Life at an Intersection

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Opthacular Spectacular

And now, in typically Davie St. fashion, a bunch of random photographs that are a little too large, leave you confused, having still no idea of what my life here in Phoenix is like, and feeling - frankly - a little empty inside.


Liza drove me here, or something like that. Welcome to AZ!


David took us apartment shopping and to In N Out Burger on our first day here.
Now I'm living with him and haven't been back since.


I get to make my own orange juice from the fruit trees in the back yard. I did it this morning! But this photo is from a few weeks ago. I've never felt so handy in the kitchen before. And it tastes like liquid awesome.


As the delightful Kati Jo commented, "Look at you, boi! You're a student teacher... only five years after being a 'real' teacher."


This one time, I ate dinner on the back porch while talking with Liza on the phone. And I took this photo while talking with her just to prove what an awesome multitasker I and/or my phone am/is/are. Also, to prove that though I moved across the continent, I still look the same.


This is a photo of me with one of my classmates. The doughnut and the pointer finger are incidental. I took this photo to text it to the boy that I'm seeing because it turns out that he used to be romantically involved with her. Like seven years ago. Apparently Phoenix is like one of those small town high schools where everyone has gonorrhea.


I have a Taiwanese friend named Andy. He knows where to go for good beef noodle soup.
Also, he is wicked cute.

Currently pouring over
the lyrics of Ryan Adams

Boys Like Ravenous Dingoes


The things to say, they build and compound, they stack and they topple. They require plotting on an intricate thought map; they require planning and scheming and precise wording that I am not capable of composing at this late Friday night moment.

My family was on vacation this week. Escaping to a condo on the coast etc. They were having an excellent time together in Sarasota, but I was not there. I regret that. I was here working out a year of indentured servitude. A year wherein I do the work of people who are getting paid to do that work while they continue to get paid for that work that I am doing. While I instead pay, tidily, to do that work for them. Sweet deal, eh?

School is going well. My June morning have been spent in a kindergarten summer school reading program. I have five delightful students. I secretly adore them. They are Diego, Jose, Armida, Tylor, and Gabe. They say hilarious things like, "Can you please help me, Mrs. Bennett?" and "What did you say, old man?" Then I have my actual grad school classes in the afternoons. These are significantly less delightful. My fall experiences will be divided between a sixth grade all-subjects classroom and an eighth grade math assignment. About these things I am excited.

I am seeing this boy. Bam, there it is. He is basically nothing that I ever thought I would go for. For instance, he has brown eyes. And yet: it works. It is pretty weird, and I am continually amused by it all. (If you've kept up with the dirty intrigue, by the way, I should tell you that he is most certainly *not* my housemate David. He is, instead, one of David's childhood best friends. Yep, it is weird. Yep, we're working it out.)

We have a place that we go on Thursday nights, this boy that I'm seeing and I. It is our own private bar. We have our own hot bartender. We have our own go-go boy. We have our own DJ and our own dance floor. (I would like Mr. DJ to consult us a little more closely on the music selections, but I'm not sure yet how to kindly convey that message.) We were there for nearly two hours last night, and only two other patrons came in during that time. Oh wait, three. One guy with a huge potbelly came in and asked if it was a strip club. Our go-go boy was mid-martini and not dancing, so the answer was no. He looked like more of a boob man anyway, though.

Some days, if something difficult happens or I feel a bit low or out of sorts, I look up at the palm trees. The constant sunshine and the palm trees are miracle drugs; lithium for the eyes. I miss many people, places, feelings, things about Chicago, but fundamentally, I am so glad to not be there any more. I am glad to not be in Chicago.

There are dates, specific days of the calendar year, that I thought I would never forget. But you know what? I forgot them all this year. They came and they went, and I completely missed them. Don't take this too harshly, please, but I feel so very good about that.

Currently Listening to
Taylor Swift's "Today Was a Fairytale"

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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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