Fire Escape & Delectable Salad.
Step One: Construct salad, using only the finest obtainable spinach leaves, lettuce leaves, avocadoes, strawberries, hydroponic tomatoes, cucumbers, cilantro, pine nuts, and Havarti.
Step Two: Let chill.
Step Three: Emerge onto fire escape with one or more of the following:
(a) hand-rolled cigarettes
(b) book of translations
(c) Hagakure (samurai’s guide to life)
(d) empty mind, free of frustrations
(e) feelings of futuristic nostalgia, wherein the present moment is perceived through a metanoiac cognitive/emotional lens of the imagined future self, thus imbuing the present moment with a feeling of fleeting, dreamlike specialness. (These are the good ol’ days. Them fire escape and salad days. Remember way back when?)
Step Four: Watch sunset disappear into smoky blue skies, exploding into liquid fire that disperses itself into erupting cumulus clouds on horizon.
Step Five: Return to apartment, procuring salad.
Step Six: Consume with family and/or friends
Step Seven: Listen to Charles Mingus live at UCLA.
Step Eight: Aimless bike ride!
Step Nine: Fall asleep putting Eleanor to bed.