July 1, 2015

We were evacuated on Day 7 of the Vipassana course
because the Corrine Fire was ripe. Gobbled up 1000 acres.
I caught a ride West with the meditator in front of me. Clay.
We ended up at a Vipassana center north of San Francisco to serve.
I left the service period early to let an injured hand heal up.
Flight doesn’t depart ’til July 6 so I decided to follow the day.
A woman at the center was headed to a midwife in Petaluma.
Of course Sarah Healy‘s home is there.
Sarah told me where the hidden key is. On the way
I opened my phone to see social media fireworks for legal love.
Spent the night meditating with Jasper the cat
purring snug in my lap. Bus to Oakland the next day
for surprise reunion BBQ with the KaganTrenchard‘s and crew.
The Gideon Hug. Of course Anis is in town. Revival. We slept
in a Berkeley hilltop home with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Took a train to San Francisco Pride.
Met up with Joe and Stephen at the heart. Nikki too. Huge smile.
Dipped out to catch the BART in time for Alameda dinner
with Berardi‘s. On the way from Joe Kowalke to Jon Berardi
there was a clearing in the crowd and a view of the city.
I stood still there, listened to a man play Pachelbel’s Canon
on a stringed harmonic lap piece. Joe, Jon and I met
exactly 20 years ago at a camp in Indiana.
We were on the same team.
They played Pachelbel’s Canon at the graduation.
The Berardi’s left yesterday for Indiana.
I am in their new home until my flight leaves on the 6th.
Thanksgiving all week long.
If you caught my post a couple months ago
about the hitchhiker I picked up in Oregon 1000 miles
away from where I met her last year, you can appreciate that
of course we crossed paths yesterday.
We ate Thai food in the shade and paid attention.
She’s on her way to Mount Shasta with her new gold dog.
Of course she needed a ride to Muir.
Of course that’s where I first said the words,
“You’re amazing for the things you see” from My Point Forever Endlessly.
Of course I said it to Jon Berardi as Joe ran laps on the horizon line.
Of course we took a selfie and I touched the ocean.

Tonight I’m having dinner with Katie Wirsing.
We’re gonna watch Anis feature in Berkeley at The Starry Plough.
Get here. It’s not that far.
My whole life people told me Venus is closer to the sun than us.
Of course, tonight it has made its way near Jupiter. Look up.