Bad egg

If you didn’t know, it’s super easy to find out if an egg is spoiled. If it floats in tap water, it’s a dud.

This bad egg is the first image I posted on the new photography sharing app called Glass. (Nice name!)

The app is subscription based, but that means it’s free of all the garbage so prevalent in social media. Photos are front and center and interaction comes in the form of conversation. (There are no likes.)

I’m still wrapping my head around it. Do I post old vacation photos that seem extra good? Or do I share snapshots of life while it’s happening?

I’ll figure it out at some point.

Poolside

The days are blurry. During the week I’m juggling projects. Weekends are for decompressing.

In this instance, it involved floating in a pool, soaking up sunshine, slathered in SPF with a wide brimmed hat.

A group of folks hang out in a pool while a young girl jumps into it in the background

Can I use your phone?

August 1, 2021.

We were having a cocktail on the patio.

Light was refracting at the bottom of this super cheap IKEA cocktail glass.

I asked Casey to use his phone’s camera as I was without all technology.

Thought it was pretty.

Up on a ladder at Wave Pool

I was in Camp Washington to take down some of the Reform America vinyl lettering that covered the front windows of Wave Pool. I wasn’t there for the installation, but just trying to chip away at these letters gave me immense respect for Cal, Eli and crew for getting it up at all.

In hindsight? This was an incredible undertaking and I’m proposing we avoid such installations in the future!

I did the best I could with wobbly legs and made some progress, but the letters way up the top were beyond my capability. Once I packed up supplies and ladder I did a loop through the gallery to see some of the art.

Good stuff.

Above: Erika Nj Allen’s Respira

A broken plate with a screenprinted design in blue ink
Terence Hammonds Welcome Edition #4 – The System Was Never Broken It Was Built This Way
A painting of colorful people holding shapes that resemble houses over their head
Sharareh Khosravani Untilted I from “Windy Land” series

Clicking away

Things will be very boring here for a while.

Example, I’ve resorted to adding a wired mouse to my favorites area.

(And in hindsight, I wish all those favorites were simply posts from this journal flagged as such, but that’s for some future day.)

I’ve half a mind to fast forward through these last 30 days and just catch up to today. Only thing that will be undocumented is lots of pictures of food and Edie, and lots of dealing with things and steeling with resolve.

Back at the desk

Normally I’d have started the day with a Zoom workout, but I jumped right into work instead.

Other things have reverted upon return. We’re back to remote working and doing pickups instead of going inside stores.

Oh, and I didn’t go into details about the haircut I had before vacation. It didn’t go well. I’m fine with going back to using clippers at home.

A miffed cat and a bunch of carbs

Unlocking the door to my apartment, Edie’s greeting was tinged with skepticism and intrigue. There was a month’s worth of scents on my luggage, so she started inspection there before checking me out to see if I was the same person I was before. (To answer that particular question, one really needs to specify a time span.)

Extra bonus: My neighbors Kathryn and Terry left a surprise on the counter with carb-filled goodies as a welcome home from “Keto Mountain.”

It was good to be home.

Homeward

Casey watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (his first viewing!) while I sobbed through Supernova — double masked, flying from SFO to SLC to CVG.

Considering the shift in variables, personal travel by plane will subside for the moment. (Sigh.)

It was fun while it lasted, and it shall be fun again.

In the meanwhile, here are some views along the way.

Photograph of a seatback video screen on a flight. The scene is of two men with their arms around another at the edge of a lake with an RV in the foreground
Supernova (touching film about a partner with dementia, but ultimately was so-so)
A view of the Oquirrh Mountains on the edge of Salt Lake City, Utha
Approaching Salt Lake City
A very tall smokestack at the base of the Oquirrh Mountains
Kennecott Garfield Smelter Stack
Dimensional paper cutouts of colorful paper butterflies
Pop Art 08 Rebecca Coles
Geometric colorful triangles form a piece of art
Urban Geometry by David Cheminant

The spaceship

It was possible to adjust our route from the coast and hit up Apple Park on the way.

Once I found out this was happening I got very excited.

I’d always wanted to visit Apple at some point and pay homage / tip my hat to the company that opened doors for realizing ideas so early in life.

They have a visitors center at the edge of the circular spaceship building with a store and viewing platform. Every detail and surface (particularly the stair case rails) were exquisite.

It was hard to see much of the main building from this vantage, but still… some micro-bucketlist item was checked off and I was thankful for the moment. (Plus also it was fun to see the new iMac colors IRL.)

Exterior of a modern designed glass and concrete building
Viewing through large panes of glass, the interior of an Apple Store is revealed
Three iMacs in pastel orange, yellow and red
T-shirts with Apple branding displayed in a retail setting
A man in a mask walks down a modern set of stairs.
A deck overlooking Apple Park