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fluff and nonsense for xxxxxxmas eve

according to these two bloggers who have compiled lists of stereotypes based on people's favorite indie bands and favorite authors, I am:

a male politically-correct hipster who works as a sommelier but does not eat cream cheese. I make Best of the Year lists every January based predominantly on feeling and think that world hunger could be assuaged with four-part harmonies. I can start a fire and then sit by it having a transcendental experience and in fact do this quite often. Somehow, I am also a woman who teaches high school English with an undergrad degree, which is probably why I am so good at crosswords. And yet I went to art school after trying it out at a public university.

I may be a politically correct hipster, I suppose, although I no longer go out drinking on weekends and have the physical stamina only to see bands playing at venues with available chairs. and the whole "politically correct" epithet has gotten so completely out of hand that it is now a parody of a parody of itself and doesn't really mean anything anymore. I did go to art school, and maybe it was the Art History class I took at Emory that tipped the scale in favor of art to the detriment of science. I don't really like crosswords.


so I am home alone for the holiday and trying to come up with something to do tomorrow to keep from sitting here being alone on xxxxxxmas but I'm not really interested in going somewhere with lots of people like a movie theater. I was hoping that there was ferry service to Angel Island tomorrow but there's not; there's not ferry service to anywhere that I can ascertain. depending upon when I am awake, I might just take a sunrise hike up Twin Peaks and then take myself out to breakfast at whatever place is open. I bet the Pork Store will be open. they are fairly reliable for holidays. if not, there may be a restaurant in the Castro that is open, although all of the homey little "here's where you go when you cannot go home" diners have pretty much closed up there. I could probably get a drink somewhere if I wanted one though.

I think the high rent drove the diners away; there are still plenty of queer orphans. The San Francisco Zen Center is closed, which I think is ass backwards but whatever. The Buddhist Center around the corner is closed from now till Jan 2. I don't quite understand why the Buddhists close for Christian holidays; not that there are no Christians who practice zazen, but I somehow doubt they are the majority. and I know that this holiday is not inherently Christian but in the US it is difficult to escape the overwhelmingly Christian point of reference from which our culture approaches it. even in San Francisco and Seattle you hear xxxxxxmas carols everywhere you go.

maybe I should go and walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. no this is not a veiled suicide threat; I actually do want to walk all the way across it and back in one piece, but I've never gotten around to doing it. I have become more afraid of heights as I get older, but I think I could refrain from panicking in the middle of it. I suppose one could always hitch a ride off the bridge if it got to be too much.

beyond something to do early in the day I think I might just stay home and read. I mean, it's a holiday. I should get to do what I want and generally these days I want to read, write, or play guitar. occasionally I'll draw something or take my camera out for more of my "empty city" photography in which I studiously avoid taking people's pictures because I think it is kind of rude to do so without their permission but I am too shy to ask anyone's permission.

I do have three papers to edit between now and tomorrow night. am trying to convince myself to do at least two of them today, if not all three. wish me good luck with that. I rarely get these things done in advance but maybe this once I will be able to get the unpleasantness out of the way early.

no I don't really have much to say other than "hi." hi!

I think I feel a nap coming on.

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niyabinghi
Dec. 24th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
I hope you're able to make yourself a nice meal and enjoy a good book -- actually that sounds perfect to me, as, while I *do* enjoy visiting my cousins, it ends up being really exhausting.
eriktrips
Dec. 24th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
yeah I think before I get all nostalgic for the xxxxxmas that never was I need to remember that it was actually stressful for me either to go to someone else's house for dinner or have people over. since I grew up far away from my relatives, my parents would hang out with another family whose relatives were not nearby, and I never really wanted to get dressed and leave with all those tantalizing new toys lying there freshly opened and begging to be played with.

at least now I can stay by myself for the day if I want. and lots of the time that is precisely what I want. what I need to do really is find a way to make the time itself into a holiday that suits me.
daisydumont
Dec. 24th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
>Christopher Hitchens

>People I would love to hang out with.

all right! i like hitchens, a lot, but i don't talk about it much in my lj because i have several hitchens-haters on my list. i think he's cool. :D

i didn't know any of the indie bands well enough to choose them, so i don't even register there as a type!

hope you find something pleasant to do for the holiday, erik. the kitties will help.
eriktrips
Dec. 24th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
thanks, vicki. yeah the kitties always help.

I only recognized about half of the band names but was surprised at whom they left out: no interpol, not a single "post rock" band--but I guess they don't count as "indie" or something. the music scene has splintered into about a dozen genres. back in my day you either listened to Top-40, AOR or punk rock. on the radio. the kind you tuned to stations coming in over the air. :)

I don't know anything about Hitchens myself. and I'm not all that sure what the (dis)connection is between Cormac McCarthy and cream cheese, but it is true I don't eat it very often.

happy holiday!
daisydumont
Dec. 24th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
ted was standing behind me as i was going down the list. he knew no one -- he doesn't listen to bands at all, just music from games and anime! but he said some of the descriptors of the stereotypes sounded random. one was to do with girls who are afraid of sky-diving. isn't everyone? well, i am anyway. :D
eriktrips
Dec. 25th, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
I think the whole allure of skydiving is that it is scary! like bungee jumping. you'd never get me to do either unless my life depended on it. even then..
expanding_x_man
Dec. 24th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
I didnt' even recognize half the band names, so you did better than me. And, no one I like is on there really. I mean, not really... Oh well. I guess I can check some of these out for fun.

Some of the authors I did not recognize either, although I certainly recognized many of them. Gotta go read more fiction, no doubt. After all, I've started to try my hand at writing it.

I like HItchens myself, but I like many others on there better. I didn't get some of the connections either (Cormac and cream cheese?) but I thought it was all very clever and amusing.
eriktrips
Dec. 25th, 2009 06:44 am (UTC)
I recognized more authors than bands, actually, but the list was longer I think. too lazy to go count them.

I can say that TV on the Radio is worth trying out. "Wolf Like Me" is their hit, and I like it a lot, but their first album, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes is full of oddball gems. they were really the only band on the list that I'm particularly excited about listening to; the others that I like are pleasant enough but I don't go around trying to recruit fans for them.
ridethegallows
Dec. 24th, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
hey, happy holidays erik :)

i tried to do that indie band meme, but it turns out i don't actually listen to any of the bands they listed hehe. apparently i too am a sommelier, though.
eriktrips
Dec. 25th, 2009 06:47 am (UTC)
I guess a sommelier is suitably sophisticated while also not being paid very well. I keep thinking that since Nietzsche was German that we should be Braumeisters, but then he wasn't fond of German popular culture, so maybe something a bit more French is a bit more fitting.
expanding_x_man
Dec. 24th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
Sounds like the walk across the bridge is a good idea!

I can totally get the staying home and reading though, which is what I do most everyday but also "for fun".

I am working on the novel these days and that is great! And, putting together my grant papers for the Exile show to send back. I didn't realize (like an idiot) that you have to send papers back Well, it was my first grant. Thankfully, they extended the deadline after informing me I had to send them back. So, I'm working on that this weekend and might see some friends too, a bit. The house is quiet -- just me and Tim and Ziggy. Suzanne went somewhere else. I will go somewhere I suspect, but I'm not sure. Being a bachelor has it downside and this is it. I aim to remedy that in the coming years, but there is always something to do. Whatever you do - have a great Xmas or Holiday and have fun - relax if possible.

Cheers!!!
eriktrips
Dec. 25th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
I prefer staying home and reading to almost anything else, even though reading strictly for "fun" is something that I no longer know how to do. but it is fun to read seriously!

I think the bridge might be the best idea. I've gone up Twin Peaks a million times--well, probably closer to a hundred--and I think I should do something less ordinary. I'll see how I feel around sunrise and whether there is a bus running over there early in the morning. I mean I could walk to the bridge, but then walking across the bridge might be a bit much. maybe I'd have to catch a bus back.

I'll think of something. I'm in a pretty decent mood this year so it's not that big a deal to be alone tomorrow. you have a good holiday too!
ryversong
Dec. 25th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
I'm a boy who can't read. I also really like monkeys. I wonder how odd it would get if every author I read was on that list...
eriktrips
Dec. 25th, 2009 06:55 am (UTC)
yeah I think the original intent was that people choose their one favorite author but I don't see how that is possible. I've got at least a thirty-way tie going for favorite.
ekh_78
Dec. 26th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
So then I was fourteen I could quote the Comic Book Guy from Simpsons. Of course meaning I read a book by Lovecraft then I was fourteen.

So you can walk on Golden Gate bridge, it’s easy to assume it’s so “car adapted” that the bridge shouldn’t have sidewalks.
eriktrips
Dec. 26th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
ah. I think I could probably quote a number of Simpsons characters but I don't usually do it where anyone else can hear.

yeah the walk across the Golden Gate Bridge is a big tourist draw; I think the bridge was designed with a walkway, which is unusual these days, but in the 20's and 30's, when it was designed, it was such a novel project that I guess they figured people would want to walk across it.
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