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Didn't discuss or post everything... the pic below is from my solo pass through at the art museum downtown before the Friday night party. Travel home...was ridiculous. The 30 lbs I mailed out needed to be abandoned or repacked. My large check-in clocked at 54 lbs and I had to rip it all open and remove 4 lbs to put in my carry-on (which had my gator head and I was trying to not overpack it). so the carry-on was uncomfortable. The airline front desk person was a snot and a half. Then, the gator eyeballs were reading as "liquid" in the xray baggage machine and I had to watch someone unpack my bag, because of course you can't touch your own luggage. I told them it was round LEDs but no...so dirty underwear (repacked from large back, randomly stuffed into small back) literally out on the table. She finally got the gator head and was so impressed she had to show it round the xray security staff. :). Long flight. large man watching Green Lantern and Tree of Life on his laptop...little freedom of movement. and home. back to work, dogs, routine, and a decided lack of Halloween.

Current Location: Asheville
Current Mood: awakeawake
Current Music: The Outlaw Josie Wales...
Night of the bike ride. Dodgeball in the park - half costumed, half not. Biking, beer, cold, music, cemetery at midnight...Sweet. (very cold, temperature dropped into the 30's but the beer, the burlap, and the biking kept me warm).

HooDoo trimmed up and gator head attached to bike helmet.

favorite non-bike event costume...The Swamp Thing (!)

favorite hostess
Current Location: Asheville
Current Mood: awakeawake
Current Music: too much Jimmy Steward
17 March 2012 @ 10:13 pm
Day of the Dead
busing downtown, hanging around event post-parade, playing with wax skulls, viewing much better makeup jobs and costumes than ours, hitting a video arcade (Frogger!), eating an amazing upscale NOLA-esque meal (in full costume, barely a blink in Portland), finally hitting the Rogue Brewery (sadly, below expectations...Portland has a lot more than AVL, but on the Brewery front I firmly believe we deserved the back-to-back Beer City title).

And Aunt Mina - my best grab for some Chihuahua love from the family.
Current Location: Asheville
Current Mood: awakeawake
Current Music: Dutton Peabody speech
17 March 2012 @ 10:04 pm
Oh but this was a gorgeous day. Portland gave me perfect October weather. Mostly sunny skies and little rain. Can't remember all the details, so many photos of storefronts and yards, sidewalk gardens...lots of inspiration for the NC house.

Dancing night. Hadn't gone dancing in years. Some of the songs I'd never heard played before (outside my house and iPod). Loved, loved, loved this night. Going till closing, Korean food carts at 3 a.m. - misty cab ride home. Part of me could do this every weekend. Although, it might require a costume.

Susperia (death by barbed wire and cut throat)

Current Location: Asheville
Current Mood: awakeawake
Current Music: Wayne...Liberty Valance...
17 March 2012 @ 09:52 pm
feeling some obligation to complete this Halloween thread.

so the 28th was the Friday evening...the hosted house party. I clearly missed the cue to make "scary face"

The house was awash with color and shadow...every conceivable creepy and crawly placed for maximum exposure. It was a joy to work on lights, signs, voodoo dolls, costumes. Voodoo Swamp theme, and my HooDoo Gator "doll" costume worked (a bit warm inside, but ended up perfect for the outdoor weather).

It was a strange evening of short talks with total strangers...weird encounters with native and non-native Portlanders...dancing in the basement in spurts. I remember that I had adapted rapidly to the late hours. Staying up til 3 or 4 a.m., crawling upstairs and reading till it was late enough to call NC and have an early morning chat with coffeefortwo.
Current Location: Asheville
Current Mood: awakeawake
Current Music: another John Wayne movie...
05 March 2012 @ 06:25 pm

Sadest boy (dog) in the world - plus he hates the camera.
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Current Location: Swannanoa
Current Music: silence
04 March 2012 @ 06:42 pm
Ian McEwan's Amsterdam

As always with McEwan, there are so many passages to choose from. I didn't enjoy Amsterdam as much as his other works, but as always - as good turn of phrase makes so much worthwhile. My picks below are, as usual, ones that speak most loudly to my experiential self, my soul, politics, etc.:

...he felt, despite his optimism, the unease of outdoor solitude wrap itself around him. He drifted helplessly into a daydream, an elaborate story about someone hiding behind a rock, waiting to kill him. Now and then he glanced over his shoulder. He knew this feeling well because he often hiked alone. There was always a reluctance to overcome. It was an act of will, a tussle with instinct, to keep walking away from the nearest people, from shelter, warmth, and help. ...His shrinking spirit and all his basic inclinations told him that it was foolish and unnecessary to keep on, that he was making a mistake. page 83

When at last he directed his attention out of the window, a familiar misanthropy had settled on him and he saw in the built landscape sliding by nothing but ugliness and pointless activity. ...no it appeared that this was what it really was - square miles of meager modern houses whose principal purpose was the support of TV aerials and dishes; factories producing worthless junk to be advertised on the televisions and, in dismal lots, lorries queuing to distribute it; and everywhere else, roads and the tyranny of traffic. ... Nobody had planned it, nobody wanted it, but most people had to live in in. ... Occasionally, as the train gathered speed and they swung farther away from London, countryside appeared and with it the beginnings of beauty, or the memory of it, until seconds later it dissolved into a river straightened into a concreted sluice or a sudden agricultural wilderness without hedges or trees, and roads, new roads probing endlessly, shamelessly, as though all that mattered was to be elsewhere. As far as the welfare of every other living form on earth was concerned, the human project was not just a failure, it was a mistake from the very beginning. page 68-69
Current Location: Asheville
Current Mood: productiveproductive
Current Music: I like Candy
26 February 2012 @ 06:40 pm
The loveliness of this post is that I don't have to play by any rules...these aren't the best of the year, what I would vote for if voting were required, or justifiable with logical, precise, analysis that I've crafted througout the year. They are simply MY Top 10 films and Top 5 performances in each category.

Top 10 Films 2011:
1. Drive
2. Meek's Cutoff
3. Certified Copy
4. City of Life and Death
5. Tree of Life
6. Hugo
7. Moneyball
8. Attack the Block
9. Young Adult
10. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Actress
1. Juliette Binoche - Certified Copy
2. Charlize Theron - Young Adult
3. Michelle Williams - Meek's Cutoff and ,My Week with Marilyn
4. Jessica Chastain - Take Shelter
5. Rooney Mara - Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Supporting Actress
1. Jessica Chastain - The Help and The Tree of Life
2. Shailene Woodley - The Descendents
3. Anna Kendrick - 50/50
4. Carey Mulligan - Drive
5. Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids

Best Actor
1. Michael Shannon - Take Shelter
2. Brad Pitt - Moneyball and Tree of Life
3. Jean Dujardin - The Artist
4. Ryan Gosling - Drive
5. Rusell Brand - Arthur

with a nod to Joseph Gordon Levitt in 50/50

Best Supporting Actor
1. Albert Brooks - Drive
2. Michael Fassbender - Jane Eyre
3. Christopher Plummer - Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Beginners
4. Alan Rickman - Harry Potter ...Deathly Hollows...
5. Tom Hardy - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Worst Movies seen: Red Riding Hood, Season of the Witch, Fright Night (sadly)
Most Over-rated: The Help tied with War Horse
Best Surprise Performance Male: Chris Hemsworth in Thor
Best Surprise Performance Female: Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids

Caveat: have not seen Melancholia yet...
Current Location: Asheville
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Current Music: Independent Spirit Awards
25 February 2012 @ 07:57 am
Movies (all seen)

1. The Town (2010)
2. Trick 'r Treat (2008)
3. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
4. All Good Things (2010)
5. Fish Tank (2010)
6. Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune (2011)
7. Clam Bake (1967)
8. Twighlight: New Moon (2009)
9. Plastic Planet (2011)
10. Whiteout
11. Naked Spur
12. The Descent 2
13. Harper (1966)
14. When We Leave (2011)
15. Animal Kingdom (2010)
16. BIUTIFUL (2010)
17. HeartStopper
18. Repo Men (2010)
19. The Incredible Mr. Limpet
20. Justin Bieber - concert, directors cut
21. Robin Hood (2010)
22. The Dutchess
23. Tangled (2011)
24. How Do You Know (2010)
25. Rango (2011)
26. Red (2010)

27. Feed the Fish
28. Paul (2011)
29. Jane Eyre (2011)
30. Thor (2011)
31. City of (2011)
32. Suddenly Last Summer
33. SALT
34. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010)
35. Midnight in Paris (2011)
36. Meek's Cutoff (2011)
37. Cover Girl
38. Becoming Chaz (2010) (DOC)
39. Fire & Ice (DOC)
40. Hanna (2010)
41. A Single Man (2009)
42. Super 8 (2011)
43. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) (DOC)
44. Devil (in an elevator)
45. Suddenly, Last Summer (hepburn and taylor)
46. Payment on Demand
47. Page One (Doc) 2011
48. Black Death (2010)
49. Session 9 (2010)
50. Payment On Demand (1951)
51. Spider Baby
52. Terri (2011)
53. Two for the Road (1967)
54. Tree of Life (2011)
55. Trollhunter (2011)
56. Albino Farm
57. Going the Distance
58. Captain America
59. Tabloid (2011)
60. The Sleeping Beauty (2011)
61. Girly
62. My Soul to Take
63. Burried Alive
64. The Corn is Green
65. bette davis darly movie
66. The American
67. that baby inherited movie
68. see DVR - falling? sean connery movie
69. Contagion (2011)
70. Moneyball (2011)
71. Drive (2011)
72. Fright Night (2011)
73. Crazy Stupid Love (2011)
74. The Rite
75. Hugo (2011)
76. The Muppets (2011)
77. The Three Muskateers/Desert Command (1933)
78. Sagebrush Trail (1933)
79. West of the Divide (1934)
80. Texas Terror (1935)
81. Hondo (1953)
82. McLintock (1963)
83. The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
84. True Grit (1969)
85. Rooster Cogburn (1975)
86. Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds
87. War Horse (2011)
88. Hugo (2011)

1. Jonathan Richman (2/11) - Grey Eagle
2. Wild Flag (3/23) - Grey Eagle
3. Big Hungry - Orange Peel


1. *Devil in the White City - Erik Larson (January)
2. On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan (January)
3. The History of Love - Nicole Krauss (January)
4. *The Glass Castle - (February)
5. *potato peel...(April)
6. Zeke and Ned - Larry McMurtry and Diana Osana (May)
7. *The Help - (May)
8. On the Beach - Nevil Shute (June)
9. Incandescence - Greg Eagan (July)
10. 6xcrap books
11. Rainbow's End (September)
12. A Visit From the Goon Squad - Egan (October)
13. 2 crap books
14. Tower of Glass - Silberburg (1970)

Ongoing: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - Dave Eggers (Jun-July)

*book club
09 December 2011 @ 01:23 pm
Biked out and about...with jupiterjuniper trying to get me as many beer tastings as possible:

bought some street art (tree-girl from cycling street vendor - the view is actually a trailhead to some hot springs - we had a nice conversation about the springs I'd been to after the Oregon Country Fair - oh, ages ago) and people-watched. Below, a parked car and the two things that scare me most?:

the pub the GYDG group played Quizzo at (Quizzy in this iteration) on the previous Monday night:
Current Location: swannanoa
Current Mood: indifferentfine
Current Music: Crane Wife - Decemberists