Charlie Bertsch (cbertsch) wrote,
Charlie Bertsch
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Rooting Redux

I had a really nice night after an awful week. First I went to my former office mate Aurelie Sheehan's reading at Antigone Books, chatting with various people before and afterwards. I'd bought the book the day before at Reader's Oasis and read while Skylar was getting her hair cut.

Anxiety of Everyday Objects

Having some familiarity with the novel's topic and principal characters made Aurelie's delivery that much more fun, particularly when she came to parts that I'd found funny in print.

It was good to have a sense of solidarity with the professors, writers, and ordinary people in the audience, rooting for someone who deserves the best.

Afterwards, I talked with a graduate student about his upcoming exams, then drove over to Sean's place to give him back his copy of Artificial Respiration. Somehow, he got me to recount my week of being annoyed at my Department's administrative personnel.

Once I'd calmed down sufficiently, I drove over to the Cushing Street Bar and Grill for Aurelie's reception. I talked briefly with her, but spent most of the time with Eric, Daniel, and Yuanyuan. We had a number of laughs at the "strangeness" of our Department's characters.

Then Eric, Yuanyuan, and I headed over to Amanda's BBQ, where I watched the remainder of the Arizona- Washington game and realized that, yes, I was pulling for the Huskies. I can't really explain it either. I do think Nate Robinson is awesome, but that's not sufficient reason to vote against your employer. Or is it?

Well, it's off to bed. I'll try to post from somewhere near our campground -- Starbucks? -- but I may miss a few days.

Stay strong.

Tags: everyday, friends, literature
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