Saturday, December 17, 2005

The days of NES

My good friend Cara has come (from New Mexico) and gone (to Dayton). It was great to see her. I'll get to see her again in a couple of weeks when she comes back through Cincinnati on her way back to New Mexico. While she was here, we got drunk and played a whole load of old Nintendo games--including Bubble Bobble, Tetris, many incarnations of Mario, and something called Caveman Games, which I had never played. I went into hysterics during the part of the game where you rub two sticks together to start a fire. Nothing has struck my funny bone that solid a jab in a long time, and it was great to actually fall over onto the floor laughing and snorting and giggling nearly to the point of losing bladder control. I can't remember the last time I laughed that hard.

We also went out to The Dock and Cara got blatantly felt up by a drag queen, but that's probably a story for another post.

Christmas shopping continues. I bought M one of these, which was not an entirely unselfishly motivated gift, heh heh. In general I feel pretty satisfied with the gifts I've gotten everyone on my list, although I wish I could afford to give them more, as always. M's parents kinda crack me up; his mother makes it very clear when she disapproves of things that we do (she was *not* a happy camper when we moved in together, especially since it was just three months after we'd met), but she is very generous too, and we have thus far gotten extraordinarily generous gifts from them, so I always feel bad that I can never live up to returning their generosity, at least not financially. I mean, they know we're not financially at a point in our lives where we can afford to give them the kinds of gifts they give us, so it's okay--but you know how it is when someone out-gives you. Feels kinda...mleh.

Your comments on the music post were all so good--definitely gave me food for thought, in particular the comments of Saphenous and Adeline. But all of you had such interesting perspectives on why we listen to music, what about it appeals to us, and how it plays on emotion. Thanks all for weighing in!

Here's a picture I took while I was riding the bus (for three and a half hours) during the snowstorm. It appeals to me a great deal--and it was utterly uncomposed, I literally put the camera against the bus window and pressed the shutter button, so I can't claim a whole lot of skill was involved. It's not edited at all either--not very impressive small but if you click the photo you can see the larger version. I like the tone of it. The mood. The feel. The music in it. :)

11 Comments:

At December 17, 2005 11:59 PM, Blogger Heather said...

Hey, I am from New Mexico, too! Cool!

Merry Christmas!

 
At December 18, 2005 3:26 AM, Blogger Mr. Brightside said...

That picture looks cold.

Oh man, I remember Caveman Games vaguely...

 
At December 18, 2005 7:34 AM, Blogger HM said...

That picture is just soo Christmas, and oh my goodness made me realize I'm driving into winter today. Brrrrr.

I hate that I can't give my parents, or anyone, as much as I'd like to for Christmas. Makes me feel "mleh" too. Haha.

 
At December 18, 2005 12:51 PM, Blogger Sorted Lives said...

LOVE THE PIC -- you always know just how to capture the moment -- quite a talent...

As for "M's" gift, very nice -- wished I had a bf like you -- hell, I wish I had a bf period....

As for M's" mom, I had the same problem with my first ex's mom. She didn't approve of anything he did. But, I also received very generous gifts -- and even a small trust fund when she passed away. I learned in order for her to see how great I was, I would have to go through ALL of her kids (They adored me.) I found things that were close to her (like photographing a years of events of her children and grandchildren for christmas and framing items near and dear to her heart)

I know in her heart she sees how fabulous you are. Happy holidays to you and M.

 
At December 18, 2005 6:30 PM, Blogger d.K. said...

Great picture.
I enjoyed the post below (on music) and will come back to comment on it, but wanted to wish you happy holidays, amigo. Best for 2006!

 
At December 19, 2005 12:25 AM, Blogger M said...

No mama is ever gon' like the one who takes her little boy away. Especially when she knows he's seriously gone.

Cheers to living in sin. Ho ho ho.

 
At December 19, 2005 1:13 PM, Blogger Greg said...

I haven't been felt up by a drag queen in such a long time!!! Sounds as though you and Cara had a marvelous time. Love the picture, too.

 
At December 19, 2005 6:20 PM, Blogger Mary said...

Ah, coming here to your blog is like some wonderfully twisted combination of ripping off a bandaid really fast and shoving a huge fluff of cotton candy in my mouth. So much intensity and overwhelming things to feel. I love you for how you make me feel that with your words and images. :)

Great photo - utterly unedited as it is. Crazy days lately and I would have very much liked to get a comment in about the music listening but time wasn't allowing me much blog reading/commenting. Perhaps I will come back.
Merry Christmas to you and M.

 
At December 20, 2005 6:30 PM, Blogger Raehan said...

That photo is deeply lovely and appeals to me, too. I feel like I've been there at some point in my life. Nice to revisit.

 
At December 20, 2005 10:33 PM, Anonymous atpanda said...

Oh man, how do I get on your Christmas giving list? That is a NICE present!

Loved the picture. Made me cold just looking at it. Even though it was about 69 today in Phx. hehehe.

 
At December 28, 2005 1:55 PM, Blogger Andy said...

That's a beautiful photo. Very moody.

 

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