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January 17, 2005

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Today is observance of MLK's birthday, so Bruce and Connie had off and sent Sadie to a babysitter for the day so they could finish painting their new house. I went over as part of work-for-computer barter and to tie up loose ends left dangling when I painted most of their place in November. As I painted window trim, I thought how nice it is when friends help friends out. I had no other plans for the day so I didn't bother watching the clock. This led me to thinking how one of life's great luxuries is the unhurried lunch. When it came time to replace some trim, something about these nails really got to me. I'm not sure why, but I saw them through my (deceased) mother's eyes and imagined her delight at their tidy organization. Civilization is pretty fucked, but shiny nails like these offer some consolation.