August 28th, 2014
|03:12 pm - Happy birthday to me! |
Also, the latest LJ app for iOS is way crappy, so I'm probably going to quit using it, which in turn means I'll probably be away from here for years again. Oh well, it was nice catching up here while it lasted.
I'm making this post public on the off chance that it'll be seen by someone who cares and has any way of responding usefully to the complaint, but also disabling comments because it's a public post and also because I won't see them anyway since I'm basically bailing out of LJ again.
Current Mood: content
April 10th, 2009
|05:25 pm - Not dead in a ditch.|
Still alive and well in New York City, subject of the following lovely passage (and many others) in Mark Helprin's Winter's Tale, which I am reading more slowly now that I'm getting towards the end, because I will be a little sad to be done. It's that good. Anyway:
Across the river, Manhattan shimmered in the moonlight — miles of white buildings sparkling like a forest of fireflies.... Manhattan, a cage of white ribs and a mass of glowing crystal, seemed nearly alive. The beauty in it lifted them far above their enemies and their troubles in the world, as if they were looking at life from the vantage point of the dead. Suddenly overcome with affection for the people they loved, they saw before them the city of sunshine and shadow, now covered in moonlight, and they loved it so much that they wanted to hold it in their arms. (520)
It goes on, but you get the idea. Really, the author had me from "...the whole world has poured its heart into the city by the Palisades, and made it far better than it ever had any right to be." That's the third sentence of the Prologue. This book, it does not pull any punches. I am loving it. And life is pretty okay, too.
Current Location: Moon Monkey Bar, Grille & Cockail Lounge
Current Mood: literary
Current Music: Peter tip-tapping-typing in the front room.
November 5th, 2008
|03:21 pm - Yay! Woo! And now for a little break!|
- Stop talking about politics for a moment or two.
- Post a reasonably-sized picture in your LJ, NOT under a cut tag, of something pleasant, such as an adorable kitten, or a fluffy white cloud, or a bottle of booze. Something that has NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS.
- Include these instructions, and share the love.
I'm finally back to working on the Nepal trip pictures.
Current Location: Bobst Library, NYU
Current Mood: happy
July 2nd, 2008
|11:55 am - Happy Birthday, katiemouse!|
Yay for one more year of you!
May 4th, 2008
|11:17 pm - Memetic warfare against reality, round N.|
I heard John McCain is a Scientologist. Is it true? (Pass it on.)
Current Mood: curious
April 9th, 2008
April 4th, 2008
|11:58 am - In which I try to respond when my brain gives me a freaking hint.|
This morning I woke up from a long, complicated, Wizard of Oz-style "and you were there, and you were there, and you were there" kind of dream where I caught up with a lot of people, some of whom I hadn't thought of in a long time, and we talked, and some of us performed, or showed off art, or writing, or kids (who mostly showed off themselves), or other projects that have been not consuming us so much as transforming us and our recent and not so recent lives (and vice versa), to the point where maybe we haven't been in touch as much as we might like. Anyway. All of the people in this dream were very dear to me, so I wrote a mushy Open Letter about it, but I wanted to tell everyone the most important part of the letter, which goes like this:
Friends, it was good to see you. No matter how long it's been since we last saw each other, or spoke, or wrote, or exchanged stupid email or whatever little time sucks the Web just distracted us with, I've missed you. I hope this letter finds you well --- at least as well as you were in my dream last night, if not better (and we were all pretty great). I think you are both the best thing that has ever happened to me, and that our friendship is the best thing I do, and every time I edit this sentence it gets a little longer and clumsier when what I really mean is just: You're the best. Thank you.
There ya go. Everything else can wait.
P.S. I sorta lied about everything else waiting. Soundtrack for this morning and the writing of the mushy open letter and all: "Visit in my Dream" by Dan Bern (Breathe), "Willing to Fight" by Ani DiFranco (the Living in Clip version), and "My Friends" by Dar Williams. Yep, I'm a colossal mushball.
Current Location: Eugene Public Library
Current Mood: cheerful
January 18th, 2008
|01:28 pm - Huh.|
A volunteer for the Ron Paul campaign just came to the front door, but was delightfully easy to dissuade. All I had to say was "I'm really not interested," and homeboy took the hint! Hurray!
Um so I guess this is what Twitter is for or whatever. Too bad.
Current Location: home
Current Mood: like I dodged a bullet
December 3rd, 2007
|11:59 am - I'm curious.|
I think I sent my last batch of postcards from Nepal one month ago today, and I know I sent one to our home address here in Eugene, but it hasn't arrived yet, which has me a little worried. So here's my request to everyone who asked for a postcard (that links back to the original comments-filtered address collecting post, which was how I started my "to mail" list): could you please reply to this post and let me know if you got mail from my sojourn on the other side of the world? Again, comments will be screened.
Thanks so much!
Current Mood: curious
November 7th, 2007
|04:55 pm - HOME HOME HOME-ITTY HOME HOME!|
I got back from my Asian adventures very late last night, and today I have mostly been wandering around the house touching everything as if to convince myself that I'm really back and not just dreaming it. (Also I have been petting the cats.) Not one but three memory cards bearing a ridiculous number of pictures suggests that the trip was not a dream either, but dealing with all of that is pretty intimidating --- there is so much! Which reminds me: I wrote something mushy for all of you at the end of the trekking portion of the trip, and posted it on TracyFood, where it was probably way too easy to overlook what with all the automagical post stuff, so I am calling attention to it now.
Anyway. Here is a picture of me in front of some very large mountains:
and that picture is as good a way as any to get to my Flickr, where I'll be posting lots more from the trip. Also I might have a thing or two to write about it on TracyFood eventually, just maybe (LOL I AM TEH FUNNAY --- ok, not really, but really it's amazing that I've managed to string together even this many semi-coherent sentences).
It is awesome to be home.
Current Location: I think I mentioned home.
Current Mood: glad to be home