Sunday, September 10, 2006

i apologize for abandoning you for so long

is anybody out there?

i'm doing pretty well. haven't been feeling the blog thing lately.
summer just ended tonight.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

secret week, part II

still in madison. getting ready to leave soon though. just found a ride to minneapolis next wednesday which is exciting. tonight i start crashing at lothlorien co-op. meredith and i volunteered to be in extras for a movie that was being filmed in madison last night. it was awesome. we were part of an angry mob of pirates. afterwards we received "lunch" (at 1:00 am!) with the rest of cast and extras and were invited to a bon fire party today as well. we're down for whatever.

i'm thinking about returning to northampton before the allied media conference but i'm not sure if it's a good idea, logistically and financially. it's nice though to have the freedom to change plans and just go with the flow. choosing my own adventure along the way.

the summer is here and i'm soaking it up.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

the secret week

i've been in madison for a week now and it's still nice to be back. earlier last week meredith and i kept making references to going to minneapolis next weekend. after a couple days of this i realized that there's a secret week in between the end of may and the beginning of july and that it is actually the following weekend that we will be going up to sexy spring! a secret, extra week! so we need to make the most of it.

in the uw library now trying to get work done on the clamor music fest and an interview i need to transcribe for my passions and survival project. so distracted though...

woke up this morning with that song "land down under" by men at work in my head. it would be a crazy thing to do but australia's summer does begin right when it starts to get cold here. hmmm...

you better take cover

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

back in madison

after a long journey i made it here yesterday morning. it's great to be back and the weather is beautiful. i'm looking forward to seeing all my friends again and all the fun that awaits this adventure...

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

the outcome's not so clear

a lot is happening and it's finally setting in that i'm leaving for the midwest next week. spring is in full bloom but the incessant rain has extinguished much of the springtime buzz. i can't even remember the last time i saw the fucking sun. but it's not terrible. so, updates...

*gave my notice at the bookstore but might be able to return after my travels
*didn't get the job with the newstandard but will freelance for them
*found a ride to the edge of the midwest and will bus to madison from there
*excited about all the fun happenings in madison when i arrive
*starting to get serious about coordinating the clamor music fest
*can't stop listening to the new defiance, ohio album
*already miss riding bikes everyday with my roomate dave

calling old friends to make sure they're real,
talking, talking just to feel that sense of home
you lost when you left last year.
distance is just numbers on a dashboard,
hours thinking about nothing
but the transmission stutter you fear.

i remember what you whispered in my ear,
and all the things we tried so hard
to never have to hear,
like kids tighten up,
start saving for the golden year.
well, hey, that picture it fades day by day
and the outcome's not so clear.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

looking ahead

it's almost may and i can't stop thinking about the midwest. i'm planning on spending the month of june out there. visiting my friends in madison before heading up to sexy spring and then back through on the way towards the allied media conference. it's going to be a very exciting adventure. i just need to figure out how i'm getting out there and everything.

still waiting to hear back from the new standard. this could be a really amazing job if i get it. i'm a little nervous that it actually will work out. we'll see what happens...

Thursday, April 20, 2006

what these cryptic symbols mean

when the seasons change it's really important to have a new soundtrack to accompany the transformation. lately, i can't stop listening to the mountain goats' album we shall all be healed. it's the perfect music right now--in this particular moment in my life. and i know that when i listen to it again next winter i will taste springtime. i will return to this beautiful day, riding my bike through the woods with the sun warm on my skin. and i'll think of the people in my life right now. the ones that are keeping me inspired and alive. i love you all.

when the last days come
we shall see visions
more vivid than sunsets
brighter than stars

Monday, April 10, 2006

25 years

so much happening. i turned 25 years old this past friday. yes, the golden birthday...a quarter-century of living. crazy, huh? i'm feeling pretty good about it, like being comfortable with the skin i've grown into. i had a nice birthday here with friends. free ice cream sundaes and book readings and a bowling party, karaoke and birthday cake in the wee hours. and receiving sweet birthday messages from people that mean a lot to me was so special. from san francisco to argentina, new york, boston and vermont...i realized that i have a lot of good friend out there and it made me feel good.

the days are longer and we have begun to explore, to relcaim public space and push the limits. the roof of the parking garage was just a beginning. we are emerging from the frozen woodwork and are getting ready for revolution spring. be on your toes. it's happening...

Monday, March 27, 2006

our paths cross again

did i mention that it's officially spring? there's a buzz in the air.

best surprise ever: liz arrived last night unexpectedly from new orleans. so amazing. she's the best. now we just have to convince her to stay here. frrrriends.

now i can put siamese dream back in the cd case and enjoy the spring air.

Friday, March 03, 2006

i can hear it breathing

sometimes i like to look around and try to be conscious of how i got to this particular moment in my life. all of the decisions and variables that led to the present situation--once again with the choose your own adventure analogy. but what's the point of this exercise?, she asks me. it doesn't ever seem to go anywhere. until last night i wouldn't have had an answer, but we had just learned from the wisdom of the zapatistas: as we walk this path we need to maintain an awareness of where we've been, where we are, and where we are going.

where are we going, anyway?

things have been pretty good lately. i've discovered that after enduring and surviving the worst situations i can truly appreciate the smallest things that a lot of people take for granted. my new apartment is still like a palace to me and i feel so grateful to be sharing it with two of the best people i know. likewise, my new job isn't perfect but after doomstar cafe it seems like the best occupation in town. when we adapt to unhealthy conditions the slightest improvements have the potential to transform our lives.

despite the sub-freezing temperatures the days are getting longer and i can begin to hear spring breathing in the distance. it will be nice to soon enjoy the bikeride to the radio station on monday mornings. right now i have to blow on my fingers to prevent them from falling off onto the bike trail. ughhhh...but it will get better soon.

change is afoot. get ready.

Monday, February 13, 2006

we'll set our watches forward like we're just arriving here the past couple weeks i got a new job, saw some of the best people i know at ncor in dc, had really fun house-warming/dessert party in my fabulous new apartment, started doing a weekly radio show on valley free radio, made some new friends, and a lot more.

is february really almost half way done?

hearts to everyone i miss so dearly. you are all in my dreams...

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

a new beginning (part III)

it's amazing how drastically one's life can improve in a single week. i'm still unemployed but it's more of a joyous job-free existence. i am now sharing a beautiful new apartment with two of my best friends. i'm so grateful of all of this.

as sailor and i were finishing up filling the u-haul on saturday the mail was delivered to our old house. amongst junk mail and bills was my check from toward freedom for the interview and article i wrote for them! everything has come together smoothly. it really couldn't be any better.

i do miss liz though. i'm glad that she went to new orleans because it's going to be a really great experience for her but it's just weird not having her around. i'm glad that she's been able to call me from down there to let me know what's happening. it sounds so messed up. but her friend leigh is there with her and they're sharing a bunk bed!

i'm looking forward to going down to dc this weekend for ncor. it will be great to see old friends and be back in that vibrant, radical environment again. things are good.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

embracing change

i spent last week avoiding reality. then i woke up sunday morning and it all hit me, both physically and emotionally. there is just so much happening right now. jo and liz leaving town indefinitely, searching for a new job, and now moving back to south street. it's all very intense but i am embracing change. it forces me to be more conscious of everything. i'm also finishing up an article for toward freedom that i will be using for my first passions and survival radio show next week. i'm going to finally do it. everything will be fine. i just need to get my shit together and stay motivated...

Monday, January 16, 2006

take this job and shove it

i got fired today.

it's fine though. leaving the cafe, there was this feeling of liberation not sadness. a new beginning not a tragic loss. it sucks that i have to start looking for a new job again and play all those charades but i this is definitely a positive development. i want to keep supporting all my coworkers in their struggle to follow their passions in this brief stepping stone to bigger things. there is something more at our finger tips and we will not be held back...


Thursday, January 12, 2006

feeling better, finally

i'm feeling better and it's nice outside. it almost feels like spring again with the sun out and temps in the 50's. crazy. i'm not as jealous of my friends who are in san francisco this week.

shit is going down at the woodstar. we're getting together tonight to try to change things. i wouldn't call it mutiny but it's exciting that we're starting to organize.

i'm currently day-dreaming about diy summer adventures...

Sunday, January 08, 2006

money sickness

i've been sick all year so far. it hit me on new year's day and i haven't been able to shake it off yet. i had to work last night and spent most of the shift blowing my nose and coughing. but i have to work because i have also spent the beginning of 2006 completely broke. the bank reopened january 3rd. that day i cashed my paycheck and after giving my roommates rent money i had a whopping $1 surplus. yes, one dollar.


cough, sneeze. happy new year.

but this is just a bump in the road. i will be getting paid soon for my articles for toward freedom and after a day of rest i should be feeling better tomorrow.

i talked to richard and kate last night. they're trying to get a ride out from milwaukee to go to ncor in february. i can't wait to see those kids again.

Monday, January 02, 2006

this time, this year (part II)

is bigger than us,
and goes on long after we're gone.

another year. looking over a journal entry from new year's day last year i begin to put things into perspective and realize that my optimism and hope in those words didn't exactly pan out. not so say it was a bad year. it's more complex than that. it was just challenging. after an incredible winter adventure of falling in love and throwing myself into the world i returned to madison in february. my stubborn refusal to return to the wage market got me in a lot of financial trouble of which i am still feeling the effects. but half way through the year i moved back to the east coast to begin anew.

northampton has been pretty good to me. i've met some amazing people here and it's been really nice being so close to cape cod, boston, bard, nyc and other northeastern points of interest. i'm starting to feel centered here as i prepare to move back to south street february 1st. this will be good. so like last year, i am beginning 2006 with optimism and hope, but (hopefully) with more wisdom from the mistakes i've made and more potential for greatness...

*still forging ahead with the passions and survival project with articles and interviews in toward freedom and other publications along with an hour long radio show on valley free radio!

*just appointed the coordinator of the 2006 clamor music festival: dozens of benefit shows will take place all over the country sometime this fall and i'm in charge of putting it together!

*diy tour this summer, playing my acoustic punk songs and networking with rad people and making new friends!

*maybe grad school at umass, amherst in the fall to get a masters in labor studies. i could use their resources to write a book on passions and survival!

so yeah, there's a lot of stuff going on. this could be a really amazing year. i wish you all the same...