04 April 2020


books, flowers, and rocks --- all beautiful in their own way --- this unit is one of a pair that were gifted to me in early october last --- six months and counting and still setting buds

especially when they smell like coconut
or absolutely never quit blooming

03 April 2020

borrowed time

thousands dead across the country and tens of thousands around the world, half the damn planet being told to stay home, unemployment records falling day after day, with over 700,000 added in march alone --- hospitals are running out of supplies, while the feds leave the states to their own devices, including bidding against each other for supplies --- i asked alexis if they had enough personal protective equipment at the hospital and she replied:

Unfortunately no. Everything is being rationed. We get issued an N95 and have to wear it until basically worn out. They are meant for a few hours of protection. Not a weeks worth of work. It is absolutely absurd.  And we are out of plastic gowns. They brought us 30 gowns the other day with Virex spray to spray on them so they can be disinfected for the next person to re-wear. This is just unheard of. And the peak of this mess hasn't even hit yet. I was talking with one of our infectious disease docs and she said the peak will hit around April 24th then we should (and hopefully) start to see a decline in new cases. God, I can only pray. . . . It's like healthcare in a third world country.
and expectations are that it's only going to get worse --- as many as 200,000 dead in the US by some estimates ---

angela sent me some masks which i guess i will start wearing to the grocery store at least --- i really don't want to catch this thing until we're a little further along in treatment, etc

and the republicans, under the guise of national emergency, are unilaterally abrogating environmental laws and disregarding congressional oversight of how the $2 trillion appropriated for the emergency is spent, and generally amping up their support for the oligarchy's looting of the country

meanwhile the putative president continues to poison the body politic with petty insults, threats, and raw partisan politics and generally acting as president of the red states, and to hell with the blue, which includes the country's largest cities --- he is a despicable human being and far and away the absolute worst president this country has had

so happy birthday to me --- 71 and officially living on borrowed time

19 March 2020

big times

these are clearly such big times that i feel i ought to be blogging, but it's kinda overwhelming when there's talk of 20% unemployment (it was just short of 25% at the depths of the great depression), with st patricks day parades and all cancelled in ireland and everywhere else, while restaurants, bars, atl utd matches, symphony, the botanical garden, museums, and what not are nearly all shut down indefinitely --- vegas is shut down so kevin won't be playing for at least two months --- san francisco, nyc, and other places in "lockdown" (although it's not like they'll shoot you if they find you outdoors --- not yet anyway --- i can still walk to the grocery store and macs and around with the dog), but everything is about "social distancing" --- midtown is like it usually is over the xmas holidays when everybody leaves town ---  nevermind the tragic state of my 401k, although i recognize that the real tragedy is those with no 401k or anything else in the way of retirement savings to piss and moan about to begin with --- and when the republicans start talking about the [really urgent] need to just give people some money (the latter being a contrived notion in the first place, especially when one remembers how valuable cowrie shells were at one time), you know that the wheel is turning --- this is a year like 1860, 1941, 1968, when there was a great big revolution in our way of being

11 March 2020


they keep me semi-sane

a good read!

yesterday, i made my quarterly pilgramage to the city's best book store, at the carlos museum at emory ---

this has to be the pick of the litter --- wonderful little synopses of various dyes, pigments, and what not, with a history of color woven through --- i knew about prussian blue and cochineal, white lead and titanium, but mummy brown and vanta black, e.g., not so much

beautiful photography, like this of lead white
 orpium and malachite
and instructions on how to make a few, including cochineal and lead white

06 March 2020

keep on building

i guess the project here at the southeast corner of p'tree and eighth is a go ----  next year and a half will be a pain in the ass for the neighborhood

the people in the south tower are not happy ---

01 March 2020

an excellent read

i was gonna post some images, but i managed to lose them all between the phone and pc --- they weren't all that in the first place --- this book, however, is the bomb --- i rarely read a book twice, but . . . .

27 February 2020

losing midtown

the last tenants moved out yesterday --- i hate to think how soon the wrecking ball will follow ---

great stuff

23 February 2020

the liberry

all of the library has now been cataloged and repositioned into appropriate broad categories; i have as yet not gone so anal as to start alphabetizing the categories --- 1,482 titles (and one on the way), 176 of which are e-books that don't take up shelf space and, in any case, will disappear when the poles reverse --- i've got as much in books as i do in the rest of my stuff combined and should probably up my homeowner's insurance accordingly
mostly non-fiction --- the top two shelves here contain a little fiction, poetry, fables, religion, and what not --- but the rest is history and culture, including histories of hell and shit, and a theory of assholes --- a whole shelf nothing but queers, negros, and indians --- the little narrow stack on the right is all state and local history
books in the other rooms, but not as many --- sooner or later, i will need to cover this wall with shelving ---

my favorite place to be

21 February 2020


one should always check one's voter registration, especially these days --- it's easy to get to, so i did, and find that i am now "black of nonhispanic origin" --- WTF!!!! how did that happen? i sometimes wish i had been born black, so it's not that, it's how some human came to mess around with my information like that and why --- stacey abrams is trying to ride herd on it, so i sent her a note and left a message with fulton co voter registration

19 February 2020

people can be cruel

some horrible woman at the park looked at him today, laughed, and said "another fat beagle"

those sidewalk biscuits pile on the calories

16 February 2020

trumpistan is a skeery place

a cousin can't understand why i "keep harping on trump" --- this kind of thing is a good part of the reason, and just a few hundred feet from my building --- apd's zone 6 commander lives a few floors up from me and i showed it to him, but what can/will they do?


13 February 2020


i just sent them my semi-final revision to the coochee history (110,000 words, all in sentences and stuff) --- "a history of sautee nachoocee" --- a fantastic project that i almost hate to let go of --- it's been nearly five years in the making --- i hope they get it in print

those valleys remain just about my favorite part of the state

01 February 2020

losing old midtown

i love these apartments, ca. 1920, on eighth st opposite the south end of metropolis alley --- some of the best early apartment buildings were along peachtree and cross streets in midtown ---
nearly all of them are gone now, and this will be soon, for another apt tower

31 January 2020

trading places

gonna miss tito -- sold to club libertad in paraguay for a seven-figure sum --

i hate "updating"

they spend too much time and money "updating" this place, but here they go again -- cleaning out the beds, dirt and all --- more deck, less garden --- i'm not going to like the new view, but it'll help keeping everybody feeling prissy, i guess we got too many real estate people on our hoa board