In the Adirondacks, east of Schroon Lake, sits Spectacle Pond

[Three by Five].13 | Unedited. Spectacle Pond

[Found these observations on two 3x5s in Let My People Go Surfing. Probably wrote those early Fall 2016.] The morning had started off lazy and cold. The cloud cover blanket kept Kristen, Alejandro, Felix in bed sound asleep until almost ten. Tomás and I rose around 7. Anya the cat had woken me, asking for … Continue reading [Three by Five].13 | Unedited. Spectacle Pond

[Three by Five].12 Blue Tile Obsession

Vertical skateboarding was borne of drought and creativity. In 1976 and 1977, Southern California suffered an extreme drought. The water shortages were so extreme that agricultural activities in some parts of the Central Valley were ceased. Reservoirs ran dry. Homeowners drained their swimming pools. Fires raged. Homes were abandoned. At the time, skateboarders had just … Continue reading [Three by Five].12 Blue Tile Obsession

[Three by Five] 10. Pilot Iroshizuku Chikurin Bamboo Forest Ink

What $100 purchase in the past 6 months has positively impacted your life?* A bottle of Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-rin Bamboo Forest green ink. I've used green ink in my Lamy 2000 on-off over the years but I'd never tried one of Pilot's. Over the years I've used inks from Lamy, Mount Blanc, Parker, Pelikan, and Waterman. … Continue reading [Three by Five] 10. Pilot Iroshizuku Chikurin Bamboo Forest Ink

[Three by Five] #9 | Dragon: Norbert the Norwegian Notchback

Hagrid, Hogwarts' groundskeeper, always wanted a pet dragon. [Alert: Spoilers ahead.] He mentions it in passing early in Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone. Later, he goes on to win a huge black dragon egg from "some stranger during a game of cards." He reads Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit and heats his prize … Continue reading [Three by Five] #9 | Dragon: Norbert the Norwegian Notchback

[Three by Five] 8. Devo

"You're into Devo?" he asked. "Aren't you?" His tone mocking. As if there was something wrong with it. Because for him, Yeah. Devo was too mainstream. Fake alternative. He was above that, and what he thought they stood for. "Of course I am," I answered, thinking, Whatanasshole. "How could you not be?" Because at the time … Continue reading [Three by Five] 8. Devo

[Three by Five] 6. Teenage Engineering. Hemingway.

Teenage Engineering is a Swedish manufacturer of synthesizers and audio gear. For my birthday, Tomás and Felix, my youngest sons, gave me a Pocket Operator Arcade. It's a calculator-sized, AAA-battery powered synthesizer. Pre-programmed with 16 video game sounds, 16 prebuilt patterns, and 16 sound effects, the Arcade is a simple, elegant sound maker. I'm using … Continue reading [Three by Five] 6. Teenage Engineering. Hemingway.