Saturday, January 31, 2004

My two cents. There needs to be a producer of sorts, so that the mix flows nicely. If everyone agrees to burn their own four songs, and ship them to me, I will volunteer to produce and redistribute the CD's. We need to set a deadline. What if the packages were all postmarked by Feb. 16? That's a little over two weeks. Does that sound fair? I just fear that if we all drag our feet, we'll have a project that ends up outdating the camera experiment ......

Here's another idea I just thought of. What if we all exchange names and pick a song or two for the person's name we draw? Maybe that can be CD project number two.

Kainui, I know what you mean, about missing your best friend. For the first year or so that I lived away from her....when I would see her then go to leave, I would always tear up. I often wish that she lived in the same city as me so that we could go do much of nothing on any given day. But through time and such I've found that no matter how near or far, she's always there, an unsurpassable loyalty that Master Card can't even touch.

Speaking of missing, I've really been missing my mom lately, too. I'm thinking about sneaking home one weekend in Feb. I haven't decided for sure yet though.

Friday, January 30, 2004

how frivilous? like new pair of jeans or maybe a new album frivilous? or like.... two motorcycles and a trip to london frivilous? well... either way, i guess that's my answer. no. no... i would actually add a brand new G4 powerbook with all the fixins i need and a new camera... actually all new cameras to replace the ones that got taken away from me last year. can i get all that stuff?

i am on dial up... i like the suggest 4 songs. i can burn something at work, but not at home.

In Seattle, I finally learned how to screenprint. Plus Shelly and I need to visit libraries together more often.

In Portland, I rediscovered that no matter how much I think I love a baby, it's possible to love them even more. And no matter how much I think I miss my bestest friend, it's possible to miss her even more.

In Philadelphia, there is snow on the ground and the sun is out. I have a tummy full of Upma's chicken curry, Tucker is giving me kisses, and the elderly butcher at the Italian butcher shop wouldn't quit flirting with me (which is why I forgot to ask him to cut it up, sorry U).

I like the post four songs for the mix cd.

My frivolous purchase today: Burt's Bees Lavendar-Mint toothpaste. Nothing says I want to stay in Portland like leaving my toothbrush, toothpaste, face wash and moisturizer on the sink there (I packed two extra toothbrushes; getting smarter!).

I unfortunately have dial up.

Here's a question for you guys. If you had money for a frivolous purchase what would it be and why? I would invest in satellite radio so that I could listen to commercial free radio in the car, at the house and the office.

My dream city has...a tent city. Pretty printed cotton fabrics on rough frames. I spent a night there and it was quite comfortable.

Thursday, January 29, 2004

Here's another idea. Each of us names a song per day in a pre-determined order (alphabetical, whatever...) and each day the others attempt to download the song through iTunes or whatever illegal means you prefer. The only problem is I know some of the group use dail-up. Just an idea.

CD ideas
1) each person makes their own mix
ex. Angie's Slap-yo-mama mix
and mails it to all of us
2) one person is pronounced DJ and we each post 4 songs or so we like and either by iTunes or whatever the CD gets made, and then sent to us all
3) other ideas?

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

coming up for a breath of fresh air. how you all doin'?
my last couple weeks have been c.r.a.z.y. i've been getting my life all organized and getting thoughts towards projects all organized. i'm finally settled in my not-so-new pad. i'm officially working on six projects at the moment, which is maybe five too many. i'm super excited about all of them. i've been going to the gym pretty regularly. i'm getting buff again, i can't wait to see my stomach flatten more in the next month. i'm gettin all toned and strengthened. it feels so good, i can't imagine why i resisted exercising again for so long. that was just plain dumb. my favorite is when i have time to eat half a grapefruit and drink a cup of coffee before going to the gym in the morning... man... caffeine + endorphins = better than a shot of vodka. you can quote me on that.
my parents were up for this last weekend, it was nice. kainui is in tomorrow, we have big plans. people from dc (i am so hopeful that my super mega crush is one of these people) are coming in on saturday, and we have big plans.

my new favorite show is Bands Reunited on VH1. it's pretty exciting to see the bands get reunited, but more than the bands, the host, is my new obsession. anyone know anyone who might know him? i want a date with that guy.
oh. also just found out that one of my baby brother cousins is a fashion designer in Hong Kong. i'm so proud of him. there's the real rebel in the family... i have nothing but respect for that.

Steph, I remember you saying that you weren't watching Angel this season. Let me say, that I was wrong. After the first three or four episodes this season got really good. In fact, the last few have been GREAT. It's shaping up to be the best season of Angel ever. I'm totally digging it. Tonight's episode featured the return of Andrew from the last seasons of Buffy. Funny!

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Steph, I'd love to switch cds with you. And if someone wants to dream up a Lake Effect project, I'd be into that too.

The snow is now ice. Walking is dangerous.

Do we all have CD burning capabilities? I think it's a GREAT project. And actually I owe Zach a CD still. I think about it often, I just haven't gotten around to it.

Zach, if you ever feel like doing a mix CD switch, let me know. Angie - you'd be great for that as well. Do I sense a new Lake Effect project? Or maybe we could all suggest 4 songs or something and then everyone gets a copy. What do y'all think?
I met with some folks last night to play Scrabble. (one teacher, one library science major, one ex-english major and me). Needless to say, I lost. But it was a cool game. But it was all over once my friend Lorrie spelled toddlers - using up all her tiles and on a triple word score. There was no coming back.
And one New Years resolution down - I switched my website to a photoblog. (and Zach - would you mind adding it as a link to our blog?) It's still the same site.

Monday, January 26, 2004

Lots of snow on the ground here. Things have slowed to a stop for the last two days. I'm going a little stir crazy. I decided to clear out my CD player (I bought a 100 disc changer in the summer) and replace everything in alphabetical order, only this time I was going to write it all down so I could find things when I went looking for them. I wrote on the notepad of my computer. For that reason, and because I spent like an hour and a half doing this, I present it here.

1. Afghan Whigs - 1965
2. Archers of Loaf vs. the Greatest of All Time
3. All Time Quarterback
4. The Amps - Pacer
5. The Beatles mix vol. 1
6. The Beatles mix vol. 2
7. Beegees - Greatest Hits 1
8. Beegees - Greatest Hits 2
9. Belly - Star
10. Belly - King
11. Bettie Serveert - Log 22
12. Brad - Shame
13. Jeff Buckley - Grace
14. Richard Buckner - Since
15. Built to Spill - Live
16. C Average - Second Coming
17. Chapterhouse - Blood Music
18. The Church - Heyday
19. Cinderella - Greatest Hits
20. The Common Cold - Atciis
21. The Cure - Faith
22. The Cure - Pornography
23. Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism
24. The Decemberists - Castaways and Cutouts
25. Dirty Three - s/t
26. Discount - Singles #2
27. Dokken - The Very Best of Dokken
28. Brian Eno - Ambient 1/Music for Airports
29. Erasure - Pop!
30. the Faint - Collected
31. Guided By Voices - Best of
32. Ida - the Braille Night
33. The Jam - The Sound of the Jam
34. Landing - Seasons
35. Lemonheads - Lick
36. Teo Leo/Pharmacists - The Tyranny of Distance
37. Lighting Bolt - Ride the Skies
38. Lungfish - Talking Songs for Walking
39. Lyle Lovett - The Road to Ensenada
40. Lush - Spooky
41. The Magnetic Fields - Charm of the Highway Strip
42. Cass McCombs - A
43. John Cougar Mellencamp - Scarecrow
44. Mercury Birds - BRWNMTNLGTS
45. Morrissey - Bona Drag
46. Mountain - Climbing!
47. The Mystical Krewe of Clearlight - s/t
48. Ned's Atomic Dustbin - Are You Normal?
49. Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine
50. No Doubt - Greatest Hits
51. OutKast - Speakerboxx
52. Outkast - The Love Below
53. Palace Music - Lost Blues and Other Songs
54. Pet Shop Boys - Discography
55. Britta Phillips & Dean Wareham - Sonic Souvenirs
56. The Police - Outlandos d'Amour
57. Pretenders - Singles
58. Polvo - Celebrate the New Dark Age
59. The Port Huron Statement - Tory
60. The Posies - Frosting on the Beater
61. The Proclaimers - Sunshine on Leith
62. Rachel's - Music for Egon Shiele
63. Rancid - And Out Come the Wolves
64. Raymond Brake - III
65. The Reputation - s/t
66. R.E.M. - Eponymous
67. The Replacements - All for Nothing
68. Rolling Stones - Aftermath U.K.
69. Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request
70. The Shames - Live (v.) Along
71. Matthew Shipp - DNA
72. Silkworm - Italian Platinum
73. The Smiths - Singles
74. Soft Cell - Greatest Hits
75. Songs: Ohia - Magnolia Electric Co.
76. Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia) - Pyramid Electric Co.
77. Bruce Springsteen - Essential (disc one)
78. Sugar - Copper Blue
79. Sundays - Blind
80. Sunny Day Real Estate - Diary
81. Superchunk - Cup of Sand 1
82. Superchunk - cup of Sand 2
83. Talk Talk - It's My Life
84. Talk Talk - The Colour of Spring
85. Television - Marquee Moon
86. Mary Timony - Mountains
87. Rosie Thomas - Only With Laughter Can You Win
88. The Thorns - s/t
89. Tool - Lateralus
90. Tristeza - Mixed Signals
91. Tristeza - Espuma
92. Tussle - Don't Stop
93. The Twilight Singers - Twilight
94. Uncle Tupelo - Anodyne
95. M.Ward - The Transfiguration of Vincent
96. The Weather - s/t
97. The White Stripes - Elephant
98. Steve Winwood - 20th Century Masters
99. XTC - Skylarking
100. Yaz - The Best of

Sure is quiet around here, the last post was on Wed.

Weekend was good but full. Fri. I went to the gym and then to get my grub on at Texadelphia. Chinese New Year was Thurs. so I got on a big phat conference call with my family members from across the country Sat. morning, followed by dim sum with my aunt. Sun. I made Chicken Dijonaise and invited my pal Alexis over. Finished the weekend off with a game of Scrabble. I was so close to winning but fucked it up after I misspelled a word!!!! Ugh, it was worth at least twenty points, too.

I need to buy a new pair of jeans. Problem is I have both a robust booty and good-for-breeding-hips, along with short, stumpy legs. Not that I am complaining about my body, it's just really difficult to find jeans that fit me.

Bought two new CD's: Dolly Parton tribute album and a Charlie Hunter Quartet album. I haven't been music shopping in forever. I'm really trying to pay off some bills but I am so tempted to go to the Papa Grows Funk show Thurs. night.

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Ted's family reunion is in Taos. I plan on hitting hot springs (if nearby) and photographing my fool-ass off. (between family events - which should be lowkey anyway). As long as there are no 6-seater plane trips where you have to wear an oxygen mask (like in Alaska - the last family reunion), I should be fine.
I had a piece of king cake for breakfast - which made me feel better after dropping my just-made lunch on the floor (good thing there's a 5 second rule).
Of those who read Ready-Made magazine - I just got the winter issue - the house they featured with one interior room with window panes rather than walls - I want that. I need to start an idea journal for the house and yard. I planted some climbing roses this weekend, my fingertips are still sore from digging around.

1. What does it say in the signature line of your emails?
i never use signature lines for email. i have a standard one for work which has all my contact numbers, but usually i delete even that one unless i'm sending the email outside the company. i like personalizing them to the specific email and person.

2. Did you have a senior quote in your high school yearbook? What was it?
something from the big book of gleeb about the dandelion farmer pulling all the tulips and complaining about the weeds. i wanted to put a tom robbins quote, but it was too long.

3. If you had vanity plates on your car, what would they read? If you already have them, what do they say?
i'm not likely to have a car, and i'm less likely to have vanity plates.

4. Have you received any gifts with messages engraved upon them? What did the inscription say?
nope

5. What would you like your epitaph to be?
thankfully, someone else will have to decide this.
these kind of questions make my ears bleed.
for work we had to fill out a "getting to know you" profile with questions like:
Name:
Nickname:
Position in the Company:
Title I?d choose if it were just up to me:
Start Date:
Spouse?s/Significant Other?s name:
Spouse?s/Significant Other?s occupation:
Birthday:
Favorite book(s):
Favorite song(s) or type(s) of music:
Favorite movie(s):
Most recent artistic endevour:
Favorite food(s):
Three people (living, dead, fictional, whatever) I?d like to invite to dinner:
Who I?d like to be marooned on desert island with:
What irks me the most:
Favorite thing to do while not at work:
What I wanted to be when I grew up when I was 10:
What I wanted to be when I was 21:
Favorite quote(s):

I deleted almost everything, such that my contribution was:

Name: Shelly

Birthday: same as Allan Pinkerton, Clara Bow, Elvis Costello, Gene Simmons, Leonard Bernstein, New Orleans, Regis, Rob Halford, Tim Burton, and Walt Kelly.


AJ:i also have the problem finding boots cause my calfs are not concave. my mom found a pair that fits me made by the naturalizer and called "wide shaft." heh. heh. wide shaft. sadly they aren't the super stylish kind, just plain black boots.
none of my coworkers are trying to get pregnant. they all just had one or want one "soon but not yet." they are all older than me though and i want to remind them that your fertility starts dropping pretty rapidly after 27 or so. instead i keep my damn fool mouth shut. they already think it is funny to try and make me hold their squalling diaper bundles because i've acquired the reputation that "shelly is afraid of babies." i celebrated my declining fertility with my birthday this year. i do sort of wish i'd sold off some of those eggs a few years back when cash was tight though. (not really) i will learn to hold babies without looking terrified either by age 30 or by the time my sister and cousins start having them (or any of ya'll.) whichever comes first.

steph:i got a king cake in the mail also. it is quite squashed but i'm sure it will still be delicious. what is happeing in taos?


i think i'm starting to get into a routine with getting off work and getting into my studio in pioneer square a few times a week.

i'm going to my first book club meeting. we read the davinci code. i hope the next book selection is not so fluffy.
did any of ya'll read this book?


one thing you are looking forward to:
1. ...today?
seminar about trace metals analysis in the study of the provanance (origins and travels) of archaeological artifacts. this could lead to my company working on studying art objects as well which would be really cool.


2. ...over the next week?
submitting some art to an erotic art show. a visit from a good friend. hanging a new art show. getting a massage. saying goodbye to the owner and chef of my favorite soul food restaurant. (he's retiring to mexico for his health and while i am not exactly looking forward to his departure... it should be a fun party wishing him farewell.)

3. ...this year?
urban travel. making art. possibly relocating. actually- not exactly looking forward to that either, but trying to plan.

4. ...over the next five years?
getting totally out of debt. taking a rural off-grid sabattical in the woods for a while. increasing art and travel in my life. decreasing clerical work. learning better pain management for my neck and back issues.

5. ...for the rest of your life?
hmm. that is awfully far in the future i hope.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

1. What does it say in the signature line of your emails?
My office one says, "Best regards...." My personal ones say, "A man can be judge by the company his mind keeps," the other says, "Occassionaly an error, never a doubt."

2. Did you have a senior quote in your high school yearbook? What was it? If you haven't graduated yet, what would you like your quote to be?
It was a Vonnegut quote but I can't remember it right now.

3. If you had vanity plates on your car, what would they read? If you already have them, what do they say?
It would say "JOEMAMA." Nuff said.

4. Have you received any gifts with messages engraved upon them? What did the inscription say?
Not that I recall.

5. What would you like your epitaph to be?
I like Susan B. Anthony's:
Liberty, Humanity, Justice, Equality

And I like "Nothing in Moderation." Or maybe "Slap your mama good." That's probably most appropriate.

My parents sent me a king cake in the mail. Oh, happy day.

Monday, January 19, 2004

"I like your style. It's so anthropomorphic."

"The new haircut makes you look like you're trying to be a rockstar, but you're too old."

"You remind me of Bjork, but taller and not Icelandic."

1. What does it say in the signature line of your emails?
this is the one from my home computer:
~~~~
upma singh
5am Productions
http://home.earthlink.net/~upma/

2. Did you have a senior quote in your high school yearbook? What was it? If you haven't graduated yet, what would you like your quote to be?
i don't remember. if i did, it was probably stupid.

3. If you had vanity plates on your car, what would they read? If you already have them, what do they say?
i wouldn't get vanity plates

4. Have you received any gifts with messages engraved upon them? What did the inscription say?
nope

5. What would you like your epitaph to be?
i'm gonna be cremated.

i've been partying hard the early part of this weekend and working hard the latter part. last week at work was crazy hectic, i expect more of the same this week. then i've been coming home and scarfing down a semblence of a dinner and work on my own projects till about eleven or midnight. and going to the gym too, in the mornings. i must go woolite wash these clothes now, they've been sitting in my bathroom for two weeks. i cannot put it off any longer.

Friday, January 16, 2004

Have any of you guys ever been to Taos? I'll be there in July for a few days. Any recommendations?

Upma: sorry to personally offend you. I did not have the recipe in front of me so I couldn't remember the exact name of the dish. You should know that I am the least likely to bastardize anything ethnic, at least intentionally. Quite frankly though, that's what we all are, a bunch of bastards in a melting pot. Honestly, moo goo gai pan? What the fuck is that anyway?

And no, the chicken curry probably was not authentic, because the class was being taught by an African American. I'm certain that his Thai chicken recipe and spring roll class are bastardized as well. Does that bother me? No. Why? Because people like me are never going to be 100 percent anything -- Chinese, American, "yat" (a specific type of person from NOLA), Catholic, Texan, etc. But as long as I try to do my research and make every effort to stray away from ignorance then damn it I am living a good life, infusing the best of all worlds.

I'm not trying to confrontational, it's just that I was called out and felt the need to explain myself. On wards and upwards.....

Thursday, January 15, 2004

king cakes??? (iron pumpin, salad eatin, deprived sweet tooth kickin in)...

um. oh. bless me. goodness, you didn't hear/see that. ha. that's good.
ok. so, stuffed curry chicken? please tell me that was not indian curry. because:
1. i AM an indian food purist.
2. stuffed?
3. it's chicken curry, not curry chicken.
i apologize if i sound brute-ish ("brute" was a nickname of mine in high school... i'll tell you why if you really wanna know), but c'mon!!! that's my culture, dammit. i don't want it bastardized.

do you think putting blue in your hair could be considered part of your "i'm almost 30" life crisis? i have a whole 'nother year of stupid acts to look forward too...all of which i can blame on the "'i'm almost 30 life crisis" thing. sweet.

oh. yeah. i'm almost 29... and in the last 10 years, i've been completely terrified of becoming pregnant. i've also been totally single for this amount of time...
when i was 19, i was completely in love with this guy. unrequited. all i wanted to do was convince him that we were meant to be, and then make babies. i'm glad life didn't turn out that way. and when i say "in love," i mean... really, seriously, madly, you-don't-know-what-i'm-talking-about-unless-you've-been-there IN LOVE.

i want someone to love me like that. i think it might be nice.

Stephanie, they started selling king cakes right after Christmas. King's Day is Jan. 6th I think.

I took my first ever cooking class -- chicken in five languages. We made chick tetrazini, stuffed curry chic, Thai chick with onion chutney, chick dijonaise, Mexican chick stew. It was fun and yum, so much that I decided to join the little club. I'll be taking six classes over the next year.

disjointed thoughts for the day:

if mr. unsolicited advice comes by my cube one more time at work I will be tempted to cover my ears and say "la, la, la, I'm not listening"

I switched how I parted my hair today, why did it take me 27 years to do this?

My book club has had a schism into book reading and scrabble playing factions. Will I bridge the gap or chose a camp. (that was a very nerdy sentence)

The mail room at work today smelled like king cake for no discernable reason except to make me crave king cake. Those must be on sale by now. Time to call the folks for a little care package.

Reason #47 why I love my job
yesterday I got to travel around to about 10 different music stores searching for a triangular-themed instrument for a geometry chapter and playing "guess that band" with the photographer over the shoppers who were there at the store (did you know the balalaika - a russian folk instrument has a triangular bottom?)

(rhetorical question) what will it take to get me to update my website more than once a year

I just got a macro lens (a 2004 present to myself) - I look forward to the world of the super closeup

man, now I really want some king cake, I wonder if Central Market ever carries it

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Last night I went to a house with my youngest sister. We defeated two bad-tempered dragons with guile instead of violence, and then walked home through the melting snow, picking up coins. We wound up with at least $3.00 each. It was a quiet neighborhood, incorporating a street near the house our brother was born in, houses from North Portland, and a combination of lighting and temperature from Hanwell. The snow was straight out of Bloomington. I found a silver quarter and put it in the left hand pocket of my hoodie so that I could give it to my father.

Ok, I'm a tad bit freaked out.

I went to a happy hour with some former co-workers (all women). Four of the six announced that they were trying to get pregnant (the two would include myself and one friend who already has two children and is done). They are all in their late twenties for crying out loud. One was telling me about this couple who is freaking out after not being able to conceive after nine months, they were considering in vitiro. What the hell, NINE MONTHS, at age 27????????? That's a penny in the well....

Anyone else having these issues? If not, I'll assume it's a Southern thing.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

you are invited to philly on Jan 31. there will be good people, good food, good times. if you want to come, let me know.

Yesterday in my dreaming city, a building on the outskirts and next to my old high school was destroyed by snack vending machines (the ones filled with candy did the most damage). No people were hurt, but traffic was tied up all night. I walked around the remains of the building, staircases now open to the sky, walls waist high.

Monday, January 12, 2004

Upma/JT/et al: I'll be in D.C. in early August. It would be cool to hang and catch up.

Gripes.

#1: Went shoe shopping yesterday. All of these boots are on sale, but I've found that boot makers assume that all women have calves that are one inch in diameter. My calves aren't hefer like, but hell I run and play softball so they aren't exactly dainty. What up with dat shit?

#2: One of my good friends is an engineer, he is moving in the next two months. I'm trying to put something together for him, so I e-mailed some of his fellow engineer friends about putting up $30 for a send off gift. Would you know that none of those well-paid bastards (easily $70K a year) have e-mailed me back with a response? What shits.

HOLY SHIT, Roger Clemens just signed a one year deal with the Houston Astros. Clemens was a long-time pitcher for the Red Sox, was traded to the Yankees and retired last season. He came out of retirement, to play with the Astros. This is huge for us....

Sunday, January 11, 2004

What one thing are you most looking forward to . . .

1. ...today?
how about tomorrow. getting my bathroom back. it exploded saturday morning. the toilet stuff is in the tub and the tub is naaaaasty gross. two gallons of bleach to clean that puppy out before i take another shower in it. eww!

2. ...over the next week?
going to the gym. i've been going pretty regularly, and i'm totally in a routine. i am on a two-day weight program and the rest of the days i do cardio. i feel good. i'm losing the extra weight, finally. i'm gettin buff. watch out world.

3. ...this year?
i've taken most of the last two weekends to get my life completely organized. i'm looking forward to being productive, getting projects done and moving to DC.

4. ...over the next five years?
i look forward to a successful career. and maybe someday gettin hitched. (at this moment my preference would be to a hot, brown, motorcycle riding gentleman). and mayyyyyybe someday, makin babies. but, don't tell anyone i said that. in public, i'm still standing by my "don't ever wanna be pregnant stance"

5. ...for the rest of your life?
happiness.

Friday, January 09, 2004

What one thing are you most looking forward to . . .

1. ...today?
Went to Luby's for lunch with some co-workers, headed to Cosmos tonight to hear Andy "Too Hard" Williams play -- a blues guy who supposedly played with Jimi Hendrix.

2. ...over the next week?
Taking my first ever cooking class (chicken in five languages), joining a gym, going to happy hour with some former co-workers.

3. ...this year?
My Christmas present to myself were a mini Astros season ticket package, so I'll be going to nearly 30 Astros games this year.

4. ...over the next five years?
Making the house, hosting more get togethers, visiting with friends and family, talking about nothing, keeping it real, mindlessly flirting with fun boys who would never make the cut, a Lake Effect summit would be nice.

5. ...for the rest of your life?
Living life with little to no regrets.

A funny quote that I read recently: I never make stupid mistakes -- only clever, clever ones. Some unknown guy said it, and I don't even recall his name.

While I was home I realized how much I miss small town life, or even medium small town life. People made eye contact and said hello, held open doors, smiled when you passed. Here's a perfect example. My best friend's mom's car would not start. She called her husband's cell phone but she had no luck reaching him. She then called the dealership where she bought the car, and they sent someone over to help her get it started. Can you imagine? Even if your car broke down across the street from a dealership here in the big city, they'd have you hire a tow truck to bring it in!

The Friday Five....
What one thing are you most looking forward to . . .

1. ...today?
-getting back to the book I'm reading, getting out in the sunshine for a walk after work, curling up on the couch with Ted to watch DVDs

2. ...over the next week?
-getting together with some friends I haven't seen in a while

3. ...this year?
-all the weddings I get to go to - a chance for a many mini-reunions, and the gardening class I'll be taking so much yardwork to follow, besides that - I can't wait for summer and swimming and staying light until 10pm

4. ...over the next five years?
-more of the same, I'm liking how things are now, but to be ambitious - to do more with photography and my website

5. ...for the rest of your life?
- spending time with the people I care about, trying to learn lots of new things, take more risks

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

found this, don't really know much about it. thought it was beautiful.

MAKING SENSE OUT OF NONSENSE
The Story of my Friend, Whose Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously
by Y. R. Chao (after Noam Chomsky) (1971)

I have a friend who is always full of ideas, good ideas and bad ideas, fine ideas and crude ideas, old ideas and new ideas. Before putting his new ideas into practice, he usually sleeps over them to let them mature and ripen. However, when he is in a hurry, he sometimes puts his ideas into practice before they are quite ripe, in other words, while they are still green. Some of his green ideas are quite lively and colorful, but not always, some being quite plain and colorless. When he remembers that some of his colorless ideas are still too green to use, he will sleep over them, or let them sleep, as he puts it. But some of those ideas may be mutually conflicting and contradictory, and when they sleep together in the same night they get into furious fights and turn the sleep into a nightmare. Thus my friend often complains that his colorless green ideas sleep furiously.

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Texas in 2005, maybe. It's kind of far. We were talking about Pensacola, Fl which is not so far from New Orleans, but I don't think it will happen this spring.

Zach - any Texas tour plans?

Upma, I'm not even the tiniest bit mad at you. And neither was JT. I'm just teasing you a little bit. I 'm surprised brown homey didn't take you away with him. You were looking good Sunday night.

Monday, January 05, 2004

i'm not sure if zach is mad at me, or if he's making fun of me.
j.t. should be the one berating me and lambasting me. i deserve it from him. side/inside note: i'm totally working on a summer residency exchange thing. i'm talkin to mr. scatter brain this week. and maybe i'll try and write dorothea also and try to ask for her to help in getting something rolling. i want to do a super 8 project.
i do, though, apologize profusely. in my defense, i wasn't really "hitting on some guy" all night. but i was stuck at my table with lots of friends (including 2 of my best ever) catching up on a lot. the hottest brown boy of all time just happened to have been at that table too. (that's probably a horrible defense and now i feel like an evil person).
you guys... zach's band is GREAT! zach is great too. if he isn't mad at me, and if he wasn't being mean to me in his last post, then i have this to say: zach's voice last night was the best i've ever hear it. he is strong and confident on that stage and he oozes rock star-ed-ness all over. the songs are all solid too. if he comes to a neighborhood near you, check it out. just don't invite every single one of your friends from that neighborhood to come with you.
by the way, z. i think b lo digged you sufficiently.

The first Dawn Chorus Interstate Excursion was very fun. We had a great time in both NYC and Arlington.

The NYC show was less satisfying musically. We got off about half way through the set and ended up with a C- night.

In Arlington there was a mini-Lake Effect meeting between JT, Upma and I. At least, I think Upma was there. Someone who looked very much like her seemed to be hitting on some dude all night. JT and I spoke to this Upma-like person for about thirty seconds total. It was awfully nice of both JT and Upma to come to the show (and drag along their friends). They are good people. I got a hug from Upma (or "Upma"), which is worth the drive all by itself.

Next up for the band, local shows in January and Febuary, then another tour (this time of the Southeast) in March.

Holy shit, LSU won the NCAA national football championship game last night. I'm not even a football fan but it was amazing! The phone was ringing off the hook.... It's really a big deal because Louisiana always finishes last in every thing, or nearly last. The state motto is "Thank God for Mississippi."

Sunday, January 04, 2004

I just discovered the audiobook section of the iTunes store. Includes interviews and suchlike. Ooo I am setting aside a penny saving jar just for an iPod. And I will be using the Sennheiser HD-280 headphones my sister gave me for my birthday. The first time I used them, I swooned. My ears haven't been caressed like this since I tried headphones owned by a wealthy geek and nearly passed out - my ears orgasmed, if that's possible. I actually have to take the headphones off every 20 minutes or so to prevent my eyes from rolling around freely in their sockets. Aaaauuuurr.

The city my dream world is building now has a bookstore. It is a basement used bookstore, with walls painted Victorian egg-yolk yellow, black metal shelves along the wall, and soft old low wooden shelves running down the center. Gracefully rickety wooden staircases rotate up the corners. The lighting is bad and fluorescent, the aroma of gently decaying paperbacks, the temperature cold and damp. The other patrons wear hats and coats and move quietly and calmly. I feel happy in a calm and peaceful way when I am there, cold fingers roaming over rows of books, much handled and much loved. I must focus more on lucid dreaming so that I can get a coffeeshop in there, one in which I can have the coffee I had in Venice. The bookstore has taken elements of other used bookstores I have been calm and happy in; a bookstore in downtown Madison, WI, Avenue Victor Hugo in Boston, Elliot Bay Books in Seattle, a bookstore somewhere in central London, the one in Greensboro where I found a Georgia O'Keefe biography for a buck (Z? You took me there). The low ceilings are much like the fiction room in the Hawai'i State Library.

I will actively dissect the architecture, the structure, the meaning behind the parts of the city my subconcious is constructing. The bookstore, however, I will simply enjoy for now. I do not wish to know if it is a storehouse of memories or a symbolic character trait, I just want to go there on a cold and rainy afternoon, drink strong coffee with milk and wander.

Friday, January 02, 2004

Did anyone else get a weird e-mail message from Blogger, prompting you to change your password, as requested? I never sent such a request nor did I change my password.

Mike, I am honored to have made the top ten of 2003. In other highlights, my grandmother informed me that 2004 was the year for me to get married, which was a little weird for me. Good Lord, these people need to chill out....

happy new year!
i've had a very low key holiday season, which is exactly the way i wanted it. i got nothing expect for a dvd from the awesomest little brother ever.
yesterday i went to IKEA. i got some stuff. i came home and totally re-arranged my place.. well, my living room. and it's much more cozy now. i still have a little more to do, and then the next project is saving up money so i can do up the bedroom too. i need a new bed. i'm thinking that i can get that done around the time i renew my lease in march. i hope so anyway. i may have to wait a couple more months, i always think i'm gonna save up more than i really can.
will be in dc on sunday, looking forward to seeing z's new band and z. and jt. and lots of other people.

Thursday, January 01, 2004

The joke I used maybe a little too much at 12:05am last night

"I haven't eaten all year"
"I haven't slept all year"
"I haven't gone to the bathroom all year"