At the 61c, watching the rain pour down and fluidise the streets. It seems that rain always brings a change in weather, like another turning of the minute hand on the clock - the second hand may accumulate energy, but the minute hand is what spends that energy and realises the pending change. The hills between Cleveland and Columbus are like that - flat, but occasionally there were big slants downwards that would foretell lasting changes in the terrain - it would get flatter as another place another age of glaciers judged differently. Rain is much like that, but it represents the extroverted hills of modern times.
A flash of memory from a conversation on rings - remembering a trip to DC I made with Nicole for her to have some piece of jewelry (or was it a watch?) repaired - while we waited we spent a good amount of time looking at expensive jewelry. She had a particular liking of things made of coral, and so we looked at all sorts of things of the sort in that mall... On one level I was a bit weirded out at how freely she spent money (reminded me of my family, which she fit into fairly well when she met them, I think), but on another I did appreciate the aesthetics. Falling back into that mindset, it felt like she was a hand reaching out inviting me into a lifestyle I consciously rejected, which I guess was a big theme of my relationship with her. If I had grown up the way I was supposed to, maybe I would've been a perfect companion for her. I wonder if that's true.. I think the social/economic class one is born into and raised in must affect relationships in interesting ways, an area I probably should think about further. It was one of those memories and lines of thought that totally distorts time though, when I came out of it, I didn't actually miss any conversation. Thinking-time and dream-time seem to have that in common - it's possible to spend hours staring off into space with only a few thoughts (recorded, at least) while enough to write a book can happen in an instant.
I am extremely enthused to see, courtesy slashdot, that freenode is banning tor connections due to some groups finally doing things that make people uncomfortable with lack of responsibility for one's connection. I think it's tragic that the EFF and other cultural institutions have embraced tor for quite some time - hopefully things will start to go the other way.