Spiders the size of your fist

Trip Start Sep 19, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, September 3, 2004

writing from the mary wash library. oh the smell. the quiet. the scrap paper box and little pencils. halogen lights and second floor reading treehouses. even though it's not the best- stocked library, and even though the staff never let those late fees slide, i daresay i'll miss the old girl.

spent most of the last week in tappahannock with my brother and his family. painted my brother's workshop with my nephews and learned a bit more about plumbing and potato cannons. spanked the kids at chess and finished reading "salt: a world history", which was a pretty formidable read. it's hard to get away with reading a book about salt. people notice something like that. so you spend a lot of time giving a synopsis to the curious, defending the point of such a book to those who think the topic is trivial, and generally making it clear to others that you're not really as interested in salt as they might be led to believe by the big book about salt you're reading. it's a lot to juggle.

so i was in tappahannock, and it was good. gotta go back there tomorrow morning to say goodbye to my brother and his family and to finish the roof and trim of the workshop i've been painting. summer camp dorm brown (thick latexy stuff. like painting with chocolate) and a grassy green we all hope darkens once it dries. it looks good so far. tappahannock is a fine place. briny. flat. lots of marshes and scrubby pine trees. the sticks. life slows down in tappahannock, to the point that being from fredericksburg makes me feel like a bit of a city slicker when i meet tappahannockers. this is, of course, ridiculous. fredericksburg is not particularly bustling or cosmopolitan town. still, my brother and i ran into a traffic jam on a rural road the other day, and when we got out of the truck to see what was going on, we were greeted by three carloads of people who had exited their cars to watch a large snapping turtle cross the road. it was an impressive turtle. so we stood there for a few minutes, chatted with the others, and watched the turtle cross the road. then we fixed a toilet. that's what you do in tappahannock.

thirteen days to go! holy rat balls!
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