Current life activities: educating the young'uns of the Great Northwest. Volunteering at a local indy movie house, sending books to incarcerated humans, riding my semi-vintage bicycle, reflecting on aesthetic experience, procrastinating on writing the great American novel, contemplating whether a shovel or pitchfork would be more useful in cleaning off my desk, and if I'll ever really listen to those old cassettes.
Other various notes and observation:
*I've traveled various places, (last passport stamp = Costa Rica.)
*Berlin is a fascinating city, even when you're living there in the winter and walking on iced-over sidewalks and petrified Hundescheiße.
*Leonard Cohen saw the future, and it was murder
I don't wear iPod and headphones; there is already much music running through my brain. Usually the setting is "shuffle."
*I like to ride my bicycle; I like to ride my bike. If you'd like to get me a pair of fenders for Christmas, I'd be most charmed.
*Recently I had a discussion with a lady friend about the pros and cons of putting a picture on one's personal ad page. Men and women tend to look at that differently.
*New Jersey tends to get a bum rap, but I cut them slack because of their warm-water Atlantic waters and beach towns with boardwalks. As well, I hear that America's Nutella is manufactured there. However, I would give them, and any other location that allows sloppy suburban sprawl, grief for that specific reason.
Riding my bicycle fairly often, at least when the weather is not too awful.
Volunteering at a most excellent non-profit. If I didn't have to work, this could be a full-time job.
Contemplating starting a kazoo orchestra
Trying to sell more CDs and other possessions than I buy.
eating food, cooking pan-Asian cuisine with soba and Thai curry,
matching people with music,
riding a bicycle,
introducing various friends, some of whom become friends or associates in their own rights (but not matchmaking,)
discussing non-commercial radio and obscure music
seeing the big picture.
*Name the artist who said that, and you'll win a fabulous prize!
beardy-mustache combo, perhaps
I have "American Gods" by Neil Gaimon on long-term hiatus.
Read "New City Upon a Hill" by Joseph Rocco Mitchell, an accounting of the creation of my hometown of Columbia, Maryland written by my HS history teacher. "Bernstein" picture-bio,
Howard Cosell's "I never played the Game." I wish I had read that book before the stadium wars in Seattle! Finished.
David Bradley's "The Chaneysville Incident." Pretty full-on, chock-full book dealing with race in America, particularly the eastern border states.
Erwin Cooper's "Jokerland" was rough around the edges in terms of editing, but he gets his point across about clueless water/resource use.
Other faves include: "A Confederacy of Dunces," Charles Johnson's "Middle Passage," Leslie Marmon Silko's "Ceremony," and Jean Merrill's "The Pushcart War" "Up the Down Staircase," "The Five People You Meet in Heaven." And, I admit it, the Harry Potter books. Hey, I've got to keep up with the nephews!
MOVIES: "The Lives of Others" "After the Wedding." "Walk the Line" was fine. "The Last Days of Sophie Scholl was difficult to watch, but compelling as all and recommended. I want to see the new German film about the Edelweiss Pirates if it ever comes to the States. "Downfall" was heavy and Bruno Ganz was amazing. "Guess Who" sucked; I'll take the original any day. "The Corporation" was pretty full on and chockablock with information and food for thought. Watched Billy Wilder's "The Apartment" again; Fred MacMurray plays such a great sleazeball! Don't know how classic it is, but saw "16 candles" again. Not very ethnically sensitive, but still a few good bits. "The Harmonists, about 1920-30's German vocalists the Comedian Harmonists, "Supersize Me" and "The Control Room" are highly recommended as well.
MUSIC: Too many to mention all, but...The Fruit Bats, Leonard Cohen, Pink Martini w/the Von Trapps, P.S. 22, Leonard Bernstein (explaining Mahler's 9th symphony.)
Francoiz Breut (Mon dieu!) Nick Lowe, Neko Case, Laura Veirs, Jerry Lee Lewis "Live at the Starclub Hamburg." Stereo Total, The Comedian Harmonists. "Mein kleiner gruener Kaktus" " The Stranglers "The Raven."the Bonzo Dog Band! Old (i.e., first seven) Steely Dan. Al Stewart's "Past, Present, & Future." Pianist Brian Ganz
TV: Don't own one,
nonetheless: Slings and Arrows (watched again) Star Trek TNG, How I Met Your Mother (discussion material with niece and nephew,) Freaks and Geeks, I Claudius, The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard (w/Jane Horrocks of AbFab infamy) Big Bang Theory.
FOODS: Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, including soba noodles, Indian, Mexican, cereal, good bread, peaches, salmon, watermelon, blueberries.
How to spend my time here in beautiful but mellow Bellingham?
Staying organized, catching up on reading and writing, reflecting on why I don't like to move (it's not the places, it's the packing up.) As a result, I'm striving to minimize the excess crap in my living space. That is challenging.
In Seattle I couldn't help notice ugly vs. good architecture.
Volunteering at and/or watching Pickford films.
Recovering from a week of teaching.
Socializing with friends, perhaps trying out a new restaurant.
-you can make me laugh
-I make you laugh.
-You're mighty mighty.
-you can explain why there's a penguin on the TV.
-Some good reason that hasn't occurred to me right now.
** If I winked at you rather than sending a message, see if your mailbox is stuffed full.