world without fear.

Be easy on me.

Find a way to help.

Have a good time.

All that regular old simple ass shit that is so easy to say and yet.

And yet.


I pray that this year brings you everything you want and nothing you don't want.





Blogger Mim said...

Here's to all things tasty! Wishing you a spine-supple year,

Your post made me smile.

6:28 AM  
Blogger 21k said...

I like it very much the path you've plotted.

60 sun salutations. wow.

happy new year.

love, dd

7:23 AM  
Blogger melissashook said...

oh, Mr. Dubious, but Hopeful, on with it all....
the whole catastrophe and even more...
good for you...

9:04 AM  
Blogger Maggie May said...

i love the sun salutations with your wife. your list of things to shoot for is solid, for foundations.
Happy New Year, so glad to have found you .

11:48 AM  
Blogger Melinda said...

In this new year (not because of it) I am compelled to tell you how much I love your blog, you, your wife.
Who you are inspires me and gives me hope.

11:55 AM  
Blogger tearful dishwasher said...

Hey, all-

Thank you so much for coming by and sharing your thoughts and your good wishes for the coming year.

You enrich my life. Even though we have none of us met, there is a connection.

Thank you.

12:40 PM  
Blogger tearful dishwasher said...


Thank you so much for stopping in and saying such a sweet hello. I'm glad you get something from this place and I hope you'll keep coming by as long as it enriches you in some way.

I'll have to come by and visit you back.



12:41 PM  
Blogger dottie kee bones said...

sometimes i wish you would write a book.

but i'm happy enough i've got your blog. thank you for talking here and letting me see it.

3:30 PM  
Blogger T. Clear said...

Grateful, as so many others are, for what you share with us.

A thousand thank-you's.

9:30 PM  

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