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.