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What was just supposed to take a couple of hours last night, turned into working until 3AM. Thanks to the wonders of VPN though, I managed to do it from home - which means I'm caught up on Rome, Battlestar Galactica and Heroes (Amazing, so-so and pathetic, in that order) organize a bunch of Vs. cards, and read a bit.

As a result I got up late, and headed for work right around lunch time. I stopped off at The Sidewalk Cafe on the boardwalk for lunch. I love that they have dishes named after writers - and today it was bright and warm so the patio was open with the sunshades up. I had a delicious lunch, a couple of good cups of coffee, and sat with an excellent book ("The Confusion" by Neal Stephenson - calculus! pirates! intrigue! alchemists! did i mention pirates?) The sky was abysmally blue - not a cloud in the sky. The Pacfic was sparkling, like each little wavelet was anxious to be recognized as the prettiest one. (cue dying samurai: "They're all perfect...")

Just as I finished my last cup of coffee, I reached the end of a chapter - a perfect stopping place. It's the little pleasures that do it - grand adventures and towering passions are all well and good. Give me the sun, the sky, the glittering Pacific, a good cup of coffee and a well-written book, though - and I'll give you a good day right back.

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thelastmehina
Jan. 31st, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a lovely day - I'm envious.
aghrivaine
Jan. 31st, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
Actually, it's just the START of a lovely day! Who knows what adventures and pleasures the rest of the day holds?
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aghrivaine
Jan. 31st, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
Oh yes! It's absolutely true on both counts.

Actually, a good sizeable moon over the Pacific makes a bed of silver that looks so solid that you'd swear you can walk on it. Just gorgeous.
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aghrivaine
Jan. 31st, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
Dude; Calculus. Pirates. What's not to get? It has some long bloviatory stretches, I admit - but it's more than made up by the occasional bit of sublime perfection.

In fact, that's pretty much all of Stephenson's works.
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aghrivaine
Jan. 31st, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
"The Confusion" is less dense, for what it's worth.
yagathai
Feb. 1st, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
Would linking you to Barbaro / Jesus slashfic improve or worsen your day?
aghrivaine
Feb. 1st, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
I saw your post on that subject, and was .. you know, too baffled to be apalled. Was it a joke? Was it serious? These questions and many more I hope are never answered.
yagathai
Feb. 1st, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
Oh no, that was just "regular" Barbaro-in-the-afterlike fanfic. It wasn't slashfic -- there was no gay sex in it at all.
yagathai
Feb. 1st, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
If Jesus-on-thoroughbred action qualifies as "gay".
aghrivaine
Feb. 1st, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)
Yep, still just baffling.
silvertistel
Feb. 1st, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC)
Ooohh I am envious. That sounds great. :)

The train I always take in the morning managed to arrive in the middle of the most exciting part of "The Warrior-Prophet" by Bakker. Very bad manners of the train if you ask me!
daogre
Feb. 1st, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
Hrm, I had a really hard time getting through Quicksilver, didnt quite work out as well as cryptonomicon for me.
aghrivaine
Feb. 1st, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
The view is worth the climb.
joemorf
Feb. 1st, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
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