Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dad's home, my car is getting fixed

So my Dad went home. His health troubles had a lot to do with...I won't get into too much detail but he has to be more mindful of his own care or at least listen to other people.

Regarding my car, it's nothing major but I am in rental car for the day. They gave me this Toyota hybrid that has no keys... just this electronic fob gadget.

I swear it took me 10 minutes just to figure out how to get this car started. Talk about "Flintstones meet the Jetsons". I felt SO dated and that is bad given I am a technology reporter.

I am finishing up a cartoon that will appear with an upcoming story in the newspaper. Hopefully it will be the first of many toons I get to draw. That will help me fulfill at least one lifelong ambition.

For the most part, that's it for now. About to get cracking on the new book. Road trip next week...

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Flame and Bone

When I was made from fire
Poured into the tender vessel of caution
That keeps my smoke from rising
Quickly did I discover that apart from crisp drizzles or falling snow
The world chilled my touched
Walking the narrow cornered gap between girders and cut stone
One learns to tuck his shoulders in or risk
Jostling a neighbor passing by rapt with want
For a clear path without the distraction
Of another man's boiling eyes
The tip of a finger
That oldest of all weapons
Grown deadlier and pristine in its invention
Gathers a mote of a cinder on its bare flesh
And turns pondering how best to scratch the impious itch
Prying open the tender seam
Where the oil of thought dews
Offering a new wick to ignite
Squirming alive as a salamander of mischief
That yearns for a taste of air it is so ready to devour
The steam of breath betrays me
Before the glint of orange spreads
In popping bright waves
Eroding the fibers feeding it
Leaving naught but ash
As my shell of quietude falls away