I turned in my grades in early June. It was a great day!
The next day I went to see Amber, who was visiting the desert with her family, staying in a groovy mid-century modern casita with painted concrete floors and swimming pool colors that make the desert seem fancy. She had a good pep talk with me about my writing career.
Those few weeks I was baking a lot of bread, following this no-knead bread recipe that is so ridiculously easy; mix the ingredients at night, wake up in the morning and put it in the oven. Here’s another version, by Vincent. When you take a fresh loaf of bread to work, people think it’s a miracle. I even started making baguettes. I followed this video for the shaping, to the point where I even hum the music from the video. Practice practice.
So that Saturday I delivered a baguette to Amber and then crossed the Mojave to Las Vegas, to see my folks. It was a short visit; the following day I was in Seattle with H and my cuñado. I made a few loaves of bread for them. I also visited Seattle Prep for the first time in years, hung out with C and J. XF made me sing into her karaoke app. It was fun to be back there. The following day was the last day of school, so I attended some of our old last-day-of-school rituals.
One of the big surprises is that Syntax-S was there in Seattle! Of course she had told me but I was unable to retain that information due to grading hell (is there a clinical term?). So she, H and I did fun Seattle things like dimsum and Daiso and oysters in the park. SUPER FUN. So good to see Syntax-S.
I flew back to to Vegas, and then next day crossed back to the Coachella Valley, and then that Monday I started my ASL class, which is a fun way to spend three hours MTWTH. I am a little ahead of the game due to my previous ASL experience. I got a 98% on the exam; I’m still a little puzzled by the one I missed, but ni modo.
What else? There has been Movie Club, Bowling Club, and Asian Adventures with R. So I took R to Rancho Cucamonga for Daiso, Chinese food, and Ranch 99. The following weekend, I was planning to meet Coffee Break Mark in Anaheim, and I decided to make it a beach day. R texted me just as I was leaving and so we decided to have a SoCal adventure on the spur of the moment. Huntington Beach, Daiso, bánh mì (his first, my first in hella). Then we went to meet Coffee Break Mark, who was as kind in person as he sounds. We talked jazz piano, and the old days of podcasting, and a glimpse of the Radio Lingua empire. R had his first bubble tea. Then back in the desert before sundown.
So now I’m back in the desert. Taking an ASL summer intensive, trying to eat healthy and get to the gym. There will be more movies, more bowling, more trips to Vegas, one more trip to Seattle. At least one more trip to the beach.