December 24th, 2000


palm reading

You are intelligent and practical, very likely to have a good memory and the ability to make and follow plans. Leadership skills are among your useful traits.

At times, you may tend to be overly sensitive to criticism. You can be excessively cautious or narrow in your outlook unless you receive the right kind of encouragement.

You have so many interests that you may have trouble deciding which ones to pursue.

You are a warm hearted person, with much love to give. You probably like children, and exhibit many playful characteristics.

There may be times in your life when you give in to feelings of sadness or depression.

You are likely to make decisions based on intuition or feelings rather than intellect.

There are inconsistencies in your energy level, possibly triggered by external factors or emotional changes.

You have a basically strong constitution, and should enjoy good health most of the time.

You were probably given a good start in life by your parents. This could be based on your general upbringing, or on physical characteristics you inherited.

You are likely to make many changes in the direction of your life. This may be based on interruptions due to health problems, or it may be that you just have trouble focusing your energy. The most productive time in your life will probably occur in middle age.

July, 1999

this is what i wrote in my journal the day before my last rafting trip in the Grand Canyon:

I drove up to Flagstaff and waited to meet B (my favorite ex) and her young half-sister, J, whom I haven't seen since 1988. I met them in a coffee shop called "Late For The Train", which, true to the tradition of modern coffee shops, serves umpteen varieties of heated, steamed, and sugared milk with pure caffeine stirred in. I had a regular coffee.

I had purchased a book across the street by a woman who rafted the canyon solo. Almost from the first page I was crying. I have such a strong emotional attachment to this place, to this ancient tear in the fabric of the earth. maybe it is that I feel more at peace and more at home floating the ice cold waters between these majestic walls than I have ever felt anywhere.

Anyway, I met B and J, who has grown from a rambunctious child into a beautiful and intelligent teenager, we had a brief and new ageish lunch (sprouts everywhere), and they headed to Phoenix to stay at my house, while I went on to Page to spend the night at B's with her twin, J, and our friend T, who will be my companion on the trip.

We went for a swim in Lake Powell. No matter how beautiful this lake is, and no matter that the whole ecosystem in the Canyon, and my ability to raft it depends on the dam, i am still a MonkeyWrencher at heart. It thrills me to envision the day when the soft sandstone walls around the dam finally give way, and all of Lake Powell rushes downstream, scouring the Canyon, and taking out Hoover Dam too, eventually flooding its way to the dry river delta at the Baja Gulf.
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