Life at an Intersection

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Tomorrow I have a first date.

Fiction-worthy irony: tomorrow would be the fourth anniversary of the beginning of my relationship with Kevin.

I realized this fun fact while getting all googley-eyed at work this afternoon thinking about my exciting and terrifying first date to come. I was very happy about this irony; it seems like a great way to NOT mark the day, to forget it and begin to attempt to bury it. We celebrated May 27 for the last few years because it was the last day of my school year in 2005; thus, it was the first day that we could date after I finished working at Grace.

His name is Scott. Funny but true. While I've never dated a Scott before, I have also never met a Scott that I didn't want more of in my life. Scotts are good people. Let's hope that continues to be true after tomorrow.

I asked him out over IMs. That's awfully 21st century for an old guy like me, and feels a little too easy, actually. A bit of a cheat. But, of course, I can't ask him out face-to-face as we have never met. We have chatted online several times now, and it turns out that he lives very nearby.

I asked if I could take him out to dinner. He tried to bargain me down to drinks or coffee. Said that dinner makes him too nervous. I find this to be a most winning answer. Eating in front of someone you don't know is intimidating, isn't it? I would never bid on lunch with a favorite celebrity at a charity auction; I'd be too freaked out about eating in front of them. So we are going for tea, and then a movie. The fine art of bartering: something less than dinner, more than drinks.

So I offered Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday, thinking these are the best days for me, work schedule-wise. He went for Wednesday, and the rest is a beautiful twist straight from O. Henry's celebrated short fiction.

But, a date! I'm so excited.

Currently Listening to:
"I Do Not Hook Up" by Kelly Clarkson

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I Like

I like how the girls in my life take care of me. Sending me home from work with food, saying "Awww" a lot, asking me questions and giving me unsolicited advice. Sometimes I take girls for granted, but sometimes the little things they do can melt my heart.

I like how my RSS reader captures your blog posts, even the ones that you have second thoughts about later and remove. I'm glad I got to read that, it made me hurt for you, but now I'm not sure what to do with the information that I have. I want to help. How can I help?

I like the ramen noodle soup and general vibe at this pan-Asian restaurant near my bank - a truly unlikely location. Sofia and I went there yesterday afternoon after work, and it was the best thing I've tasted in a long time. Not exactly the way I remember it, but familiar enough and fantastic in its own unique way.

我喜歡說中文,可是我的中文不好. (I like speaking Chinese, but my Chinese is bad.)

I like Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls from the can that explodes on Sunday mornings.

I like The Wire, and chatting late into the night with some cool guy that I just met, and people with different cultural backgrounds that want to share with me what that culture is like, and Dave Eggers, and old friends, and walking and walking and walking, and exotic but easily pronounceable names, and making plans but not following through on those plans, and going places in the backseat of a car though not while tied up.

I like French movies lately. When was the last time you saw a bad French movie? Never, that's when. I'm halfway through Paris, Je T'aime right now. What a cool, cool, fascinating, funny little movie. Recently I watched Tell No One, Persepolis, and Ma Vie En Rose, too. And what about Ratatouille? One of the best French movies ever.

Currently Liking:
"Heartless" by Kris Allen

Friday, May 8, 2009

Dispatches from the Dead Twitter/Letter Room


What the what? I have no idea.

Today is one of those days when I say that little rhetorical, pointlessly ego-reflexive prayer aloud: "Dear God, it is perfect here. Why would I ever want to leave?"

Ladies who fall off of their ridiculously tall shoes and injure themselves: who do you have to blame?

Saw two be-hoodied individuals making out in the park as I walked home this afternoon. That is so mysterious and hot. Girls in love? Guys? One of each? The androgyny is intriguing.

Tomorrow morning I'm heading to New York City for a couple of days to hang out with a few friends. It promises to be a weekend unlike any other I've ever had.

I'm staying at a hotel in Rockefeller Center. If I don't see Tina Fey, I will be severely disappointed. I know it is fiction, but still.

"Gone, gone to New York City, where you gonna go with a head that empty? Gone, gone to New York City, where you gonna go with a heart that gone?" Lyrics by Conor Oberst, kind of.

Currently Listening to:
Vampire Weekend by Vampire Weekend

Twitter / Davie_St

Words That I'm Living By - 5/2/2010

Time, as I've known it
Doesn't take much time to pass by me
Minutes into days, turn into months
Turn into years, they hurry by me
But still I love to see the sun go down
And the world go around

Dreams full of promises
Hopes for the future, I've had many
Dreams I can't remember now
Hopes that I've forgotten,
faded memories
But still I love to see the sun go down
And the world go around

And I love to see the morning
as it steals across the sky
I love to remember and
I love to wonder why
And I hope that I'm around
so I can be there when I die
When I'm gone

I hope that you will think of me
In moments when you're happy and you're smiling
That the thought will comfort you
On cold and cloudy days
if you are crying
And that you'll love to see
the sun go down
And the world go around
And around and around

"Around and Around" by Mark Kozelek

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