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Mood: I have the dread
Music: WBLS’s In Control from 7.14.89 feat. Ultramagnetic MCs and 3rd Bass

Margaret demonstrates the low point in Victorian-era Women's athletics, the wildly unpopular, Single-handed Trunk Drag.

I was watching Bram Stoker’s Dracula when I started writing this the other day and I realized, the first five minutes of  that movie are totally metal.

So Happy New Year, y’all.  I realize it’s a little late to do resolutions and wrap-ups (or so says John), but I wasn’t aware of any rules or time limits banning the writing of New Year’s resolutions after January 1st.  I figure, as long as I get something out by the end of January, we’re good.

First, let’s recap the major events of 2009…

-continued basking in the crappy, coming-out aftermath with my parents.

-CAME OUT AT WORK!!!  Seriously, in retrospect, this almost seems like a non-event, but, let me assure you, it was definitely an event.  I don’t think I’ll ever forget the megaWatts of energy expended in sweating worry, HR meetings, legal wrasslin’, and amazing letter writing before the big day, but it was all totally worth it.  It’s hard to believe I’ve been full time for 8 months now.

drove out see my father in Iowa for July 4th weekend, had a great time.  Also saw the mighty Sunn O)) in the mighty Big O.

-finally realized my cat might be trying to kill me.

-spoke at work conferences in both Washington D.C. and Mobile, AL…I should prolly tell those stories at some point.

-renewed my nuptial vows with my first love, Cheese.

-read some books.

went back to graduate school, got an A.

-battled King Ghidorah with Godzilla on Japan’s mysterious Monster Island.

tried internet dating and won.

-made up with my mother and she and my aunt came out to visit.

-had an unplanned gall bladder-ectomy.

-crowned Queen of Donkey Kong.

-won a caption writing contest and got my first professional writing rejection.

Holy wow, that was quite a year, hunh?!  I’ve read how some other bloggers didn’t particularly care for our old friend, 2009, but I thought it was pretty great.  I think my choice to (and following through with) transition helped a lot and waking up from the eight-year long nightmare of the Bush/Cheney regime seemed to lighten up the place considerably.

This is getting long, so let’s take a cheese break and meet back at the next, thrilling New Year’s installment, Viva la Resolutions!

Mood: Less tired, more anxious
Music: Medusa’s Spell-Prelude

I may complain about it often and at length, but I actually like taking the bus.  It can be a trying experience on occasion, but it’s like I’m made out of time during the work week.  I usually spend my commute time (about 1.5 hours per day) listening to music and reading books…or staring out the window…drooling…a lot.  Since starting the bus a few months ago (February?), I’ve managed to get through…

The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Phillip K. Dick

Ubik by Phillip K. Dick

Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk

Pretty good, right?  I’m also about two-thirds of the way through The Book of Lies: The Disinformation Guide to Magick and the Occult but those are all shorter essays, so I can pick it up or put it down as the mood strikes me (and it usually strikes me after a hot bath).

What goes better with words than a thematically coherent picture?

I'm sorry dear, but we're fresh out of books.

So, I’m about to start another book and it’ll prolly be Memoirs of a Geisha or Moby Dick.  Neither of them sounds super appealing right now, but I’m sure they’re both good.  Here are some books that are on my future reading list…

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

More Douglas Coupland…Girlfriend in a Coma, Hey Nostradamus!, or newer

A Scanner Darkly by Phillip K. Dick

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (ha Ha!, and you thought I’d already read it!)

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (I’m as shocked as you are)

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

All of the Quicksilver books by Neal Stephenson

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

Orlando by Virgina Woolf

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

The Atrocity Exhibition and Crash by JG Ballard (R.I.P. btw)

So yeah, that should fix my wagon for the next year or so.   I’m open to recommendations (or gifts) for some light, “filler” books to space out all of the literature I have planned for myself.  What are you going to read this summer?

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