Work today pretty much blew, to put it simply. There were an inordinate number of charts to file, and I did nothing else from the time I got there until the time I left, discounting lunch. I made a dent, but not a big enough one; I'm going to have to work like crazy to get somewhere close to caught up tomorrow. There should really be more than one person filing, for this volume, ugh.
So by the time I left, after my usual quittin' time, I was beat. There was, of course, but one thing to do: go home to change, and immediately adjourn to Chelsea's to read a book, drink a beer, and consume an entire plate of cheese fries (and those of you who've been to Chelsea's know how big those plates are!). I felt completely gross when I was done, but in a very satisfying way. Sometimes it's completely appropriate to abuse your bodily systems in retaliation against ill-defined blandishments.
I read the first half of Tobias Wolff's Old School
this evening, and I'm quite enjoying it. The reason I'm reading it is because it's the common book for OSU freshmen, and I volunteered to lead a session in one of the survey classes discussing the book; Michelle Herman of the CW faculty has been harassing faculty and staff to lead them :) In addition, and here's where this gets interesting, I've also volunteered to be on a related question panel on Coming Out. Old School
deals with the narrator coming out as a Jew to his New England prep school classmates, and Michelle and Janice Miller of the Statistics faculty thought it'd be an interesting idea to do a separate session, outside of class, to further explore the concept of coming out -- as a Jew, as gay, as an addict, as bulimic, what have you --, and I volunteered to do that as well: in for a dime, in for a dollar.
In a sterling burst of meta, it functions as a furthering of my own coming out process, which is interesting. It's only in the past year that I've really started acting on my sexuality, so I feel almost like this panel is a bizarre form of non-film cinéma vérité
/reality tv: see it as it happens! Like CNN, but live-action and at Hillel! So odd.
Um... I'm bad at conclusions. It's a failing. I'll leave with a couple of entertainment-related items.
1. There is a channel out there that I recently found through queenmargot
, called The Tube. It's wonderful. It's what MTV should be: they show videos, and that's pretty much it. I've seen a couple of PSAs on there, but I don't really have a problem with PSAs, and a couple of promos for WAFB, the local network affiliate, but those aren't too annoying. AND: they play videos from all over the timeline. I've seen a few current ones, but also a whole lot of stuff from the 80s, 90s, even the 70s (concert footage, mostly), including a lot of stuff that isn't really MTV fare anyway, which is nifty (though don't worry, mainstream vids have a strong presence, too). It's wonderful. Baton Rouge, you can see it on Cox Digital channel 120. Columbus, you can see it on WOW 140 or Insight 834. Other markets, you can check the site
. Highly recommended. Seriously, they're playing David Gray's "Babylon" right now, and it's (a) one of my favorite songs ever (b) never, ever, ever on the radio or the tv. Score.
2. Thanks to the inestimable puppetoflove
, I can now share with you a link to the video of the Dixie Chick's "Top of the World
" (originally by the fabulous Patty Griffin). I strongly suggest you all watch it, even if you think "Ew, country music." Reasons? Well, first off, it's a great song. Patty Griffin is by far one of the most talented songwriters of our time, and the Dixie Chicks are very talented performers, and this is a standout track from Home
, their best album to date IMO. If you've ever wondered what it is I see in the Dixie Chicks, this should answer. Second, the video itself is beautifully done. It's artful and technically skilled, and it actually adds a layer to my understanding of the song, which is something that I can say for only a tiny minority of music videos out there.