Taurus (4/20 – 5/20): The other day, I was at the gas station and R. pointed out a man sprinkling ashes from a bucket, in a tiny funeral-ish ceremony of one. Well, two if you count the guy in the bucket. He walked to the liquor store, applied ashes to the door mat, wandered over to the car vac (25 cents for four minutes! Deal!), sprinkled a few there, poured some next to the air-in-the-tires machine, and then wondered off down the road, dropping ashes as he went, giving new meaning to the concept of a bucket list. It's not so terrible to have the welcome mat of a liquor store be your final resting place, Taurus, but it's not your time yet. This week, imagine yourself as ashes, getting tracked around on everyone's shoes. Oh, the places you'll go!
Gemini (5/21 – 6/21): Is it too early to go to bed? I spend much of my life with that question on my mind. The dark times are here for sure, Gemini. In the dark times, we paint and read and do math and look for mushrooms and sing and play cards. Oh wait, we don't play cards. But we could, Gemini. We totally could. This week, practice our circle time songs, and add some to the list. Sing if you can.
Cancer (6/22 – 7/21): Speaking of slugs, I saw a slug near the [former] gum wall a few weeks ago, on pavement, several hundred feet away from any vegetation. What was he doing there, Cancer? A sorry pilgrimage to the gum wall, only to discover it was gone? Maybe the wall was in full swing when he left the nearest garden a thousand feet away? Or did it come out of that weird drain in the alley? Is this another sign of end times? Speaking of which, did you hear about the pigeons coming? So many questions, Cancer. No answers at all. Get used to living with the unknown this week.
|Tumeric tea, toasted oatmeal with |
miso and chanterelles
Leo (7/23 – 8/22): Do you think the opposable thumb is a fair trade for being aware of our mortality? Do you think the Neanderthals were in love with the Homo sapiens they interbred with, or was it just a booty call thing? Do you think that it's strange that pears haven't gotten more popular? I mean, if that twerking video can go viral, why not pears? Don't think about that stuff, Leo. Think about easy things, like what's for dinner, what to wear, and how you want to treat your loved ones. That's what I had for dinner last night, in case you were wondering. Of course you were. It was such a pretty color I could hardly stand it. Your week, in fact, will be so pretty you won't know what to do with yourself.
Virgo (8/23 – 9/22): I've been having this go around with someone at my booty call job that goes like this:
Me: Can you please show the grading that you'll do to build your house?
Him: There will be no grading.
Me: I notice that there's 12 feet of elevation change under the house. How will you deal with that?
Him: We won't be doing any grading.
Me: Hmm, so will your house be sloped?
Me: Will you have tall footings on part of the foundation?
Me: I'm not super spatial, but that doesn't quite add up.
Him: Well, if I tell you my actual plans, you won't approve the permit. So I'm not telling.
Right? People say that out loud? Like saying, "If I told you the truth, you'd think I was a jerk." Anyway, tell the truth at all costs this week, Virgo. And better yet, live so the truth is something you're okay with.
Libra (9/23 – 10/22): I have accrued 21 badges and 107,579 energy points from my math work at the Khan Academy. I am aware of how that sounds. "I have 12 cats, and 21 badges that I earned by spending a lot of time home alone doing math on the internet, and have you heard about what went down in Roswell?" It doesn't sound good, and it may be another sign of end times. For me or the world, it's a little unclear. But Libra, enjoy the end times, if that's what it is. Crickets in Carnation, pigeons in Duvall, slugs rising up. Chin up.
|Bridge S. of Duvall, 1932, Thomas Blum|
Scorpio (10/23 – 11/21): I spent a lovely afternoon at the KC Archives, looking at old bridge photographs, which, it turns out, is one of my new favorite things. I'm not sure why that is. They frisk me to make sure I have no pens, and the lady is super fussy in a way that causes her to button her very top blouse button, and then they leave me alone in this room with old books and maps where I stay for hours. I'd recommend it, Scorpio.
Capricorn (12/22 – 1/19): Sometimes when people say "Chin up!" its annoying and sounds condescending, like they don't really get it at all. But sometimes it sounds super sweet, as if they were saying the whole thing out: "I know. I know how hard it is, I know you don't even have bootstraps, let alone the wherewithal to pull anything up at all. I get that, and I don't judge you for it, but still, let's assume it will all get better. Start with the chin, just shift it a tiny bit skyward if you can, because even the slugs are doing it." Hear that or say it this week, Capricorn.
|Another to do list poem|
Aquarius (1/20 – 2/18): I'm all for paying the tolls on the bridge, truly. I believe drivers should pay for the services we use, and paving a lake is a pretty costly endeavor. But really, could they make the payment system even a tiny bit easier to navigate? If your account has in a negative balance, you can't replenish it online. RIght? It must be done during business hours, on the phone. I call, and ask why I can't do this online. "Because your account has a negative balance." I get that. But why can't I pay off my balance and replenish my account online? "Because your account has a negative balance." Moving right along... If you ask them (on the phone, of course) to pay off the negative balance and add $30 to the account, they do lots of clicking for 15 minutes and then say, "Ok! You're good to go! Your account has a balance of $26."
"Wait, why not $30?"
"Because your account had a negative balance."
"So, is there a $4 fee in addition to the other fees?"
"Ok, not to be dense, but when I asked you to pay off anything owed, and then add $30 to the account, why is my balance only $26?"
"Because you had a negative balance."
And so on.
I know, I shouldn't drive across the bridge anyway. Aquarius, the take home here is try not to get a negative balance in your karma or your good to go pass. Replenish!
Pisces (2/19 – 3/20): It looks like we won't be going to war with Syria, which is good. I feel like I don't get it, the whole thing. "We're so mad about you killing people that we're going to go kill people to show you!" Right? Am I missing something? Things always look simple to me, maybe it's a capacity thing. If you want peace, don't freakin' drop bombs. Seek peace this week, Pisces. In all the ways.