April 17th, 2005

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Book Meme
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

'No, I could tell it wasn't. It was a har in distress. A young har.'

- The Ghosts of Blood and Innocence, Storm Constantine
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Life On Earth mini-review / Ups & Downs

Finished the Alice Hoffman book I posted about the other day, Life On Earth. My assessment really never changed from what I thought after reading a chapter or so: This ain't my thing. Also, just as I felt from the start, the story was very similar in tone and theme to Ethan Fromme, a book I love but don't really need to see replicated in contemporary style.

Then there was the fact that the characters (largely one-dimensional) gave me that whole Wuthering Heights "icky icky" feeling, where I basically couldn't stand any of them and was hoping that they'd all end up in some horrible Ethan Fromme-like accident; I was totally saying to myself, "OK, when do they all go tobogganning together?" (The worst character does die, which I applauded, as he really needed to be offed.) In general, stories where all the characters are jerks or losers just don't become favs of mine.

There was also some odd POV-shifting in the book, where not only was POV going from character to character within a chapter (with no breaks) but the narrator inserts herself in odd fashion as well.

Sigh. So anyway, I guess I would give the book 3 stars out of 5, since there were a few stand-out lines/observations made and I was interested enough to read through the end. I think I will send the book on to my mother.

One other comment on the book is that I really found the whole mundane, real life setting boring. Obviously I am spoiled on exotica and not too interested in reading about boring women, adulterous affairs, disaffected teens, etc. But like I said, I'm sending it to my mother, who probably will like it.


Today was full of ups and downs.

Up: Very, very nice weather, 60s/70s with no wind, fresh air.

Down: Set up to meet with Caleb & Daniel for brunch downstairs, and they both wound up late. Owing to my general mood (depressed usually means irritable) I had a bit of a hissy fit about it.

Up: Brunch was INCREDIBLE. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! I think a new weekly Sunday tradition has started... I had yogurt with grannola, honey and strawberries, plus sauteed potatoes and coffee. Daniel had a chocolate croissant, a spinach crepe, a croissant and an Americano. Caleb had a very exotic Nutella & mascapone crepe. Mmm!

Down: Went over to MARTA to go to the Outworlders picnic. After walking down broken escalator (the really LONG one!) I felt rather dizzy and nauseous, a condition which got worse and worse during the train ride. I thought I was going to puke and/or pass out on the train. Had a lot of trouble thinking clearly; started to wonder about food poisoning and could not remember what I'd eaten, brain totally was on the blitz. Called Caleb on my mobile and he told me to go home, so after waiting a few more stops and deciding that I really didn't feel well, I got off the train at Dunwoody and caught the next southbound home. I was really woozy. When I got home I felt like I needed "care," so I asked Caleb if I could come over.

Up: Had a never nice time at Caleb's. He was doing some work so I laid on the couch and finished up the book (see above). Then I leafed through Britan From the Air -- wonderful! Caleb had some gardening work and thought it would be good for me to help (soothing), so I helped with some repotting and watering. Afterward he made us a little teatime type meal with tuna & corn sandwiches, oranges, and tea. Then we went down to the courtyard and watched/listened to the birds.

Down: Dave Churvis called me from the picnic wondering where I was. Not only were people looking for me there, but he'd brought some books he'd borrowed from me and wanted to return. I am totally bummed out I didn't make up there, but I really felt sooooo ill, I was sure that by the time I got to the park (Roswell Park) I would be green, miserable, and probably somebody would've had to drive me home.

Up: After relaxing a while, we went over my place, got the piggies and took them to the park. They were very happy -- again.

Up: I was looking on Craigslist, which I've never visited but heard recommended, and found several local web projects up for bid I think I could do. I forwarded them to myself and will probably apply for at least a couple. I could use a bit of new business.
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Invisible in Plain Sight?

There is a certain pointlessness to me even wondering about this, but one thing I've been ponderly lately is what sort of vibe I give off, orientation-wise. (I'm aware I give off the "don't touch me" vibe quite often, but that's another matter.) I mean, I gather that back in high school, everybody thought I was a lesbian -- except me of course. In college I accentuated this for a few years, although at the same time I developed my own wacky exterior style that went rather beyond standard dyke-ware... which I eventually abandoned for the most part. Later I thought I had a rather bisexual sense of style, such as can be generalized, swinging from butch to femme, pretty to English frumpy, etc. Nowadays I adopt a lot of personas, but most of theme are fairly femme, even diva-ish, and I wonder, WTF does anybody think of this? And I wonder, aside from how I present myself as far as clothes, voice, mannerisms, what do people piece together from knowing me? Like... when they look at my life, what do they think? Do they think I'm a lonely lesbian, a shy hetero virgin, gay man in woman's body, a pure ice maiden who not interested in sex, or what? I guess it's morbid vanity wanting to know this but hey, morbid vanity is a big part of my personality.
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