Dan Lee

Dan Lee
San Francisco, California, USA
December 27


JUNE 25, 2011 4:16PM

Memoriam for a Strongman

Wish I could be at my old friend Brad Smith's memorial today in San Francisco.  It's at a cafe on Cole Street, in the garden out back.  On the other side of the fence is a small park where Brad and I used to juggle.  He taught me how to juggle. Read full post »

JUNE 22, 2011 11:51PM

A Damned Fine Cup of Coffee

People come and go on the cancer van, beginning radiation, ending radiation.  Today there was an old woman standing in the drive, beside a Volvo sedan,  when dad was getting in the van.  She was in a night gown.   Today is her first day.  “My husband went in to useRead full post »

JUNE 22, 2011 10:31AM

Lefty and Sancho

For six weeks dad has radiation treatments for a small lung cancer.  He seems not so worried about it; when I ask how he feels he says just like he did before he started getting radiation.  But he is 93, and even though he lives alone on an acre of property,Read full post »

JUNE 15, 2011 2:43PM

Chess to Go

I was watching Colbert's interview with Henry Kissinger, when Kissinger began to explain the difference between the U.S. and China as being like that between Chess and the Asian game, Go. He said that the object of the game in chess is to completely defeat the opponent. One Queen survives andRead full post »

JUNE 8, 2011 8:32PM

The Weiner Gate

Can you rape somebody over the telephone with forceful language?  Is verbal resistance to an insinuating remark a case of no means no?   Why did she, or he,  not press "end call?"  Might the caller  get some friends together and show up on a conference call?  What if she relates/…

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JUNE 4, 2011 4:37PM

Dear Bunny, happy hundred

John Edwards appeared onstage as the advocate of Labor.  He offered to do for Labor what he was doing for clients, and groups of clients, who were taking on big business in front of juries and winning huge awards.  He was getting richer and richer, and he knew other rich people,/…

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MAY 28, 2011 6:12PM

poor impulse control

While Cowboy Jesus was beyond the reach of a jealous rage, Lewis the criminal midget was brooding on the idea of Paris riding on Indian Shadow's shoulders. He considered the big Creek his personal property, as he also considered Paris his personal property. Her eyes were his drowning pool,/…

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MAY 23, 2011 7:43PM

Send in the Kabiri

Instead of writing today I was playing with my Facebook friends. Earlier today I was reading source material for a Jung Central posting. Marie Louise von Franz was giving examples of what active imagination is, and is not. In the course of it she mentioned a… Read full post »

MAY 3, 2011 12:01AM

Bin Laden

The news that he was shot through the head by Navy Seals, and his body dumped into the ocean ... Stop. Cross that out. He was buried at sea. Of course he was. And attending the funeral was this elite band of Seals. I’m sure… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 21, 2011 1:59PM

The Border Wars

I remember standing on the top of a hill in a Tennessee town, where there was an old stone church. The sign out front said it was “Primitive Baptist.” I was a little kid but I knew these were conservative people. The old, rough hewn stone… Read full post »

JANUARY 6, 2011 10:02PM

Speaking in Bones

Blue Mesa was obsolete, a string of information beginning to lose attraction to a center. Only one person was left alive, once Indian Shadow had left the mesa, a stranger, outside the story. The stranger was holding his knees and rocking back and forth, chanting nonsense. He was not… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 1, 2010 1:52PM

Iced Tea Chronicles

Last night we got home from D.C. and Linda looked in the refrigerator. There was no ice. Well, there was ice, but it was the stuff the refrigerator makes automatically. She wants crystal clear, diamond hard, ice, to go with her real love in life: iced tea.… Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2010 8:19PM

what would mr rogers do?

It’s not easy to be considerate of strangers all the time. We had a good breakfast in the Hilton dining room this morning and went to the Metro Station, which was packed. Then the trains came and they were packed, so it was really hard for anybody to get… Read full post »

OCTOBER 7, 2010 1:13PM

New dawn

McLee was in his element in the center of the tent, the alchemist in the final stage of transformation, looking out at the those willing and ready to go into Space, not in some fantasy, but tonight. “The Red Mohawks want to dance for you,” he said. The lights… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2010 1:49PM

A Mysterious growth

George will be 93 years old on Tuesday, Oct. 5th. He doesn’t use glasses anymore because his eyesight mysteriously cleared sometime in his seventies I think it was. But his hearing in the right ear faded, and he accepted it as the inevitable process of biological systems. Entropy.… Read full post »

AUGUST 16, 2010 3:31AM

Carnival Mosque

I’ve been watching the debate develop around the Muslim community center in New York.  It’s two blocks from where the towers went down, and so, because the guys who did it were Muslim, there’s an argument that to build it that close is sacrilege or an insult to the dead.  Besides… Read full post »

AUGUST 11, 2010 5:32PM

Steve Slater: Flight Attendant

Saw the headline on People Magazine in the Google accumulator.  It was on top, asking who could play Steven Slater in a movie.   Well, Steven Slater’s out of work, and, according to all reports, he has a flair for the dramatic.   How much more drama could he generate than… Read full post »

APRIL 27, 2010 5:28PM

Mac Eats T.V.

This is interesting.  I got rid of the television and found that anything I want to watch is on the computer, without all the ads and by the segment I want to see.  Right now I am watching the coverage of hearings on Goldman Sachs and picking a guitar in a… Read full post »

APRIL 26, 2010 10:45PM

Hearing Voices

Julian Jaynes (Princeton) wrote a book called “The Evolution of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind,” in which he presented a theory on how bicameral consciousness operated.  He believed that people actually heard the voices of the gods in a right brain language cent… Read full post »

MARCH 24, 2010 10:36PM

After the Funeral

Today I took dad to Cottonwood to his cardiac fitness class and then to lunch.  There was a problem with the car — a hose came loose and spilled coolant onto the engine — and we had to wait together while it was fixed.  Dad began to tell the story of… Read full post »

MARCH 12, 2010 1:51PM

Dust to Dust

I’d heard about Reverend Jenkins, who was just as often referred to as Preacher John.  I didn’t pay a lot of attention except when dad mentioned he rode his bicycle across the United States when he was in his fifties.  His wife went along the route in a camper or motor… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 24, 2010 10:10PM

The Seer

I’m home alone, Linda having gone to a conference of some sort.  I should recall what it’s about, other than just something to do with insurers and the insured in construction industries.  Sometimes she’s the only woman at one of these things, which she handles easily, hav… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 16, 2010 5:08AM

Welcome Year of the Tiger

The second visit to Hong Kong beats the first in spades, because instead of taking the tours and navigating the downtown financial district on foot, we went the other direction, into Soho and some of the back streets and alleys.  Of course once we got out of the downtown high rises… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 15, 2010 2:44AM

So Long Singapore

We’re at the airport … way too early, having followed instructions from Jet Star for passengers with an extra bag to check.  It turns out this is merely punishment, a way to make people really sorry they are over the imposed limit.  I have been trying to alternate blogs: … Read full post »

FEBRUARY 13, 2010 2:56AM

Ashore in Singapore

Singapore.  What a welcome sight after Saigon and Bangkok, packed with cars and endless hordes of people reaching for the cash.  By contrast this city spreads out in languid beauty, prosperous and sophisticated, with the traffic spare and flowing smoothly, at least as viewed from the top fl… Read full post »