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1. one or 2 new little notebooks
2. rei tent
3. cook pot kit
4. stove, propane i suppose
5. water filter
6. matches
7. 2 pairs of pants
8. pair swim trunks (?)
9. 400 page thelonious monk novel by joe milazzo
10. laptop
11. cell phone charger and automobile adaptor
12. small cooler
13. yellow (day) backpack
14. water bottle
15. first aid kit (?)
16. extra shoes
17. a change of light stories by julio cortazar
18. sequoia kings canyon guidebook
19. calif. coastal parks guidebook
20. calif. topographical map book
21. new hiking shoes: i just exchanged old torn hiking shoes at rei, for for a cost of about $40, first time i ever used their “lifetime guarantee” even though i’ve been a member for over 30 years and a year or 2 ago they rescinded their lifetime guarantee policy and replaced it with a one year policy, i wanted to use it once before i never could again (never having used it on anything in 30 years, i had purchased previous shoes on sale which accounts for additional $40)
22. poems to read at city lights on thursday
23. black t-shirt for reading (?)
24. cotton sweater
25. wool coat
26. wool sweater
27. rain coat
28. underwear, socks
29. box for misc junk in the back (angry days, bungee cords, tree identification books, CDs)
30. cotton layers, shirts
31. duffel for this stuff
32. knife, a couple spoons, forks
33. plate (?)
34. french press daughter gave me
35. food—coffee
36. toiletries, tp, paper towels, toothbrush etc.
37. hand towel
38. sleeping bag
39. sleeping pad
40. city terrace field manual

41. always forget something

42. box of ashes: males in particular (i’m thinking of my dad when i say this), talk about zen or god or art (or anything like that of supreme importance) and consciousness or politics and all the big issues, like women don’t have a hand stuck in the machinery of every single day. but i know that every day of my life mom has (she’s 88 now), without being asked, done everything she could for everyone, not one day—every day. every day. on mother’s day women like her will get some lip service. then the discourse will turn immediately to the usual stories, wars, money, parties, parades, programs, death and waste. and the women like her without whom nothing could survive will go on working. meanwhile, dad (or his ashes) is in his box—and he’s going for a ride from the sierras to the pacific. the box will come back empty. come on, dad.

 

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