Notes On My Mom’s iPhone
Someone famous once observed that the eyes are the windows to the soul. But in 2015, I am pretty positive that it’s the notes section on our iPhones.
My mother and I started scrolling through hers after splitting a bottle of wine at dinner, and I found myself laughing uncontrollably, loving her so much — amazed at the bizarre and simple randomness of everything she has written down. All the things she wants to remember to never forget.
Some are lists: names, places, things to do. Other notes are quotes from authors — Tennessee Williams, Sartre, Kafka. And some are just a single term, with zero context. Asian carp.
Reading someone’s notes is better than a diary. I don’t think I’ve ever known my mom better.
No notes have been harmed in the making of this blog post.
Wolf hall. Its episode last week
Magical realism — Gunter Grass
Connor — lamb stew. Appears to like
745 square feet
Try Helen for pedicures
Bitches be cray
The secret to happiness:
“Insensitivity, I guess” — Tennessee Williams
Symbolic of his in-between situation, he thinks “with his belly.” He belongs nowhere.
Kafka — report to academy
Order this at Starbucks
Comedians in cars
TO BLOCK A PHONE NUMBER:
Are you cracking wise?
“We’re better off as friends that don’t hang out or talk.”
Bledsoe bar b q
Best time to negotiate this is when entering a new job
Gift is in den second drawer on left
FARENEHEIT TO CELSIUS
Subtract 30 from temp and divide by 2 (smiling face emoji)
Paso Robles Australian labor doodle
“He’s been reduced to little more than his disabilities.” Claudia Roth
Pierpont describing a Roth character in ROTH UNBOUND.
SILKEN GRAN HOTEL DOMINE BILBAO
Wedding toast: CHEKOV
“The center of gravity should reside in two: he and she.” 1886
Hoist that rag. Tom waits
Long cord for Connor
Mitt for Jesse
Mitt for mom
Ronnie Hudson and the street people
Psylicibin. Magic mushrooms
XOLAIR. Sasha’s miracle infusion
The meaning of life is that it stops — Kafka
You can’t say “I love you” before you can say “I”.
X BOX INFO:
Press center silver button to get back out
SARTRE: POUR-SOI (FOR-ITSELF)
Something exists for-itself; if it has an idea of itself
The being of non-human entities
WAITING FOR GODOT. The unreliability of memory is one of the reasons that Waiting for Godot lacks rationale.
This is making me hate love. Janelle’s quote watching film
Murdered my tomorrows
“You cannot look at people as categories of sin.”
Grieving. Dali Lama quote
“Please change your hearts. Be brave. Please help everyone else and work hard; that is the best offering you can make to the dead.”
Beyond love, beyond desire.
Photos to desktop
Hold shift down and with mouse select the photos to highlight
Then go to file — and option NEW ALBUM from selection
Esprit de L’escalier
That witty comment you think of just a moment too late.
Not logically impossible, but humanely impossible.
The experience of recognizing your existence
“Life begins on the other side of despair”
Displaying insincere emotion: Bathetic
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