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A Day at the Jetty

We drove out to the Spiral Jetty yesterday. The road’s better than last time but the jetty is much closer to submerged. I walked out in jeans and boots, mid-thigh deep. The clothes are brittle now, crusted with salt.

After we walked the jetty we climbed up the hillside and looked at the lake, drinking beer and watching people come and go. K the hydrologist (and our driver and host) said the level will likely rise a bit in the coming year. La nina? You never know though. The jetty was submerged for more than a decade in the…80’s? Maybe it’ll go under again and I can tell people “I saw it when…”

Eureka CA in 2011

There’s a place in my heart for Eureka California. Arcata, five miles north,
with its college and town square, is the looker of the pair of cities, but Eureka has something. Good bone structure? Old brick, old houses, a layout that makes sense. But Eureka is depressing, and as economically depressed, as a California town can be. It gives the passerby two options: focus on what’s there (and what’s not) or focus on what could be.

I had 10 minutes in Eureka. The fuelie at the dock had already launched into his antigovernment mumbo jumbo, so I climbed the ladder and tried to get my land legs back. I wobbled. I thought about touching the ground, just to do it. Instead I walked fast, determined to see as much as I could. I got a few blocks, took pictures, and went back to the boat.

i’m south of San Francisco now, across from Monterrey bay, and two days ago in Eureka was the last time my feet were on the ground.

a glimpse inside

because of you – ne-yo
maybe i should turn the closet door around so it opens from the other side.
one time i was in a used book/magazine store with kk and km, and in front of the shelves of thousands of national geographics, km said, “they have almost as many as we do.” kk was *huff*.
isn’t there a better place for me to put my socks?

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A World Cup Primer

My mom asked me for some world cup info, so here goes

The World Cup starts in 7 hours. Seven hours! Here’s what you need to know:

There are 32 teams. Everybody plays three games against group opponents. 16 teams advance. A team needs at least a win and a draw to advance to the next round. After that it’s single elimination. The final will be shown on ABC on Sunday July 11th at 11:30 a.m. PDT.

Check out this 12 foot wall chart L and I made with our bare hands:

Games to watch

South Africa vs. Mexico, Friday June 11th, 7 a.m. PDT, ESPN

South Africa are the hosts. I want them to do well. They’ve been through so much, only 16 years as a democracy, and the first African hosts of a world cup. They deserve this. No host has ever gone out in the first round. Mexico are tough, the U.S.’s biggest rival.

U.S. vs. England, Saturday June 12th, 11:30 a.m. PDT, ABC

This is it, the big one. Has there been a more anticipated game in U.S. soccer history? There are all the historical storylines, the ‘spcial relationship’ between the two countries, the perfect timeslot. Make no mistake, England are MUCH better. A draw, say 2-2, would not be far away from the miracle on ice. Who knows though, the pressure is on England, lots of their players are hurt. American optimism and all that. I’m going to be nervous Saturday morning, that’s for sure.

Brazil vs. North Korea, Tuesday June 15th, 11:30 a.m. PDT, ESPN

Can you think of two more different countries? Brazil with their beautiful football-a free flowing expansive style-and beautiful dancing people. And North Korea. In the midst of crisis and brinkmanship, their people starving and Kim Jong-Il getting older and more frail. The game won’t even be shown on North Korean TV. Do they have many TVs? Electricity?

Argentina vs. South Korea, Thursday June 17th, 4:30 a.m. PDT, ESPN

This may be the only 4:30 start I get up for. Argentina’s coach is the crazy mercurial Diego Maradona, former Argentine star and now their bane. He’s a national treasure, but he’s jerked this team around, leaving world-class players on the bench for old friends. This team probably has the most talent in the whole tournament. Will they get to show it? Maradona has promised that he’ll run naked through the streets of Buenos Aires if Argentina win it all. I wonder if the team would conspire to throw a game just to not have to see the fat man run. South Korea I have a soft spot for after the 2002 tournament. Tight team. Fun fans.

France vs. Mexico, Thursday June 17th, 11:30 a.m. PDT, ESPN

FRANCE IN CRISIS. A prostitute scandal. The coach has already said he’s done after the cup. Players wouldn’t pass to teammates (they thought undeserving of playing time) in their most recent friendly. There’s always one great team that flames out in the group stages. France made it to the final last time. Will they make it out of the group this time? Mexico is tough, our rivals, and always worth watching.


The Weather

It’s a winter world cup! Right, southern hemisphere. Will African and South American teams fare as well as they should? Forties to 50s Fahrenheit at the start of games.

The Altitude

Many of the games will be played at four thousand feet. Who’s fit? Who can’t go 90? This is a good thing for the U.S., always known as one of the most fit teams.

The vuvuzelas

Picture 50 thousand people blowing tuneless plastic horns at ear-shattering volumes. It sounds like a swarm of angry bees. It can disorient players, keep them from communicating with teammates. This link looks really not safe for work but it’s fine, try blowing: http://www.spitorswallow.co.za/blowme.php

Players to watch

Lionel Messi, Argentina

The best player in the world, no doubt. The guy is a god damned magician.

Didier Drogba, Ivory Coast

A dynamic striker, seems destined to change any game he’s in. He broke his elbow and is in doubt.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

Vanity Fair coverboy (with Drogba), an annoying gelled eurotrash prettyboy with mad mad skills. His team sometimes plays better without him, though he’s one of the best players in the world.

Wayne Rooney, England

That little trolly-looking guy, him? Yeah, he’s a bulldog and has been in the form of his life this year. Watch out USA.

Teams to Watch


The complete package, an embarrassment of players on the bench that would start for any other team. They’re my pick to win.


2006 champions, but all the same players and four years older. Will they pull it together one last time?


Hey, it’s Brazil, they’ve got to be in there, to the end.

Others that could go far: Netherlands, Argentina, Germany.

Flameouts: France, Italy, England?

Worst teams in this: New Zealand, North Korea, Algeria.

That’s what I’ve got. I hope you get a chance to watch the U.S. vs. England. It’s going to be something.



much More fun Every day

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an update for those not following on facebook:

these have been good days for MfEd. this summer agents are posting signs in south africa, bulgaria, the netherlands, portland, raleigh, new york, vermont, chicago, and… where are YOU going? let us know and we’ll send some for you to take along.

postings are recorded on facebook, and on google maps. start in karamea and find them all: rhymeswithpixie -> on the map -> see MfEd all around the world!

and if you’re not following, consider it. it’s been amazing to see what a few weeks in the social sphere can lead to. signs in rio. fans in brazil, slovakia, and india. MfEd jetting its way to new cities, countries and continents. More fans = More fun!