Tuesday, February 27, 2007


Friday, February 23, 2007

Convos with Mama

I drove to Pittsburgh again LATE last night. While saying goodbye to my parents standing on the porch:

My mother: "Drive safe!"

Me: "With any luck, there won't be any traffic."

My mother: "Well, I know you're going to get lucky when you GET there, but be safe until then."

And just 20 minutes before, she was talking about how her grades plummeted the semester she met my father. Like mother, like son...

Monday, February 19, 2007

Journal is the New Blog

The blog isn't broken, I'm just writing elsewhere right now. In the meantime, please enjoy a picture of my new office (starting in the end of April). I'm not so down with cubes, but as cubes go...

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Plot Twist

Spent so much time thinking I was the victim, it was quite a shock to figure out I might be the villan after all.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A Special Message



No no, baby, it means I Love YOU!

Get it? Ewe?!

Cause I do!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

You Can Hate Me

But I'm goin home! [Silly organization, worried about the weather. And isn't it typical that the website that is supposed to let you know if you go home early is, of course, down when the announcement was supposed to be made?]

Monday, February 12, 2007

I Love New York

This weekend was intended to be a drive up to NYC, an afternoon/evening with friends, and then an all-day clubing event at Pacha on Sunday. Yes, SunDAY. For a number of reasons, that didn't exactly pan out, not the least of which was the obnoxious lack of organization by Pacha and the general displeasure of getting through club security at 2pm entirely sober. But still, I had a great time with DJ Glow, Momma D, Rouge (who got hot lesbian kissing just hours after I saw her), and a host of NYC friends.

Also of great excitment, I got to see the Hearst Tower:
I only recently learned that it had been completed, in my old neighborhood near the Time Warner Towers. It apparently made #71 in the American Institute of Architects recent list of America's 150 pieces of American architecture. I find the juxtaposition of placing it floating atop the historic old building's shell to be fanciful. And from a distance it is visually stunning as well, like the Swiss Re Tower in London.

All in all, the trip was an easy one, reminding me of the imperative: Get to New York more often!


Friday, February 09, 2007

This Is How It Goes

After an incredibly underwhelming season of plays so far, I was finally sated last night by another Neil LaBute creation, This is How it Goes (and my first turn as a bartender before the performance--$30 in tips!). Last season I raved about Fat Pig, and this performance was also excellent, if for much different reasons. It was mostly panned by the WP (and my date: New Gay). But while I saw racism as an interesting subplot, I didn't linger much on that as my point of interest. Rather, I am a big fan of LaBute's banter (which I find refreshing and uncommon for the stage), and in this case I focused on the play's treatment of truth and its distortions, especially as related to a love interest. I was not so disturbed by the lead character/narrator's penchant for riddling the audience as I was fascinated by his motivations. And I thought it gave a beautiful insight into how our darker intents are glossed over even in our own minds to our preferred ends. Perhaps most poignant of all was a short speech about working at a relationship. This resonated with me as I have tried to struggle to understand what should be expected to come easy and what requires commited effort in a relationship--and the elusiveness of reaching a shared conclusion with the other half of that relationship.


Thursday, February 08, 2007


Anna Nicole Smith has passed, and with her all of my fond memories from her reality show, which we watched with sinful addiction in Summit Hills. The closest I've come to her was outside SCOTUS for Marshall v. Marshall.
But even then all we got to stare out (for several hours with no complaints) was this pretty Aussie reporter primp and then do 20-second spots for what I'm sure was the down under equivalent of Extra!
She did show up looking hot that day. What have you done, TrimSpa?

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Mourning Red

I miss you, Sis.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Car Troubles and Pedestrian Prospects

Back from Pittsburgh, and hoping for a bit of a photo chronicle ala Meg soon, but in the meantime a report on the inconvenience of a car and the future for us DC pedestrians.

I borrowed the parents car while Mom is in St. Louis, and used that to visit MOSI this weekend. I now have it in the city for the next two weeks to make life more convenient. Last night that was a mixed blessing, as I was able to drive a friend back home to avoid the weather, but got pulled over on my drive back. While I was frustrated at how long the traffic stop took, Officer Brown was very polite. It seems one of my headlights was out (Padiddle!). While I could jump to the conclusion that she probably had better things to be doing with her time, I guess that a salt-streaked, MD tagged, one-headlighted car driving through the neighborhood at 11:30 pm is pretty ripe for a little more inquiry. I received only a warning. Any clue where to buy headlights in the city?

This morning's WP brought great hope, then, as DC DOT begins a 10-month Pedestrian Master Plan. I encourage everyone, DC resident and not, to click the link and take the brief survey by February 9. I personally hope that it might lead to more reminders to drivers to yield at pedestrian crosswalks, and an expansion of the the abysmally narrow sidewalks along the U Street and Adams Morgan corridors.

Happy surveying!

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