After months of traveling, I have two full weeks at home. This is the first time since March that I have been home for more than a week.
This is my vacation spot, and for the first week I am doing NOTHING but watching Buffy, reading Virginia Woolf, looking at porn, taking short walks and catching up with friends I have not seen all summer.
Last night Patrick and I went to Tisane for drinks and dinner.
Patrick, a potter and a surgical nurse, spent his summer in a contemplative space, creating pottery in his home and at Wesleyan Potters, where he is a member. He showed me a batter bowl he designed. Such a pleasing design and beautifully practical.
Today I went to Middletown, CT with Patrick where he fires his pottery. After a tour of the place, I walked to Main Street to my favorite restaurant in Connecticut, It’s Only Natural aka ION.
Karen told me about her nearly month-long trip to Japan as part of a teacher education program. She visited half a dozen cities, stayed in Japanese homes and ate meals that not only tasted wonderful, they looked like works of art.
She had been warned about three questions most US visiters to Japan hear.
1. What is your age? (This is to establish her Chinese zodiac sign)
2. What is your blood type? (It is a common Japanese practice to determine personality traits through blood type)
3. Do you own a gun? (Organizers told her that many Japanese believe that folks from the US all have guns)
Karen is the kind of person I can sit with for hours. Intelligent, insightful, playful, affectionate, wise, knowledgable and passionate. The few conversations we get to have each year keep me fed for months. We can somehow speak and hear each other deeply.