Thursday, December 02, 2004

el mano

I was driving home a different way then I usually do, and it made me think of my friend Gabe, who is in Japan and who I miss lots. He and I had a talk once about how the first thing he likes to do when he moves somewhere is to drive absolutely everywhere to see how everything connects. While I think that is cool as hell, I am totally different. The way I expand into my environment is incremental, and on a need to know basis. My mental map of my location is sketchy at best, with a few fingers of knowledge jutting out from the palm of my homebase. Large black areas surround these points of experience, and I guess I like it that way. When I light up a few more points on the grid, it is good, but I enjoy the mystery of unknown possibilities. I am sure Gabe is mapping every nook and cranny in Japan that he can, and it makes me smile to think on it.

Speaking of hands, driving and smiling, I am not smiling about the fact that my friend Brandy had a stupid NM driver get airborne in her immediate vicinity, breaking bones in her right hand and wrist, not to mention totalling her vehicle. To break one's right hand is not good, especially for a journalist and my play writing partner, but I am glad she is not more seriously hurt. When she and I lived in NY state, she accidentally put that same hand through a window, and has scars in the same places she reinjured. I told her I think her hand is trying to save her life somehow. Please think warm thoughts for her quick recovery.

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Blogger JBuchanan said...

I must be a combination of you and Gabe. When I am new to a place, I go out and explore, seeing as much as possible, but inevitably I get lost. I keep getting myself lost until I begin to know where I am.

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Blogger adriana said...

oh my god, my prayers and love to Brandy. thank god it wasn't worse than that. what's that hand thing all about?

i'm like gabe, got to see it all first. that's why we are doggies and you are a kitty.

4:55 PM  
Blogger tifanie said...

J, you are far far more adventurous than I, Miss Creek Jumper! A, I never thought of you guys as doggies, and me as a kitty, but you are absolutely right, and it make sme smile.

11:11 AM  
Blogger tifanie said...

And I don't know what is up with the hand thing. I guess it makes sense that that dominant hand would be more likely to be injured, as it is used almost constantly, and used as a brace against impact, but it just seems strange when a certain area on a person keeps getting reinjured. Like my complicated left eye scar, comprised of three separate collisions.

11:14 AM  
Blogger JBuchanan said...

Yes, my thought are with Brandy and her hand as well. I hope it heals without complication.

What is up with the multiple injuries in the same place? Her hand? Your Eye? It is not that way for me. I just have weird things happen to me in different places.

Oh, sorry for the spam earlier in this entry. I was having troubles and posted the same thing three times.

5:29 PM  
Blogger JBuchanan said...

Oh, I am both a kitty and a doggy. What do you make of that?

5:31 PM  
Blogger adriana said...

they call that a Koggy...or a Ditty.

9:25 AM  
Blogger JBuchanan said...

Adriana, you make me laugh. I'll go with Koggy because Ditty sounds kind of dumb.

10:35 AM  

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