...the young attendant at the rest stop in southern Oregon comes up to you, while you are gathering fallen lichens, and asks what you are doing. She's curious, you see, because she's "noticed you doing this before."
Worth the humiliation, though, because I have a couple of bags of lichens to play with ....
It's been a very busy week or so. John and I drove up from Berkeley a couple of days ago--I thought of you all as the iPod played Country Roads. Other good sing-alongs: I Don't Want to Talk About It (Indigo Girls version--Rod Stewart is a little too slow for shout out loud car singing); Fire and Rain (James Taylor); Blue Skies (the Whoreshoes, written by our very own Lala!).
Hey, you can read about my talented cousin Sina Pearson in the September issue of Metropolitan Home!
While I was in Berkeley, our water heater gave up the ghost. We took the holier-than-thou route and installed a tankless water heater! I'm pretty excited about this--the hot water does indeed seem to be there when we want it.
John and I discovered a wonderful, independent casual burger joint with outdoor seating (important when you are travelling with a dog!) in Canyonville, Oregon, just off I-5. Ken's Sidewalk Cafe on Main Street served up some great meals, including excellent fries cut from real potatoes. We had a chat with the cook, a woman who was clearly proud of her food. They are open every day from 9 to 9 or so--in the winter, the menu includes homemade tamales!
Oh, and as I hop from subject to subject: If you are in San Francisco, be sure to check out the For Tent and Trade: Masterpieces of Turkmen Weaving at the de Young Museum (exhibit closing September 2nd). The depth of the color was amazing--and I had to pause to remind myself that just about every piece was naturally dyed. And the series of 4 Turkmen long jackets was particularly inspirational. (The Chihuly glass exhibit was exceptional, as well.)
I'm going to stop now and publish this post. The desire for perfection has kept me from posting for too long now!