Over the weekend, my brothers, Alex, and I hung out with a childhood friend who's visiting from Seattle along with his girlfriend and some friends. Although I've known Jesse for over fifteen years and haven't seen him in at least six, he is comfortingly the same in many ways.
Back when we were all growing up, it wasn't unusual to stay up all night during sleepovers, playing games, drawing, making our own zines, being kids. So although it's getting difficult for me to stay up past midnight these days, it was strangely simple to hang out until 5:30 in the morning on Saturday night. Of course, the late night activity list has changed somewhat since childhood; drinks at a sleek lounge, a dive bar for some pool, my youngest brother's place for a session of drunken Rock Band, searching in vain for a karaoke lounge at 3 a.m. before ending up in one of their hotel rooms for final drinks before heading home (Alex was the lovely DD for the night). Needless to say, I was not myself the next day.
As luck would have it, there was a neighborhood meeting that afternoon. It was all I could do to get myself showered and dressed, but I felt better enough just in time... actually, we stepped in a good fifteen minutes late, but it made for good seats in the back of the room behind a couch so I could sketch some of my neighbors without feeling self-conscious.
Some awful stormy weather rocked Northern California and the Bay Area last week. I help my dad out part-time as a brushfire prevention dude, which means I clear dense weeds, poison oak, dead brush, and other forms of heavy duty vegetation. In today's case, fallen limbs. On top of being tired from the weekend (boy, those neighborhood meetings can take a lot outta ya), out of practice with working outside, and it being quite a chilly morning, my dad added to my overall wariness with a briefing on strong winds and broken limbs still hanging in trees; widowmakers, as they call it in the tree service line of work. I call them javelins.
My Monday's gonna get better though. Gonna meet up with the gang for Toshio Hirano tonight. See my previous blog post on Toshio.