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If on a traveler’s night a dinner

With apologies to Italo Calvino, who famously proclaimed in his 1979 postmodern novel If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler that “…every experience is unrepeatable. What makes lovemaking and reading resemble each other most is that within both of them times and spaces open, different from measurable time and space.” Just so. Very Tao, very Zen.

The unheralded food critic, Imago Cuisino, would surely add a third unrepeatable experience to the list: eating. When a meal is great, we can be transported and lose track of time; in Calvino’s words we can be someplace “different from measurable time and space.” Of course when it isn’t a great meal… well, never mind. And so, dear Eater, in what follows the usual disclaimer applies — the past-performance, future-results, and your-experience-may-vary disclaimer. Caveat gustator.

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Storm watching

It all began, simply enough, with this photo. In January 2006, I had newly joined flickr and found Vida Morkunas’ photos. This one, which she had just uploaded, captivated me because of other things going on in my life, things at the not-so-nice end of one of those “versus” dualities. I just wanted to sit on that bench, sink into it, even be that bench — and stare at the waves. The “restful” part sounded good, but “wild pacific trail” sounded remote, and the description below the photo confirmed it: “Ucluelet BC, on the Left Coast of Vancouver Island.” sigh. Not right now.

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