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Posted on February 04, 2017 at 8:45 pm
Mood: Theragra
Now Playing: Neil Cicierega - Promenade (Satellite Pictures at an Exhibition)
43 days until the vernal equinox
It's the second half of winter now and I feel like it's going to be a lot worse than the first half.

I said that I wasn't planning to post until Valentine's Day ish because the wildlife center is closed for the next week but a conversation with Ashley (with profuse apologies to Emma for drawing her with tiny Donald Trump hands. I checked and Emma has normal hands) reminded me that I had these sitting on my camera for the last six months) It's been a while since I posted these and it's been a while since I've drawn these and I am sorry. The problem here is that I didn't always get their names or stories when I was doing this last summer. Sometimes I'll recognize someone I saw on the ride in or on the ride out.

[fly, thought, on golden wings]
[fantasies, fables, and faraway places]

[to answer and resound]

[unguarded future]

[a distant glimmer]


[lay down yr weary tune]

[emergent evolution]

[lights eternal]

[full moon, empty heart]

See? Short. It's because the book I used had only 40 sheets.

Danielle was at the South Shore Mall when the shooting happened which was a harrowing four hours with thirty people crammed into a space the size of the wildlife center's surgery room and thankfully nobody was killed and I wish people wouldn't try to solve all their problems by killing them and that we could all get along.

I told Ashley (je suis les renforts) that I want to travel to Socotra, but even were it possible, I doubt very much I'd be coming back if I ever visited Yemen. She was planning to go to mainland Europe in the summer (she's been to the UK and saw a huge Monet painting of water lilies in London; she has a hard time deciding her favorite style of art but says you can't go wrong with impressionism) and I said "let's hope Le Pen and Geert Wilders don't become president" and "we need Leon Czolgosz" and she's like "my boyfriend might know who he is." and I was like "oh." in a disappointed way because "I thought you were going to say he was planning to assassinate Le Pen." I will probably dance the fucking hornpipe everywhere I go if that happens. I feel like there'd be much dancing in the streets followed by much repression. I guess it depends on the ethnic and political background of the assassin, and when it happens. If he's unambiguously western European, probably dancing in the street followed by a boost in the polls and maybe some political repression. If he's from outside the EU or otherwise eastern European, probably dancing in the street followed by a push to leave the EU and close the borders, a spike in non-sanctioned attacks, a further expansion of the state of emergency. If he's Muslim or even Arab, dancing in the street followed by vicious state-sanctioned pogroms and ethnic cleansing at worst.
Alas, she doesn't have any way to contact Leah, but she says it's a shame as Leah is nice. Ashley, like Emma, can not see inside human hearts, while Leah reminds me of Gabriella in her manner of dress and her dark eyes.
It's nice that she's receptive to going to concerts and museums with me. I guess that if what she's offering me is her friendship, then I guess I'll have to take it. I hope our friendship lasts much longer than Trump's presidency. I told her while I may be a hopeless romantic, I simply can not do long distance relationships and that love can barely conquer the distance to far northern Massachusetts, let alone an entire fucking ocean. Remember when I said that Lauren was chasing after shadows and that it was putting an unnecessary strain on our friendship because she was growing more and more estranged from Amanda and that the right thing is rarely the happy thing? I know, 2002 was a different world.

She may have eclectic taste in music but she doesn't go to many concerts. Once, a decade ago when I was in a Chinese/Taiwanese post-rock and Cambodian garage rock and neopsychedelia phase or maybe it was later and I was listening to a lot of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Mahler, Cocteau Twins and nu-gaze, she was with her dad and they saw Puddle of Mudd and Shinedown (I don't think I've ever heard Shinedown, I only know about them from pop-cultural osmosis) and she doesn't know if Three Doors Down was there but they might have been. She says she remembered this because Smash Mouth played in Plymouth. Hey, I wonder if she's heard of Neil Cicierega. I'll keep this in mind when I give her my musical recommendation list. I told her about Maurice Duruflé, Atlas Lab, and Jaggery already. Maybe Henry Cowell, which includes the hornpipe you should be dancing in the streets when Le Pen goes to the great Nuremberg Rally in the Sky, or Lady Pills.
Wikipedia tells me that there was a concert tour called Make America Rock Again because I guess someone thought if they had a bunch of successful bands from around 2000 (a few bands I've never heard of like 12 Stones and Saving Abel and a few I have, like Alien Ant Farm, Crazy Town, Drowning Pool, P.O.D., Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Trapt. Fuel is a bit of a guilty pleasure and VAST is actually really good), they could bring back interest in rock and revitalize the genre, as if post-grunge and other assorted butt rock wasn't the reason it died in the first place.

Late 90s early 00s were the dregs of the dregs. And you didn't have Bandcamp or anything. I guess you had IUMA which mostly lives on in the internet archive and mp3.com which is forever lost to the aether. So, yeah, there's great music out there, it just never surfaced above all the butt rock on the radio. She agrees with me that 2016 was a great year for music.
She started laughing so I didn't make out a lot of what she had to say about it and I found myself subconsciously imitating her laugh.

She doesn't really seek out specific genres or things to listen to. I told her that Jaggery doesn't sound like something she'd normally listen to or something she'd seek out, if only because there isn't anything else like them.

I only just remembered to bring this up: On Monday we were talking about crystals because there's this thing called laser therapy that supposedly stimulates the mitochondria, and there's no real proof that it actually works but it doesn't hurt to actually try it on top of other treatments. Also, people like to gift Greg dead things, including a pufferfish with googly eyes.

I dreamt that I was to be brought to the distant future to bring down some kind of superweapon and when I was departing I wanted to find a way to send a message back to my own time asking what happened in my absence.

burning question: why would anyone ski on salt? Lauren once suggested mashed potatoes, if they could put something in them to keep them from petrifying or going bad. Colin said that skiing in the heat would be weird. Almost as weird as skiing on a mountain of salt. Then he told me about how he tried to microwave a 7-11 Hershey Chocolate Milk Shake but it exploded and he had to make his silent escape and sent someone in to buy him another one.


asakiyume at 2017-02-06 22:10 (UTC) (Link)
I love your ability to capture expressions, and I love your attention to details--things like people's tattoos or earrings, or the water bottle by Kate Diaz's feet, or the plastic dome lid on the drink the girl is carrying in the last set of pictures.

How do you come up with your names for each of the sets? I love them.

Isn't Socotra part of Oman, not Yemen? (I could be wrong. I should just Google it instead of asking) Nope--you were right; it's Yemen. Of course you'd know!
the room is full of ghosts
yamamanama at 2017-02-07 00:12 (UTC) (Link)
I think I've gotten better at capturing emotions as I draw more of them.

If Socotra was Oman, it would be more accessible.

They're the names of the entry in which I meet these people. But to elaborate further
"fly, thought, on golden wings" is a line from the opera Nabucco.
"fantasies, fables, and faraway places" was the name of a Chameleon Arts Ensemble concert that I didn't go to but the title fit anyway.
"to answer and resound" I think originates in a poem.
"Unguarded Future" "A Distant Glimmer" and "Radiance" are variations on Lightning's Theme in the Final Fantasy XIII games.
"Emergent Evolution" is one of the hunts in Final Fantasy XIII.
"lay down yr weary tune" is the last chapter from Empty Space
"Lights Eternal" is the credits music from Lightning Returns.
"Full Moon, Empty Heart" is a song by Belly.
asakiyume at 2017-02-07 00:27 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much! I really appreciate your elaborations.
Bad Wolf
nucleosides at 2017-02-11 15:22 (UTC) (Link)

I wish the US would do something, anything, about guns at this point. :(

the room is full of ghosts
yamamanama at 2017-02-11 21:13 (UTC) (Link)
Unfortunately, that sounds as likely as finding a way to make salt from sunshine.
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