Why I Love This Place
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Every Friday at Kairos is known as "Friday Forties", or alternately, "Fuck You Fridays," the tradition being to drink forties on the balcony or lawn and shout down belligerently at passers-by. We had a megaphone for extra belligerence. It isn't total assholery- we do invite anyone traveling at a reasonable pace to share a beer with us. But the heckling is nothing special - what made it awesome was when we shouted at an elderly gentleman to join us, and he did indeed - we rushed to get him some beer from the BSJ, and he introduced himself as Bob Laughlin, the winner of the Physics Nobel Prize in 1998. He then proceeded over the course of the next hour to regale us with tales of teaching and living in Korea for two years, as he sat on our front stoop with an audience at rapt attention.

This being the first Friday Forties of the year, it'll be a hard act to follow. We hope to bag ourselves a Laureate every week. Keep 'em rolling on down Mayfield.

Gravity Sucks!
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I broke my leg Monday night, trippin' over my backpack while all ready to go to sleep. There's not too big a crack, but the metal rod inside has slipped and moved around, so it's hurting/spasming about as much as a major fracture. I probably won't be back at school for some weeks. I would, of course, love some chillin' company here at home while I'm bedridden.

Haven't updated in a while, I know - but up until now, this has been, bar-none, the best year of my life. So much so that I'm still in pretty good spirits now. I'm surrounded by wonderful, wonderful people, and have fantastic homes in Kairos and with my folks. Thanks everyone!

What the fuck??
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Somebody emailed me this link today.

http://www.term-papers-college.com/subjects/nik_sawe.html

Classes This Quarter
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Bio 101 - Ecology
Bio 133 - Genetics of Prokaryotes
Bio 151 - Mechanisms of Neuron Death
English 92 - Reading and Writing Poetry
SpecLang 153A - Intermediate Hindi
Frengen 19SI - Existentialist Fiction

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So, if you're trying to make money in a casino in say, South Tahoe, roulette isn't the smartest choice to put your money on. Suicidal, even. But spinning wheels are hypnotic.

In retrospect I'm amazed how much I threw in the first night. $40 lasted a long time but in the end both twenties were as good as gone. The second night, I put down my last twenty, and somewhere along the way fatalism and cynicism were replaced by an intuitive sense of where the ball was going to be. I shot up to $80 in an hour, and should've cashed out then, but didn't pull out until I was back down to $56. So a $4 loss over two evenings; not too bad.

As a whole we probably would've done pretty poorly, but mom stayed with the nickel slots (for which dad endlessly teases her) and made back all the money both of them had lost in one quick swing. $105 is a shitload of nickels.

I really need to upload pictures of Candy. We brought the dog on the trip, to the hotel - which of course doesn't allow dogs. How'd we get around it? Dad shoved her in a duffel bag 2 times a day, with her head sticking out, covered by a towel. He was careful about it, and she's such a docile little thing, so it became incredibly funny; she had this doleful little look with her head poking out of the duffel bag. At night I slept on a mattress on the floor, and we got her to sleep inside cubbyhole in the nightstand, but she still woke up before me, so the last 3 mornings I've been attacked in the face by a flurry of fluffy paws at 6 AM. There is honestly no better way to wake up.

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Going up to Tahoe tomorrow for most of the week. First time since the legendary summer 2002 road trip, which was, really, my first taste of college life, along with all those random parties at Chuck's with the Carden crew, with people throwing lava lamps at other people's heads and overturning the Nautilus. It was a weird transitional time since everyone else had been at college a year, but I'd deferred, and so was still very much in naive high school mode. Tahoe this time will be full of gambling (until I lose) and other chill stuff, and is just with the family anyway.

Last night was a bit like Fracture: Redux, with a distinct sense of deja vu. Melissa and I went out to pearl tea (which, incidentally, I never get with pearls) and talked for hours on end, which is pretty much what happened a month ago. We talked about places around the Bay we never understood the names of when we were kids, like The Tinker's Damn, which is a XXX shop that sounds far too much like Santa's workshop. Elf porn, maybe.

I've been able to start swimming again without using the bad leg, which is a relief. I've been wearing this herbal patch that is supposed to heal bone faster (remember, New Age-y mom?) but what it does most noticeably is just gives me a stomachache. But I'm doing things at 5 weeks that I shouldn't be able to do until 8 weeks, so that's hopeful.

The fact that school starts soon seems unreal. I'm definitely ready to get back to campus, have some independence, and finally not be in the dorms (yay Kairos). But doing classes? Actually they should all be fun (Sapolsky seminar, Intermediate Hindi, some friends' SICs) except Chem lab, otherwise known as "Nik's Bane". Last time I burned through a flannel shirt (which is now more grunge than ever) and my t-shirt and pants with sulfuric acid, and didn't even notice. I think I had a slightly red mark on my chest the next morning, which I noticed with idle curiosity until I pulled the clothes out of the dryer, and they were chewed clean through. The green shirt had a kind of burgundy thing going around the burn.

I'm gonna go jump in the pool. See you all soon!

"And put down some newspaper for those DAMN CHICKENS!" *click*
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Sitting at my desk in Aptos right now. All the lowlands between here and the cliffs of Seascape are shrouded in fog and it looks all mystical and awesome, like Glastonbury. I'm drinking an Arizona on a coaster from 99 Bottles that has a pink elephant and advertises "Delirium tremens", which is a 9% beer. I've got books of Kerouac, Roethke, Gaiman, and Wolfe on my left and I'll write as soon as I finish this entry. In the book Valadi is employing his inscrutable tactic of alternating good humor and cryptic response, and Jahnu is trying as best he can to maintain some semblance of loyalty.

Thought I should update since the last entry was fresh off the broken-hip press. I'm doing a lot better psychologically - I'm starting to go out into the world again a little bit, and that tones down stir-craziness. Starting to look for an agent for the trilogy; I have to revise the first 3 chapters to accompany my query letters, but first I'm waiting on some Sanskrit translations. The hip is actually worse off than we thought; the whole socket is kind of punched into the pelvis, but not enough for surgery. It doesn't hurt too bad, though I'm not sure if that's me being stubborn or nerve damage from back surgery. Probably stubborn.

Mark came by Aptos last night - it's hardly further from his house than Los Altos - and shot the shit. That's always nostalgic. Navid came by the night before and Candy, who has never bitten at anyone in her 11 years of life, totally went for his face. It was awesome; she was silent and there was no warning. When I told Mark that Candy tried to bite someone he had a funny look on his face, and a second later he started bawling out laughter, saying, "How did I know this was gonna turn into a Navid story?"

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Your Birthdate: October 16

Your birth on the 16th day of the month gives a sense of loneliness and generally the desire to work alone.

You are relatively inflexible, and insist on your being independent.

You need a good deal of time to rest and to meditate.



You are introspective and a little stubborn.

Because of this, it may not be easy for you to maintain permanent relationships, but you probably will as you are very much into home and family.

This birth day inclines to interests in the technical, the scientific, and to the religious or the unknown realm of spiritual explorations.



The date gives you a tendency to seek unusual approaches and makes your style seem a little different and unique to those around you.

Your intuition is aided by the day of your birth, but most of your actions are bedded in logic, responsibility, and the rational approach.

You may be emotional, but have a hard time expressing these emotions.

Because of this, there may be some difficulty in giving or receiving affection.



Burning Man
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I'm probably going to Burning Man this summer. Anyone want to come, or is anyone going already?

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