All right, you can all stop emailing me now asking for it: the Lithuanian spirograph can be found here.
I had one of those mysterious days at the gym yesterday where an otherworldly flexibility enters my body through my nostrils or umbril or anus or something and I feel like a contortionist.
Today I stoped by a fishmonger with The Political Scientist. He had a tank full of what looked like a cross between ginger root and a starfish and a clam and a potato. They were 250 yen apiece. He liked our curiosity and talked to us a while in a very enthusiastic and charming way that I will foreverafter associate with Japanese fishmongers. After our discussion, he showed us how to gut and clean one of the little bugs and then gave it to us as a present. “Eating it makes you strong!” We will try to eat it with vinegar and cucumber, as prescribed, but the slicing and the dicing was a little graphic for me. It had a chitinous exoskeleton and brown juice squirted out of it in a Hollywood-pulsing-spurting way as he severed its monopod and peeled it. I will need to sublimate that image a little before I can float our souvenir.
This just in: the Japanese name has been translated to sea squirt. Truly fascinating. The only animals able to produce cellulose! They sequester Vanadium in their blood! They have a notochord as infants but then reabsorb it in a metamorphosis into sedentary beings!
Empirically determined: they stink like sea urchins when left out.
If we can’t eat the thing, we will offer it to The Model who will eat anything. Makes her stronger!