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March 2017



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leighton pavonia

let's face the music and dance

Still in post-novel ennui. Beginning to be irritated with my apparent inability to do anything except play Zuma, sleep, and walk the dog. The rational part of my brain occasionally insists that I've been working flat-out since January of 2010, and maybe it's okay if I crash a bit, but the Puritan guilt is always there nagging away. Don't worry, Puritan work-ethic. Soon we will be insanely overscheduled again.

Right now I'm going to take my tea and my book out to the porch and watch the dog chase squirrels and robins out of the yard.

I figured out why I really like this one Arcade Fire song, when I can't tell most of the others apart* despite finding the general concept of the band awesome**. It's that Reality-era Bowie influence.

(This especially amuses me because I first heard of Arcade Fire because Bowie was pimpin' them all over NYC and the internets, which was long enough ago now that I still tend to refer to them as "The Arcade Fire" unless I go back and edit myself. Which made me very much want to like them, and I never quite could despite repeated attempts****. I suspect I need to give this whole album a chance to grow on me.)


Teacup today: Baroque green one that has a lid somewhere.
Tea today: Upton's Tindharia Estate Darjeeling FTGFOP1 CL*****

2011 05 26 Daily Commute 004  2011 05 26 Daily Commute 003 

tl;dr: Here's a picture of a very smug cat********:

2011 05 26 Daily Commute 001

*This is a common affliction with me: the Spin Doctors have "Cleopatra's Cat" and then all those other songs.

**Long ago, and probably heavily influenced by War for the Oaks and Twisting the Rope, I was working on a novel revolving around a group of musicians too big to be a punk band, and without enough of a horn section to qualify for ska***. Nothing ever came of it, but hey, Arcade Fire. Successful life imitates failed art, in this case.

***The band name in that case was Nyx. I don't remember what the spec element was supposed to be.

****I have also failed to like Nick Cave and Garnet Rogers, among others.

*****"Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe 1st flush CLonal (I did not actually have to look that up. Oh dear.)******

******Once you get started with a good run of footnotes, it's hard to know when to stop. I'm sure Hunter S. Thompson would agree.

********The Very Large Object, my roomie's cat.


The only Spin Doctors song I know is that really damn annoying "Two Princes" one. I would be happy if I knew I would never ever hear it again.
David Bowie had many fabulous jackets on that tour. I covet the red and the green ones, myself...
I first learned of Arcade Fire when their song "Wake Up" was featured with the movie "Where the Wild Things Are." I'm very glad for that introduction, as I have been a fan of the band ever since!
*peers at cat* Is that the Fearless Kjitten all grown-up?
We had to stop calling him a kjitten when he topped 17 pounds...
Have you seen the only-kind-of-a-video for "We Used To Wait"? (link, if you haven't) That was my first introduction to the band, and I found it surprisingly powerful.

Dude, I'm not telling the internet my security question answers. *g*

I know. His outfits for that tour were fucking sublime.
I gave it the address of my college dorm, which was more home to me than the place I grew up was anyway. Also I lie on the security question answers. :-)

Frock coat! Frock coat! Man, I want one.
Speaking of horn sections, did I mention Bellowhead to you yet? ;)
No, but now you have, and thank you.