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Jan. 10th, 2003

kyubi and I went to Osento tonight. I like being able to shower outside in the nude, in the rain, in a large city.

When I got home, I updated my quote file. I had taken out a bunch of quotes after 09/11/01 because they seemed irrelevant at the time. I decided it was time to put them back in, and I also added an accumulation of new quotes. I'm very proud of my quote file. You can view it one random bit at a time here.

I keep seeing Selkie out of the corner of my eye in what turns out on closer inspection to be piles of shoes.


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Jan. 10th, 2003 01:15 am (UTC)
Mmm... quotes. What is Osento?
Jan. 10th, 2003 06:37 am (UTC)
Osento's a women's bath house (massage, small sauna, shared big tubs, big resting area, expressly non-sexual) in an old Victorian house in San Francisco. I think I first went about 20 years ago, went fairly frequently in the 80s, and last went about 10 years ago. It's a pretty neat place.
Jan. 10th, 2003 06:40 am (UTC)
Osento is a Japanese-style bathhouse for women located in a residential townhouse in San Francisco's Mission District. Inside, they have an entryway where you pay and leave your shoes, a changing room with cots and a small kitchen with lemons to put in your water, a large hot tub, a bathroom and shower, and a massage room. Outdoors they have an outdoor shower, a cold plunge, a steam room, a dry sauna, and a deck up a flight of stairs. It's only visible from the upstairs of the townhouse, which is where the owner lives, so you can sit outside in the nude.

It's a treasure. It's been around since the '70s and it's the kind of place one never would have expected to survive into the new millennium.
Jan. 10th, 2003 12:11 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Sounds lovely. :) There's a similar-but-different place in Humboldt, a hot tub & sauna place combined with a coffee shop, where the hot tubs are outdoors with showers and tall wooden privacy fences, so you can sit in the hot tub in the nude in the rain. Wonderful, and I miss it badly.
Jan. 10th, 2003 01:52 am (UTC)
Try this...

It can be quite scary, at times.

I like your icon, by the way, ^_^
Jan. 10th, 2003 06:49 am (UTC)
Re: Try this...
There are some very nice quotes in there. I especially like this one, and snitched it:
Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one.
--Japanese proverb

I also have the quote in your "bio" in my quote file. I volunteer at an animal shelter and often work with unsocialized kittens, and it's sure true.
Jan. 10th, 2003 04:54 am (UTC)
I keep seeing Selkie out of the corner of my eye in what turns out on closer inspection to be piles of shoes.

I had the same experience after Minnie was gone...except that I kept expecting her to jump up in my lap. I also saw weird shadows.
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Jan. 10th, 2003 07:21 am (UTC)
Yeah. I have a stuffed animal - an anteater, I think; I collect obscure species - that has Selkie's coloring. It used to sit on my conga drum and I always mistook it for Selkie. It's been put away for a while now, and I'm not going to bring it out any time soon.

Jan. 10th, 2003 07:18 am (UTC)

Selkie used to jump off her cat condo with a distinctive "thump" and then I would hear her toenails on the wood floor as she went off somewhere. I miss that I don't hear that at the times I expect it, like when I get up in the morning.
Jan. 10th, 2003 07:07 am (UTC)
kyubi and I went to Osento tonight. I like being able to shower outside in the nude, in the rain, in a large city.


Jan. 10th, 2003 08:23 am (UTC)
[dipping your feet into the cold plunge]
Jan. 10th, 2003 08:31 am (UTC)

(Been meaning to ask how you're holding up, but I'm so enjoying this image of reclining-at-Osento that I can't seem to manage it at the moment. :-)
Jan. 10th, 2003 08:38 am (UTC)
I'm holding up OK. It's still a delicate balance between conscious grieving and deliberate self-distraction.
Jan. 10th, 2003 08:41 am (UTC)
*nod* I'm familiar with that particular balancing act. *sigh*

*love and hugs*
Jan. 10th, 2003 10:56 am (UTC)
May time ease your pain. I still miss my Princess, four years later... but I smile when I see photos of her. Time has smoothed the hard spiky stabbing bits into a bearable soft nugget. If that makes any sense whatsoever.
Jan. 10th, 2003 01:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, it makes sense, and I believe it will happen for me too.
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