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[06 Jul 2009|09:53pm]
i am looking for quotes. anything. surprisingly good quotes from terrible movies? favorite song lyrics? whole poems? words that help push you toward the "alive" portion of the "dead - alive" spectrum, preferably, but sometimes the hopeless ones are good, too (in that tortured-artist-as-an-archetype way, i mean). anything that incites feeling. i have a barren quote book to fill up and i can't find anymore polaroid film in the world, so words will fill the void.

i will start with some of my favorite quotes that i've twittered in the past:

"it is perhaps a more fortunate destiny to have a taste for collecting shells than to be born a millionaire." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"i laughed and said, life is easy. what i meant was, life is easy with you here, and when you leave, it will be hard again." - Miranda July

"rain that never falls is still rain." – Jack Ridl

"i like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do." - Willa Cather

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[24 Dec 2008|12:32am]
I guess this is the traditional I'm-leaving-tomorrow-on-a-long-drive-in-sketchy-weather post. Hopefully everything goes well. So much packing to do yet, though.

Update: Here's the thing about South Dakota: it usually sucks. A lot. It's big and cold. I woke up at 6:00 to finish packing. I woke up to -10 degrees (warmer than it was last night, apparently) and a frozen car -- so frozen that when I turned on the windshield wipers, one of them snapped in half. And when I opened the lid to my gas tank, it broke apart. When shit like this happens, it's too cold for civilization to survive. But I made it back home, where I'm trying to enjoy what I can of the heatwave-like 20 degree weather and am panicking about what happens now in life.
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[19 Nov 2008|11:20pm]
Obama chose Tom Daschle as the Secretary of Health and Human Services and I am starting to learn what it feels like to see something great come from an underrated state. My chin often does not reach these heights so I am trying to enjoy it while it is there.
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[05 Nov 2008|05:50pm]
I had a dream last night of a decapitated elephant head. Unsettling, maybe, but I couldn't have asked for better subconscious symbolism for last night's groundbreaking events.
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[22 Oct 2008|11:43pm]

the first snowfall
an early vote

change is in the air and on the ground; here's hoping!
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[16 Sep 2008|08:50am]
"and I always get confused,
because in supermarkets they turn the lights off when they want you to leave,
but in discos they turn them on.
and it's always sad to go, but it's never that sad,
because there's only so many places you're guaranteed of getting a hug when you leave.
and then on the way home, it always seems like a good idea to go paddling in the fountain,
and that's because it IS a good idea.
and we're just like how rousseau depicts man in the state of nature:
we're undeveloped, we're ignorant, we're stupid, but we're happy.
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[28 Aug 2008|11:14pm]
Somebody stole my debit card information and fled to Montreal for sushi, boat rides, theatre visits, and expensive breakfasts. They also went to Iles de Soeurs or something. I guess this is one way to learn geography.
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[08 Aug 2008|10:56pm]
Happy 08/08/08. Tell me you had a lucky day.

If not: Olympics! The opening ceremony made me want to be back there. When I saw those places they were surrounded by mounds of dirt.
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[22 Jun 2008|09:11pm]

i'm happy to say i survived another worldwide adventure. i went on planes, trains, and automobiles (sometimes all on the same day), making it from point A to point B (with the occasional unplanned circuitous diversion through point R) while soaking up the in-between occurrences. some of my favorite moments were what i think others considered do-nothing moments. waiting for a tour to start early one morning in london, i got coffee, sat in the sun on a(n anti-hobo?) bench, and watched people -- something felt right about taking a moment to see the alive world unfold around me while sipping my life force. and the boat ride through loch ness, monster-watching somewhere in the middle of the mysterious, threatening black water while underneath the not-so-mysterious, threatening dark-grey sky -- relaxing and listening to the possibly repetitious celtic fiddle churning notes that twist and weave and massage the brains and eyelids of the passengers via the loudspeakers. and an early-morning circle around a parisian cemetery, including an unexpected stumble upon an incredible, inspiring Irish writer's grave, pockmarked by the pens and lipstick and paint from around the world. worldly monuments and tall, protective castles and arching bridges and caves and gigantic ferris wheels were great, but these moments, above all, reached out and told me the world is beautiful.

this isn't to imply that the rest of the trip was forgettable -- far from it, actually! the part of me that hates tourists threatens to unleash itself when i consider how much i enjoyed the big-time, true-to-life tourist moments. things like wandering around the musée d'orsay followed immediately by the louvre (a good ten consecutive hours of art museums) to pinpoint the whereabouts of the mona lisa and the venus de milo as well as the lesser-appreciated-but-nonetheless-well-known works like everything by monet and van gogh and magritte! and rodin! and manet! and, and, and. things like climbing (actually climbing) the 750-and-whatever steps of the eiffel tower just to see the city from different heights. and all of montmartre. and the london eye.

because it’s impossible to remember every facet (unfortunately) of the trip, i thought the best method of attack would be to bore everyone country-by-country with what i loved and what i wasn't so impressed with. 

in summary: a lot happened. i don't remember it all, but i wish i did. and i had fun. sorry it's so long. and incoherent.
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[12 Jun 2008|01:08pm]
i went to Europe and i came back from Europe but i wish i was still in Europe.

even so, i have some good stories!
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[11 May 2008|10:48am]
I'm off to Europe! I will document!
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[11 Apr 2008|01:57am]
One of my unofficial advisors has a mountain in Antarctica named after him. Immortalization in ice?
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[03 Mar 2008|09:51am]
I've almost worn out my first pair of shoes. It's a conflicting situation, but a feat nonetheless.
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[01 Jan 2008|02:38am]
Happy New Year.

Now we have twice the empty space staring at us every day.
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[25 Dec 2007|03:31pm]
Merry Christmas! I intend to post something more elaborate when I can transfer it from my laptop without having to retype it all, but we all know how my intentions end up.
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[14 Dec 2007|12:57am]
I guess one of the characteristics of someone who takes a bunch of shit-random classes (aka me) is that they always have post-it notes and scratch paper around in case they get an idea to incorporate into a paper or project. On a list of items I need to accomplish by next week, I saw this written on the bottom in neat handwriting (so, clearly, it's supposed to be important):

"could be he wants a return to
innocence by living in imaginationland."

The meaning's pretty clear, but... uh, what?
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[21 Nov 2007|01:58am]
I went to my first show tonight! Cloud Cult. They're semi-local (Mpls) but I like their new album quite a bit.

It is officially the only positive part of this week.
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[14 Nov 2007|01:26am]
Can I scratch this semester and start over? Worst.
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[31 Oct 2007|11:59pm]
Happy Halloween!

I didn't have a costume until literally 30 minutes before I went to house parties. I ended up picking up a $5 cape and throwing on some dress pants and a dress shirt. My costume? A (fuckin') Dracula. It didn't get compliments (not to my surprise) but it worked and I enjoyed it. Plus it was warm on a very, very cold night. I had a really good time, though. Definitely what I needed.

Even if I had to sacrifice a "rabbit, rabbit" to get it. Oh well.

(also, I edited the time to reflect Halloween, even if it is 1:52 am on November 01)
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[27 Jul 2007|11:39pm]
The Simpsons Movie rocked! It seemed so short.
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