Journal 7/23/’19

Berkeley, Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Seven days have passed since I started the exam. I have fourteen left to succeed. I need to speed up finishing the first section between tomorrow and Thursday.

Over breakfast, I usually cook lunch and dinner. I usually boiled water on the pan, right after frying any protein I will eat. It helps to clean up the pan.

Two Sundays ago, I cooked dinner in the afternoon. I decided to go to San Pablo lake, and later to mass at St. Joseph Basilica in Alameda. I packed things for dinner. I rented a Zipcar. I left home. While I was in the car, I honestly, got a revelation. I will narrate the full story one day. Because even the plan of mass was different at the beginning, but because I run of time, and after realizing that I forgot to bring my lunch/dinner with me, and decided to go back home and picked up. The voice was very intense on going back home. Well, what happened, I left the kitchen stove on with the pan boiling the water. It was such a relieve on that Sunday July 7.

Well, today, after going to bed at 6:30 AM, and waking up at 10:40 AM. I prepared breakfast lunch and dinner. I boiled the water in the pan as usual, while I was taking a shower. After packing things, somehow I forgot to turn off the pan. It is weird because, I normally put a wood cutting table on top of it, not because it is good to put a wood table on it, but because I haven’t bought yet a metal cover to pan to avoid spills from the fried oil. I put the wood table also when I boil the water. Today, I left. Luckily, for the first time, I have not put the table on top of it, but I left the kitchen stove on for the full day. I do not at which level, or just if I did not closed the knob completely. I think I have writing this, with the window full open, half intoxicated with the monoxide or whatever chemical, the burning pan have produced on my studio during the day. I glad I did not arrived even later. Well, I by-passed home around 10:10 PM to go to Safeways, then I arrived home to realized this scene. Still it was not enough smoke to activate the alarm. Or might be that thing does not work. I should ask that. I am very grateful nothing major happened, beyond losing a pan. I am glad, I did not put the wood on top of it in the morning for the first time.

When I arrived home, it was smelling to burn. I am also grateful that I left the window opened during the day. It helped to dissipate all the smoke. I turn off the kitchen. I spilled water on the pan. I cleaned the surroundings. It did not look that bad. Then, after sorting out the groceries. I tried to wash the pan. Then, I realized that the bottom material was just waste. I brought it immediately to the garbage. It was a good opportunity to empty my paper bin as well.

While when I arrived I picked up the book one of the books that I received today, The Idea of A University by John Henry Newman. When I left to thrown my pan downstairs, I found in my front door that any of my kind neighbors had brought the other packed that somehow I did not see when I first arrived with the groceries. The other book is Christianity and Culture, by T.S. Eliot.

Anyways, I have to go back to read the two pages that I have left in Socrates Apology by Plato, before going to sleep within the remaining monoxide. It never will happen. It seems that the air in the studio is quite clear now.

I will set an alarm to turn the kitchen stove off at 8 AM everyday.

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