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Saturday, July 29, 2006



(I wrote this Thursday night, but couldn't get online to post it til now.)

It's weird how your sense of self can be challenged by travel to a new place. I'm alone in a hotel room in New York tonight. Today was my last day at work, my last day at a place I've been for six and a half years - longer than I was in college, or high school; almost as long as I've been married. I lived in 4 homes during my tenure. My husband and I bought our first house.

My team threw me a going away party, and invited my husband, who drove me straight to the train station afterwards - I have a day of schmoozing ahead of me tomorrow, meeting with potential clients (and some friends). We were planning to come to New York this weekend anyway, for the Del Close comedy fest, and then when I decided to start freelancing I arranged to come a day early and meet with people. Hubby joins me tomorrow.

After what felt like the longest train ride ever (despite a good book), I decided to walk to the hotel from the train station - 13 blocks, and 3 avenues. I walked through Times Square and felt like Alice in Wonderland with all the glitter - I've seen it a million times before, but tonight it felt otherworldly. I drifted through. On the train ride up, passing through Philly, where I went to college, we passed the boat houses lit up all along the Schuykill river, and I was struck with nostalgia, with a sense of passage. Thinking of the young woman that walked those city streets.

I arrived at my hotel covered in sweat. The lobby is beautiful old New York on a small scale; the elevator fits about 3 people comfortably; and my room is probably about 8 x 10. The bathroom is like a closet. The view out the window is of other windows. The window unit is roaring. There's a framed black and white photograph on the wall that's supposed to look arty. The sheets are soft. My limbs are weary.

In seven hours I get up and start the schmoozing, start the selling of myself, the charming. It's nerve-wracking, and too fast - I need time to come down. But at the same time, it's thrilling: to think of being myself out in the world, for what feels like the first time.

Monday, July 24, 2006


Hunger strike

On the way home today I passed a group of people who've been on a hunger strike for 21 days so far, as a way of protesting the war. They were at 18th and Church Streets NW, camped outside the church there. I can't imagine not eating for 21 days. I want to believe it will make a difference - but is the point of what they're doing to change the outcome of the war, or to make the leap of faith and live your beliefs so strongly? Either way, I find it inspiring.

Sunday, July 23, 2006


A house filled with music

My husband's fledgling band is rehearsing downstairs, filling the house with the sound of Ben Folds Five, and of guys happy to be rock stars, if only for the afternoon.

Thursday, July 20, 2006


(He's being sarcastic)

"I was delighted to learn that American politicians are trying to make it illegal to burn the American flag. That can only mean that my dedicated public servants have finally solved the problems of crime, drugs, war, poverty, terrorism, healthcare, immigration, and the mystery of why our children are such idiots compared to Norwegians. Evidently those issues are now under control. I was starting to worry that Congress was wasting my tax dollars doing stupid shit." -- Scott Adams, July 1, 2006

Thursday, July 06, 2006


Giving notice

I gave notice at my job this week. I've been there 6 1/2 years - that's longer than I was in college - almost as long as I've been married. I feel like I'm graduating, in a way, into adulthood. Taking off the training wheels. I'm going to be freelancing (new media consulting and content development, thankyouverymuch), and it's exhilirating - yes, exhilirating. I'm - giddy. The thought of dipping in and out of things, brief immersion, independence, flexibility...helping more people, more organizations...experiencing more things...trying things... exhilirating. I'm done being immersed in one organization for a while. Done marching to a mission statement other than my own. Graduating. Keep in touch. Have a gr8 summer.

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