they make me uncomfortable

A-a-are you gonna take me home tonight?

Methodically exploring aisles in Canadian Tire, I’m smiling at the Classic Rock station playing over the sound system, warmed by my kissing connection with the bass line, looking for a shallow storage box, and beginning to doubt if they have what I came for. Everything looks cheap under the halogens. Even me, I suppose. The drab stacks of unpacked christmas lights in the last aisle are intimidating and smell like packing plastic.

Ah-h down beside that red firelight.

The shop girl I find, no make-up, earrings like the claws of an animal, says she likes my pin-stripe pants, but she doesn’t know if she can help me. The next person, an improbably tall young man whose staff vest is too bright, says he likes my hoodie, but they don’t have what I need. As I leave, the cashier comments on my shoes. I say thank you and hang my head against the rain and the fashion conscious staff. They were not what I’d hoped for.

Are you gonna let it all hang out?

Fat bottomed girls
You make the rockin world go round.

keep you on your toes

Originally uploaded by anialodz.

That 1 Guy‘s October tour dates:

October 15, 2007 – Columbia, MO – Mojo’s
October 16, 2007 – St. Louis, MO – Billiken Club
October 17, 2007 – Iowa City, IA – The Mill
October 18, 2007 – Madison, WI – The Annex
October 20, 2007 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
October 21, 2007 – Chicago, IL – The Beat Kitchen
October 22, 2007 – Peoria, IL – Sop’s on Main
October 24, 2007 – Hamilton, ON – The Pepper Jack Cafe
October 25, 2007 – Toronto, ON – El Mocambo
October 26, 2007 – Guelph, ON – Club Shadow
October 27, 2007 – Syracuse, NY – Mezzanotte Lounge
October 28, 2007 – S. Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
October 30, 2007 – Montreal, QB – Le Savoy(Metropolis)

Chelsea and Scott are attending the Chicago gig, and Katie will be at the one in Toronto.

UPDATE: Karen will be attending the Madison show, Ben will be at the Vienna, VA, show, and I’m hoping to convince Gunn to drop by in Minneapolis. (Maybe, hypothetically, it could be a chance to hug her long-distance). Michel, Dee, Victoria, and skinny video-game Mike and Mike’s office will be at the Oct 30th Montreal show.

Also, I ran out of things to do at work yesterday, so now there’s a Flickrpool.

I just need you to tell me it’s okay

help with what you can

My cats turned one year old Oct. 11th. I missed it, I was on set from 6 a.m. until 10:30, then had to be back at 6 again the next day, so stayed at a friend’s house. This month, for the wonder that is TV-land, I have played a high-school student, a college student, an art teacher, a senator’s daughter, (wayward, of course, complete with musician boyfriend, hah), and someone waiting in line at the DMV. Next week I’m to mock-attend an upscale banquet at an international embassy, a prom, and an Irish pub.

It’s lovely-strange, the background work I’ve been doing. Like a low level hum, I’ve been reconnecting with friends, making new ones, and generally being paid to be social. Other things have been neglected, though, and I hope to rectify that soon. Chores littered with hyphens, mostly, (house-work, copy-editing, e-mail…), but there are legitimately important things too. I need to write copy for Foxtongue that I don’t immediately delete with a sense of despair. Every time I read a finished newsletter out loud, I feel as if it should be crumpled into fish-wrap, and I promptly scrap it. I’m beginning to think I should have someone else over to write it, someone who could translate my nihilistic ranting on the project into something cohesive and actually useful.

As Vonnegut said so succinctly, “There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”