Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Four Weddings and now...

I'm jumping the gun a bit and going out of sequence.  My brother's wedding of two weekends ago should really have received an entry here already.  I've got it partially written, but it was becoming clouded by other events.  I'd prefer it to stand on its own.

Last night, the son of one of my college professors died.  He was seven.  To his service I will go on Saturday, to pay respects to a boy I never met.  And I won't be alone.  I expect most everyone from the Conservatory to be there, from professors and secretaries to students and graduates.

Friday, November 12, 2010

How do I start a campaign to have dinner with Jon Stewart?

This evening has been lovely thus far. I listened to a British news quiz I enjoy, got to drink a ton of water to sooth my throat, and I watched the 50-minute interview between Rachel Maddow (one of my favorite political architecture experts) and Jon Stewart (one of my favorite modern political philosophers).

I think the effect of Jon Stewart on my process of critical thinking has been profound. In the spirit of that, I offer this feed of the entire interview. It's 50 minutes long, but I think it says a lot of interesting things. Among the more shocking is that two ostensible liberals can disagree so much about what they are each saying. I also find it incredibly stimulating that serious discourse can occur in long format. If this were the 1950's, this entire interview would have been broadcast as "the show". Today, it's available "web only".

I give it my highest recommendation: at least 5 "hmmm!" per hour. Please watch it if you have an interest in modern histrionic journalism, or the learned discussion of same.

Now it's time to dig in to John Waters' memoir. Such a night of pleasures!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Back and working

My brother's wedding went well.  The trip home was a blast.  I'm back in Kansas City and working again.

I'm also working hard on the large entry that is relating to the wedding.  Part recollection and part reflection, it will also cover a fair amount of ground.  So much so that I'm having trouble getting everything into it I want to say.  I may subdivide into multiple parts, or perhaps I'll just try to keep separate topics apart. 

I'm not sure yet, but I wanted you all to know that I am thinking about it when I come home at night.  Hopefully I have something out before the weekend is finished.  If I take my car in on Saturday, I should have plenty of time.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

I'm leeeeeeaving on a wet train*

* but only if it...umm... rains tomorrow.  Which is isn't going to.  So it's a really tortured and ill-fitting song pun.

The time has come to head to 2010 wedding number four.  I may or may not update in the next week, depending on how much time I have to sit by myself.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Heatless of the weather

My mood improves with each passing day and each falling degree.  That's the basic "idle" level, for those of you playing the home game.  Separate from that is a strange melancholy that I also find satisfying.  There's something comforting about the melancholy, as though it's a stranger whose presence I feel inexplicably calmed by.

I still haven't switched on my heat.  Eventually, I'll prepare for it by setting the thermostat somewhere at the contractually obligated low temperature as specified in the Homeowner's Association agreement: 55 degrees.

Until then, I rejoice and revel in the open windows as the temperature dips into the thirties at night and the morning air is sharp in my lungs.

Yes, that makes me weird.  It's the balance benefit of having a body that runs at a high temperature all year.  While I flounder in 89 degree heat, I also embrace the lower temperatures as my comfort zone.

Monday, November 01, 2010

A Life and Death Perspective

Over the past few weeks, I've had it a bit tough.  I haven't made any progress on my degree because I'm working long hours.  Dealing with a couple of customers and vendors at work has contributed to my stress load.  The loan provider suddenly decided to start up full payments on my loans again, plus 15%.  Navigating through their call center succeeds only in raising my ire. 

My car is gradually dying a slow death, but I still need to replace a few parts on it to keep it going while I figure out what to do.  I still haven't had free time enough to get back to Chicago to see friends like I had promised... seven years ago.  I can't even find time to visit people who live in the same state as me (give or take a border).

My dating life has been largely "not promising" for a long time.  My friend recently admitted that while she has more odious choice in partners, I always managed individual dates that were more awful.  Hooray!   I'd like to thank the Academy...

While there is much that's going right, I have plenty to complain about.  Under the wrong sort of day, I might even grudgingly admit that "things are difficult" right now.

Now for some perspective...