Empty Days

Thursday, September 02, 2004



Splendid day.

Finally I feel perfectly on top of things today - liberated. Slept some until noon, then immediately proceeded to drape my loyal green tarp (it still smells of camp fire) on the side of the balcony where the tree used to be - so I don't have to see the emptiness there and the windows of the adjacent building. It was a concrete action that took some of the anger out - being pro-active about such things is always a good idea.

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Also went to a bike repair shop to check out the situation with my front fork. The guy there is a typical eccentric - very easy going and fun to talk to. He said he would straighten out the fork for $12 and looked menacing while giving the price - my bike looks so trashy he probably thought I might refuse to pay. But in the end we started chatting and he showed me what trick he uses to straighten bent forks etc, and then he refused to take money from me. Go figure.

Actually he used a modified car-jack to straighten the fork. Since the handles of the fork were initially somewhat off, he couldn't adjust the jack properly and though he was able to relieve stiff steering, I think the thing remained somewhat crooked or maybe the front hub is crooked now, I am not sure. In any case it was honest of him not to take any money for this fast job because it wasn't perfect - it would have required a lot of readjustments and unbending of various bent parts to make it perfect. But I can now ride the bike ok and maybe adjust a few things on my own to get a better balance.

And voila. Besides, I really would like to chat with this guy again - even though he repairs bikes, he told me that he rides a sports motorcycle and never goes for tours or travelling, only goes out of town to ride on winding roads. Kinda special. He has a red cat for companion in the shop and the cat is very cool and peaceful. I think the guy is a loner and has a pretty bad temper which is why he is alone - but that doesn't matter, it's always like that with eccentrics. He is very anti-commercial and has pretty predictable 1960's ideas (there is a written note in his shop window saying that people in business suits are forbidden from entering his establishment - heh) but there are some eccentricities about him that are hard to figure out. Hopefully I'll find a good time to go visit for another chat, most of the time he's pretty busy with work.

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Something funny and unusual happened - I was going to my apartment when a black guy saw me on the stairs and started cruising me right there and then. He was funny about it, so it was kinda a cool - doesn't happen very often to me because I am mostly in a pretty sour unsociable mood. But today I feel very happy and self-assured - I took this episode as an external confirmation of just how good my mental state is right now. I am full of energy and punch - and thus naturally sexy.

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Well, I should perhaps mention that the weather is splendid too - typical blazing september sun with slight chill in the air.





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