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two papers left to grade but I'm going to catch them early tomorrow morning. my brain is all cramped now with other people's thoughts and I need to shake it out a little before moving on. sandy comes back tomorrow and so I suppose I should do my dishes and take out the recycling and remove all my debris from the livingroom although she had her birdhouse craft project out there for some months which is fine I just don't quite understand why I feel like I have to keep all signs of my life in my own room. I'm sure she wouldn't care if I spread out a little but I hate to think I might possibly annoy anyone.

maybe I'll leave a few things out. I need a table to put the sheet metal on though, as I keep leaving it with water painted on where I want it to rust and thus it must be horizontal for several hours at a time.

insurance finally paid me about two-thirds of what they owed me. I think now there are officially only two months missing from all the claims but of course they list them in the most confusing way possible so that you can't tell what they think they've paid. this is compounded by the readjustment of the claims formerly denied as they simply use a reference number for those so if you don't have the old statements lying around you can't be sure of what they cover. they do this on purpose I know and if they manage to keep a stray $600 of what they should have paid me I'm sure this adds up over millions of clients. fuckers. the insurance industry should be fucking illegal.

the other day I finally walked into this store on valencia that I was never sure of exactly what they were and I don't think they are any particular thing except that they sell odds and ends mostly made of animal skeletons and bug specimens and fossils and old nails and railroad spikes. I'd never been in there before and had no idea it was just exactly the sort of store I'd like to run. I bought out their collection of owl pellets (there were only two left) which are the things owls regurgitate as little clumps of fur and bones of what they cannot digest. the pellets are autoclaved before they are sold. I've had them soaking in water for two days but they have not come apart yet so I don't know how much fur and bones I scored. of course I want to make things with them but I'm not sure what. first I have to work them loose. the store sign said to use bleach and water and I didn't want to use bleach unless necessary but it might be necessary.

what a cool store! now that insurance has paid up I think I'll go get that mink skull for $28. will have to find a place for it where santiago can't try to eat it. minks have huge canines for their size. I never realized that. also this store has dead butterflies in glassine envelopes and I would like to put a couple of them on this metal piece so perhaps I will grab some of those too. really this place looks like what I'd like my studio to look like, minus the wire and steel.

they also sell tiny lenses. what can you do with tiny lenses? I'd like to figure something out. the whole store just screams shadowbox but I'd like to resist that urge. the one thing they don't sell are pelts, which is too bad. I mean I'm not one for taking pelts but if they turn up already dead I do like to do stuff with them.



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Oct. 21st, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
mink skulls! owl pellets! i cannot imagine a store like that here. must be kind of a california thing. :D

navigating insurance claims can be infuriating and frustrating. i'm glad you got most of the money from them. hope they cough up the rest soon!
Oct. 21st, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC)
"must be kind of a california thing. "

It's a biology course supply catalog thing.
Oct. 21st, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC)
oh I want one of those catalogs! what are the names of companies that supply such things? will they sell to the general public? how about to a teacher of rhetoric?
Oct. 21st, 2005 10:59 pm (UTC)
From a quick search on google:

Geology depts usually have these catalogs, so that's why I'm familiar with them. Wards and Ben Meadows are a good general ones. The forestry supply catalog is hot porn, but it's less useful for your purposes.
Oct. 21st, 2005 11:01 pm (UTC)
Well I'm not sure to whom I replied, but you'll get the message anyway.

Yes, you can order any of this stuff usually. If it's controlled substances like chemical reagents, sometimes not.
Oct. 21st, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC)
cool. I will do some googling of my own.
Oct. 21st, 2005 10:48 pm (UTC)
I think it might be peculiar to san francisco although I could picture it in seattle too. misty grey earthy cities. it's a fun place!
Oct. 21st, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC)
where is that place on valenica? is that the one with the big, pretty insects all over the walls inside? or is that a different place? maybe the place i'm thinking of expanded, since they just had insects but not bones and nails and owl pellets. that was a few years back after all. cool. although you can get your own owl pellets in golden gate park. i'll even ship you a dog so that you can have help finding one. want the big daft dog, or the big hyper dog?

and have you been to the bone room on solano ave in albany? it's on the 43 line from campus. in case you're ever that way and bored.

Oct. 21st, 2005 10:52 pm (UTC)
the bone room! shit. I keep forgetting about that place. there are citycarshare cars in berkeley; I could bart to downtown berkeley and get a car and drive the rest of the way.

owl pellets in golden gate park. huh. unautoclaved though. and how do you pick them out from random pieces of dirt and poo? or is that what the dogs are for. how do they differentiate them from poo?
Oct. 21st, 2005 11:03 pm (UTC)
hehehe. well. um. let's just say that poo and owl pellets do look different, but dogs will be dogs.

autoclaved? wtf is that? i need my biologist friend to understand such things. fuck, i used to just pick them apart with tweezers fresh off the ground. how unscientific of me.

you may need the older dog. his preferences do not include poo. and he has no teeth left, really.
Oct. 21st, 2005 11:13 pm (UTC)
autoclave: pressurized steam chamber for sterilizing objects that would otherwise go up in flames at those temperatures.

I guess as long as you washed your hands you can't catch anything too nasty from an owl pellet. I don't know though.
Oct. 21st, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC)

the beer is a fine disinfectant.

i mean, look, i'm ok!

::falls out of chair laughing at the notion of "ok"::
Oct. 21st, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC)
Just wear some latex or nitrile gloves when you go a-scavenging.
Oct. 21st, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC)
oh and the place is paxton gate. I'm not sure if they had opened yet while you were still here. it's between 19th and 20th on the west side of the street.
Oct. 21st, 2005 11:00 pm (UTC)
that's about where the place i'm recalling is. on the west side of the street, yes. although i was in there with my friend, beth, and so that must have been 1999.
Oct. 21st, 2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
well maybe that was them. I don't really remember when they opened. the walls are pretty much covered with cabinets and stuff now so I didn't see the insects on the wall but there are lots of dried insects and insects suspended in acrylic cubes and stuff.
Oct. 22nd, 2005 01:22 am (UTC)
"they sell odds and ends mostly made of animal skeletons and bug specimens and fossils and old nails
It sounds so Dickensian.
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