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Lantern festival

So Thursday night I got an excellent last-minute invitation to the Japanese Lantern Festival, at the Forest Hills cemetary in Jamaica Plain... It was a great mellow evening with me and cthulhia... I put out a lantern for my paternal grandparents, Ray Charles, and Jerry Goldsmith. It was the first time I'd thought about the grandparents in a while; I still don't have a lot of connection to any of my family besides my parents. :-/

I did silently thank them for watching over me though. I wonder if that's weird or inconsistent, but the amazingness of my life has to have come from somewhere, right? Hmm.

Anyway, I gots photos.

our lanterns
That's my lantern on the left, with the sunset sketch for the grandparents, and a pair of sunglasses for Ray Charles. On the right is cthulhia's... she drew some great koi for her remembrances.

a clump of lanterns on the water
The lanterns tended to clump up, as the wind was shifting directions in its gentle push. It was a pretty good night for it, by the weather's reckoning, anyway.

Some flowers by the side of the pond, with the lanterns in the background. I actually took one photo with the flash, and one without, and put them together digitally.

Afterwards, the drive home was fun too; low on gas, getting lost in JP, ending up getting on 93 down by the Blue Hills... Twice there I recognized where we were from some odd sense of familiarity ("If we see a bowling alley up here on the right, we're where I think we are, and we're going the wrong way"). To Davis, to Diesel, to sitting and sipping among the statuary, and then home well past my bedtime.

All-in-all, a fun way to turn a day great.

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