Friday, April 30, 2010

3 x 3 x 3 Here's another one of those note thingies. Do it, tag 10 more peeps, or your teeth will rot.

Once again, I have fallen prey to one of those Facebook memes, but Hilarita tagged me, so what could I do?

Three names I go by:
1. Badass Jfro
2.ASH966
3. Dre

Three jobs I have had in my life:
1. Library Specialist
2. Library Aide
3. Customer Service Operator

Three places I have lived:
1. Waltham, MA
2. Evanston, IL
3. Grinnell, IA

Three favorite drinks:
1. Coke
2. Chai Icecrema
3. Raspberry Iced Tea

Three TV shows that I watch:
1. Fringe
2. 30 Rock
3. V

Three places I have been:
1. Florence
2. Prague
3. Aix-en-Provence

People that text me regularly:
1. Verizon
2. Andrew
3. Susan

Three of my favorite foods:
1. Dim Sum
2. Ethiopian
3. Pho

Three Things I am looking forward to:
1. May Day
2. Dragon Festival
3. Amrep 25th Anniversary

Three things I like to do when I am bored:
Only boring people are bored, so I am changing it to 3 things I like to do while waiting for something:

1. Read a book
2. Read the New Yorker
3. Play Plants vs Zombies


Three things I want to try to do:
1. Learn to use a sewing machine
2. Perfect my home theater
3. Make a steampunk costume for Halloween

I want an apartment in:
1. Paris
2. Chicago
3. Brooklyn

Three things that spook me:
1. The possibility of my keys falling into the elevator shaft
2. That one guy whose eyes are stuck in a permanent "creepy stare" position
3. Drunks on the bus at 8 AM

Three favorite desserts:
1. Izzy's ice cream
2. Brownies
3. Cheesecake

Three favorite fruits:
1. Clementines
2. Bananas
3. Pears

Three favorite pizza toppings:
1. Nothing
2. Pepperoni
3. Spinach

Three favorite nuts:
1. Cashews
2. Macadamias
3. Hazelnuts

Three places I love to shop:
1. Tomodachi
2. Robot Love
3.The Source


Consider yourself tagged.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

WEDDOES!

Ladies and gentlemen, the fabulous Miss Terry de Castro




 All my Facebook peeps know it's been all about the Wedding Present this week, ever since I saw them on the Bizarro 21st anniversary tour last Saturday at the 400. It must have been around 1987 when Tigerlily played me a tape of George Best. It was like the Fall, The Smiths, Joy Division and the Buzzcocks all thrown into a blender of awesomeness. That's for me, I said.





Here's the T-shirt I bought in England in 1989. It's too holey to wear outside, but I can't bear to throw it out.

So in 1994, Tigerlily & I went to England and stayed with a friend of hers named Terry. We had a great time. Little did we know . . .Dun dun dun . . .she would later become the bassist for one of my favorite bands of all time! (Be patient with me here folks, this is the closest my life comes to a soap opera.) So we hung out with her for a bit after the show and reminisced about old times.
















Here's Gedge rocking out and slaying us with his mordant look at relationships. Sorry it's so blurry, those guitars jangled so darn fast.

More pictures here.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

MY BOOKSHELVES

I took some pictures of my bookshelves because I have an irrational desire to appear in the New Yorker's Subconscious Shelf blog. Keen-eyed librarians will notice that my non-fiction is roughly by Library of Congress subject headings, but not in call number order. I did create a catch-all "pop culture" category for things like Drag Diaries, Fruits, and Retro Hell.

The second shelf is for my series manga. It used to hold tapes, but those are all in boxes now as I rarely drag them out. The size was just right for tankobon. On my bedside are favorite graphic novels and rotating encyclopedic non-fiction that's good for reading in small bites before sleep. I try not to read novels in bed during the week or I have trouble stopping. There is a whole bookshelf inside the headboard that slides out. I have some science fiction paperbacks in there that were donated to the library with really cool 50-60s covers by Richard Powers and the like. I don't actually want to read most of them, it's the sort of hard SF that leaves me cold, but I should find some way to display the covers.

I keep my rarely-consulted cookbooks in the kitchen because there's a redonkulous amount of storage considering how tiny it is. My bathroom is the only book-free area, but there are magazines in there. I cannot be without my reading material.