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preview: the girls of summer

In case you didn’t know already, I just got back from a much needed vacation wherein I took Amtrak from Chicago to Los Angeles (and back again), saw Nate and Celi get married, hung out with Christina and Marty, went to Disneyland with Christina, and finally met my DISGRASIAN™ overlords bosses, Jen and Diana.

While I probably won’t write a full trip report until this weekend, I thought you might want to know what it was like to meet Jen and Diana after only knowing them on-line for so long. It was something like this:


Good night, everybody.


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mild pug

And the debauchery begins....NOW by jeff.ramone

Jeff‘s birthday was earlier this week. He reserved some tables and got drink specials at Wild Pug last night. The wristbands had cute skull and crossbones. I got one though I did not drink, because I believe in being well accessorized. I should have had some water at least, as it was hot and humid and I was full of Greek food (more on that later).

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happy birthday, Coco!

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evening chat

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a song for you

Cynthia came to my desk Friday morning with an invitation. Her daughter Ariel sings in an in-school choir, part of a larger program sponsored by Chicago Children’s Choir. Her choir, along with choirs from other schools, was performing at the Chicago Cultural Center. Did I want to go? Considering my previous lunchtime plan was to eat pasta at my desk while playing Sushi Cat, I said yes.

We hopped in a cab and arrived (late, of course). The Chicago Cultural Center is gorgeous, but there wasn’t too much time to gawk at the beautifully restored dome ceiling and stained glass as we had to find seats without distracting the choir currently performing. Plunking down in chairs right behind Ariel and her group, we pretended to act like reasonable adults. Or at least I did. If I ever have children, I fully intend to embarrass them in public every chance I get with too much affection and interest. Like, “Oh my goodness, child-of-Jasmine, is that the boy/girl you have a huge crush on? Let’s go say hello!”

The concert was the last of a series of concerts devoted to African and African-American music in honor of Black History Month. So while each individual choir would perform one or two songs from their own repertoire, there were a few songs that everybody knew and would sing together. The sound of all those voices, in what sounded like an acoustically perfect space, was just awesome.

Also the kids in their white shirts and red ties were just so adorable. Here is a video of some very small children singing:

Squee! Tiny tots singing about how they got a gal in Nashville. Here is Ariel’s choir:

Awesome, adorable, talented. I would have included their other song except that, um, all you can hear is me singing along and that’s something of a shame.

Alas, there is no video of everybody linking arms singing “We Shall Overcome” because it’s hard to operate a camera (even one as simple to use as my old Flip camera) when your holding hands and singing loudly. Ariel was too focused on her own singing (or possibly just ignoring me) to be appalled by how loudly I sang. But I couldn’t help it. I could not be stopped!

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Nil Doctrine: Pop Life and Race Matters

“His white privilege is a wonderland!”

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countdown to Thanksgiving: “A Turkey Named Brotherhood”

Posts from now until Thanksgiving are going to be speculations on family, food, fat, feasting, famine, and fortune. The usual shit, but with a melancholy Thanksgiving twist. Awesome!

When I was a sophomore in high school, I spent most of the year living away from home. Along with my older sister, I lived first with a foster mother in Washington Heights, and then in Forest Hills Gardens with my best friend father and stepmother. I don’t remember the period preceding this year as being especially dark, but these events have lived in (and sometimes even clouded) my memories of my adolescence ever since.

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I slept really well this morning. I guess I slept pretty well last night, too, though I did wake up at 5:30 with the feeling that something was wrong.

And I was right! The vision in my right eye was all blurry, which is no surprise as I have horrible eyesight and being asleep I wasn’t wearing my contacts, but everything looked like it was in night vision. I was scared as I looked around my apartment, blinking my eye to make it go away. It did, sorta, and I could see normally this morning when I finally dragged myself out of bed.

I didn’t make the mistake of watching anything terrible last night before I went to sleep. Unlike Sunday night, when I made the mistake of watching Bully for a bit before turning in. Does anything good ever happen in a Larry Clark movie? I’ve only seen Bully and Kids but based on those two I’m guessing no.

So after watching most of Bully, I knew I couldn’t go right to bed. My dreams would doubtless be full of drug-addicted murderous teenagers smoking endless joints and taking endless drives through suburban Florida. It wasn’t as bad as the time I stayed up until 3:00 am watching The Ring by myself but it was close. I had to find something else to watch. Thank goodness for this video from Toby Jones of Jones’ Big Ass Truck Rental and Storage fame:

Oh but I forgot to say: I now own jasmined.com. I’m very excited but I have no idea what to do with this domain. Right now it’s pointing to jasmined.tumblr.com. I think it would be hilarious to create a mid-90’s looking web page much like the one I had in college. It’s been so long since I’ve seen the <blink> tag on the internet.

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YouTube – The Vend Diagram

CHEA!! A new video from the Internets Celebrities! Please watch and share.

Full disclosure: I’m not just a fan, I’m also a producer (check out my producer credit — woo!).

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the Boy in Red Pants

ready... steady...

ready... steady...

We’d just had dinner at The Orange Garden. Orange chicken, sesame chicken (my favorite), garlic beef (my second favorite), pork fried rice, egg rolls. Plenty of food, so I definitely needed that walk home afterwards.

At first this video was called “Nathan walks” because it features Nathan, you know, walking. Then I decided I like the sound of “the Boy in Red Pants” better because it reminds me of the Boy with Purple Socks from Harriet The Spy.

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