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if this was the cold war
18 January 2011 @ 10:15 pm
sometimes all the smallest words hide meaning
a lexicon that's leaning on a history
given souls and some bold electricity
turning over stones and finding empathy

days that fold like paper down the middle
solve another riddle with a mirror
ink that bleeds from one side to the other
veins that run from one heart to another

there's a lack of certain in this science
hesitant reliance on some symmetry
words are only carriers of memory
words are only carriers of memory
if this was the cold war
05 January 2010 @ 05:03 pm
Hi. Is anyone on Facebook? I miss some of you people.

(That sounded bad. Those of you I don't miss are the ones I haven't kept in contact with.)
if this was the cold war
07 September 2009 @ 08:51 am
The world has moved on from pages to status updates to 140 characters, so I've mentioned Mr. Mellotron Mooncreature (aka Moonkitty) on Facebook but never the story of his adoption. It's a pretty good story.

Shepherdstown, WV is one of my favorite places on the planet. It's a tiny college town with as many students as locals, and perhaps because of the strength of its environmental program and the type of person who'd come to a small town in West Virginia for a liberal arts education, there's an incredibly organic and friendly vibe there. Essentially the anti-DC and only an hour away.

I'd noticed that Jana Hunter was playing there at the Blue Moon Cafe, and that sounded like a good adventure to have once I was persuaded to have it. I picked up my friend Hallsi and we navigated the winding country roads and arrived, it turned out, early enough to see three girls playing with and trying to give away the most adorable kitten ever. Said adorable kitten was foisted upon me by everyone, so I sat through the entire show with him on my lap (applause only freaked him out the first time) or on the laps of others, and EVERYONE is your friend when you have a kitten, especially when the kitten is that awesome and friendly.

Jana Hunter's band was a little loud for the little guy, so, somewhat ironically, we had to leave shortly into her set. But I have a kitten!

The bunny has learned to climb stairs to get away from him... but I *think* I saw them sort of snuggling together this morning on either side of the cage wall.
if this was the cold war
18 July 2009 @ 09:22 am
The Able Birds played our first good show in a while; we were second, opening for the amazing Caleb Stine. Afterwards, everyone sat around on the steps outside. Allison played violin while Caleb played a few more songs, then I tried my slightly screechy hand and found that I could actually sort of play a bit. Finally got home, exhausted, at 2:30.

What would we do without music, really?
if this was the cold war
11 June 2009 @ 10:50 pm
if this was the cold war
09 March 2009 @ 04:02 pm
if this was the cold war
09 March 2009 @ 06:17 am
The worst nightmares ever are those in which you wake up, look at the time, start going about your morning, and then something terrifying happens.

And then you wake up again -- at the same time as in your dream -- and the entire morning you're not sure if you're still asleep and you know it could become a nightmare at any second.

You meaning me.
if this was the cold war
07 December 2008 @ 08:21 am
I dreamt that it was impossible to find good diner food in Alaska.
if this was the cold war
04 December 2008 @ 07:18 am
And at Home Depot last night...

Me: "This trap doesn't hurt the mice, right? Just making sure."
Him: "You're going to kill them anyway, aren't you?"
Me: "Uh, no... this says it's a live trap."
Him: "Yeah, but you're supposed to just throw it in the trash with the mouse inside."

What is wrong with people?


$35 all-you-can-eat tapas are actually a good deal as i don't think i'll ever have to eat again. ood lord. we'd decided that we needed some festive reason for spending that much money, so wikipedia delivered: in 1904, the Jovian moon Himalia was discovered.

Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, due to slight communication issues, the waiter now thinks Hallsi discovered it.

"Congratulations!" he said, and gave us extra rice pudding to take home.
if this was the cold war
02 December 2008 @ 09:10 pm
So I have a mouse in the house. He lives on scraps of rabbit food. Having one cord-chewing miscreant already and having heard scary things about hantavirus, I called Target to ask if they had any mousetraps. Yes. Okay, good. How about ones that don't kill the mice?

"Sure, we've got all sorts of glue traps."

Not quite what I was asking, guy. That's some psychopathic reasoning right there.