July 29th, 2013
For the last couple of weeks I’ve been feeling really good. I’ve been productive. I’ve been excited about the various projects I’ve been working on. I’ve had a strange break through and am suddenly playing the best pool of my life! I’m back to cooking dinner for the family almost every night. I’m back to bringing Hill her coffee in the morning instead of the other way around. I’m taking photographs again (the little Fuji x-e1 that you guys bought me by buying lots of my pictures has helped.. a small camera that I really enjoy using.. something that I don’t mind having with me ALL the time). The daily photos section of my photo website has proved to be a really great outlet. Without a doubt, though, I’ve been burning it at both ends (as my friend octo-papi would say “If I had a third end I’d be burning that one too!”). The night before last I came in from the shop with a t-shirt full of pill flasks (finally finished) at 10:15.. yes PM. Lately, I get in bed at night and pull out my laptop to see about answering a few emails and end up falling asleep mid sentence. Last night I woke up to Hill asking if she should shut it down for me.
It may be time to slow down just a little bit. Hill and I are going to take off tomorrow and go up to Putney, VT, my home town. We’ll spend a week up there. We’ll take some bikes, and maybe do some nice mellow little dirt road rides. My arm is healed up. It feels fine. I’m not sure that I should be doing any proper mountain biking yet, but a little noodling around the back roads of the town where I grew up is going to feel great. My best man, Matthew Helminki, is back in the U.S. with his son Liam for almost a month, and he’ll be up in Putney while we are. I’ll get to spend some time with my Caldwell brothers, Zach and Sam. Some time with my nephew Gunnar. I think we’re going to have a wonderful time. It’s not Nova Scotia.. It’s a different thing.. but there’s plumbing, and there’s hospice care if I need it. The hospice team has got me all set up with everything I could possibly need for the trip. SO. A little decompression. A little break from this manic pace. A little break from the HEAT, we’re hoping (there are ponds in Putney!).
I won’t be putting up any new photos for sale this week because I won’t be around over the weekend to do the printing. Instead! Pill flasks. The long awaited pill flasks are going on sale. Very shortly. In just a few hours. A lot of you have asked for these.. have asked to be put on the waiting list, etc. I didn’t make a waiting list, though. I think it’s fairest if I simply say when they’ll go on sale, and let you all go for it. There will be two sales. One at 1pm today. I feel like this is fair for both east and west coasters. The second sale will be tomorrow morning at 7am. This seems fair for Asia and Europe as well as east coasters who may have been in the middle of a meeting or something this afternoon. There are NOT a lot of these. I made 4 feet worth. With one that perished somewhere along the line (pretty good success rate now that I think of it), that ended up being 23 flasks. Several of those are spoken for by people who I could not say no to.. my mother, for instance. At any rate. You get the picture. My mom had some really beautiful fabric around that she sewed up and cut up and made nice little diapers for the flasks.. I’m pretty pleased with how the whole thing has come together!
Like everything else I do, the flasks are not HIGH polish. They’re meant to float around in your pockets with your keys. Brass is soft.. it’ll get marred up.. but it’ll also develop the sort of polish that life naturally gives things. My own has become a really beautiful thing over the last month or so of use.
I’m running late. I need to pack up and get to the pool hall for one last LONG day with Jon Smith before I head off to the country.
BUT. At 1PM these will go on sale on the fast boy cycles site FOR SALE page.
Fast Boy out.