Leo 4° (July 26)
After our moring coffee in Ithaca yesterday morning, we returned to the boat where I managed to get some writing done and to email S. the plan for the sample chapter work, which can totally wait until we get back. I am weirded out to think that R. (of R. and R.) might have rifled through her stuff and took a book from her office to the beach as he posted an Instagram story in which the same book was featured. I’ve always said that the mutable-water sign of Pisces can translate to a “gas”, and sometimes a poisonous one, that can get through any cracks in walls and under doors. They are big snoopers me thinks. Yesterday I had written to all the Advisors and Alumni but haven’t as yet had an encouraging word back. Today I need to post all the artists posters with the link for the Art House and start going after Sparklers and Sponsors in a major way. We cleared customs in Ithaca yesterday as well so we need not go any place else to do so; thus we can drop A. and L. in Albania in the morning. I did manage to get a great deal of work done, contacting all would-be Sparklers and starting the process on hitting up Missionary Sponsors as well. My left eye has been very blurry which is weird. We had a lovely lunch of tuna in oil, kangaroo bresciole (if you can believe it) a squash carbonara, a warm salad of beet leaves or was it kale itself and beets. The pudding was a soy pistachio ice cream.
After lunch, which was gratefully dry, we all went for a swim. I took a noodle to float on thinking maybe I could swim with it all the way to shore but it was too slow going to follow through on that plan; and good thing because I could feel that I was on the verge of a leg cramp. I went to my cabin then did a bit more work. We had had so little sleep that I really thought I would nap but it wasn’t to be, so I ended up going back into the water for a bit. We were eating dinner out and I had decided that all three guest couples should pick up the tab together. Most everyone took a nap. I headed down to meet up for the tender and people were drinking cocktails so I ordered myself a negroni. We hopped the tender with the doggy and went back into Ithaca which felt like a different place, like night for day, right. The restaurant that was chosen was right on the water. Well the tables were right on the water. The restaurant which was actually a couple of buildings was across the street. We ordered a whole bunch of appetizers which somehow ended up all being cheese but for a plate of anchovies and some tarama and tziziki. Predictably some people had chicken souvlaki, some people had salads, and the kids had burgers. I, too, very predictably, had lamb chops, what else? It came with lemon which I squeezed on resulting in something quite delicious. We had three bottles of rosé between five of us. Two of the three other guys had Mythos beer which I tasted and didn’t love that much to be honest.
After dinner la famille went for a little shoppage. I wanted to stroll and have something cool. It was extremely warm out still. E. said that there was a place to go at the total other end of the harbor which turned out to be a children’s store. Never mind. We passed a pharmacy which had a Greek version of Biofine called Biofin. The pharamcist lady was beautiful and S. asked if she could take a picture of her. We found a place, basically where we had breakfast, to sit and wait for the reunification and have that something cool. Something happened and we all headed back to the boat where we went upstairs to play a video game. I am so tense while playing video games that my left thumb is now numb from pressing a button that is meant to deploy weaponry of sorts. It was a relatively early night. I feel the air quality isn’t that great and I need to spend some time hydrating if I’m going to stay healthy on this trip. I did manage to cycle through the coldy sore throat I brought onto the boat without comprising any decadence which is a good thing. The boat headed to Albania from Ithaca overnight. And today we bid farewell to L. and A.. Lunch was venison burritos, cod tacos, guacamole, a roasted tomato salsa, a salad of roasted corn and snap peas and cherry tomatoes, followed by some chocalate banana sorbet.
We now will cruise from Albania to Sicily for the next twenty hours. We only really go about thirty miles. Which means we will go six hundred miles. If there were ever a time to focus on work this would be the time. I have managed to get a very good jump on things and I’m going to keep that up. I have money to raise, shows to promote, press releases to write. And I think tomorrow morning I will get up super early and dig into spending the weekend focusing now on the book proposal. This is something I would really like to do at this point. When I get back there will be five weeks to festival, enough time to promote and get money in and come up with a really good sample draft.
To view the original Sabian Symbol themed 2015 Cosmic Blague corresponding to this day: Flashback! The degree pointof the Sabian Symbol will be one degree higher than the one listed for today. The Blague portrays the starting degree of for this day ( 0°, for instance), as I typically post in the morning, while the Sabian number corresponds to the end point (1°) of that same 0°-1° period. There are 360 degrees spread over 365 or 6 days per year—so they near but not exactly correlate.
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