Month: October 2013

Coming Down from Gravity

Sitting in a nearly sold-out Imax theater, a half dozen seats from center, fourth row up from the basement. I’m fiddling with my 3D glasses – it’s been a long time since I saw a 3D movie. The glass have been reformatted into obnoxious bug-eyes that, presumably, no fashionable teen would steal to wear later at the party. The changes…

Vance Joy – Riptide (FlicFlac Remix)

I’ll be the first to admit I wasn’t a fan of Avicii’s latest worldwide smash hit, Wake Me Up, mostly because it seemed like an uncomfortable mash-up of EDM and folk. I couldn’t reconcile a playfully strummed guitar leading into a pulse-pounding dance chorus. Slowly though, over multiple forced listens via radio and clubs, I came to understand how the…

I’ve Had Some Wine

This bottle of wine has been open for nearly a week, which is a perfectly legitimate excuse for drinking half a bottle of wine on a Tuesday night. Originally, that sentence included “alone,” but I realized that the phrasing implied the bottle itself was lacking company, not me. I’ll clarify – I’m alone. Just me, the glass, the coaster that…

Afternoon in the Apple Orchard

Apple picking is more enjoyable than you might expect for glorified farm labor. Especially when considering the conditions typical to October in Wisconsin: deep in the solemn orchard, clouds dense overhead with barely contained rain pellets, the wind crisper than any apple. I saw a scarecrow in a pumpkin patch slowly draw his grain-stuffed arms tight to his body as…

Adrift in Nostalgia

There’s a smell in the air tonight. It’s the smell of fall, but I don’t mean the season. The air isn’t crisp and dry, redolent of smoke and leaves. It’s wet out, muggy, a damp, thick evening that feels more like June in the deep south than October in the midwest. And yet… It smells like fall. It smells like…

Portland – Deezy Daisy (Oxford Remix)

People always complain about Wednesday being hump day, that middle of the week doldrum when memories of last weekend are fading and plans for the upcoming weekend are still indistinct. But I like Wednesday. All my favorite webcomics have updates on Wednesday, for example. I think, though, I might like Wednesdays simply because I spend the day listening to happy,…

Let’s Talk About Relish

Tonight I read Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, by Lucy Knisley. I often read books, especially graphic novels, in one sitting or, at the very least, over an evening spent in alternating sitting spots. It’s rare, though, that I complete a story out of sheer reading pleasure as opposed to the horrible hunger of my dark internal engine that…