Archive for August, 2006

August 31, 2006 Leave a comment

My father has sworn he will never read another Haruki Murakami book again. I guess that means more Toni Morrison/Paul Auster/Don DeLillo for him.

First day at the new long-term temp job in Chelsea. Wish me luck!

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Cats, Fish, and the Most AMAZING THING EVER

August 30, 2006 Leave a comment

Scored another catsitting job, this time in Astoria. (That means it’s in Queens, Manhattanites.) My friend has an out-of-town wedding to attend, and her usual sitter is…um…performing a big-time puppeteering gig on the exact same weekend. Upon hearing this, I realized that I am very out of touch with the big-time puppeteering crowd, very out of touch indeed.

The cats are sweet and adorable, as is their wont, so I won’t waste words on them; you can’t see or touch them, so why should you care? What you should care about is the following: My friend’s fighting fish (each housed in its own little fishbowl) apparently hunger for attention as well as food. Whenever they want a little love, she says, they rise to the water’s surface and make sucking sounds.

You know, it does bear all the markings of a low budget horror film. I shall have to watch out for these fish, and listen hard.

On to the really noteworthy feature of the place. My friend moved into her apartment all of five days ago, and discovered that the previous tenants had left her a treasure of nigh unimaginable glory. She is now the proud owner of an 8 foot by 4 foot ELECTRIC GLOWING MURAL of a waterfall cascading majestically over a mountain, complete with MOVING WAVES, CLOUDS, and SHADOWS, all undulating away to a SOUNDTRACK of BIRDSONG and RIPPLING WATER. Imagine that, if you will, for a moment. All this magnificence can be found in one woman’s domicile in Queens. And it’s AMAZING.

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August 30, 2006 Leave a comment

I’ve been busily trading my old books and DVDs on Bookmooch and Zunafish. For some reason, it makes me feel like I don’t own anything. I feel OK about it.

Borrowed A Thousand Little Pieces from the library just to see what all the (last year’s) fuss was about. It’s well written, better written than most addiction memoirs, though I don’t know if I’d have recognized it as a work of genius. But if I have to choose between the story with the tiger and the one without, well…you know the drill.

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August 28, 2006 Leave a comment

Oh, how I love you, hot water and civilization! I swear I’ll never leave you again!

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August 27, 2006 Leave a comment

Just finished a 2-day martial arts summer camp event, and I have the t-shirt to prove it.

The usual information on natural motion, plus: Lead with your butt when you slide backwards into an L-stance, possibly land hard on your rear heel when stepping into a walking stance, “sawtooth” motion, drills, drills, and more drills, and color belt men are scary when they fight.

I’m sore, but I’ll be perfectly fine by mid-week.

I shall never drink Tang again.

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Go figure.

August 24, 2006 Leave a comment is like the NY1 of fitness streaming video: adorably low production values (was every single class filmed in the lobby of a Motel 6?), and seemingly real people doing perfectly achievable exercises. I’m growing quite fond of them, really. No doubt they’ll break my heart someday.

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August 22, 2006 Leave a comment

The trailer for the Tony Jaa no-wires martial arts fantasmo-fest “The Protector” looks totally sweet! Well, actually, I’m no judge of trailer quality. But still – it’s Tony Jaa! Maybe his pants will be on fire again!

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