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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

Saturday, September 4

feeling a bit weak from the aftereffects of alcohol i think and maybe dancing although i don't feel like i was dancing all that hard. maybe the drinks gave me that false impression. i thought eating would help but it didn't really. but that's okay. i have no need for bodily strength at the moment.

being at swat doesn't feel wrong, exactly. i think i have a decent balance of insideness and outsideness to make it comfortable enough to be here for shortish periods of time but not much attachment or motivation to be here except that i sort of have to for practical reasons. it was pretty weird to be in sharples during the lunch rush though. i'll try to avoid that in future. i really hope i can be in boston, or somewhere else, next week. except...

the apartment search is going nowhere fast. there are just not many places listed on craig's anymore, and the ones that there are are going faster than i can. i saw a decent studio yesterday but i haven't been able to get in touch with the landlord today (presumably because it's a weekend) and i don't even know if it's still available (doubtful?) i know i should have snapped it up right then, but i wanted to at least see this other place which sounded really nice - a share with a woman i had spoken too several times to set up a time. of course by the time i finally got in touch with her yesterday she'd already found somebody. then i saw another place which was sharing an apartment that's not quite a 2-br, they just put a bed in the kitchen/basement - the roommate is a resident who's never home and doesn't really seem interested in having a roommate. but the price is good and the neighborhood is pretty convenient. i don't know, maybe i should just do that. i can't seem to make the right decisions. whenever i try to make a decision it doesn't work. i feel inept at this.

i'm better at record shopping, so that's something, at least. after another couple of places fell through yesterday i took solace at spaceboy and scored with the joe henry album i've been craving, plus holiday, used. and i got the new mouse on mars, which is freaky. tower had decent price on the expanded kv so i got that and gave my (immense historic emotional value) old copy to ang as an additional birthday present. i need need to get the tnotbith reissue (hallelujah!) but it's retailing for like twenty bucks everywhere which is insane. incidentally, "disconnect the dots" is still stuck in my head for like ten hours of every twenty-four.

poor angela, she got sick and wasn't able to enjoy the latter half of her party, which turned weird and dissolute. those drinks were so damn strong. esp. the damn soviets (vermouth, sherry, and vodka, so basically, yeah) but tasty. watermelon mojito. i didn't even get to try the gimlet, although i had wanted to work my way through one of each, only got to one and a half. (but) the party was still a great time. i played more elvis than i ever have at a dance party (you belong, blue chair, hi-fi, hidden charms, maybe something else) so that was fun. and it was great to party with joe and adam and everyone and especially emmy. and i felt like getting drunk anyway.

and now? i'm checking out the new dorm. no plans. would like to see a movie or something. still no gmail salvation. so i'm just waiting. i'm getting a cell phone as soon as i can get back to the verizon store. that's all.