March 2007

Global influence | How others see you |

How sad that America has this role. Of course, I don’t know anything about the sample, but Economist has a left slant without being obnoxious. Take it as you will.

I’m wrapping up the second week of training for my new job. It’s not difficult, but it definitely is taxing. Beyond all the walking and lifting, the hardest part to get used to is waking up and leaving by 5:30am at the latest. At Margarita’s I didn’t have to be there until 9am at the earliest and I could walk. Now I’m driving down deep into Massachusetts every day and buying gas every other day. Breakfast is hard to come by so early in the morning, so I’m reduced to eating either whatever is in the bakery at Stop&Shop or DDs. I need to work on myself, but I get the impression that my youthful irresponsibility isn’t long lived at this point. While I still try to be invincible, my body doesn’t agree all the time.

On top of this, both for the better and for the worse, is Zero. He’s an adorable dog, and more so when he’s being lazy or sleeping (i.e. not often). His biting is getting worse and his house-training is far from going *well*. Alongside my failure to house-train him, he has taken to eating the compressed paper sticks that make up his litter-box. Not sure how to handle that one yet.

It’s sad, I have no more time for reading. I was cruising along through CS Lewis’s “Space Trilogy” but starting the last book “That Hideous Strength” coincided with starting my new job and I haven’t gone much further than 20 some odd pages in. And I was moving so well too. After that I’ve got Milorad Pavic’s “The Inner Side of the Wind” which should show some parallels to Mark Z Danielewski’s “Only Revolutions” in terms of structure and even content to some degree. We’ll see soon I hope and from there I’ll report back to any reader I might still have.

Oh, more on the play I wanted to go see… “The Outlier Effect”. It’s not amazing, but it is good and well worth my time. To be a high-school original play based on mirror neurons that also focuses on mimetic behavior and mob dynamics is quite interesting. It takes me back beyond Rene Girard to that book on crowd psychology. I’ll have to go find it and let you know what it was. Very interesting and written around 1900.  Good stuff.

PS. Aronofsky’s “The Fountain” is available in May!

There are so many surfaces on which to write. I’ve got a journal for my more intellectual ideas. I’ve got a half-hearted (but with some meaningful entries) diary for the more personal stuff no one wants to hear about.  And then there’s all the online spaces that range from email to Facebook/MySpace to this blog. All of which makes writing in any one place difficult or at least riddled with obstacles.

Living – Ben, brother of Aaron, moved out. Ryan, cousin, moved in. This should be a good change. I’m looking forward to having someone who is interested in cooking and having a clean apartment to live with. And he’s bringing the mother of tvs with him. A huge-ass flat screen tv with all the surround sound and other gizmos to make it all worth while.

Also, I now have a 3 month old Papillon puppy named Zero. He’s got all the common puppy problems but is wicked cute, affectionate, fearless (except when really big dogs run him over), and small.

School – Lastest update for Dartmouth is the summer. I was hoping for the spring term, but I’m trying to be realistic there. I don’t even know what classes are being offered at present. As soon as the old health-insurance deal is settled, I’m back.

Job – I just got hired for a new job involving non-food items and a couple grocery stores. Lots of work but good pay and room to grow. I want this.

Reading – Almost done with “A Prayer for Owen Meany”, finally. I finished Nabokov’s “The Gift” and CS Lewis’ “Out of the Silent Planet”… moving quickly into “Perelandra” and to finish the trilogy off with “That Hideous Strength”. Side readings are “In Search of the Miraculous”, Hesse’s “The Glass Bead Game”, and Girard’s “Oedipus Unbound”.