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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

Monday, February 21

i can tell the time by the color of my skin

I’ve been in Sri Lanka for nine days now.

We’ve been traveling around a fair amount – from Colombo (which Rebecca complains is dusty and hectic and not a good first impression, but is nothing like, compared to Indian urban centers) to Kandy (in the beautiful central hill country), a day trip to the village of Dambulla, further North, where they have ancient cave temples, and a nice modernist hotel overlooking a tank (huge reservoir, where I also went swimming) where we had a lovely ½-birthday lunch, then south to the beach town of Unawatuna (and also Hikkaduwa, usually too touristy for the likes of Bex, but pretty empty now post-tsunami), where we talked to quite a variety of different people Rebecca knows, which helped give me a better sense of the disaster and how it was affecting life, then back through Colombo to collect my mom from the airport, and now we’re in Kandy again. So much for that sentence. It’s word capitalizing, not me.

The moon is out all the time here, it seems like every time I look at the sky. It’s always nice to keep track of its progress, it’s something to have a handle on. In a couple nights, it will be full, and we will climb a mountain (Sri Pada, or Adam’s peak) along with lots of Lankans, to celebrate Poya (on the full moon day), oddly enough, by watching the sun rise from its top.

We had thought that was going to be a little later in the trip, but it will be a good almost-finale nevertheless, and will be a good headstart on the reverse timewhacking.

We don’t really understand it either, but you can’t change Indian rupees for Lankan rupees at a bank or exchange or anything. The bank told us: black market, black market. It’s not really so black though, just a jewelry store (the third one we were directed to), but the business is conducted out in the open and all. A rupee here ~= a cent, which is handy. The money is pretty, but the 200 rs note is oddly different from the others. It’s plastic, and the number font is different, and there’s a transparent part.

Why don’t I have many more things to write? You might have noticed there’s not much to me these days. At least I’m posting this now, and I’ll probably have more later. I’ll tell you about my new name. Now we’re going out to the botanical gardens here.

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