Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wilco

There is going to be a Wilco show tomorrow evening at the Blue Loon outside of Fairbanks. I sadly cannot attend as I am sitting here right now staring at a blank word document and finding other things to do besides my homework which means that every minute of the next week will be spent on homework.

The following song is one of many songs I would like to hear Wilco play if I could attend the show. I love this song.

"She's A Jar"

She's a jar
With a heavy lid
My pop quiz kid
A sleepy kisser
A pretty war
With feelings hid
She begs me not to miss her

She says forever
To light a fuse
We could use
A hand full of wheel
And a day off
And a bruised road
However you might feel
Tonight is real

When I forget how to talk, I sing
Wont you please
Bring that flash to shine
And turn my eyes red
Unless they close
When you click
And my face gets sick
Stuck
Like a question unposed

Just climb aboard
The tracks of a trains arm
In my fragile family tree
And watch me floating inches above
The people under me

Please beware the quiet front yard
I warned you
Before there were water skies
I warned you not to drive
Dry your eyes, you poor devil

Are there really ones like these?
The ones I dream
Float like leaves
And freeze to spread skeleton wings
I passed through before I knew you

I believe it's just because
Daddy's payday is not enough
Oh, I believe it's all because
Daddy's payday is not enough

Just climb aboard
The tracks of a trains arm
In my fragile family tree
And watch me floating inches above
The people under me

She's a jar
With a heavy lid
My pop quiz kid
A sleepy kisser
A pretty war
With feelings hid
You know she begs me not to hit her

On a positive note, my friend Jon and I had a lovely conversation this morning and I am pleased to say that he is going to be purchasing my ticket for the much anticipated Poison concert at the Greenville Lion's Club on August 2nd. It's going to be quite the show.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Macy

Some of my favorite pictures of Macy....










Monday, July 14, 2008

Back to School...back to school

So, here I am...once again living the "college life".

I've spent some time comparing my time at UWP with my time here at UAF.

I'm still a slob. This morning, as I was gathering all my things together I noticed various shirts, pants and other articles of clothing scattered on my side of the room. I quickly picked them up and put the clothes that didn't look "dirty" back in my drawer with some sticks of incense to help revive them. The other really stinky or dirty clothes I put in a plastic bag to wash at some point...probably when the incense stops doing the trick. I think I may have to do laundry tonight.

Once again, I am spending more time going in the boy's bathroom than in a girl's bathroom. (We are living on a men's floor.) The only difference is that this time around there aren't any boys currently residing in our dorms. When I was in college the first time not only were there boys in the dorm but I spent so much time on the first floor (the boy's floor) of Hugunin Hall that it didn't phase any male living there to see me walking in or out of the bathroom. I was kind of like an honorary member of the 1st floor.

I still like hanging out in the library. In fact, much of my socializing was and still is done in the library. It is a great place to see friends and to people watch. Right now, I'm watching some dude pirate CDs and movies (no judgment on my part). He's been at it for some time now and he seems to have a system down. He goes to the desk and gets a single movie. Then, he returns to his chair and takes out a little plastic baggie that contains a small spray bottle with some clear liquid and a soft blue cloth. He holds the disc at arm's length, sprays it, and then methodically wipes it clean. He then puts it into his computer, and minutes later takes it back to the front desk and then returns with a new movie.

Cafeteria food still sucks and I have terrible gut rot today.

I still lock myself out of my room. I've only done it twice so far but I've only been here a week.

I don't sleep in class anymore. Now I have a computer to distract me. Instead of sleeping I now spend most of my time putting all my pictures back on my blog, emailing people, downloading stuff and surfing the internet.

That's about it.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Oh Crap...

Somehow all my pictures on my blog got deleted. I know how they got deleted and I'm super irritated at myself right now. I'm working on figuring out how to put them all back on.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Summer Reading

Throughout the last two weeks I have been reading pretty much non stop. In an attempt to procrastinate further on my actual, real life, for graduate credit summer reading homework I have been inhaling book after book.

So, here are some book recommendations starting with my favorite one first (choosing this one was tough). As I'm writing this I keep hearing that deep voice that announces Oscar nominations.

"In the best book of the summer category is...."

Shadows on the Koyukuk by Sidney Hungtington as told to Jim Rearden.


Wow. This book is a MUST read for anyone living in Alaska. It made me laugh, cry, cringe and just overall admire the hell out of this guy.


Persepolis I and II
by Marjane Satrapi


A big thank you to my roommate, Christina, for making me read Maus awhile back. I now love graphic novels and couldn't put this one down. I read both books back to back and in a couple of days time.


No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy


This book was awesome. Thanks Dirk for sending it to me. Lots of themes in here that I'm still thinking about. I'm not really sure what to say. I loved this book...I loved the characters...I loved that what I thought was going to happen didn't happen at all..I love Cormac McCarthy.


Interpreter of Maladies
by Jhumpa Lahiri


This book was actually in the running for first place. I picked this up in O'Hare on a whim and read it the entire time I was flying in the air. I was pretty much finished by the time I got to Fairbanks. It was amazing. It's a collection of short stories that center on Indian immigrants and the conflicts many of them have leaving their homelands and cultures behind and trying to find their place in America.

More Summer Pics..

I'm finally getting caught up on posting all my pictures from my summer. Amazing how much one can get done when they are trying to avoid working on homework and such.

These pictures are of Summerfest. I saw my friend Chad's band, Baghdad SCUBA Review play and it was awesome. Since they were playing on the Harley Davidson Motor Stage they all came out wearing coveralls and bandannas and looked like Harley mechanics. They, of course, were awesome and I saw some friends from college, Charisse and Jess, there as well. (Chad is on the very left.)




After Chad's band played my cousin April and I went to the Briggs and Stratton Stage and watched a band called Stealing Strings. They were pretty good.



Next up was Railroad Earth. They were awesome. We danced so hard. Everyone was standing on metal bleachers and dancing. Towards the end of the Railroad Earth show everyone was starting to fall off the bleachers and it was a big mess of catching people and helping them back up on the bleachers. It was soooooooo fun. Everyone was sweating and packed in close together and there was just an awesome atmosphere in the air all night long.


After Railroad Earth, Yonder Mountain String Band played and April and I took a break from the bleachers for a little bit. I don't have any pictures of YMSB. Sorry.

Pics Posted

I just posted some pics of my road trip. Check 'em out.