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Imagine my delight when our first excursion into the streets of St. Louis resulted in finding a new (to me) species!

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There’s one person’s LiveJournal that I’ve read for the past few years. It’s really two people—they’re a couple and they live in Boston and they foster pit bulls. For some reason I clung onto them five or six years ago. I don’t know how I found them, but I check in on both of them all the time. I sent the guy a book he was saying he wanted. I hoped he'd write on his blog, "A mysterious stranger sent me the book I wanted," but he never did.

That was Fiona Apple, interviewed in 2012 (and excepted in the oh no you didn't lj comm). The sad truth is that the book never arrived--I had a mailbox at a check cashing place for over 10 years, and then they stopped having mailboxes. I switched to a UPS store for a few years before I realized that I didn't make a zine anymore, and I didn't really need a special place for receiving mail from strangers. Somewhere in that span of time, the book was sent but lost in the postal void.

Fortunately, a short time later, I posted asking if anyone reading my journal was in Los Angeles, since I was going to be visiting. I got a VERY suspicious email from someone claiming to be Fiona Apple, and it caused me to wrack my brain trying to figure out who was trying to gaslight me. After a few emails back and forth, I became convinced that she was who she said she was.

Which was fortunate for me, because Fiona was exceptionally generous, providing opportunities for my father, brother, and I to be entertained at the Largo theater in Hollywood. We even got to meet Fiona backstage:

ANYway you've probably read most of this before, and what I'm trying to get around to saying is, Fiona got me the book again.

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Thanks Fiona! So happy to have you in our life, and at our cottage.
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Sometimes I don't smile in selfies because I'm concentrating on getting us both in the picture.
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I go to the Cape once a year--a coworker opens his family's house up to the zoo staff for a week. This time my 36 hour visit coincided with the Summer Solstice. Here's the bay side beach showing an awful lot of low tide.

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Last week I went to see Rhea Butcher and Cameron Esposito do stand up at Johnny D's in Somerville. Afterward I waited in line to take this terrible picture of us all together. Actually this picture was taken by my friend Brittany who was nice enough to give me her extra ticket. The picture that the comedians and I are taking with my phone is truly awful. I was in a hurry because I didn't want to inconvenience the famous people.

Pride 2015

Jun. 20th, 2015 08:40 am
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A week ago I went to Boston (gay) Pride for the first time in many years. One of the first things I noticed was a lot more pet-based groups. Here I am posing with the MSPCA dog character, who somehow did not die in the heat.

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Here's a shot of a beautiful bald woman and the pudgy spider-lover she tolerates, taken at 3:00 p.m. for some reason.
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Checking the air pressure on the hospital van.
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Me and my old man.
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Creepin' at the mandrill exhibit.
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It's us arriving at Carrie's house for the Memorial Day party!
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Stop and Shop parking lot selfie.
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Lookin' tough with my golf cart.
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I love the color of the spring oak leaves
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Driving home from my dentist appointment, with my new crown
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DON'T COME IN, I'm almost done in here, anyway...
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These sheets are clean and white, but for how long?
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Using my car as a temporary AAZK office to write some checks.
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