My other home.
in all forms visible and invisible.
Start your Road to something you’ve only had as a vision or dream, THIS MORNING.
is always close.
Stay in love.
These pod chairs, or seat, I have to have one in my office. For me… My office, can see it. I can. I see it without closing my eyes. It’s a vision I not only believe it but find calm and quietude in. I’m there when I think of it.
Hot with this sweatshirt or jacket on. Can’t stop typing and take it off, though. That will cost me. Time. Time. What I can never have enough of. So aware of time, today. Life and its short stint. I choose to spend lunches like this, most of the time. Monday of course, no, getting lunch with Tasha. Yesterday, getting latte and writing a bit in car. So that suffices, partially. But this, this is a true literary lunch. This is what writers, true writers, do. What I’m doing now, a writer.
Thirsty. Want another sparkling water. Wait till after, after the typing and work for ME.
Someone else, in a pod next to me. Heard him turning pages of a book.
Gathering tax stuff…. Thinking of challenging self, again… what I can do till 4/15/20. 2020… makes me cringe. Time. Again. Reminding me. It’s coming. For me.
Planning day. Week. Life. How it’s all to go. Self-publishing this book and changing certain dimensions before “the assessment”. The day I turn 40. Want the book done. No more not-selling writing. No more self-doubt.
This cold, making a second pass, but I’m defying it and denying it any entry or connection to my character. Staying elevated and positive in all pulses.
Almost done with my latte. How the fu– Time just moving so I move with it, and like I stipulated in the thousand words– Guy enters nook carrying a ladder and I ask if I’m in his way he says no I’m fine, I ask if he wants me to move he says he’s going to paint the wall black within the next hour or so. I tell him I’m going to be out of here just before nine and he extends his fist for a bump, I answer with bump, “Have fun!” He says and leaves.
Have fun. I think about that. Of course. Why not. I am. Have fun at work, in work, with my work. What I do. My character and its definition and decision, decisions. Have fun. Enjoy the story.
This morning continues to educate me on me and my work, me here at Sonic. This, this building, me and my role, I’m seeing is part of the There. Yesterday meeting in the Zen Den, or Zen Cove as I call it still from time to time, talking about what’s ahead and how everything now moves in positive pulse, tells me I need focus on it more. My book, on Thought, the definition of thought and what thought does, can do, where it comes from, wildly provoked by this building, this company. And the other building, when I’m in there. I didn’t see this, when I applied, when I first started, or even in my first month.
The first month, I was still celebrating being out of a tasting room.
Work… work… work….. I write about work and making work your own. Making it your own story, your life, what you are and who you are, not just job title and location.
8:41. Made self lunch this morning so I HAVE TO eat and write in car. Not all ideas and thoughts, visions about and from where, past where I am. My office, this office, always working with this company and help tell its story. Revolution, movement, music, poetry, SOUND. I can barely stand and translate everything that’s being said to me by the morning. Sonic very much reminds me of a Coltrane track, in its precise yet frenzied and random patterns, the profuse passion for the Now, the track itself, being there, present and speaking, reciting, reveling in colorful immediacy.
8:44. I’m reminded here and when in Field that each moment serves standalone story. All of them. No exception. From business consideration, this is enigmatic and pragmatically spastic. That’s why I identity with the language, with the scene and stage and ways from day to day.
Not sure what it means to me, the significance. If there is any. But I’m enjoying the day. Brewery up the street from the Autumn Walk Studio that I’ve been wanting to visit for months. And here I am. Finally. Back to work tomorrow and I return more composed and confident than recent weeks. Why…. I focus on the idea of sound, speed, efficiency, story. Kindness. The pillar and principle that should determine business momentum. Playing now, as I about to pick up the pint+ of Red Ale, Born On A Bayou, CCR. I’m taken somewhere. Somewhere. Some mood elevated and renewed. My day off but not. Not at all. This, this tap room if you’d call it that, present now in my pages. This is all significant. That I know.
Crepevine. Been here a handful of times. Today’s rewarding me for something I did. What. The thousand word start to the day? Me staying in last night? I’m loving my walk today with the Field Sales Team. Small streets, quiet with a spread of varying tree types.
Today in the Field is different. It rewards me and provoked me to do more. More. Reminding me that I need wish for nothing. Everything is right here. In this restaurant, in Berkeley, in every street. Most can’t wait for their workday to end. I dread the out punch, leaving this chair, the omelette she just set down for me. I want more of this. Today. Now. What I do.
blogs, then later study. 8:43. About to brush teeth, then launch. Somewhere, to take pictures. Photograph and trap the vineyard.
Did go out and shoot a vineyard, after driving a large seemingly never-ending (never-ending in terms of my indecisiveness, not so much the drive itself or the Sonoma County Roads) loop from Coffey Park then into Windsor and Healdsburg where I stopped to use the restroom at Oakville Grocery and get a sparkling water, then back to my home zone then to Olivet where I shop what I think are older Zin vines. Went for a run which was anything but impressive so I won’t even bother giving it page life, then home for lunch and shower and nap. Got a cold brew which I never have, from Starbucks and now I’m here on campus. Ready for work. Ready to intensify and angrily demand this transformation of my writing and teaching life. Have some grading to do but not going to bother now. Now, in this Now, I think of where we’re going, what we choose, the decisions we make and the results.. How we interpret those results, how we react to them, and what’s entailed in that reaction. Why do we complicate when really we ought simplify? That’s what this transformation I seek is much about, consolidation and a certain containment of identity. My backpack, a commanding and telling symbol in this effort, right now with it filled with papers and books, and change and pens, a couple journals and who knows what else. Tomorrow I won’t bring it to the office. Leave it home. Identity, Self, our stories…. Sipping the nitro slow and with a specific caution as I’ve never ordered it before and even with the handful of sips I can already tell it means to shove me somewhere, to not so much motivate me but order me to stick to my own order. To decide on my Now, where I am. In this conference room.
For a second, I pretend I’m him. In Paris, not in this conference room, and younger than I am now, just watching people come in and out of the restaurant, or café. I see one person, a young woman and she’s a student, I can tell. With her notebook held by left hand and occasionally in crook, and a small backpack. She sits down at a table by the window, after ordering. Not sure what she told the older man at register, but I’m guessing something light. And I’m guessing she won’t be here long. Or maybe she will, I don’t know… Away from my vision, I just think of Hemingway’s writing, his discipline, how when I speak of him in the class what he would have to say were he there with me. I’m in a conference room, I’m not in Paris, and I’m assuredly and humorously not Hem. I read, though, and react to his scenes, on hunger being healthier and everything looking “better” as he said when you’re hungry. What does he mean by “better”. For me a writer and thinker, I can only think more usefulness and more value for page. In noting all thoughts and all feelings and observations for day, I embrace the conference room. No students in here with me. Though, I’ll be in the classroom in a matter of hours. Just under 4 from now, if you need know. Sharing ideas and hearing their ideas and observations of Hemingway’s text.
On the drive this morning, seeing all the evidences of the recent rains, how bright the greens are, especially with today’s sun and elevated temperatures, I knew I was taking the long, overly procrastinating route with unintended intention and meaning. To see more of where I am. Sonoma County. To gather thought and measure how I’d approach the day. Now that I’m in the day, and here on campus in this conference room knowing this will be my last semester here for a bit if not forever, the Stanford visions come back. What is it about that campus? I even thought of the university this morning I think while turning left onto Eastside Road. Part of it’s the walks I used to take with Dad around the campus, and of course surviving what I did at the Children’s Hospital, but there’s something else. Something…. The research culture or the cafeteria, shit I don’t know. But I want to speak there. I want to teach narrative and nonfiction, journal writing, THERE. There is my There.
Can feel my heart accelerate with frightening reassurance, writing that last sentence. I mellow and measure, smile and type on. Nearing 40, and yesterday’s whatever it was I felt on 85 and 280, dead. I’m re-composed and my composition in character and immediately liberation flashes new theses and doctrine. I smile again, with no one in this room, books all around me. If we don’t have something envisioned, a vision that is ours and only ours, then our story ails by the day. I won’t let that happen, I thought soon as I woke from nap. Now with this new coffee type I’m intimidated to again sip, but do anyway, I sense my heart provide a new beat. One to which I recite and ignite not so much a new plight but sight. I see where I’m going, or do I.
I’m a teacher, but not yet the one I wanted to be when in high school. That’s okay, though– I become so bored with my writing I’m tempted to delete everything I just wrote. But don’t. I start a new story. Don’t write a sentence of it, physically, but read it in moment while typing this. I can see the book on a stand, somewhere. Would I buy a copy of it? Maybe. Sure I would. What’s it about. Everything. How’s that for an answer. One minute he’s talking about wine, the next running, then teaching at the JC, then wine again, then kids, then working for a tech company that makes him more a writer than he ever was before, then some other shit. That’s the book, mine.
Had quite the nearing forty panic or maybe even anxiety on the way home from Monterey, yesterday. 7:43 now back home and here by self, I just think about that drive and why I felt that way. I have not a single idea, to tell you the truth. Then, I know why. Just can’t assign it words. Has to do with what I do, where I am. Think I may be getting tired of Sonoma County, though realizing that could just be a symptom of or associated with the travel urge and thirst. I thought, Transformation. Now is when I transform into the writer and teacher I’ve always wanted to be. Since I had such ambition senior year in high school. I start with this morning, with this beat, with this kitchen, this “day off” which I won’t let be anything like a day of nothing done.
I charge my camera. Last night before bed watching a documentary on Africa, and deep reaches of Africa and the wildlife. These shots and video stretches where the animals were seen in their most truthful talk and motions. I want to take something in, down, with camera today. Of course first I think of the vineyard. But where do I start. They’re everywhere, here. No longer feeling that restlessness I did on the drive. Ambition, hunger, looking for my moveable feast. Where do I start. I don’t pressure self. I think of now, this quiet, the counter…. Me. In the car I kept thinking singularity, focus, an extension from the man’s remarks after my speech on Saturday, that my energy was unlike anything he’s seen I merely “needed” a bit more centrality. Is he right, or is this who I am. Or, does there need be realized a symphony of both characters. No more panic, no confusion, no questioning self and second-guessing self. This morning, another start to ME. Transformation I guess you could interpret, but not doing much with the original character. ME. Here the poet who wants the same thing as everyone else. More. Not so much more money although of course that’s be welcomed, but more movement, more observations, travel and exploration, wonder and wander.
The feeling comes back, just like what I felt merging onto 85 from whatever. I need to move quicker, I need to not be so careful, I need the travel. Don’t pressure yourself with finishing a book. You’re closer to 40, but so what. Don’t shoot for the wine world, anymore, anything in it, even your own label one day. And teaching at the JC, I need to move on. And besides, I want to teach yes if you could call it teaching but in more locales, to more students. I want to see other campuses. I’m quite exhausted of SRJC and the same parking routine, walk up the Emeritus stairs. The smell of the rooms, the technology not working. I want those rooms I’ve never seen, the campus quads full of students, not just the after-work and commuter passers.
7:55. Feel the coffee molding the character it hopes from me, today.
Move quicker in thought. Today I take pictures. Not so much to be a photog, but find something. Thinking Alexander Valley, near Robert Young, or more toward White Oak, Soda Rock. Maybe just go after the entire valley. Transformation of character—be out there, out There, seeing everything and observing whatever I can find in the rows. The closer to 40 I get I’m noticing myself losing a bit of urgency. This, frightens me. And, angers me. Today I re-write the character into one of a more angry or near-angry tirelessness. I need a measure, I realize. Yes, I find self thinking of word count. Can I fit in 3000 words, today. Yes. You have the entire day. One thousand for morning, another for photography and journaling what you find out there, then one last k for end of day.
Should have written more in Monterey. Was difficult, though, with the babies. Had chance the night we went out for dinner and when back in Inn room wife offered me some time to self, to go to lobby and write for a while. I, tired from drive down and skirmishing with kid ways and playful and then not so playful defiance, surrendered to exhaustion. Where I was. Had a glass of the Truett GPS blend, then fell asleep next to Ms. Emma.
Now grappling with how I start the day. Want to get a run, somewhere in. Around noon, I reason. That gives me about 4 hours for other projects. Talk about overthinking, yeah, I know that’s what I’m now doing, right here at the counter. Pictures, thinking of taking pictures of the vineyard at this stage in their development as characters, then writing about it. Should leave the house before 9, head to AV. I think I know where I want to start, but I’ll finalize destination when I get there. And maybe write in the rows, looking at the sleeping stubs, the mustard where I can find it which is everywhere right now.
This has nothing to do with a proximity to 40. At all. This is ME, overthinking and wondering if I should do this or if I should try this, if a book is what I should focus on or if when I speak I’m too much this way to that way, to too too whatever. I stop woth that and settle in now, the Now where I am at home. I remember when I’d walk outside the Roth tasting room to take pictures in the SB block, I wouldn’t overthink anything. There was nothing to think about at all, really. It was just me and the vines. That was the IT to it all.
8:10. When done with this first set, I’ll get ready. Throw something on, not think about it much. Thinking I won’t head to AV, with the distance involved. Maybe just down the Road, to Olivet or something nearby. Wherever there’s vines. I just need to be near a vineyard. That will impeach this unsettled shape in my senses and character, literary shape. I’m letting this happen, I know, this approaching 40 uneasiness and uncertainty, nervous note set. The transformation is to stop it, entirely. Embrace it, I suppose. But, STUDY it. Note all its notes and beat.