Saturday, February 28, 2009

Why is the World in Love Again?

Tonight I'm going to go see They Might Be Giants perform Flood with Oppenheimer at Le Poisson Rouge in the Village. I'm rather excited, as I've been a rather emphatic TMBG fan ever since I was 8, but this shall be the first of their concerts I've viewed. Flood was the first of their albums that I bought (just like everyone, I'm sure), and if it weren't for such pieces as Dr. Worm and The Sun is a Mass of Incandescent Gas it could have been the only. (that and the dial-a-drum-solo segment of She's Actual Size on the Dial-a-Song album. Pure Genius.)

My cousin, who earned his Ph. D in Chemistry from Berkeley a few years ago, introduced me to TMBG at a point in my life in which I was very easily influenced. A little while later this cousin got me into gin-tonics and Douglas Adams. (It is important to mention, however, that it was my sister who first let me borrow Ender's Game.) My similarities to said cousin suggest that my life could have panned out quite differently had I not been met with an utter dearth of decent math and science teachers in middle school. Alas, now I'm one of the millions of educated, unemployable liberal arts grads in New York City left wondering why we bothered with college at all.

Anyway, TMBG tonight. I intend to rock out with my prosthetic forehead on my real head.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Aloha from sunny New York City!

oh wait. Let me try again.

Greetings from the Frozen Tundra that lies north of Baltimore!


I've moved into a cute sublet in Brooklyn and am rooming with a young, fun personal trainer.

The building is easily 100 years old, but I don't know its exact dates.

It's old enough to have a picture rail and beautiful mouldings and accents on the ceilings.

And Medusa lives on the table.

I've had about a week of work in stage carpentry and electrics and it's been wonderful.

I've had two interviews with universities that I've applied to and both went very well. We'll see.

I'm sleeping on an inflat-o-bed and it's comfortable but I feel I should find something that gets me further than 8" off the floor. And yes, I borrowed the tiger blanket.

I've gotten to know my way around Greenwich Village to a limited extent and have not as yet gone hungry due to being lost. It is helpful that I live right off the A subway line, which has gotten me everywhere I've needed to go with at most one line change. I'm sure this will change.

I'm applying for temp work as I do hope my stay here in lovely New York is temporary. We'll see.