What I’ve been listening to today

What a beautiful face
I have found in this place
That is circling all round the sun
What a beautiful dream
That could flash on the screen
In a blink of an eye and be gone from me
Soft and sweet
Let me hold it close and keep it here with me

And one day we will die
And our ashes will fly from the aeroplane over the sea
But for now we are young
Let us lay in the sun
And count every beautiful thing we can see
Love to be
In the arms of all I’m keeping here with me

What a curious life we have found here tonight
There is music that sounds from the street
There are lights in the clouds
Anne’s ghost all around
Hear her voice as it’s rolling and ringing through me
Soft and sweet
How the notes all bend and reach above the trees

Now how I remember you
How I would push my fingers through
Your mouth to make those muscles move
That made your voice so smooth and sweet
And now we keep where we don’t know
All secrets sleep in winter clothes
With one you loved so long ago
Now he don’t even know his name
What a beautiful face
I have found in this place
That is circling all round the sun
And when we meet on a cloud
I’ll be laughing out loud
I’ll be laughing with everyone I see
Can’t believe how strange it is to be anything at all

— “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,” Neutral Milk Hotel

The difference between reading and listening

… is profound. You may have noticed. I got out of my Spanish class about 45 minutes ago and I’m still wiped out from concentrating so hard to understand what the fnarsh the professor was saying. Reading Spanish? No problemo. It sits there, waiting to be understood, not going anywhere. Listening for comprehension in Spanish? Another creature altogether. The words fly out of la boca, into my brain pain, and out my ears with a little trickle of blood. I caught bits and pieces, and thank god she repeated some very pertinent information in English, because not only was she whizzing along en Espanol, but she was FACING THE DAMN CHALKBOARD! Woman! Do you have no concept of how much hearing loss I’ve sustained over the years? I cannot hear you when you turn your back to the desks and talk to the chalkboard! Talk to my face with your face!

I also think she’s from Spain. And no fair that some of my (much younger, thinner, more fluent) classmates spent the summer in Belize. It’s been a loooooooooong time since I was in this far over my head. Ayudame, dios!

In other news, that motard Rick Perry has finally done something right and commuted Kenneth Foster’s sentence (although I really don’t think that Foster deserves life in prison, either, but at least he gets to stay alive). I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while, but the whole thing has made me so terribly sad that I couldn’t bear to sit with those feelings long enough to write about them. Suffice to say that I nearly wept tears of joy when I got the email. It ain’t justice by a long shot, but it’s a start.

I have to go to the gym and slog off some of the scallion pancake I had for lunch. Ugh. 4.5 more hours on campus to go.

First day of school

Today is the first day of the fall semester. I had gotten spoiled to the relative dearth of humanity on campus over the summer, so it was a bit of a rude awakening to have to dodge a throng at every turn.

I started out by stopping at the Big Dorm convenience store to pick up a variety of treats for an activity with my students. I’ve got lots of different types of junk food (including these!), some fruit, and I’ll soon go pick up a few goodies from a cupcake shop. One thing I noticed is that I guess I now look more like faculty/staff than a student, because no one attempted to hand me fliers, which is a good thing, but makes me feel old. (It’s always something, isn’t it?)

Anyhoo, so this is my new blog. I feel kind of weird about it — I have a new blog because the host of the old blog is mad at me, I guess, and I’ve been kicked off her domain. Sort of. I guess. Maybe I’m wrong, but I’m too much of a chicken to ask. Maybe someday I will. Or maybe I’ll just always wonder.

New new digs

This is my new home on the web. Here I will crap on about all the things I’ve crapped on about on my previous blogs, only this one’s prettier. Please to enjoy!