keryx: (Default)
I was very pleased with myself for recognizing my new aikido instructor as someone I vaguely knew in 1988. Until I realized I'd mistaken him for his brother. And then forgot the names of half the people I hung out with in 1988.

It made me wonder how far back others' memories and friendships reach. So. How far back do yours go?
[Poll #1370585]
If you're reading this on Facebook, you won't see the poll. Go back to the original post for that.
keryx: (i robot)
The other day at work there was talk about personal savings in a big department meeting. It's also been a topic of reporting on NPR lately - that Everyone Is Now Saving. Is everyone now saving? Will everyone now be saving because the media said we were?

I'm fascinated by this idea. Is it true? Will it change the world?
[Poll #1364249]

If you read this via Facebook, you won't see the poll. You have to go back to the original LJ post.


Jan. 25th, 2009 07:20 am
keryx: (Default)
In case you weren't there, we had a massive baby shower at my house yesterday. I mean massive. There was a point where my crowd phobia got triggered in my own house. [Which is like. A really. Weird. Feeling.] There were many instances of bizarre intersectionality and a few of people putting the past aside in favor of love and tribe. Everyone seems to have tried their best to be gracious and helpful. There was music. There was dancing. There were kids and parents and soon to be great-grandparents and presents. There was... juggling? That's new.

This is our village.

So. Yeah. I think that was a success.

Those of you who came, especially those of you who set up or were wandering the house tidying up (though most of them aren't on LJ): Thank. You.

After that? I'm serious, [ profile] doktor_jess and [ profile] goodgothgirl - sure, have a wedding at my place. You know, after the backyard gets less homely. Anyone else I love have a life event to celebrate? Cause I was thinking last night that being the custodian of my house as it approaches 100 means more than just protecting the [Gah! 93 year old. Just thinking about it sends me into an anal retentive home owner tizzy.] floor and fixtures. It means the house needs to hold experiences. Even the ones so overwhelming I need to get out of the house to process them.

Also. Apparently I really want to be living here in 2016 for 100th birthday party. That's... a ways off. The deepening of my relationship with Willie is a topic for another post.
keryx: (blanche)
Kids! As mentioned, I have a commitment to myself to attempt 50 dates over the next 2-3 months. It's a way to change my perspective on dating from something terrifying to something fun.

But. I don't KNOW 50 single people.

I need your help to find 50 people I'm intrigued enough by that the dating prospect makes me nervous. I will accept all advice, matchmaking, blind dates, suggestions on approach, and introductions to your yentaish gramma.
keryx: (tomato)
[Poll #1302360]

I've been told this is a US regional issue, but aside from a few people from Canada, the Northeast US and Louisiana who use the second, freakier spelling ("ya'll" - what's that, a contraction of "ya" and "all"?), most everyone else seems to use the other.
keryx: (roosevelt)
O friendslist, do you contain any gardeners?

Specifically gardeners who might have ideas about things this slacker could plant this fall in Virginia, things that ideally would stick around through spring? Strangely the internet does not seem readily able to answer this question unless I want to read all about gardening.

I want to plant some decorative grass and something floral.


Sep. 19th, 2008 02:10 pm
keryx: (march)
US gets served by Rwanda. We should seriously consider bringing it.

Smartypants friends list, is that the first country to have a majority female parliamentary body?
keryx: (beat we gots)
This made me think of [ profile] tupelo: superfancy record cabinet. It would totally work in Zelda Nordlinger's house.


Sep. 5th, 2008 09:11 pm
keryx: (win at life)

I've missed you, internets. Sorry for not keeping up. No time for LJ at work.
keryx: (giant peach)
Brilliant readers, thank you for the poetry suggestions. I will assemble them before my next library & bookstore trips. Yay!

I have another question for you. Is there a proper expression of detached indifference in IM/email/text/chat emoticons? There's definitely an ambivalent expression - :/ or :\ - but is there one that says "I am not iffy on this subject; I simply do not care" without any air of snark or pissiness?

Just a moment ago, I typed "whatever" meaning "whatever you want, I am untroubled by any possible outcome" but it read "whatever" as in "whatever, loser... talk to the hand". And there was really no appropriate emoticon to back up my text with emotional content.

I am troubled by this. Please assist.


May. 27th, 2008 07:16 pm
keryx: (builders)
I would like to read more poetry.

What should I read?
keryx: (finger licking good)
There's a cute post on Shapely Prose that uses the 'get a bikini bod in 2.5 minutes' articles in most magazines to talk about getting comfortable in a bathing suit.

Which reminds me of a question I had awhile back!
[Poll #1191050]
I personally think I look better not-quite-naked, or sometimes in dance costume. Clothes never quite feel designed for the shape of my body.
keryx: (Default)
Here's an explanation of how the privilege exercise works in a classroom - which is where it was intended to be used. And more from the source. I'm intrigued by the statement that ... the people on one end of the room had to work harder to be here today than the people at the other end of the room. It's followed later in the exercise by a statement that having privilege "doesn't mean you worked less hard". So, uh. Which is it? *

The exercise seems to be, as [ profile] crafting_change (and others, but especially her) noted, coming from a pretty weird place on social vs. economic class. If you follow the source link & look at their "social class awareness quiz", you'll see questions that gain you "blue points" such as:
What are Kona and Blue Mountain?
a. Resorts
b. Hotels
c. Islands
d. Coffee

And countering, "red point", questions:
What is 10W40?
a. An Unemployment form
b. A kind of oil
c. A criminal background check
d. A truck

Dude, that quiz needs a "how do you feel" debrief afterwards. Words like "unemployment" and "criminal" do not even APPEAR on the blue point list. If the questions are peppered with social-knowledge kinds of things like WWF and Vivaldi, and with an obvious bent that WWF = poverty, criminality, etc., Vivaldi = wealth, consumption, etc. AND each has a particular set of educational biases. Ah. I'm not making fantastic sense here, but I am now bothered by this exercise. I think it sets out to point out background differences in a way that is already pretty classist.

* Which is part of the point of a meaningful class discussion - neither statement is exactly true.

PS. Y'all are fantastic at teaching me about the world and your perspectives.
keryx: (Default)
If you're a Lush fan, they've apparently overstocked some stuff and are giving away a free thing for every thing you buy. Which is a good deal if you like their holiday stuff!

book meme

Oct. 3rd, 2007 09:44 pm
keryx: (bauhaus)
So, I'm not actually going to do any of the formatty stuff they ask for, but I will say. Seriously? People haven't read these books? The unread books meme )
I put questions next to some because as far as I know, I've not even heard of them.

I've read 85 of the list; I miscounted the first time.


Oct. 1st, 2007 09:56 am
keryx: (Default)
Today's weather makes me feel like the Postal Service. I've been digging my heels in about fall, not wanting it to come, and the forecast calls for happy times for me. It can be fall at night, and in the morning.

No concerns about the world getting warmer
People thought that they were just being rewarded
For treating others as they'd like to be treated
For obeying stop signs and curing diseases
For mailing letters with the address of the sender
Now we can swim any day in November

Thank you for all the happy birthdays. It was a good one.

omg, y'all

Sep. 25th, 2007 09:47 pm
keryx: (carnival)
You kids are the best hug delivery service evah. I feel better already.

keryx: (yay mountains)
If you haven't noticed, most of my photos from Hawai'i are of scenery, and a lot are of the mood shifts as the scenery shifts while you're driving or sitting in a spot. I think, in general, I take photographs that reflect the feeling of whatever I'm doing, which means if they have people in them, the people are doing something.

How about you?
[Poll #1056814]
keryx: (bored lj - p&p)
Here is how it works. Copy this list. Leave in the bands you've seen perform live. Delete the ones you haven't and add new ones that you have seen until you reach 25. An asterisk means the previous person had it on their list. Two asterisks means the last two people who did this before you had that band on their list.

1. The Church
2. Ani Difranco *
3. Crowded House
4. Jethro Tull
5. Nirvana
6. Mike Doughty
7. Clem Snide
8. Whiskeytown
9. 6 String Drag
10. Rainer Maria
11. Girlyman**
12. Blues Traveler
13. Dan Bern
14. They Might Be Giants
15. Son Volt
16. Peter Murphy
17. Turku
18. The Butchies
19. Pop Culture Casualties
20. Erin McKeown *
21. Rusted Root *
22. REM
23. Indigo Girls**
24. Concrete Blonde
25. Dar Williams**

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