May 22nd, 2010
|08:48 am - Ok, so I just posted this to Oberlin... but here it is, here too:|
Anybody interested in helping out a fellow Obie? I'm an alumn, looking for a place to crash for a few nights near Kimberton (that's roughly an hour approximately northwest of Philly) around the last week in June. Can I camp out on your couch/floor? Pitch a tent in your yard? I obviously can't afford a hotel, but I would be able to pay you something. The best way to reach me is to email me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org. Here's hoping...
February 13th, 2009
|06:16 pm - Ok, one more thing.|
Because I couldn't resist.
I heard on the radio yesterday that Death Cab for Cutie was named after a Beatles lyric. So I looked it up on Wikipedia. Not quite. But they did in fact lift their name from a song title by the Bonzo Dog Dooh-Dah Band. You all probably knew that. I did not. The song was on the Magical Mystery Tour movie though, hence the confusion. But. The funny thing I found out while bumming around Wikipedia is that one of the members of that band is named Vernon Dudley (The Bonzo Dog band, not Death Cab). Uncle Vernon and his son Dudley, anyone? Or is it purely a coincidence because the English do SO love the names Vernon and Dudley? Hah.
Edit: Ok. So maybe I should not have given up my career as a recorder player quite so soon. This brought tears to my eyes.
January 12th, 2009
|07:11 pm - Tire Advice?|
Everyone seems to have some kind of opinion on tires. So hear goes:
Splurge (wait, I mean, invest!) on slightly more expensive Pirelli studded tires, which I will have for a long time and probably put back on my car next year, be totally confident in, and use for a long time? Or, less money on a set of studded Goodyears, which will at least serve the immediate purpose for which I need them in the moment while still allowing me to pay my rent. I should mention that the reason I need studded tires is the steep, icy driveway going down to my new apartment. I need the tires immediately because I need to drive my car down it to move things in, but if I do that without studs, I won't be able to drive it back up out, and hence will have no car until the spring. Given the fact that I'm fucking broke and can't spend $2 on coffee, and that I will only be driving on these tires for two or three more months, should I take the chance and hope that the goodyears are acceptable? Or, should I do what I usually do and spend more for the Pirelli tires because they are better quality? What would you all do?
Current Mood: perplexed
November 5th, 2008
|09:44 am - HOOOORAYYY!|
Monday night, it was almost midnight when I fell asleep. My last thought was, only a few minutes until election day...
during the night I had a dream that I was in saratoga, and Barack Obama was campaigning in a bank there. (!!) there were very few people in there, and I walked in and he smiled and shook my hand. It was a really warm wonderful smile, just in real life, and it made me happy.
And then, he won. I love him so much right now. I liked him before the election, but that speech was so good. so, so good. There aren't words. After years of listening to George W muttering and spluttering incomprehensible crap with a lot of weakness and despicable English, it was like sacred mana from heaven, hearing a presidential speech made with such impeccable English, such power and charisma, such a direct connection with the people he was speaking to. It was so good to watch the audience going crazy, screaming, crying. What a thing to be a part of.
And, it just feels amazing to me to feel proud of something this nation has done. I don't know that I've ever felt proud of our country in my life, until now.
Last night, it was like the whole world exploded. The world inside me is exploding in so many ways right now, and it feels good to realize that I've finally reached a place where I can enjoy good things in the moment, without being suspicious of them turning out badly. Maybe they will. Maybe all good things always end in pain. And maybe trusting them when they're here does make that pain only all the worse when it happens. But I don't care. At the moment, I'm fully cognizant of that and yet able to trust this joyfulness and live in it, even knowing the things I know. It's not because I'm so young and un-jaded; if anyone has fucking good reasons to be jaded, it's me. And yet, for many more reasons than the election, I feel like I have some kind of new life today.
Current Mood: jubilant
November 4th, 2008
|11:09 pm - HOOORAYYY!!!!!!!!!!|
HOORAY FOR OBAMA! HOORAY FOR OHIO!!!!! HOORAY FOR THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!
(commence happy dance)
Current Mood: ecstatic
Dear World: Happy Election Day. I voted for Barack Obama (well, obviously), and afterwords felt really, unreasonably happy about it. It was a bit of a difficult time getting here, because I had to drive three hours at the last minute after my car broke down and barely got fixed in time, but then, it did. So everybody else who hasn't voted had better go do so. And now... nothing to do but watch the news and hope for the best.
Current Mood: hopeful
August 17th, 2008
|01:33 pm - that cat...|
So, as everyone knows, I have this cat. I am looking for someone to keep her for two weeks in September while I'm in California. Or, even better, until November when I have my own place and can really do right by her. But, for now, only the two weeks in September are essential. Anyone, anyone out there who wants to cat sit? I'm willing to drive.
May 20th, 2008
A bat just flew into my windshield with a thump. I feel sad for him, and I hope he's not injured.
January 3rd, 2008
|07:01 pm - Awesome Stuff (actually read it!)|
We went bookstore hopping today, and I found some cool books. One is a little pocket-sized Better World Shopping Guide, also found online at http://www.betterworldshopper.org/rankings.html which actually is cooler than it looks at first glance: it's a centralized compilation of research on which brands to buy and which not to buy, and some of it's surprising, such as, it's WAY better to buy Colgate than Aquafresh if you're going to purchase conventional toothpaste. And, like, Boca Burgers is actually a bad, evil company, (!) but Windex and Fantastik aren't so bad.
And, don't buy Nestle or Kraft for all you're worth. It's fun to play around with. I don't know about everybody else, but although I try to shop conscientiously, I would never have the time to put into researching hundreds of brands to find out things like Colgate being better than Aquafresh, or American Airlines and Delta being way better than Continental and Northwest. And suddenly it's right at my fingertips, for nearly everything I can think of buying. on that note, I also found the Freecycle Network, http://www.freecycle.org/ which I hadn't heard of, and which is also fantastically awesome and reminds me of oberlin. Rather less on that note, I found a mousse cookbook, which is shaped like a moose. it has all kinds of mousses in it, among them grapefruit, which sounds disgusting until you realize that it's grapefruit and gin (like a Tom Collins, if I'm remembering that correctly, which I might not be, but it sounds good anyway... ?) :)
Current Mood: hungry
September 29th, 2007
|12:31 am - Oh My.|
Who's going to Europe in five weeks?
ME!! I AM!!!!!
OH. MY. GOD. I. NEVER thought it would happen. Little me who always feels untraveled and unsophisticated no matter how much traveling or studying I do, will be heading abroad to spend some quality time in Amsterdam and Norway, and consequently I feel week in the knees like a small child just told she has won a trip to Disney World. I'm leaving from NY though, so now I just have to pray that one of my friends here will consent to moving in and cat sitting during that time.
Current Mood: ecstatic