The 4th and 5th of January...
|I'm remembering my trip to and from Parismina in Costa Rica. I've uploaded over 50 photos of that trip on facebook yesterday and today. In other words... I'm living in the past.
I ate at the Iguana Verde, good conversation, petted dogs, stayed in cabins, broke the bed, went to the beach, missed the futbol game, took photos, traveled by boat, whizzed by birds, it rained, it misted.
I should write an opinion piece. I'm full of opinions. But that would be work! So I won't. Today. Tomorrow?
My Mundane Life:
I think the coat I got a while back is a kroon (brand) slub (type) sport coat. A mix of fabrics including linen. In any case... saw them listed for $230. I payed $10... or less. It fits me well and has lots of pockets and a zippered removable lining that acts like a turtle neck. It's very very warm.
I put it on today and immediately wanted to go out in the "cold". It's around 50º.
And some sunshine!
I may have found a good travel jacket. Warm and lots of pockets. My green Cabela jacket (I found for free) is showing it's age.
Other news? Not really. I just plug away. Same-o-same-o. Every day.
March 10, 2014 at 10:10pm
I'm a suit addict...
I cannot seem to put it all together.
Yes, I've kept in touch by blogging (not much) and posting on facebook (an addiction).
Yes, I get out every day. I usually eat and use the computer at the Senior Center.
Yes, I check in at the various coffee shops in town (No, they are not like the ones in Amsterdam).
Yes, I'm getting through my photos of my last trip to Costa Rica.
Yes, I called my mother, my aunt and one cousin this past week.
Yes, I un-cluttered a little and cleaned a little. A little is better than nothing.
Yes, I probably screwed myself by not buying tickets to Europe back in February; but, I can still afford to go to Portugal if I wish. Norway? That's another issue.
Yes, my dirty clothes are waiting for a wash; but, that's what dirty clothes do. I'm quite up on laundry, thank-you.
Yes, the dishes are washed.
Yes, I'm reading. Just finished The Bat (Flaggermusmannen) by Jo Nesbø.
Yes, I've even written a bit.
What's the problem?
Maybe there isn't one. I'm just not satisfied and my uncertainty is making me sad and depressed.
Do most people go out and spend when they feel this way? I desperately try not to. I can travel because I am careful with my money.
However, I have a bad habit...
I bought another Italian suit for me! Cost me $10.
And I bought another that's too long and should fit my friend Nick (another $10).
I now have 10 Italian 100% wool suits that cost me $90 (most are Canali). From grey to charcoal to black to navy, some have pinstripes. Some are heavier, others light summer wear.
And there are still more on the rack that fit me...
Out in my suit today.
There was a storm... there was a melt...
I don't have personal internet so my time on-line is spastic. I get a lot done some days but then forget to blog.
I've been editing photos from Costa Rica. Been avoiding stressing over my next trip by doing nothing.
This too will change.
As for Catherine's lament over Italian suits... the thrift shop got a shipment in. I bought another one for $10 yesterday and I'm wearing it today. I look good in a great 100% wool black pinstripe suit, Italian leather shoes, burgundy tie and off-white dress shirt. Believe me... it's the clothes.
Trying to keep busy. I've got a copy of "The Bat" by Jo Nesbø to read. Long lists of stuff to do. Just a tad overwhelmed and depressed, so I need to be careful.
Last night went to hear Laverne Cox speak at the university. Very accomplished speaker. Great poise during Q&A. She appears on "Orange is the New Black" on TV, playing a transsexual prisoner. IRL she is transsexual. She has an identical twin brother. So... so much to say about many of the American -isms and her specific struggles as a child. She must've been one helluva sparkly child! As an adult she is quite knowledgeable and eloquent.
The place was packed. First time in Montana and she wowed us.
My life? The suit wows my audience today. Wish I felt as confident as my suit implies.
February 24, 2014 at 5:30pm
Last Gasps of Winter?
The filmfest is over. Since I no longer have that distraction...
1.) I'm limiting myself to purchasing one suit a day. An Italian all-wool suit for $10 is far too tempting. Got one for my friend Nick. It's long in the seam and in the cuffs (too long for me, right for him?). It'll need to be adjusted. However... it'll still be Italian!
I spoke to Nick over the weekend and he'll need a good suit for Law School.
2.) Nick and I will need to talk more about him taking over my place for awhile so I can travel. It's only two rooms but includes everything in the rent. Ideal for a student.
Which leaves me wondering what I'll do... trip around the world? ...use Costa Rica as a base? ...visit friends?
3.) Tickets... still cannot make up my mind. Must make it up soon. If I snooze I lose.
Kalin highly recommended Western Ireland and Cork. I may only have time for Cork.
4.) I have bank issues, postal box issues, issues...
I a.v.o.i.d. Therefore, at times my life gets out-of-sync. Time to make checklists... again...
5.) Checklists for trip. Yeah, that too. Checklist to call/keep-in-touch with friends? So many lists.
I wanted to send some of my chapbooks off to friends. Having gifts to send was one reason I made them.
6.) Nope. No #6. That would be breaking Scarlett's Law of 5.
I hope to be able to report progress on the above this week. The weather has been white, windy, cold and glorious. It may warm up a bit in a couple days. Easier to get around on foot when it's above freezing.
May you-all enjoy the last gasps of winter.
February 21, 2014 at 3:06pm
Snow and the challenge of change.
It's snowing. Nice blanket of fresh white. Hides the ice...
May snow until Monday or Tuesday. A big storm by Western Montana standards if it adds up to over a foot. We were at 130% snowpack in the mountains earlier this week. This bodes well for water through summer. Last year was extremely dry... about 70% of normal precipitation.
All deviance from normal upsets people, it seems. We plan our lives based on "normal", on tomorrow being the same as yesterday. It isn't, of course. Those of us who had to be flexible while we were younger approach change with less alarm than others.
And things change.
Conservatives and traditionalists around the world face an uncertain future with fear. The oppressed face it with hope... in spite of apparent setbacks. They've been there before.
In our personal lives, flexibility and openness is the key. It isn't always easy.
I'll try to remember this in the coming year. My ability to remain/become open and flexible will most assuredly be challenged.
Pray I'm up to the challenge as the snow piles up and again when it melts.
February 16, 2014 at 8:46pm
Pre traveling doubts. Film Fest in town.
|Eu, eu ,eu...
Não quero viajar. Eu vou a Portugal em março?
Traveling is a gift. It puts many things in perspective: health, wealth, cultural blind-spots.
I'm coping with the notion that I'm just too tired. But, if I don't...
So then I think: Can I afford this?
So trip may be rethought. Portugal, Northern Spain?, flight to Poland then Norway or Ireland then England then Norway? I dunno. But... two threads remain constant:
1.) Portugal. Not too expensive. Gives me chance to to reacquaint myself with Portuguese. I can take notes for new vampire stories.
2.) Norway. Expensive = 50 ways to cook with fishcakes. One month in residence to practice language and culture. I need to know whether Norway is in my future as a place to live or study. It's an ab-fab place to visit.
In the meantime I need to find where I put my poetry books. I need to resurrect my vampire stories and character interviews. MY vamps need to be alive!
Oh, the joy of being me!
Today and yesterday, I went to the Big Sky Film Festival. Four sessions. I just can't take more. I'm not used to sitting and watching anything. I don't turn on my TV often to watch VHS tapes. I have no "real" TV.
I saw a film taking place in Brisbane, Australia, one about the horses of Iceland, a few filmed here in Montana and specifically here in Missoula, teenagers filming in 36 hours in Suquamish Nation, etc... about 20 short films in all.
On my way to 50k... 48.552
February 13, 2014 at 4:43pm
My reading went fine. Next?
|Me, me, me!
Echoing my "Speak soft my name" poem...
It went well. Over thirty came. Kathy Kopp read first (in spite of having pneumonia). I started from the back with "I, Katrina" in a loud-like-a-hurricane voice, crown and scepter... I got their attention!
Then Parris (long bearded and quirky; he had introduced Kathy as well and actually did the illustrations in her book) introduced me. I continued (without scepter and crown, dressed in basic black shoes, pants, shirt and coat with a red scarf) with "bargain basement bin" (think Tulsa and humorous-serious), "Speak soft my name" (soft, crescendo, sultry, surprising), "Once in Iceland" (straight forward imagery) for my friend Kate and the very soft and hopeful "In the midst of silence" I wrote for Shaziane Codrington.
Shannon, dressed in her 80's outfit complete with purple-auburn hair, introduced my chapbook. (She and Parris were two of the four who chose the poems).
I read in order: "Walk among these hills", "Crossing Quicksand" (Wilton and his girlfriend Erika in the audience), "In flight", "Yaktracks", "Frames" (Lorin's brother Marshall was there), "Questions" (Kathy was right in front... perfect as poem is whiny...). I ended with "Bridge players" which I should re-title "King of hearts".
I did well. How do I know? When Nancy, who is allergic to poetry, radiates and says she loved it... .
Also, I didn't bore folks.
It's good that Kathy and I presented together. A smaller crowd would've been disappointing. We got different ages and backgrounds and pulled from a larger pool of readers. This is always good.
Anyhoo... no idea when/where I next present but I feel confident I could do it again... if I had the right audience!
February 11, 2014 at 1:34pm
About those bridge players...
|I guess they read what I printed out on red paper and put on their tables yesterday. And today? They haven't lynched me yet.
I'm on my second or third cup of coffee. Tomorrow I'll need to drink one in the morning and cut myself off. Can't afford any jitters before I present.
I have large print copies of poems ready to read from. I'm hoping to find a victim to read them to today... Joyce comes to mind...
It's sunny at the moment. Snow this morning. The temps are moderating. Beautiful day.
I'll eat my turkey sandwich and mashed potatoes, sit with friends, chill. Go over my presentation as I still have time to tweak it and do anything I've somehow missed.
Ah... the life of an artist. (I wasn't nearly this disciplined working in an office for years.)
In other snews... hope this blog gets to 50,000 views by Mid-Spring. Maybe I should write better blogs?
February 10, 2014 at 3:55pm
Two more days
Sold one book... unexpected. Read my "Bridge players" poem and someone wanted to spend $10 on a book!
I'm surviving on coffee and chocolate (and salmon and...). I'll need to limit myself to one cup Wednesday morning.
Last of invites out. Just need to focus on presentation. I'll be fine.
In two more days it'll be time to strut. In three it'll be o.v.e.r.
February 9, 2014 at 9:44pm
Progress on presentation... one small step at a time... :-)
I washed clothes. I visited with people, always remembering to mention my reading. I made copies of three poems to put up in my building, place on tables at Bernice's and show the bridge players at the Senior Center. I made large-print copies so I can read better. I've planned my presentation and worked on it. I posted "In flight" my poem for Pepper. Tomorrow I'll post "Bridge players".
I'm working it.
If I were a pole dancer I'd be famous by now!
The most important part of the day was calling Kathy Kopp who will present with me. She starts; I follow. There was some concern about her health but that seems to be resolved.
Between her friends and my friends we are hoping for a full house. It's possible. Not that big a place really... over 20 will be fine. 40 will be a bit much, but we'll manage!
Someone asked if I were getting excited. Frankly, I can't afford to get that hyped up. I need to do my work, be prepared and feel confident. I can get excited after the reading!
So, think kind thoughts my way Wednesday evening.
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