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~Thursday~  It was a typical morning, except an hour earlier today. I was at the city bus stop at 7:17 and the bus arrived at 7:25.

70% Geek / 30% Military arrived at the stop after me, and as is his M.O., took out a hardback book and read. A man walking on the other side of the street for some morning exercise seemed to be limping ever so slightly, and I found myself thinking about physical demons people are fighting a lot of the time when we don't even know it. I know I have mine.

70% Geek / 30% Military let me board first—he's a very polite young man—and because it was a little dark out yet this morning, I didn't notice until we were on board that he has sported a goatee—it being somewhere between blond and ginger.

Of course I watched him open his book to see the name of it, but it looked like an old book, as the cover was solid navy blue, a little shiny even, with a gold border around it, but no words on it at all. The page he opened to did have a Planet Fitness card being used as his bookmark. This made me wonder if I've ever seen him at my gym, and I took a harder look.

The bus got quite crowded this morning and I amused myself watching the pecking order, if you will, of how people seem to choose a seat. It would make an interesting one of those charts like the one of The Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names. All variations of people and who the order in which the choose a seatmate when having to share a seat, would just be fascinating.



At my friend Steve's Christmas party, we took a "reunion picture," of four of us who vacationed in Provincetown, MA together in 2002.

P-Town in 2002
Steve, Joe, John, Will in P-Town in 2002


Garner in 2010
Steve, Joe, John, Will in Garner in 2010




I received my holiday card from my sister, whose sentiments included some underlining of words and phrases a la our mother! Love my sister to death!

"Happy New Year! Better late then never! :-) Hope 2011 is GREAT for you! You are a blessing in our lives. We love you very much! Vivian & Jeff"



I arrived at The Royal Bean coffee shop off Hillsborough Street just before 7:00, where I met up with Anna and a guy she's seeing named Don for a poetry reading session. Brad was slated to join us later, some time after 8:00.

In the luck of the draw, Anna's name was called third, and she read three phenomenal poems of hers. I absolutely adore her turn of a word and her merriment and sometimes friskiness with language in everything that she writes. Mark me down as a fan.

Brad did arrive after eight and people were still reading, but since Anna had gone so early, he missed her readings. He and I sat in the back and were a little bit irreverent with our comments about some of the readers. Imagine that.



Although the event was slated to end at 8:40, it didn't end until a little after 9:00, and from there I stopped by the bowling alley over on Capital Boulevard to check in on the Kings and Queens, a bowling league of gay people and one on which I used to bowl years ago. The league has really shrunk, I think there are maybe 10 teams now. When I bowled there were 20 or 22.

The only people I really knew there with Chris Moss and his partner, and Willis Ward, who I knew at IBM. I only stayed about 20 minutes, and Frankie came by and we spoke for just a few. He mentioned that there's a new "state of the art" bowling alley over in North Hills now, which I hadn't heard about.



My next stop in my gallivanting night was at Helios, where I stopped just to kill time so as not to get to Trailer Park Prize Night (TPPN) too early.

I had a cup of coffee, surfed the web, and somewhere in there had a nice telephone conversation (which are not three words I often, if ever, use together) with Steve Moore. I had to cut it off though, as 1) he likes speaking on the phone, and 2) I'd stepped outside to take the call, it was cold out there, and I was in shorts, of course.



And the last stop on the crazy train was at TPPN, at which I arrived between 11:15 and 11:30, and with whom I spent the time with Alex and Bill. A copious amount of alcohol was had, which is the reason I don't get there any earlier than I do.

I got home quite late, and tomorrow's gonna suck.

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(Anonymous)
Jan. 9th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
poetry fan?
Why John Martin, you sound almost like someone who's starting to like poetry! There's so much more out there so much better than mine. You flatter and honor me by coming to listen to my works-always-in-progress. If I'd had supportive friends like you my whole life, I might've found my courage long ago.

And I love anyone who calls me frisky! ;-)

Love you!
anna
dailyafirmation
Jan. 9th, 2011 04:42 am (UTC)
Re: poetry fan?

At this point I'd still characterize myself as more of an "Anna fan" than a "poetry fan," but I'm keeping an open mind. :-) Of course, the problem with an open mind is that people keep trying to put stuff in it. ;-)

Thanks for affirming my affirmations of you. :-) And for reading and commenting here, of course! Love you, too, my friend!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 10th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
Thanks, not!
I STILL love you even if you said I am like my mother;)
dailyafirmation
Jan. 10th, 2011 01:31 am (UTC)
After years of personal development...

LOL! ***MWAH*** Thanks for reading and commenting, sis!
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