Flash deserved to live longer

It’s a warm and slightly muggy evening here. I’m sipping slowly from a glass of grapefruit juice and rum and can still feel the grit beneath my fingernails from filling the dirt in around Flash’s corpse. He’s buried out beneath a sumac tree in our backyard just on the other side of the trunk from Fu Xi (foo-shee), who we buried last year. For such small animals, rats leave very big impressions.

Flash and Fu Xi both taught us more about rats than any of our previous had, and Flash was even able to teach our new bucks (Leif and Neville) a bit about us. He was truly something special. I will miss him deeply. We all will.

Flash struggled to overcome a terrible tumor that spent the last 4 months trying to kill him. With antibiotics, baths, love, and chocolate chips he lived three months past the vet’s prediction of two weeks. The strongest, friendliest, and smartest rat we’ve had yet, Flash will truly be missed.

Goodbye, our friend. We will miss your finger licks and strange sleeping positions.

My new “song”

[podcast]http://www.onegecko.com/audio/podcasts/latinmonkeyguitarwhistle.mp3[/podcast]

This song represents how I feel today: a little disjointed, but thinking of Latin and strange shapes.

The technology is Audacity on OS X 10.3.9. The instruments are “C” tin whistle, an Oscar Schmidt guitar, Wheelock’s Latin, and me.

The last month …

The last month has been downright hectic, to be honest. I’d devoted too much of myself to too many tasks, and it shows now that I’m through with them. Soccer coaching, ghost tour in Salem, promoting my Dad’s book, and following presidential politics. Through it all, though, I learned a number of things about myself that — perhaps — will help me better focus my energy in the future.

  • I love my family more than any activity or extra source of money
  • The world of letters is a world in which I want to belong, even if it be on an ad hoc, hobbyost basis
  • The world of sports — even kids’ sports — is not one in which I excel

With those lessons learned, I believe I can venture forth in the world with more confidence and pride than before, but also with a greater humility: I know where I stand. I know in what I believe. I know wherein my battles lie.

Until next time…

Dad’s book now available!

My dad’s book — “Out of the Hermit’s Meadow and Wood” — is now available for sale and download at lulu.com.

I ordered a proof copy of it the other day, and it came out beautifully. If you’re into poetry, then definitely give his book a preview.

Onegecko Radio episode 1

[podcast]http://www.onegecko.com/audio/podcasts/8-17-2007_show-final.mp4[/podcast]

Hello folks! The inaugural episode of Onegecko Radio in which I talk about the New England Revolution this week and share a bit of my thoughts on mailed-in citations. Hope you can listen in.