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Stuck in my Head
"Kiss Me Harder" by Bertine Zetlitz
"Hot" by Avril
"Brain Problem Situation" by They Might Be Giants

Now Reading
Number 9 Dream by David Mitchell
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro

Recently Finished
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by David Eggers
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Mad Tony and Me by Carl Hoffman
Sweet Soul Music by Peter Guaralnick
This Must Be The Place: Adventures of Talking Heads in the 20th Century by David Bowman
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Movies Lately
4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days
Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts
Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour
2 Days in Paris
United 93
The Savages
The Bourne Ultimatum
Sweeney Todd
The Departed
What Would Jesus Buy?
Ghost World
I'm Not There
She's The Man
Lars and the Real Girl
Romance and Cigarettes
No Country for Old Men
Into the Wild
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With
Across the Universe

Shows Lately
Damo Suzuki/Stinking Lizaveta @ Mill Creek
Death and the Maiden @ Curio
Devon Sproule/Carsie Blanton/Devin Greenwood/John Francis @ Tin Angel
Assassins @ The Arden
Oakley Hall and the Teeth @ Johnny Brendas
Isabella and Flamingo/Winnebago and Map Me and Gatz and Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven and Sonic Dances and Strawberry Farm and The Emperor Jones and No Dice and Hearts of Man and Principles of Uncertainty and Isabella and BATCH and Addicted to Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre's 20th Century and Car and Sports Trilogy and Explanatorium and Wandering Alice and Must Don't Whip Um and Festival of Lies and A Room of Ones Own and Recitatif @ the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe
Martha Graham Cracker and Eliot Levin and Kilo etc. @ the Fringe Cabaret
Lullatone and Teletextile @ Boulder Coffee [Rochester]
TV Sound @ the M Room
Aretha Franklin @ East Dell, Fairmount Pk.
Romeo + Juliet in Clark Park
Daft Punk @ Red Rocks
Spoon @ Rockefeller Park
Ponytail at Pony Pants' House
Mirah/Benjy Ferree @ the 1UC
Tortoise @ World Cafe Live
Hall & Oates...ish
"Nuclear Dreams" - Mascher Dance Group, x2
The Four of Us @ 1812
Machines Machines Machines Machines Machines Machines Machines by Rainpan whatever
Mascher Dance Group/Nathaniel Bartlett
Cornelius @ TLA
Sloan @ World Cafe
In Fluxxxx
Slavic Soul Party!/Red Heart the Ticker @ I-House
the Fantasticks @ Mum
Peter Bjork + Jorn/Fujiya + Miyagi @ fkaTLA
John Vanderslice @ Johnny Brendas
The Books & Todd Reynolds @ 1UC
Into the Woods @ LPAC
The Fishbowl @ the Frear
Caroline, or, Change @ the Arden
Low & Loney, Dear. @ 1UC

Friday, June 4

for some reason i asked the monroe county juror's office to move the date of my summons up to next week, instead of having them postpone it again until a time (coming very soon) when i can claim pa residency with even more legitimacy, which i certainly could have done. i guess i thought it would be interesting. well, i still think that, kind of (at least it will be an interesting way for me to get some reading done), but now i'm really hoping that i don't get selected to serve, or if i do that the trial is done in like a day.

because i'm suddenly remembering all of the wonderful things rochester has to offer, and thinking about how nice it would be to have a week free to play tourguide and busybody, flitting around getting stuff accomplished and serving our own needs instead of my quasi-ex-countypeople's.

like, we could/can go the george eastman house (yay photo!), the METAL musem/elizabeth gallery, the strong, and even the MAG; visit SOTA and abundance and archimage and village gate; wander through highland park, cobb's hill, pinnacle hill (can we get up there again?); partake of still the best cheap culture opportunities i know - record archive ($5 cds!) and the cinema ($3 double features!); scope out the used stereo shop on park for some components; hit up abbot's and maybe the little or whispering pines; make appointments with stamm, fontana, and rich levy; say hi to ruth and kate and the subaghs; take field trips to seabreeze or charlotte or hell even niagara or the albright-knox; start our disney features marathon; work on photo albums and websites; do my laundry; and of course track down whoever's still in town of the old gang…

okay; that's my bit of hometown nostalgia, a la emily (at least, before she was actually back home and soaking in the good life, as per her latest.) right, so for those of you who care, i'll be going back to rocktown this sunday, after first passing through a pair of colorful jersey towns (red; orange).

in other news, rita's is now serving something they call "gelati," which consists of water-ice plus custard both at the bottom of the cup and in a big sploof on top [what laura described as "hard-core soft-serve"]. i was skeptical about the combination at first, but actually it works remarkably well. and even, when you get to the bottom and it's mixed together in a flavorful lightly creamy cold soupgoop, the name becomes vaguely fitting.

oh, speaking of gelati, and i guess i'm doing this in totally the wrong way, laura and lizo and steve and i went to copa gira (right?) in center city the other day and had something more authentic (angelica and pistachio something flavors.) that was after steve took us to an awesome place way out in the wilds of fairmount park in mount aerie (airy, whatever, i like my way), like a several-time-magnified version of the crum gorge, with a correspondingly bigger high-up rock outcropping where we climbed up to a statue of william penn that said "toleration," and drank holzman homebrews, and got caught in the afternoon thundershower. but it was before we met alan and had dinner at karma and a constitutional to the irish memorial, and saw the sign that said, just, "gayer hairpieces."