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Jamaica

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SFO in the early morning
MtVC
sleep
triple couple brunch date
SFO in the afternoon
work
packing
eating
yellow fever film
SFO late at night
Japanese, Mexican, American, or Chinese?

~ 1 ~
Hank Williams on the
turbulent red-eye
flashlights in the early morning
United Club at IAD
hella babies on the
flight to Jamaica
the first Jamaican woman to speak to/about me:
“it’s not fair. he’s not even using it,”
referencing my hair
all customs agents are the same stern
accosted by taxi drivers
one is hella chill so we go w him ($15)
he walks slow as hell
“we grow up w weed”
tried to sell me some but his guy is out
Caribic House
gentleman clerk
third floor balcony view of the sea
buy weed from souvenir shop ($20 for crap)
Pork Pit
buy weed from random vagrant (J$200 for crap)

~ 2 ~
breakfast at the Mocha Cafe
Knutsford Express to Negril
buy Blue Cheese from taxi driver ($5 for quality)
Yoga Centre
stroll and smoke along the beach
the German dude
yoga in the evening
shower and drinks
Alfred’s Ocean Palace
couple drinks and cricket at the Sunrise

~ 3 ~
smoothies and breakfast at the YC
chillin on the beach
spring rolls and papaya salad
Natalie naps / Americanah
drinks at One Love bar
curried conch w rice & peas at sweet spot

~ 4 ~
goodbye YC & Negril
KE to Kingston
wild winding ride east
the big city
the Spanish Court,
free rum punch on arrival
walking in the rain to
Devon House
coffee for her, coffee i-scream for me
walking in the lightening rain
Natalie goes chic in the city
divine Indian at Nirvanna

~ 5 ~
free breakfast: eggs, platanos, festival, bacon, fruit, coffee, water
taxi drive with a former yam farmer to
the National Gallery of Jamaica
walk through saturday downtown market
taxi to the grocery
Tashanna the angel
Natalie runs on the treadmill, i walk to KE
sunset swimming in the freezing infinity pool
hot bath w love
shower the hair
dress and small dinner
last home drink
up up up the hill to
dub club
smoky dub music in the clouds
danced
saw fireworks
and popcorn
and dancing
circles, circling back to a
champagne glass next to the drivers seat
flask of herb wine next to mine
slowly, slithering back to New Kingston
in the nighttime of a new day

~ 6 ~
free breakfast: kitchen sink omelet, fruit, coffee, water, festival, platanos, and a complimentary mimosa
walking to the banks, several failed withdrawals
packing up
waiting for Robert
red shirt, tan truck, big smile
cash out
ride up
the treehouse
the tour
the pool and trail
dinner at 6?
acki and shellfish, peas and rice, greens not calaloo
reading and drinking
scrabble in bed under the net
never ending music for a wake, then an end

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wake up puffy eyed a little before 9
shirtless on the balcony
big rainbow across the sky
Chef says breakfast is on the way
coffee, scrambled eggs w veggies, fried plantains, breadfruit (looked like dry pineapple slices), slices of mango, a peeled orange, everything fresh, juicy, lovely
more coffee, Bobby and Chef smoking
prep
driving to Holywell
the waterfall hike
smoke at the falls
kiss on the hills
walk to David’s coffee plantation
the Chinese crew, little kids giggling and playing games, the two big dogs loafing and eyeing everyone, the coffee man deeply darkened by the sun yet profoundly lightened by endless cups of coffee
walking back home
Natalie’s forgotten R1: the run
gap cafe too fancy
walk thru the military yard
flask of clear rum, water, cheese puffs, and chocolates at the bubbles stop
walk home
cold shower (Ginger on drums)
wifi, soup, and dinner (more Fela)
seafish, fried carrots and greens, potato, yams, plantains
greasy spliff
drinks and reading

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up a little earlier, round 830
coffee and breakfast on the taller balcony
acki and fish, breadfruit, fried plantains, papaya, orange
reading reading reading
the ride to Craighton
the $25 tour w Jerome
280,000 coffee plants—arabica not robusta—the latter 52% of the world coffee, the former 48%—though like the #1 most traded good (oil), the #2 (coffee) is often adulterated as there’s no standard nor authority—and Blue Mountain arabica is something special, with 70% of its sales going to wealthy Japanese—Jamaicans themselves drink instant coffee—unless they’re like Robert—usually Arabica ripens in 5-7 months, in Blue Mountains it takes 9-11—juicier, sweeter—Twyman and other north side farmers get less sun so their harvest is shorter
three cups of coffee after the lesson
walk to red light
bananas and coconut snack from the roadside rasta
walk from red light
Natalie loses her shades
hitching a ride w the 33 year old who spent 20 years living in Kingston before moving to London, comes back to visit family every xmas, warned us of the dangers of hitch hiking
eits cafe
walking up and a ride w David, bobby’s coz
walking to prince valley
glasses for a drink and phone
meeting, laughing, smoking w omero from Oakland and Tazia from near Kingston
drinks and dinner: beans, greens, and pumpkin rice, perfection
sunset
beer and adieu
reading, reading, hearts, reading

~ 9 ~
up a little earlier, around 815
Ovid on the balcony
coffee and breakfast in the usual spot
acki and fish, plantains, coco bread
packing up and paying
peace
dj dale down the mountain
bob Marley museum
best dinner (fried chicken, beef stew, pork stew, or curried goat?) plus rum
two wedding episodes of friends

~ 10 ~
coffee, toast, and fruit on the balcony
Mahogany Beach
food and drink on James (same menu)
crazy dance boat party TV
Turtle Beach
souvenir shopping i
drinks on James
moms restaurant (fish stew)

~ 11 ~
coffee, toast, and fruit on the balcony
souvenir shopping ii
passage to passage to India (naan, South Indian chicken, chicken tikka masala)
chilling at KE
KE to Mo Bay
El Greco, cocktail on arrival
cocktails and joint on the balcony (Half Pint)
bellboy escort to room, J$400
atm, the old walk
1/2 lb ribs at pork pit
the walk back
another round

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up around 8
finished Herzog
breakfast: one American, one Jamaican (mine is fried fish, greens, small banana, yucca, dumpling, and Nat’s French toast)
old white retired everywhere
blacks go J, whites go A
down to the street, rum up
packing, Brilliant Corners, checking out
smoke on the cliff side
delayed flight
walk down to the park shade
bk fries
taxi to airport
lines, lines, food court, hearts
exit row flight
chaos at CLT Continue reading

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selections from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

“It’s only possible to betray where loyalty is due,” said Sandy. Continue reading

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here, say

in which the Hero does too many things. Continue reading

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Don’t Let the Man Get You Down

this morning, i cooked sausages. right now, i am listening to The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukelele. tonight, i am seeing Christian the G. i’ve been kissing girls. kissing girls is one of the best … Continue reading

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last night i sat in a big room and watched the inauguration with a bunch of my fellow students. i love Aretha Franklin. i love that extremely talented quartet, in spite of CNN’s incredibly rude interruption to tell us about some stupid technicality in the Constitution making Obama president.

Fuck rick warren. Fucking Feinstein opens up the inauguration with all this wonderfulness about our freedoms and peaceful passage of power (which is true, we are doing pretty well, considering the rest of the world), but then we open up one of the most goddamn important rituals in this government with a distinctly CHRISTIAN prayer and the officials are sworn in with their hands on bloody CHRISTIAN texts. i hate it. it makes me want to spit at the screen. i hate it when people laugh at the fact that a minority of Greeks in the countryside still believe in the Greek gods. What? should they get with the program? are religions like software? do these idiot hillbillys need a software update? Greek religion = 1.0. christianity = 2.0. scientology = 3.0. you laugh and say the scientologists are crazy, well i say you’re crazy. i say the scientologists are crazy. i say the christians are batshit. i say all of you god-fearing motherfuckers are crazy. almost as crazy as me.

i apologize for the rant.

i liked Obama’s speech. i had pretty low expectations; maybe he’d mention “that auto mechanic in Detroit, who had to start working nights to pay for his daughter’s abortion” and “that Mexican babysitter in Omaha that had to start working the streets to pay her son’s way through college” etc etc. instead he actually mixed it up, addressing not only the American voter, but the entire world. i like that he didn’t just shrug off our enemies but recognized their existence and said to them, we’re in this together. i am pretty optimistic about his presidency and i hope he doesn’t let us down. maybe his first order of business could be to get rid of the opening inaugural prayer.

i just got back from a pointless 3-hr meeting where professionals sat at a long wooden table in front of an auditorium of sleepy/hungover/jetlagged students and one-by-one walked to the podium to tell us where they were born, where they went to a school, how much love their mama gave ’em, and what their purpose is in our lives. why must meetings always be so dull? it seems the bigger the meeting, the less that happens. maybe this strikes at the core of why i like smaller groups. i love being by myself. i’m in the apartment by myself right now thinking, writing, loving, being. but at the same time, i love being with one other person. talking to them, walking with them, looking at them, hugging, kissing, fucking them, and just thinking in the same 6-foot radius as them. even with three people, i’m pretty happy, but it’s not really uncommon for me to just let the other two have the conversation while i stare into space thinking about nothing. four, five, six, ten, a hundred people, i like, but it’s a different experience, and i can’t say i prefer it. it seems like it gets harder to be real and the bullshit piles up. to return to my original point, this orientation meeting was garbage and i wish they had just emailed us a 2-page document with everything that they just had to wake us up at 830 to tell us.

man, i am in such a ranting mood this afternoon. Continue reading

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