A sort of life

A fine-spun remake

RICHMOND, Va. — What a week! I made my first incursion into the District in many months to fetch my sickly mother. I brought her home, made her some chicken noodle soup, tea, the whole deal. She had a nasty cough and actually spent the week out of work.

So instead of returning home on Monday or Tuesday like originally planned, I decided to stay and keep her company on the couch. I didn’t do much for her, but I also know what it’s like to be sick and home alone.

So Mom and I sat on our asses, talking and watching the daytime television as she recovered. Good times, except, of course, for her being sick.

My father’s birthday was yesterday. My sister, whom I haven’t seen in a while, also came up. Also sick. And that was my week.

Anyway, a couple of days ago I showed readers the “Life List.” I wrote back in 2003. I also said I’d write up an updated list.

For the last three days I’ve scribbled ideas and concepts in an old, and I mean old, government issued notebook. The resulting list is in no way exhaustive. It is also not a list of New Year’s resolutions. What we have here is simply things to do before I die.


The color of money

  • Fix budget/finances quandary
  • Retirement fund

Do by December 31, 2007

  • Paint self portrait
  • Learn to pick locks
  • Read book a month
  • Continue writing/editing for Commonwealth Times
  • Write one investigative story (weighty)
  • Write 50,000 words on single story line
  • Pet, for inspirations
  • Maintain between 3-3.5 grade point average
  • Miss no more than one class per class per week
  • Film screenplay
  • Attend Richmond Braves/Richmond Kickers game
  • Write 1,000 words a day (morning)
  • Wake up earlier
  • Stop making fun of the morbidly obese
  • Find pen pal on every continent
  • Complete web resume

In pursuit of women

  • Reinstate black book
  • Companionship
  • Commission attire
  • Put more effort into my love making
  • Bring back Paco Rabanne
  • Date girl that has asshole boyfriend

The hobbyist

  • Skydive
  • Cinematography
  • Continue photography
  • Boost music collection
  • Rebuild classic vehicle (DeSoto?)
  • Stamps (Magyar Posta)
  • Aquariums built inside walls of house
  • Deep wilderness camping
  • Learn to fly
  • Build library

On enhanced health

  • Re-get and stay fit (see Life List 2003)
  • Waist: 36 inches to 32 inches
  • Run 2 miles in 15 minutes
  • Eat three square meals a day
  • Increase wine consumption

Improving business position

  • Rework quarg.com to increase revenue stream.
  • Write copy for fee
  • Move office operations out of office
  • Environmental (naturalist) journalism
  • Richmond area blog aggregator
  • richmondwrites.com, richmondstandard.com, eroticrichmond.com, desotopress.com, americanterrorist.org, thereveller.com, de-soto.net, quarghost.com, getrichmond.com, civiccert.org.

The long-term vision

  • Own a house
  • Returning to traveling man lifestyle
  • Live on a boat
  • Spend time in West Africa
  • Do radio show

“A fine-spun remake” is from Volume One: Frank’s Wild Years (1983–2009). Written between 2003 and 2009, Volume One was this author’s attempt to find meaning from life as a young twenty-something. While this endeavor would ultimately fail, what remains is a comical tale of loneliness and debauchery.

Showery Wednesday afternoon in the Wildflower State

Showery Wednesday afternoon in the Wildflower State

Andrzej Jalowiecki grips an umbrella during a rainy winter day in Perth, West Australia on June 11, 2003.

I made my first incursion into the District in many months to fetch my sickly mother.