What should I do for the week of July 4?

Taking the week of the 4th off, but I have no idea what to do. So many options:

  • Arizona to visit sister and maybe go to the Grand Canyon again
  • SoCal to visit family
  • drive up Northern California and around the Oregon coast
  • quick visit to Singapore and Taipei
  • Yellowstone
  • Washington, DC
  • Mt. Rushmore and Black Hills
  • short Alaska trip
  • Hawaii — big island?

One week is just so short a vacation. Maybe I should take a few extra days off? I don’t think I’ll have enough vacation days for a full 2 weeks. Or maybe I should stay in town and try to buy a place?

What to do, what to do…

Remember when

Remember when it was September 11, 2001, and you slept until like noon because it was the wonderful summer between high school and college and school hadn’t started yet; and your dad for some reason didn’t wake you up even though he was definitely awake and seemed rather concerned about the effect on the stock market; and when you finally heard the news you were all like fuck it and called your friends and were all like let’s go to the beach… and it was a really nice day at the beach?

Det Utroligste (The Most Incredible Thing)

This weekend I saw into my core. I thought that it would just be ice, pure ice, but it wasn’t. There is a flame, or maybe an ember, burning red hot that is encased by the crystal ice. I thought it was extinguished, but it is not. It is made of stardust and matchstick tinder and phoenix ash. The little light shines through those stolid shells: K, L, M, N, O, P, Q. It is pulsing life, and life is warm.