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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.

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Mode: hungering
Muse: the traces of Interpol in my mind

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From: (Anonymous) Date: March 17th, 2004 10:36 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

hallo there, charlie

I just picked up Aurelie's new novel yesterday in a Washington D.C. Borders and decided to google it up in hopes of finding out some more about it. Your page happened to come up --

'hey! i know that guy.'

I just discovered that Aurelie will be giving a reading tomorrow up at Dupont Circle here in the beautiful District of Columbia.

She will be surprised to see me there, heh. Works out well, as afterwards I'll be able to grab some drinks at any of the myriad bars in the area and settle into some March Madness Goodness.

Anyway, just thought I'd say 'hey' since I haven't caught you on campus lately. Things are fine with me, I'm enjoying my vacation here in D.C. -- graduation and a journey to China are on deck.

Hope all is well with you and your family.

-- Taylor B.

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 22nd, 2004 12:42 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: hallo there, charlie

Hi there,

Hope D.C. was fun. Drop me a line and we can meet before the semester is up.

Best wishes,

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