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hooray it is Friday

This morning I tried to figure out if I could get away with wearing shorts to work.  The surveyors wear shorts, but they're out in the field all day.  (Man, I would NEVER wear shorts in the fierld, by the way.  Um hello, ticks?)  I noticed this dude Dave wearing shorts in the office, but he's a drafter/3d renderer/etc.  And then earlier this week CHUCK wore shorts to work, but he's the big boss, it's his company, he can do whatever he wants.  No one has an analagous position to me, so it's hard to say.  Either they're "below" me (and at my last job, I was scolded about my sloppy dress, told I couldn't look like the drafters and designers, because I am an engineer, by God,) or above me.

Then I remembered that I wear a fleece hoodie all day long, because I get cold so easily, so really, I don't WANT to wear shorts to work.  I would be uncomfortable all day.  So I wore flip-flops instead.

Lunch was wonderful.  It always is, but especially yesterday and today, there was such a lovely breeze.  It's so nice to sit down by the lake.  Every day there are people fishing, but I don't think I've ever seen the same person twice.  I've also never seen anyone pull a fish from the lake that was longer than four inches, and I think that these two things are related.

On Wednesday I cooked dinner for eight (8) boys.  It was wonderful.  I hadn't cooked in a month (for a group, I mean), and I had been beginning to be disillusioned about the whole Wednesday Dinner thing, thinking maybe it had run its course, was time to pack it in so that we could say "remember when I cooked dinner every week?  That was awesome."  But my hope is renewed.  It forced me to make the living room decent, forced me to vacuum, and man, I'd just forgotten how wonderful it feels to have my house full with people.  I really do like hosting parties.  When the preparation doesn't make me insane and stressed out, that is.

I am listening to music on my headphones, and a live version of a song came on, and the singer -- as they are sometimes wont to do -- let the audience sing a few lines of the song. And sometimes that ends up sounding a bit weak, but in this version of this song it didn't, and I got a little bit of a chill in my legs (see, good thing I didn't wear shorts). We all, we people, we're so flawed, you know, we're such assholes, we're mean to each other, we criticize, we want bad things to happen to people we don't even know, so during those rare times when you can have hundreds or thousands or tens of thousands of people all paying attention at the same time, and all feeling at the same time, and all singing together at the same time, that's the shit, man, that's the shit. I so much prefer to love people, of course, of course. And music can be one of noblest things to get together about. I love music, I love concerts, concerts can make my heart feel so big in my chest.

Next Tuesday, new albums drop from both They Might Be Giants and The Polyphonic Spree.

They and the internet:  frustrates me.  They were one of the first groups to have a website, back in the day, and it was really cool, but then they left it to stagnate for years.  Same thing now -- their website says something about the "new album Mink Car."  But it's a cool website -- they just need to start keeping up with the goddamned things.  Even theymightbegiants.com is vaguely uncurrent.

The Spree and the internet:  you should play this game.  The first time I tried to play it I couldn't figure it out, but Jeff emailed me a link today and I went and tried again.  It's adorable.  And very pretty.

I'm going up to my grandparents' beach club in Queens tomorrow, with my mom.  I miss my brother.


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Jul. 9th, 2004 01:20 pm (UTC)
man, i love that spree game. i could not figure out if the lizard on the first board had a purpose, though. i think he's just cool. the dog or fox or whatever (in the forest) is my favorite, though.

say (and i mean this in only the most literal & benign way) "hi" to your mom for me...

Jul. 10th, 2004 10:02 pm (UTC)
yeah, that game was interesting...and good music. i hadn't heard anything about/by them before...
Jul. 9th, 2004 01:21 pm (UTC)
Together we are heavy!
That game was cute! And exactly what I needed at 4pm on a Friday.
Jul. 9th, 2004 01:35 pm (UTC)
good call thinking ahead with the cold!!!
Jul. 9th, 2004 01:59 pm (UTC)

I like this blue version of your icon. Also, did you ever see the McSweeney's essay on the Clash song?
Jul. 9th, 2004 02:01 pm (UTC)
NO! Must...find...essay.

Thanks! I also have it in red!
Jul. 9th, 2004 02:06 pm (UTC)
Man, I just read the essay -- awesome, thanks!

Now I'm listening to Death or Glory. I always try to keep it near.
Jul. 9th, 2004 01:47 pm (UTC)
Man, I'm pretty anxiously awaiting both of these records, although I have a feeling They Might Be Giants are gonna let me down. Also, I totally scored the best poster ever at work - it's an poster for the new Polyponic Spree album, and it's printed on brown paper and they're all wearing multi-colored robes their name is written in nice silver ink. It's so classy it blows my mind.
Jul. 11th, 2004 05:07 pm (UTC)
Abe and Washu: I totally heard a song from the new TMBG album on an internet radio station today. It was called "Am I Awake?" and it ruled. Well, it ruled for me. Critics of TMBG's recent techno/dance leanings may not like it, cause it kind of pushes that direction even further than "It's So Loud In Here." But it's a nice Linnell tune, with a great, surprising melody. It was actually stuck in my head for several hours afterward, despite only hearing it once. That's pretty rare, right?

That said, I have to admit that, in my eyes, They Might Be Giants can kind of do no wrong at this point. I've reached that degree of fandom and complete bias.
Jul. 11th, 2004 07:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that song's on the Indestructible Object, we have both heard it before! And it's The Elegant Too who are once again providing the technoness.

Also it's the theme song to some TV show about doctors, but I don't know if the version is exactly the same.
Jul. 12th, 2004 09:54 pm (UTC)
Jul. 9th, 2004 02:16 pm (UTC)
After meeting you, PJ asked what it was you did. And I was all "She's an engineer" and he went, "She IS?? She doesn't LOOK like an engineer!" and I was all "Oh? What does she LOOK like?" and he was all "Um er, I mean, doesn't DRESS like an engineer" and I was all "Well, how do ENGINEERS DRESS!?" and he was just like "....nerdy?"

Jul. 9th, 2004 02:23 pm (UTC)
Jul. 9th, 2004 02:35 pm (UTC)
Excellent icon/dialog pairing.
Jul. 9th, 2004 04:08 pm (UTC)
I was going to say how cute that game was at four in the morning, but someone else beat me to it.

I was going to say you so don't dress the 'engineer' part, but someone else beat me to it.

I was going to say the first thing that popped in my head upon seeing 'John Kerry and John Edwards' together was they're both Johns like TMBG and that it could only mean something good and that it reminded me of you like every other time TMBG remind me of you, but someone else beat me to it.
Jul. 11th, 2004 07:06 pm (UTC)
Man, I think that John and John thing every time they mention them together! And then I think that I'd feel so much more confident about my vote if it were going to the REAL John & John.

Man, did you know that Olechowski had to have a talk with me about my dress? Apparently I wore shirts which revealed my "midriff". I was mortified, partly because I was embarrassed to have to be spoken to, but mostly because back then I HATED it when girls wore shirts which revealed their tummy, and I had had no idea I was One Of Them.

Also Nita told me not to wear my tongue ring at work, because I wouldn't get as much respect from the men (non-Management). Which I sort of disagreed with, actually -- I think if anything, it was the opposite, because they weren't used to hanging out with girls who had their tongues pierced, and they assumed that it hurt a lot and that I was tough.
Jul. 9th, 2004 06:25 pm (UTC)
man...i tried to buy a few songs from theymightbedownloads.com, and the checkout part didn't work.

between that, and the "new album: MINK CAR" crap, well...tmbg's online efforts are sucking.
Jul. 10th, 2004 01:56 pm (UTC)
Awhhhhhhh. Danke schön. I miss you too. I hope you had a good time.

P.S. Did you get a new car/spaceship yet? Do you have any possibilities your choosing from? Should I just forget it, get a job, and pimp out the Intrepid? Maybe make up a new cool/really dumb name for it... like... the InROCKed!!
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