Archive for November, 2003

Interlude

Ben and I sit at my kitchen table for a while, and we talk. On looking over the note on the television, he knows me pretty well (given the disclaimer about not giving it back or paying for it). I’m at a loss for words, and not really able to adequately express my gratitude. Everytime I try to thank him…

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Who Is That, And What’s He Doing Inside My House?

So I show up at my apartment, and I can see that the front door is open. Through the screen, I see someone standing there, looking at one of the poems I’ve got taped to my wall. I walk a little closer, and realize it’s Ben. At this point, I’m a little spooked. How did he get inside? What was…

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Anthony

Justin and I worked until about 6:30 PM, and talked briefly with Anthony as we were on our way out. Let me take an aside here and mention that Anthony was pulling a late evening, pushing to try to get some pages done for Q101. Like most of us working with the Internet, he was going above and beyond in…

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Heading Home

Earlier, Ben kept asking me what I was up to tonight. "You have plans?" he’d ask, always grinning. Justin had invited me out to catch some seafood with a bunch of folks, and I told him about dinner. Ben sounded like he had something up his sleeve, but whenever I tried to get details, he shook his head and refused…

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So It Begins

First snow of the year. This was a rather unsettling thing to see, but it was bound to happen. The past few winters have been remarkably tame (compared to the very first winter when I arrived in Chicago). For the longest time, I thought every winter here would involve mountains of snow and evil, evil wind. This morning, my hair…

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Slow Sunday

It’s been pretty rainy outside, dark and overcast all day. I’ve been in my pajamas all day, and plan to go back to sleep shortly. When I first woke up, I put on my glasses, grabbed my book, and spent the next few hours still in bed, reading. And you know what? It felt fucking fantastic. All of today, I’ve…

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Call Of Duty

I got handed a copy of this game Friday. Mike just up and walked back to the Interactive area, and asked if anyone wanted it. Lo and behold, I get a free copy of a really fun game. :) Here’s a few screenshots. A lot of fun so far, and (outside of all the shooting and dying) really quite gorgeous.

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Old Jewelry

by Felix Jung A girl who loved me once, once bought a silver ring for me. She purchased two of them, identical, and said “Let’s wear them, just the two of us.” Each time our hands collided, fingers intertwined, I swear I felt a spark. I’d like to think she kept her ring and took it with her, when she…

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Guilty Secret #13

I saw Elizabeth McCracken read some of her work at the Grandview Public Library, in Columbus, OH. This was around 2000, back when I was still a graduate student at Ohio State University. I liked her work a great deal, and went to the reading with the full intention of throwing myself at her. Throughout the reading, I wasn’t sure…

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Another Excerpt from "Niagara Falls All Over Again"

by Elizabeth McCracken That night, we danced. We’d only ever danced during my lessons, but now we jitterbugged. Then double time. Then quadruple. I couldn’t tell whose idea it was to speed up, mine or hers or the band’s, but I realized that everyone else had stopped dancing and had cleared space for us. I’ve always wanted to be that…

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Excerpt from "Niagara Falls All Over Again"

by Elizabeth McCracken All these years later, I still dream about the people I have lost: Hattie, my mother, my wife, Rocky. They are always travelers, always home with a suitcase, mildly surprised at how much I love and miss them. Then I wake up, and it takes minutes for me to realize they’ve left for good. It’s a common…

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Alley

After I took out the trash and walked down to Gallery Cafe for some coffee… I noticed this pair of discarded shoes in the alleyway. I didn’t have my camera on me so (let this be a lesson to you – always carry your camera around), after I got back home I grabbed my cam and returned to this spot….

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Well…

Not very fast paced here, but another day gone by. A lot of folks were out of the office today but, despite that, things were fairly consistent. Alex got done working in the office this week, and resumes helping out via Green Bay. Should be an interesting next couple of days, next week. Dammit – the last thing I want…

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