some birds are funny when they talk








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

Thursday, October 14

there were lots of nice moments. like bantering with alyssa (my currently-accessible friend of longest standing?) over fry mix and my actually-medium-rare burger at good dog.

and confiding to tara, only after office meeting/announcements, that it was my birthday, simply since she was the only one who bothered ask why i had brought in a cake.

and taking a five-hour stroll (hike, really), through a particularly gorgeous slice of rural-suburbia, in middletown, among deer and dogs and fall foliage and unconscionably huge houses that veered from tasteful to tacky. interesting to note subtle but distinct shifts in character of the various neighborhoods i passed through.

it might have been different if it were just another in a slew of long days doing this, but being my almost first it was not at all an unpleasant way to spend the time. although i didn't get to canvass the set of twenty-four-year-old triplets (surprise, they'd moved out of the house) or any of the folks on laura lynn lane (gee, wonder who they would've supported), or the best-named person on my list - kerry bushey - i did have a bunch of nice interactions. i'm definitely not pushy enough (yet) with the undecided folks, but i try to do what i can to help them.

as it got too dark to see mailbox numbers without a flashlight, the houses seemed to get sparser and harder to find, and i only managed to talk to a small handful of folks in the last hour or so. but it was okay because i sang to myself in between doors (most of armed forces and …highway strip). and the last house i went to was the best - a beautifully remodelled former barn which was full of all sorts of instruments, including a wall of many funky guitars - the guy who lived there used to be in a big philly punk band, and now does a lot of recording, and his wife was very friendly and enthusiastic about volunteering. then i took a wrong turn and missed a bunch of houses, but that was a good one to end on.

after, we met at iron hill (of all places) to watch the debate and hang out for a while. they cut up and served my cheesecake, and a guy who was just there watching (with) us bought us all a round of drinks, as an "indirect contribution." i won a game of cutthroat pool with jeremy and diane, though not through any particular skill. i can feel myself starting to become friends with these people, and that's a really nice thing that hasn't happened in a while. birthdays are about anticipation as much as reckoning; why not celebrate with future friends instead of past?

nothing's gonna touch me in these golden years