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31 March 2005 @ 04:59 pm
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Those sins that I cannot forgive of myself,
the ocean forgives for me.

My day started out shitty. REALLY shitty. Small car accident shitty. (My car is fine, the other lady'll probably soak me for a new fender. Like I can afford that.) Then the traffic took me an hour to go across an area it usually takes me 15 minutes to go. By the time I got to the vets to pick up Minna's medicine, I was a freakin' wreck.

So I took the scenic route home. And stopped and walked in the ocean. And as always, the ocean made everything better, better than even alcohol can fix for me.

Photoshop overcontrasted this when I told it to do autolevels, but I like the way it turned out so I left it that way...

More ocean...

Birdage occurred. I'm always pleased with birdage.

Two lower-teen girls walked by and exclaimed to each other "That is the UGLIEST rock!!" So in my effort to be artsy, I thought I'd show you the "ugliest" rock ^_^

More birdage. Yay!

Goodbye, beach. I'll miss you. Lord, will I miss you...

There were actually hillsides of greenery and flowers on the way home, but traffic through the pass isn't kind to impromptu photography. In any case, if any of y'all are ever planning on visiting Los Angeles, let me suggest to you late winter through early summer and suggest avoiding late summer through early winter. See the place when it's green, not fire season, with it's prickly brownness.

In other news, Minna has been hanging in there and actually having less panic/bad breathing fits than normal. Here's a picture of her.

Anyone who gets me to move away from the ocean had better have a lot of good drugs or own a liquor store, because the ocean heals things in me better than anything else I can name....
Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful
Current Music: "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack
Bread and Jam for Kate: Text message from Godtwisterfairy on April 1st, 2005 03:00 am (UTC)
I wish I had an ocean. All we have is a river that breeds fish with tumors. And when it gets hot out, it stinks. That doesn't heal shit, my friend.
Fritters: Cat Goes Pbtht by iconfetishfritters on April 1st, 2005 03:48 am (UTC)
Oh, man, that bites, condolences. Got any good woods maybe?? Lake nearby?
Robyn Goodfellow: thingyrobyngoodfellow on April 1st, 2005 03:02 am (UTC)
The ugly rock is kinda cool. Like an alien spacecraft or a meteorite.
I'm glad however, that the ocean was able to wash away your pain. I'm sorry that things were going badly for you.
Fritters: Ed Resting by Frittersfritters on April 1st, 2005 03:52 am (UTC)
When you've got a tendency to depression, a sudden infusion of guilt, worry and adrenalyn (sp) are not necessarily recommended. I'm just thankful I got rid of it without drinking. I'm wondering if I was closer if I'd drink even less...
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Cherylccryder on April 1st, 2005 03:12 am (UTC)
I find nature very calming as well.. what a beautiful place for a stroll.

Will Minna recuperate? How long have you had her?
Fritters: Ocean by Frittersfritters on April 1st, 2005 04:00 am (UTC)
Define "recuperate". If you mean be healthy again, no, respiratory problems have been a life threatening problem for her for about the last year now, and since she's almost two so that's half her life. And most rats live 2-3 years. At this point we're just trying to give her "quality of life", which seems to include lots of chocolate. Hopefully we'll have her for several more months, but every day is a gift, you know?

It almost WASN'T a stroll today, the state beach, the ones we PAY for, are 5 dollars to park at. I actually got turned away from one and started bawling like a child. But thankfully I found a place a little further up PCH where everyone was parking along the side of the road and clambered over the rocks to get to the free beach below.
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thudpucker: squeek - by frittersthudpucker on April 1st, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)

"...the other lady'll probably soak me for a new fender. Like I can afford that."

Um... did the police show up? Was a report made? Were any witnesses names taken by either of you? If the answer to these questions is 'no', then at this point it's her word against yours. Not to put too fine a point on it, but screw her.

Not a beach kind of thing, but still a good word, I think.

Fritters: Ed Peering by Frittersfritters on April 1st, 2005 04:06 am (UTC)
Well there were no cops, but legally I had to give her my insurance information. And if the cost of fixing her bumper is less than the cost of my insurance's likelihood to go up, I'll take whichever is smaller, you know? I'd rather fix it than report it to progressive. As it is, it's like a vertical scratch and maybe half an inch wide and three inches long. She just seemed extremely intent on keeping her car in perfect absolute condition.
perlee_grace on April 1st, 2005 03:48 am (UTC)
Just gorgeous! It's been 17 years since I last saw a proper ocean...
Fritters: Ed Nodding by Frittersfritters on April 1st, 2005 04:09 am (UTC)
Oh, that is WRONG! You and nfayre and a few other friends should all make a road trip to the ocean. No one should go more than 5 years without seeing the ocean. And of course our ocean is way better than everyone elses ^_^

And I have a habit of making picture posts....
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Vocabulary/Back Scritches: demacy by ampersandspazzychic on April 1st, 2005 04:04 am (UTC)

Your ocean is WAY better than mine.

I miss yours.

If I decide I must flee the state of WA to return to CA, I'm going to spend a lot of time there.
Fritters: Ocean by Frittersfritters on April 1st, 2005 04:15 am (UTC)

I thought it was the same ocean?!?

How is yours different? You need more picture posts.

And if you flee back here I will join you at the beach.
Inayah: Twinkle by Icon_goddessinayah_az on April 1st, 2005 04:11 am (UTC)
I think that ugly rock is a meteor. What a beautiful rattie. :) I sure miss my rats.
Fritters: Ed Peering by Frittersfritters on April 1st, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)
How come you don't have rats?

And my guess is it's volcano rock. All the rock at this beach is trucked in from elsewhere anyways...
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Dennydronken_dennis on April 1st, 2005 07:48 am (UTC)
Damn shitty ladies with their shitty fenders. I hope the local neighberhood kids let all the air out of their tires!!!

You also managed to get "A long december" by Counting Crows in my head ('And it's one more day up in the canyons, and it's one more night in Hollywood, man it's been so long since I've seen the ocean, I guess I should'). Which is a good thing. To me.

And Minna looks cute. Like's she's sniffing me from inside my pc :)
Frittersfritters on April 1st, 2005 08:23 am (UTC)
That's a good L.A. song in my opinion, even if it's a bit dark. I've sung along many a time realizing "I guess I should..."

>>And Minna looks cute. Like's she's sniffing me from inside my pc :)

she is....
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AlucarDmilesaroo on April 1st, 2005 01:40 pm (UTC)
Awwww, the old ugly rockling story. One day it will grow up to be the most beautiful of rocks *nods*
Frittersfritters on April 1st, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)
That's really cute ^_^
"You know, that snake girl...": goth/fairiethatsnakegirl on April 1st, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
I like your ocean. I'm on the gulf here, but since the ocean is only a two hour scenic drive, I've been there a few times. I love it, despite my paranoia.
Fritters: Ed Stars by Frittersfritters on April 1st, 2005 08:24 pm (UTC)
What paranoia? And ours is between 30 minutes and 2 hours away depending on traffic...
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Phoenix Anewphoenix_anew on April 1st, 2005 02:30 pm (UTC)
I'm another ugly rock fan. But then, I've always have a strange thing for rocks. Even though they're not living things, I can almost feel history and a kind of spirit within them.

You do have a beautiful ocean. When I took my San Fran trip, we went somewhere farther north to a national park. My friends I was staying with were going to a sort of bridal shower/party for their friends. I had woken up with the kind of headache that just ruins you, and I didn't really know too many people there, so I ended up wandering off alone and found a small piece of beach. It was more rock than sand, and kind of dirty, but it still filled me with peace and perked me up that day.

One day, when I have the cash, I must come see L.A.'s share of that ocean.
Frittersfritters on April 2nd, 2005 01:57 am (UTC)
I likr rocks a lot, but mainly the prettier ones. I actually took a few more rock shots, where the water was sparkling on them or with interesting stripes, but didn't post them. The other day I brought some labradorite to bed just cause I didn't wanna put it down ^_^

I've never seen SF's share of the ocean, although I hear there's a lot more marine life in the area, which I would adore to see. And yeah, ours is nice, too. I suggest going to Catalina if you want to see the best of "L.A" beaches. The beaches actually suxx0r (all pebbles), but the water is gorgeous there and they have great wildlife.
montgomery5281montgomery5281 on April 1st, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry yesterday was so poopy, I hope today is going better for you. I empathize w/ the car accident, they suck! Good thing you had the ocean. No oceans here (CO), just snow for now. But, I do wish we lived closer to the beach.

I too am affraid to go to a lot of busy public places, the grocery store is a killer for me. SO I also empathize w/ you in that respect.

The pictures are awesome, makes me want to take a trip!
Fritters: Ocean by Frittersfritters on April 2nd, 2005 02:12 am (UTC)
Yeah, today is better. I've got a rat and coffee and internet and it's hard to be really dissatisfied with all those ^_^

You still have lakes and streams and woods and stuff in CO don't you? Do you have any place like that you like to visit?

Why does the grocery store bother you? I'm fine with places with medium amounts of people cause there's too many witnesses for anything, but not so many people you get lost in the crowd (like ballgames, where if someone snagged your purse you could yell and no one would notice.) That's why the beach was okay yesterday, there were several groups of families/friends there and a lifeguard. Gotta remember that beach. My main problem with the grocery store is the people who let their kids run around screeching. I have anger issues ^_^

So you've never been to the West Coast?