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Just the tiniest drop

Having a twin brother who lives 3,000 miles away is pretty tough. I feel like I’m missing a limb a lot of the time. Well, it’s not exactly like that, but I definitely feel like I’ve misplaced something on most days, and I sort of feel like I should be looking for it, but I can’t quite pinpoint what it is I’m even looking for. 

Anyway, Toph is super busy and I rarely catch him on the phone, but I got to chat with him for like 4 minutes last night, and we mostly talked about the dinosaurs he saw at a museum while he was in Bozeman, and just that tiny little conversation about how cool fossils are had me grinning the whole rest of the evening. It’s making me smile even now. 

It’s sort of like having an empty fuel tank in your car and you pull up to the pump and just put two little drops of gas in and the tank is full again. Toph is that awesome. Just a few jokey moments and I’m set. 

The Tao of Toph

Toph is the most patient, understanding, calm guy I know. When it comes to handling stressful or infuriating situations, he got all those genes. I wish I had some, but honestly, it’s just nice to know that I’m so closely related to someone who seems so endlessly unflappable. Which is why I keep finding myself chuckling when I think about something he said to me about a ridiculous and petty traffic ticket woman he encountered at the university where he works: 

"It was like, you know all those things Michael Scott says about Toby on The Office? I felt all of those things about her. She was just the worst.”

That’s as mean as Toph gets. He doesn’t even have the words — he has to steal them from a fictional character. Geez, I love you, brother. 

It’s the big moments. It’s the small moments.

Today, I did a lot of fun things. Some were huge and exciting. Others were little and relaxing. All of it was great.

  • This morning began with the Brookhaven PhotoWalk, where we took 50 amateur and professional photographers on a tour of the cool facilities at the lab. I liveblogged the whole thing, and had a blast hanging out in the RHIC tunnel, seeing the STAR and PHENIX detectors, and also visiting the cool equipment at the National Synchrotron Light Source and its huge cousin, NSLS II
  • After the event, I was exhausted (corralling tour groups and answering questions all while being super excited about how surreal it is that I get to work at this awesome lab sapped my energy) so I came home and sat in the sun on my porch and watched an enormous spider build a crazy-elaborate web. It took him about half an hour to finish it. I’m usually terrified of enormous spiders, but there was something really nice about watching this creature work hard at making something beautiful and useful. 
  • There’s a metaphor about my own life in there somewhere that I’m too tired to find. Eh, oh well. 
  • I also did a Google+ Hangout with Toph and Charlie, where Toph basically made me die laughing while he was playing around with the effects: 

So, you know, fantastic day.