January 15th, 2004

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home alone

so I come back to town and both housemates disappear. they are both on the east coast: c is interviewing for a position at either mount holyoke or swarthmore and s is in New York just generally fartzing around. both are freezing to death no doubt but what do I care: house to myself! I have the heat on full blast and the cats and I are sitting around in our underwear.

tonight I gloried in being able to put my things anywhere and not worry about them getting in someone's way. beer bottles are piling up in the recycling. I didn't sort the mail but just threw it on the kitchen table.

of course before they come back I do have to sort the mail and put my stuff away but for now I feel luxuriously at liberties.

am also in denial about school starting back next week. have not written the syllabus yet. I don't think it will be too hard but I seem to be putting it off till the last minute. this doesn't sound at all like me!

today I went to school and read my teaching evaluations for last semester and they were all pretty good and many of them said exactly what I thought they would say so no surprises. the one thing that still gets me is how they can say nice things about the class and then rate your teaching a 4 out of 7. don't they realize that this would be like my saying nice things about their papers and then giving them a C? I hope the people in power over me actually read the evaluations and don't just tally up the scores.

but tonight I'm not going to think about any of that. I'm going to run around the house naked.
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    Sage - Buried Water
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writer's unblock

after five nights of not knowing quite what to do without a computer keyboard I picked up pencil and paper on the sixth night and a couple of pages resulted. I don't know why it took me so long but that last night was one reason I wanted to stay in the desert another week or so.

the following is all being produced under the loose rubric of a tripartite autobiography. I have no idea whom to sell it to. these bits are from what will be Part Two.

first an excerpt of earlier writing to make a later reference make at least some sense:

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then what I wrote last week, which won't appear immediately after but rather some time after what I excerpted above:

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and there it ends. not sure what to do about coyotes and gender dichotomies but will think of something.
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    The Microphones - Map
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flotsam

here is something I don't know if I ever posted. it is a footnote. I have not yet written the part of the text that it will annotate.

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    Iron & Wine - An Angry Blade