messages to likeaforest:
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from empezar :
hey j, just wanted to let you know i've moved from my old 'sls' diary. happy spring to you! -s
from normajean :
Add me to your list! I am a new teacher at Nestor Elementary in San Diego and I love your diary... norma-b@excite.com
from rainhammers :
wait--are you me?
from dinosaurs :
oh come on! you can't be wary of louisa may alcott.
from rainhammers :
i love love love love love this entry. the way it's written is great.
from chrisalmond :
thank you very much for saying that. i wrote that because of the negative feedback i was recieving from my brother, but your support is encouraging!
from explodingboy :
nice to have you here, writing once more.
from wasgood :
but have fun
from explodingboy :
re: sobriety. what a terribly long time between drinks. Nice to hear your sparkle. 0-0!
from thecity :
glad you are back.
from chrisalmond :
thank you! that means a lot
from raven72d :
I do miss you here... And I love used bookstores.
from emotionalist :
i've dated one hampshire drop out and one hampshire graduate, and you are the first person i have ever heard say anything positive about hampshire students that would corroborate my fantasies of life at that college.
from thecity :
diaryland misses you a lot. LJ is unwelcoming.
from cameraeye :
nudge...nudge... yep.
from raven72d :
I hope you'll post at both sites.
from raven72d :
Riding a Ferris wheel for 101 years...hmmm...
from meism :
I, too, love that old postcard!
from emotionalist :
that's a lot but also includes a lot of my favorite works.
from boombasticat :
“Heartbreak connoisseur” makes me think of the title of the Wilco documentary "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart."
from cameraeye :
No worries, J. I'm glad you're back. Are you still at ucdavis email addy?
from emotionalist :
which period is your period?
from neptune66 :
Hello JB, your entries are missed. Hope your autumn is going fine. -BD.
from raven72d :
How have you been?
from raven72d :
That's brilliant! I love that!
from raven72d :
Hmmm... what's the map on your wall?
from candoor :
so how's your new place?
from snoballfight :
your fans are getting impatient!
from raven72d :
Yay, two ponies! The photo of the room... What books are on the shelf?
from thecity :
As a girl who owns her own horse, I must say your new image is adorable.
from nowait :
This morning, as in Saturday morning? Please tell me more, sir!
from nowait :
I just discovered I've had 5 songs of the "Brown Bunny" soundtrack on my computer since forever?
from softblossoms :
i have a cd album of these duets - "why birds sing." i do recommend! the song spheral spheral incorporates thrush songs, my very favorite.
from spitfire79 :
is the second picture from copenhagen? it must be gorgeous in the summer.
from soon :
"Aren’t you glad God never goes on vacation from you?" Well, he has all that vacation time built up from never having to deal with arabs, homosexuals, people who have premarital sex, people who live in france, people who use god's name in vain, and people who don't own a bible.
from jendra :
My personal favourites: "What is missing in this word: Chrch" and "Just like Coca-Cola, God is the real thing" and "The grass is green, the birds are back, God did it again."
from boombasticat :
My favorite, as seen in Paw Paw, West Virginia: A Sunday without church is like going to Wal-Mart without money.
from neptune66 :
Must admit: there are often times I wish I was still in school. And also: Scandinavia is a fantastic destination. Have been there twice, and hopefully someday thrice. Hope you are enjoying your present & future travels.
from rainhammers :
i posted an ad on portland craigslist looking for someone to take me to see me and you and everyone we know. i think i might write miranda july and let her know it worked.
from the-mistake :
maybe a little of both?
from the-mistake :
you know you'd probably be bored out of your mind if you actually knew those people in real life.
from rainhammers :
lots of love and ink
from raven72d :
The door shattering... It could be the work of the Evil Esquimaux.
from dinosaurs :
do you sew? because my friend and i are wanting to start a quilt project where each person makes a square and they get attached as they're sent along and the last person -- who will probably be me -- bats and backs it and sends it to someone from the group. if you sew and want to do it, let me know.
from raven72d :
Efficient, I think. Efficient.
from spitfire79 :
ps according to friendster, someone has a birthday coming up. happy not quite birthday!
from spitfire79 :
i didn't live in the valley, though i visited a lot - i was a mountain girl. the graveyard is in williamstown, on route 2. a cemetary on two huge green hills, bisected by the road.
from spindle :
I don't know, really. a list of all the places involved and the dates you are leaving and arriving. and whatever more than that you are comfortable sharing. and I will see what I can do.
from spindle :
do you really wonder what sort of story someone could make of your summer travel itinerary? if you were to tell me the details of it, I would like to try to come up with something fantastic.
from neptune66 :
No, not too many questions. In fact I think I answered them all, but I did so by email, so let me know if you didn't get it.
from kissmyargyle :
ahw, thanks.
from soon :
if you have an obsession with graveyards, i'm assuming you know all about findagrave.com. i'm also assuming i haven't told you about it before. with my terrible memory you just never know.
from trachimbrod :
seriously, nice cardigan, sister.
from sls :
have you seen this: http://postsecret.blogspot.com/ ?? when i saw it i thought of you and your postcard blog :)
from dinosaurs :
i know; i'm out of control!
from mangotuesday :
all my empathy because i know just what you're talking about. in fact. i am having a so tired throw my library book at the wall and burst into tears kind of moment right now. sigh andalso. i have now seen all of the office episodes EXCEPT for the special. you have to tell me what happens with dawn and tim! i can't stand it. love, ashley. [p/s tim really does look like a little fisher price man, dont you think?]
from emotionalist :
19 was already the same age as some rockstars and star athletes.
from rainhammers :
i know... i didn't take any pictures... i'm sorry! i did not see a tattoo, though. and i looked.
from neptune66 :
psst, Forest... Mountains. Remember Monadnock's profile? http://neptune66.diaryland.com/050426_79.html and also: http://www.pbase.com/bmd/image/43666757. Re: Cardinals. They are perhaps the most quick and the most camera shy, never staying in one place for more than 1.3 seconds. Am honored to have a photo featured as your current background. Lastly, I work for a private dealer who provides the books and mss. for many a rare book room. -B.
from trachimbrod :
psst. it's astrid dinosaurs. i started a new diary. if you want to read it, say ernestine shackleton.
from spitfire79 :
our gravestones. sorry. still love to read it.
from spitfire79 :
"our graveyards, ourselves"?! i don't suppose there's some way i could read this fantastically-titled essay is there?
from mangotuesday :
i love your title like i love tim from the office! loads.
from explodingboy :
re: The office; Now, out here down under in the little city, dinner conversation turned to television - and your entry - me, it never occurred to me that someone could have a crush on any of these characters - I explained that the word crush must but be, a nifty way to get the point across – the point being “consistency” but the girls assure me your were speaking of the character Tim. (I thought I would check).
from explodingboy :
re: The office; Now, out here down under in the little city, dinner conversation turned to television - and your entry - me, it never occurred to me that someone could have a crush on any of these characters - I explained that the word crush must but be, a nifty way to get the point across – the point being “consistency” but the girls assure me your were speaking of the character Tim. (I thought I would check).
from neptune66 :
Dear L.A. Forest, have found myself reading through your entries(eloquent) and noticed a western ma. past. I'm in amherst.
from snoballfight :
dave fucking eggers. http://www.brown.edu/Administration/News_Bureau/2004-05/04-126.html#Eggers
from rachaelina :
I guess I don't have any real evidence for thinking that we might have mutual friends, it's just that you have referenced my friends blogs, and I just had this vague feeling that you might know people I know. Like maybe you had said something that made me think that, but I don't remember now!
from paperfriend :
the biggest obstacle seems space. i think it takes about one thousand hives to be considered a commercial bee keeper. where there freakers could i keep one thousand hives of bees?
from neptune66 :
hello to you and thank you very much.
from spindle :
I do not if he makes his entire living from keeping bees, but there is at the least enough business with the bees that he can afford to hire someone on to help him with the distribution end of things.
from paperfriend :
i meant to say i have wanted to be a bee keeper SINCE i was sixteen. i still want to.
from paperfriend :
i have wanted to be a bee keeper when i was sixteen. i read an article recently about the decline of bees in north carolina, and how the state has been giving away bee colonies to encourage more beekeeping. there is a monastary of jesuit priests in northern utah i once visited, they have an extensive bee keeping operation, the sell a variety of honeys i do do some sort of social work. i work at a home where three developmentally challenged men live. my job is to hang out in the house and make sure they get everything done they are supposed to. like take showers and take their medications.
from meism :
I've been out of touch with lots of things, including other people's diaries. Reading back just a few clicks, I'm reminded that yours is one worth keeping up with. You might want to take a look over at Neptune66's recent bird photos. I think you will love.
from raven72d :
Those are brilliant career options...
from morestories :
my dad keeps bees. he thinks of them as small friends. lately he turns all the honey into mead. are you coming to sf for the books show, or are you just going to see them in your own backyard?
from spindle :
the father of one of my friends is a beekeeper and she too is tempted by the business.
from dinosaurs :
i know; right after i offered, our internet pooped out so i only have internet at work, where there is no scanner. it should be fixed within the week. i hope.
from decemberguy :
We could be mid-90s music experts together..
from boombasticat :
That turtle story's fantastic.
from dinosaurs :
i'll email them to you. it feels a little too boastful to post them in my diary, but i'd like you to see them if you'd like to. my email address is deweydecimal at gmail.com, if you want to email me your email address. or, you can leave me a note. whatev.
from explodingboy :
How to speak to and communicate with Australians! (http://www.aussieslang.com/features/anzac-biscuits.asp)
from sls :
making soap *is* easy. i got into it one christmas as a means of making inexpensive gifts. basically you go to the craft store and buy the clear glycerin soap, melt it down in a double boiler, and then can add coloring and scent and random objects like flower petals or coffee grounds, or other chunks of colored opaque soap. endless possibilities. then you can pour it into a flat dish and when it solidifies you can use the cookie cutter to make the individual soaps. or you can pour the molton soap into molds. good clean fun! (sorry, bad pun) :) thanks for the compliment about my site. i'm hoping to have the actual content up soon. i like your new diary layout a lot, btw. books and birds=heavenly. -siri
from dinosaurs :
that cereal, i'll tell you what.
from mangotuesday :
you must see [me and you and everyone we know] when it makes its way to your neighborhood. miranda july has outdone herself. love, ashley.
from rainhammers :
(i just added you as a friendster friend. please accept.)
from dinosaurs :
i make dioramas, and i sent him one like a year ago. i thought he never responded, but it turns out he wrote me a letter and i never got it (my friends found this out when they went to a reading in dallas and asked if he'd gotten it to which he repled what you see on the title page of extremely loud and incredibly close). i saw him last night at a reading in seattle and introduced myself and fell right in love.
from rainhammers :
is MT playing near you? i dreamt about her last night. actually i think it was inspired by your diary entry. but i dreamt i was watching her in a video. it was a strange video. so i guess ash bowie was her ex, and this devin ocampo who plays drums (very well i might add) is her new boyfriend. i never saw the venus issue with them in it. damn it. could you possibly take a [digital] picture of them in it and send it to me?
from raven72d :
hmmmm... but would you pick up and read letters (possibly someone else's love letters) found in a trash can?
from novembre :
i love the a,b,c entry. and i wish i could go with you to find out about mary timony's supposed tattoo.
from raven72d :
Ummm...all of the above.
from snoballfight :
yes! i've thought about ways that we could document our postcards to each other, and this would be really really nice. let's get it going this weekend, ok?
from raven72d :
They built a new Main Library out east of the old downtown... a big 1970s-era box in a vast parking lot... Part of the flight from downtown... Write or IM when you can.
from raven72d :
The old Main Library downtown...Now gone... I grew up seeing it and spending Saturdays there... big wrought-iron stairways and open balconies and high, Edwardian ceilings... Old books and dim lights...
from crateobscure :
I'll send you an email about the place I worked when I was in High School that is no more.
from agonie :
nooo! please send it to pucealagonie@kittymail.com
from rainhammers :
ha. "dz" (z with a curvy, g-like tail) together form the "j" sounds like in "judge". (and fyi, "j" by itself is the "y" sound like in "yellow".) penpals, like actual pen-on-paper? i love it.
from rainhammers :
dzowli. that's kind of your name phonetically transcribed. there just needs to be a little tail on the z. anyway, i am listening to "magic city." and so, of course, i thought of you.
from rainhammers :
you have exhex already? bah. i ordered it from insound, which she links from her website, but i suppose it won't be sent until it comes out on the 19th. have i already told you that she's on friendster?
from crateobscure :
I had to listen to American Analog Set's "Known by Heart" many times before I liked it and now it is one of my favorites. There are a ton of other examples, too. I am lazy concerning just about every medium except music. That probably explains why I don't like much poetry, painting, etc... Sloth is my big time vice.
from repandant :
koyeary@yahoo.com
from spindle :
hello. I would like to get back in. what is your password?
from crateobscure :
Did you find any cemetary postcards?
from novembre :
darnit. i have forgotten the password! o me and my memory. if you have a moment, can you email it to me at mythicalbeasts at gmail .com and that way i can search for it any old time in my gmail archives? otherwise my memory for various online passwords expires like milk.
from repandant :
Why, o why, are you all locked up?
from spitfire79 :
SEMIOTIC ANALYSIS! you should see what happens when i tell my classrooms to "partner up," "find a partner," or "find a friend to work with." that can take 20-30 minutes. the best part is when class is about to start and they all take out their homework. that would be the homework for all their other classes, which they'll spend the next 2 hours finishing. if you ask them to write an original poem, you're very likely get the lyrics to enigma's "return to innocence." if i'd known, so soon after college, that i would be on the other side of the desk...i would have been much, much nicer to my professors.
from raven72d :
I want to be a free-lance semiotician...
from whiskeyblood :
What is it with kids these days? I learned semiotic analysis when I was 16 and taking a summer writing program at a local university. It's not that difficult. Also: If I were to show up at your class room door and say "Hi, I'm poor. I can't afford tuition, but I want to learn what you have to teach," would you let me sit in on your classes? I seriously thinking about taking this punk approach to furthering my education.
from thecity :
I learned the semiotic method this year!
from raven72d :
Chocolate creme pie...yay! And the unfinished list was...wonderful.
from raven72d :
please do send me a password...
from snoballfight :
you, me, some gorditos, and pretty in pink ii. let the countdown begin.
from jomelchaton :
still unable to get into your diary :(
from paperfriend :
i would like a password, but i understand if you dont want to give me one.
from rainhammers :
oh, i embodied the epitome of 1994. it was so, like, comfortable. [the juliana hatfield episode of mscl was not only playing, but the music ceased and we watched it.]
from rainhammers :
"...anyone who is ridiculous enough to feel sad because of a slice of pie probably doesn’t deserve any baked goods to begin with." there's something about this...i giggled.
from pragmatics :
me? radical_grammariansATyahooDOTblahblahblah
from morestories :
please may i read please?
from agonie :
hey! give me my little parallel world back.
from sls :
open sesame? (siri.scott@gmail.com) xoxo
from lifeortheatr :
password, s'il te plait? (lifeortheatre@sympatico.ca)
from mangotuesday :
please times ten. [mangotuesday@hotmail.com] because you and your world are just so. prettypretty.
from emotionalist :
please. abolotin@fas.harvard.edu.
from nookncranny :
if you please...may i? dearflutter@yahoo.com
from spitfire79 :
how v.i.p. of you! firsttimeocean@yahoo.com
from rainhammers :
please. rainhammers@gmail.com
from pulse-tone :
i don't think i ever sent you a note, but i found your diary somehow & enjoy reading it very much ...could i have the user/pass? email: lbd@wearerecords.com
from crateobscure :
Ahhh! Please let me in! I promise I wont put spiders in your hair...much...
from jomelchaton :
*gasp* you have locked the journal! I wants in!!
from explodingboy :
in
from thecity :
I was about to leave a note telling you that every time I listen to rilo kiley, i think of you for some reason. Je voudrais le password.
from whiskeyblood :
umm..what's with the lock. hook a brutha up, yo. **kisses**
from explodingboy :
;-)
from morestories :
oh, i was just struck with a renewed crush on "blonde on blonde." i understand.
from snoballfight :
j- i've spent the last five years thinking about the previous ten. haven't you? (the honest answer is that i didn't want to admit that for 2001 i would have said crazytown. but let's keep that between you, me, and whoever reads your notes page!)
from paperbridges :
it has been decided that i shall come this weekend! i will be staying at the residence of christy clark, so i do hope you will come out to say hello.
from whiskeyblood :
Ahh, pile of books in the lap. Rotating after only a few pages. Man. I'm sooo glad I'm not the only person that does this when excited about free time and a stack of books.
from nowait :
Sir, did you already see these tour dates? http://marytimony.com/tour.html
from rainhammers :
yes! jason bateman! the hogan family.
from whiskeyblood :
Okay J.B., 1.) Congrats on the essay! The last I remember of you working on it you were scared and stressed and highly excited. 2.)OMFG I didn't think anyone else in the world but me had ever seen the show with the girl who touched her fingers together and stopped time!! Her dad was some wacky alien. What was that show called? I MUST KNOW!! I, to this day, sometimes wish I had that power. I would use it to pants people and then run far away and watch the reaction as time continued.
from rainhammers :
yay! congrats! o angela, and her plaid jumper.
from jendra :
I didn't know you were involved in a project like this. I love, nay, adore that show. I was 12 when it came and left and I've never forgotten it. Kudos to you!
from mangotuesday :
i'm a soydream girl myself. yet another reason why i like you so.
from nowait :
Did you write a message with an apostrophe? If so, it should work now. Late that night I was outsmarting myself re: apostrophes.
from nowait :
Perhaps "Californium" is too convenient?
from rainhammers :
I'm a bit of a critic, jolie. I feel bad because I really wanted to like him...and maybe I didn't give him enough of a chance--I left early. I couldn't stick around. I just wanted to fast-forward. Here's a little review I wrote: I couldn’t stand through two songs of Thanksgiving at Nocturnal. The crowd seemed friendly enough, like a gathering of the socially awkward who really do just want to be nice to one another, and not act tough or untouchable. Since Nocturnal is an all-ages venue, I’m sure a majority of the audience was under 21, just kids seeking acceptance. It doesn’t feel right, though, while watching a musician, to have a four-year-old running around the floor shrieking while his parent attempts to catch him. Maybe if I were at Sunday school or a youth group retreat. The Marriage Records party was sickeningly wholesome. Thank God it was only five bucks. Adrian Orange, or “Thanksgiving,” invited a group of kids from the audience to get on stage and sing with him for his first song. I had high hopes, because I thought maybe Thanksgiving was strong enough to carry that much baggage. They practiced some vocals he wanted harmonized with his lyrics, and then began. This display was cute and sweet, and made parents smile, but it proved the musical ringleader’s skills weak. No wonder the stage at Nocturnal is closing. I didn’t stick around for Yacht, but the kids most likely enjoyed it, and perhaps that’s where the performers’ and venue’s priority lies. (ps. i do think i would like the blow, though.)
from oltremare :
my favorite element is Rubidium, because it has a nice name. in seventh grade science class we had to make models of elements, and that was the one I chose. and also: I like your mix.
from crateobscure :
I always choose an element no one has discovered yet, but my shrink tells me that this is not appreciated by "normal" people. If she had made the little quote sign with her fingers when she said "normal" I think I would have no longer been able to keep the client-patient relationship purely professional. Sadly she did not... Anyway, I love American Analog Set and about 2/3rds of the other bands you listed in your latest post.
from alure :
a few of my favourite elements are W (tungsten) cause its a great word and the initial and word have zero connection, Cu (copper) because it has great properties, and Cd (Cadmium) because it reminds me of cadbury mini eggs. i'm a big chemistry geek...
from dirtylinda :
my manner of dress is pretty bright and usually very, um, confusing. you see, i only own clothing that is extremely brightly colored or of outrageous patterns. the problem now arises that absolutely nothing is suitable to be worn together. that doesn't seem to be stopping me.
from mangotuesday :
kindred. i have that sassy! from the eighth grade. my friend drew all over the cover in hot pink. i actually still have my whole sassy collection. to date myself. did you love the short stories. especially lunch in brooklyn? love and the ice cream sandwiches i've also been eating. [but soy.]
from snoballfight :
j- what's up with dl not sending me an email when you sent me your last note? that's unacceptable. what is acceptable is possum kingdom! what's unacceptable is tragic kingdom. -j.
from whiskeyblood :
I have actually seen a ceiling fan rocket across a room. It was the summer before my Junior year of undergrad and I went to see an apartment. The landlord was very proud of the ceiling fan he'd just installed. When he turned it on all four blades shot off in different directions. It was one of those so scary it was funny moments, but yes, I felt like I was five again fearing the overhead whirligig. Ironically enough, I took that apartment (he offered a lower rent due to the near death exp) and the day I was moving out the fan actually fell off the ceiling. This is no lie. That poor fan was destined to be a killer.
from snoballfight :
http://members.diaryland.com/edit/rings.phtml?ring=goodcharlott
from rainhammers :
teaching seems so, so hard. this boy that was on the horizon, who is sort of drifting away now, is a teacher. english and history. i don't think we're meant to be. but...i think i will go see adrian orange on thursday, and report it all back to diaryland for you.
from soon :
wow, i never thought about that. netflix would make a great gift. and relatively cheap, too. but it is kind of like giving someone crack. anyway, you should write me at cccounterATyahoo.com and add me as one of your 'friends' so we can see each others movie reviews. i only have two people on my list.
from rainhammers :
ah. the last one made me smile.
from morestories :
hm! maybe i will. i was just today thinking of albums i know like friends and the lemon of pink was one of them. i ought to go have a listen when they're around. thanks for the tip.
from rainhammers :
aww. cute. i mentioned you in mangotuesday's notes. go read. and also, that boy on the horizon is... just...not very nice. but we seem so similar, and i have the urge to keep trying to get him to realize it.
from raven72d :
Tell me more about the music itself...
from raven72d :
Thank you... I will go listen to it.
from raven72d :
Ummmm... "Aeroplane Over the Sea"...? Tell me more...
from dinosaurs :
nice new bird!
from crateobscure :
In the Aeroplane over the Sea is one of my favorite albums. Also, "If someone comments on my obvious distress, my body involuntarily takes this as a sort of invitation" - I'm the same way.
from decemberguy :
you have great taste in movies and music. Reality Bites is my favorite movie.
from mangotuesday :
i think you and portland would get along famously. love and kite flying societies.
from dinosaurs :
best ever kite!
from katherinhand :
hallo! it's at 616 anderson road from 7 - 10, if you so decide to attend, although i personally love whysp. they played on wednesday here and were hot. in yes, that psych folk medieval way. well. in any case. should you decide to attend the more piratey of the two, please make your presence known!!! xoxoox.
from katherinhand :
my heart. i don't know where you are these days.. are you still in the northerly sector? owen the casiotone is playing tomorrow night (saturday, february 5) at the pirate house in davis. aren't you somewhere around davis? perhaps? if you are, you should gooo! maybe it'll be awkward. for two minutes. but then it will be lovely! i will be wearing the pink carnation.
from mangotuesday :
hi likeaforest. with the pretty bird. are you from portland?
from crateobscure :
I'm sure it wasn't boring. Anyway, this is the story of the road that goes to my house and what ghosts there do remain
from crateobscure :
TAG! You've been MEMED : http://crateobscure.diaryland.com/050203_79.html
from snoballfight :
if you think mars stops its rotation so i can bicker with you about cereal, you are very wrong! p.s. i believe you had the same reaction when i put sum 41 on a mix for you. i know what makes you happy.
from minty76 :
Tell you friend that I fully support the IPRC. They are awesome. Or, wait, are you talking about reading frenzy? Portland is way cool. I got to see Clavin Johnson perform for free at this litle cafe just a few weeks ago. I think my boyfriend and I are going to San Francisco for spring break. I really want to go to Olympia though, too.
from whiskeyblood :
I surely did. It was during the rave days, so his big pants hit the small sickly leg and fucked up foot underneath. The first time I saw it I almost threw up a little.
from rainhammers :
oh, yay. thank you. i'll check him out at nocturnal... and oddly, i was just looking at mary timony's friendster page today, but i didn't know about the release date. i wonder why she's not on matador anymore?
from spitfire79 :
i like the bird. and the letter. and especially, the rainbow.
from dirtylinda :
The exact same thing happened to me the other day. A lovely rainbow on a Friday afternoon and an inexplicable traffic jam.
from raven72d :
good bird...and good comment about the teen boy and his petition.
from thole :
i've been meaning to mention, i like your little bird!
from thecity :
This new layout is very you.
from rainhammers :
*sigh* boys named adrian. i don't know of adrian orange though, and i live in portland. i feel like i should.
from nowait :
That one is from a book published (I think) in Japan in 1956, but I have another book with engravings that you might like. If you wish to pick from the files I scanned: http://www.mdaines.com/bird_thumbs (Please don't be concerned about me making these thumbnails or scanning a lot of images -- this is for my own use also.)
from nowait :
Hmm... what about these? http://www.mdaines.com/jolie ? I'm not sure they'd be quite what you want. Megan and I spent a while trying to decide which bird in the books I signed out you were, but couldn't decide, so I opted for something completely ridiculous.
from whiskeyblood :
hrmm. i was positive. or thought i was. i didn't mean that as an attck, btw...just wondered when it won you over...but apparently it never had to. Perhaps you hated Big Fish? OH!! No!! You didn't like Lost In Translation. My bad! That was the one you found kind of pointless. Right?
from whiskeyblood :
Dude. When did you start liking Eternal Sunshine enough to list it as a favorite? I remember arguing the merits of that movie with you last year and you saying it was "alright, but two dimentional, slow, and sentimental." Why the change of heart?
from nowait :
Not "on my person" -- but I will find one.
from soon :
it's awesome of you to leave a note for someone that you don't even know encouraging them to follow through on a spur of the moment desire. teaching is very interesting, and even if i don't follow through, at least it's a great idea. is it what you're training to do? also, on the topic of irrational fears, i'm in the same boat. I think the only logical way out is just to convince yourself beyond doubt that all these neurotic thoughts are just worthless and should be thrown out like rotten trash. xo
from rainhammers :
thank you. i appreciate your comments... it is a sensitive subject.
from snoballfight :
be honest: did you call them up and tell them to record it for me? you can tell me. i won't get mad. wow... what if WE were running tivo?! i think we'd have much more fun than two people really should. i think i'm going to go to bed.
from thole :
i based my drawing on a specimen from the american museum of natural history. its name is ostridamus. hee! ostridamus!
from sls :
oh my god! i had a crush on maynard g. krebs as well!!! when i realized that the actor went on to be gilligan, i felt really skeezed out... what can you do? that maynard character is the whole archetype i've fallen for my whole life--my parents should've seen that crush as a danger-sign and had me deprogrammed from loving scrawny artsy 'wimpster' (to borrow a phrase from a very accurate article in bust magazine) guys. *sigh*
from raven72d :
Never give up zines collections!
from nowait :
I've had my own goodbye said for me by the AIM service! Are you sure about the zines?
from nowait :
I suppose it must've been pretty bad, then. My offer was to photocopy and re-staple your old zines for you one day when I visit when you're at school, or to have you send the whole damp mildewy pile to me by mail to do that, but I guess both of those things are highly impractical. (Really I was mainly interested in looking at your collection of them.)
from nowait :
You actually threw the whole thing away?
from lifeortheatr :
indeed, you do. merci pour votre journal et bonne année 2005 ...
from nowait :
Um. I don't know if you emailed me back, but my email is down indefinitely, so if you did or were going to, could you send to mdaines@hotmail.com maybe? Or a note?
from rainhammers :
the similarities... with portland, and adrian, and flannery o'connor, and painting, and seaplane, saliger and calvino...and the tube, and the twin peaks... i almost started wondering if these people were me. how crazy to think others could actually be so similar. but i am not.
from rainhammers :
solo si soy sabes quien soy.
from raven72d :
I love theory...and books.
from raven72d :
The Norton Anthology sounds like fun...
from raven72d :
Merry Christmas...
from nowait :
Also: I think you have my t-shirt, but I have your socks!
from nowait :
Sir, my reading week for the winter session is actually Feb. 19 - 27! How does that or some part thereof sound?
from paperfriend :
are you playing hard to get?
from paperfriend :
i started to fill out the survey, but couldn't think how to answer some of the questions. but i will probably try again.
from raven72d :
But of course Emily Bronte had that space-time wormhole in the foyer of her manor house...
from repandant :
My uncle Micheal (on the English side) is way into geneology and can trace our line back to 1025. Holy shit, huh? Get this: Edward Barlow was martyred (he got his head chopped of because he was a priest) which makes him a SAINT! Saint Ambrose, or something like that. And my "dying vaudvillian" grandpa was into family history as well, although the last stroke has put that to an end. Yeah. My family is crazy. One of the objects of my fascination. I think every story I write has something to do with inheritance. Go figure. Thanks for the note!
from spitfire79 :
hurrah for compulsive email checking! let's start an compulsive email checkers anonymous group!
from raven72d :
Too many 80s queer theorists were like that...
from paperfriend :
i was not playing hard to get. but now i will start. i did not realize you sent me an im. i am not very familiar with how it works. i think i am always logged onto it thoguh, so even if it says i am online, i may not be at my computer. you should try to im me again and again and again. i would try to im you if i knew your aim name.
from nowait :
So... there's, like, an antique printing press headed your way. I hope that's still okay! (If it ever was, I thought I remember that being all right?)
from raven72d :
There can be closeness, yes. You develop a whole history-in-your head for the person whose name is carved on the stone...
from raven72d :
History... and a matching degree in Civil Law.
from paperfriend :
i see. that makes sense. i do have aim. i have only used it maybe three times. my screen name is christophralmond
from raven72d :
The Center for Book Culture is lovely... And I'm utterly entranced by your entries. (Good photo with baffled-seeming donkey, too)
from paperfriend :
hi remember me? i write you with a question. i noticed you had added a certain entry of mine as a favorite entry. i was surprised by the entry you chose. my question is what was it about that entry that was interesting to you?
from snoballfight :
i think you should invite adrian orange over to watch beavis and butthead with you! cat will survive.
from dirtylinda :
your diary is my very favorite, and that is no joke.
from iamyourjune :
i like your idea for an fears entry... :o)
from mangotuesday :
my favourite truism is [you are a victim of the rules you live by] and. i heart miranda july [and learning to love you more]. i think you have pristine taste. all my love and rockets.
from nowait :
Very wonderful! (Also I really like "the touch me feeling")
from pixieleigh :
no, i know, i went to her diary too...i was just glad you led me to it...her whole entry was amazing also.
from nowait :
Sir, perhaps you would like gloves in honour of this November as well. "CHIK ADEE" perhaps? "CARD INAL"? Let me know.
from repandant :
Poem 2 is a song off of Faun Fables "Family Album." Her stuff is really eerie, kind of weird, but mostly good. Like Devandre Banhart, with a stronger dose of the occult. I actually saw them do a show together. Apparently, Poem 2 was written by a ghost, Dawn (Faun)'s friend transcribed the poem, and gave it to Dawn to put to music. It's definitely an awesome song. It sort of freaks me out, but in that wonderful, telling-scary-stories-at-a-slumber-party-when-you're-nine sort of way. Thanks for linking to me! It's a privelege. I love your diary.
from meism :
I love that scene. I rewatched the film last week, after our last exchange about our admiration of DGG. Thanks for the lovely analysis/reminder.
from crateobscure :
Nothing like a thesis involving graveyeards, except maybe a thesis involving zombies. But graveyards are good, too.
from dead-slug :
ooooooh. graveyards.
from paperfriend :
i am glad you mentioned that. i was just remember that earlier today. yes i am still very much interested. i suppose we would need to exchange addresses.
from meism :
Mr Green has stepped away from a project plagued by disputes - thus spake he, vaguely, but that's what I took away from the Q&A. I can provide directions to Mr Reznor's studio, or we could get in line to roll his house on Hallowe'en night. :)
from spindle :
I am trudging about in the snow putting up posters as part of a poetic intervention in the visual space of the city. I spent last summer writing little poems that were observations of important little things that happened in the streets. homeless people singing just because they can, making eye contact with a stranger and holding it a moment too long, the way you get to know the people you catch the bus with in the morning without ever saying a word to each other. I started to make them into posters and put some of them up on lightposts then, and now I am doing it with the support of an art gallery. because what better place to put these happenings than where I found them? when I'm feeling playful, I like the shock of someone seeing these and stopping and not knowing quite what to make of it. what is a beautiful thing doing here, of all places? when I am feeling lofty and ambitious, I say it is an effort to inspire a greater awareness of these things happening. because they aren't paid the attention they're worth. and sometimes, I'm just feeling pragmatic and I admit that I'm having better luck doing this than getting my work published conventionally.
from spindle :
(I, sadly, do not im. not of any kind. email, email is all there is for me.)
from spitfire79 :
I truly think that when it gets to be the happiest time in your life, you won't even be thinking about it. It'll be like when you're five years old and eating cotton candy, and all you're thinking about is how sticky it is and how good it tastes (as opposed to worrying about cavities and dental insurance). I liked college, but there was also so much drama, so much idiocy, and so many self-centered people who were ultimately just stressed out and lonely.The best thing about college, I think, was that you could talk about all the things you were going to do with the Future being comfortably far away. I think it's the feeling of endless possibility that's ultimately what people miss. When people can't find what they need in their present or see it coming in the future..they try to find hope or happiness in their past. It's the potential, the things they thought they could look forward to before they "messed up". Even if people weren't happy in college, I think it's very easy to remember all that potential and turn it into a damn good time if you're disappointed with the way your own life has turned out. But I don't know. I'm only 23, I've been graduated for almost a year and everyone's college days are different. I think I personally would have to live a very dull and disappointing life for me to call college the best time. If I was already convinced the best years of my life had happened...that sounds like a pretty miserable place to be.
from raven72d :
And which silent films would you have acted in?
from meism :
Did you know that David Gordon Green has moved to New Orleans? I didn't know this myself until the film fest two weeks ago. He said that after last year's festival he didn't want to leave, so this year, between house renovation projects, he was onhand to screen and talk about Undertow. I love all his films and am disappointed that A Confederacy of Dunces is not happening.
from explodingboy :
@ lookout. Nice bit of writing that. cheers eb*
from novembre :
perceive. perceive, perceive. i never could win a spelling bee. by the way i hate guestbooks, that thing kept deleting my signings.
from spindle :
oh yes. it is cold. it is bitterly, bastardly cold. and I'm going to be spending the next month putting up a hundred posters a week. trudging in the snow. without mittens, because it is hard to work with packing tape when you've got mittens on. at least I got a new toque that someone else's grandmother made. good luck, there and with him. (what school in California do you go to?)
from spindle :
I hope you liked it (the play). and I hope you like him (the boy). being in Calgary puts you almost in Edmonton (where I am). hence the shock. I am not used to diaryland people coming that close to my real life.
from spindle :
Calgary? the one in Alberta? why are you going to Calgary?
from crispystar :
mary timony has moved back to dc. and here we are 3000 miles away.
from emotionalist :
as an english compostion instructor, don't you think it would be interesting to read my first paper for my first college english composition course? (or maybe a more honest way to phrase this would be, wouldn't it be terribly generous of you to give me some feedback on a paper i'm nervous about handing in?)
from spitfire79 :
let's have our students be pen pals! my students will be so excited they won't notice i've run out of ideas....
from crateobscure :
I never actually met Mary Timony, I just hang out with people who knew her. Hope I didn't create the wrong impression. Oh, and I have a similar book buying disorder. I'm going through a radical treatment which involves never going into bookstores. I'll let you know how it works out. About the snowstorm - I'll have my subconscious talk to your subconscious and see if it has any leverage.
from crateobscure :
I have a copy of "the woman who gave birth to rabbits" as well but haven't had a chance to read it yet. Let me know what you think.
from hungerwhore :
that's a cute story. :) Hope your car makes a full recovery. Lots of love and luck.
from jinkymarvels :
sneaky parentalS! let me share this: when i was 5 in an austian hotel for xmas, my folks snuck upstairs and littered the floor in candy and toys, and when i walked into the dark room, the windows open, my mom pointed outside at santa flying into the moon like a witch. i just missed him, but it's weird how i could actually see him flying. oh the imagination of a 5 yr old brain. and of the creative parents. kind trickery is genius!
from minty76 :
ohmigod, your last message is a life saver. i start teaching German 101 at Portland State Univerity Monday night. I'm so nervous. The Blow has been playing here like mad...thanks again for the tip. Do you know YACHT? you should check them out.
from emotionalist :
individually, all the bands were good. but the lineup was a little too unvaried to make it as good of a show as it probably could have been with a bit more variety.
from spitfire79 :
in china, confidence is mistaken for nervousness -- my students ask me why i'm so nervous because i smile all the time! their giggling is also completely out of control. (i used to listen too, i think maybe it was umass' radio station, when i could get its reception...)
from thole :
oh no! if this is true, then my students probably think i am some kind of terrible ecology pervert..
from sls :
ooh, i'm so glad you too have found salvation in soma fm! i don't know how i've been living without out it either for these past few years...and yes, i did go to smith--northampton is such a lovely town, and when i was there not only was there joy to be found on the smith station's wavelength, but also amherst college's (wamh is categorically the bomb diggity). ah, those were the radio days!
from emotionalist :
i'm seeing mt.eerie tonight. for nearly twice as much. perhaps i'm in the wrong city.
from snoballfight :
i was reading a story earlier today that used the word 'imbroglio.' that, along with five billion other words, would have been a much better choice than 'dog and pony show'!
from crispystar :
i love you, you know.
from emotionalist :
classes haven't started yet. but i'm here. but too disoriented to be in love. yet.
from spindle :
I've done that. fallen for someone in a fractured way. I wouldn't go so far as to say fallen in love, but there has been falling. it was last spring, I met her on a bus. I wrote about it a great deal in my diary. it can happen. it's so fantastic. it's worth trying.
from snoballfight :
this is just what we need... one more way to communicate with each other! and i don't know what wig you're talking about... my brother just happened to have thick, lustrous hair when he was 2 years old!
from paperfriend :
but i was thinking more along the lines of, how even though i have been reading your diary, and so know some of your thoughts, i know little about you. i gather from your latest entry that you are a teacher? if that is true, what do you teach? how old are you? where did you come from, that sort of thing.
from paperfriend :
thank you for those facts. i would encourage you to cut your own hair. i have been cutting my own hair for the past about five years, and have been pleased, in the sense that i could always get just what i wanted. on the other hand, occasionaly i will have a friend cut my hair, and that is nice because then i can get something, that i did not even know i had wanted. and i also like that bonnie billy song, but probably not as much as you, my favorite is holly home.
from paperfriend :
i was wondering if you would tell me some facts about you.
from spitfire79 :
you live in or near davis, don't you? here in china, i'm in a somewhat isolated, backwater city, and just met three new people from davis college in CA also living here. i don't really have a point in mentioning it, i just thought it was strange, because there are only about 20 expats here, and 2 million chinese. small world
from meism :
that's the part of this hobby of mine that's so disturbing...and compelling. why aren't these pieces of the past in the hands of family or friends who DO know the stories behind the images?
from meism :
Thankee! It was one of the more expensive snapshots I've bought in all my days of collecting. Not perfect either. I had to do a little photoshopping of a couple of flares where light leaked into the camera, but not bad enough for me to die over this photo! Did you spot the doll owner, top right? Scan never does the photo justice. (Can you tell I'm obsessed with these things?)
from nowait :
I was just being dramatic, I suppose. The possible disappointment being just that if you were to expect me to call and then I didn't because I didn't get your message, etc. I didn't check the internet at all... and now I'm back in Calgary.
from morestories :
oh, fantastic. i heart mostly-inapplicable knowledge. in a backissue there's a great bit about heineken brewery's short-lived manufacturing of beer bottles designed to stack end-on-end for purposes of home-building. fascinating! so much to learn.
from paperfriend :
since you added my diary, i added yours, and have been enjoying what you have been writing.
from dead-slug :
wow. congrats on driving into san francisco. i am rather lost there myself.
from paperfriend :
so is it just a coincidence that a diary called the-forest added me yesterday? i thought mayhaps since your diary names were so similar you two might be in cahouts.
from katherinhand :
o i cannot believe you did not say anything. likeaforest, nooooo! well i hope i wasn't picking my nose or anything. and i hope we are in the same place again, soon.
from paperfriend :
whats going on here? first the-forest, now likeaforest
from nowait :
really!?!
from thecity :
Here is what I think of you: You are a character! I think you should be the quirky heroine of some modern novel.
from thecity :
what is your profession?
from hthespy :
of course! username:polarpolar password: bear sincerely, m.r.
from noruirel :
Found your diary randomly. It's always enjoyable to read, so I thought I'd comment on your latest entry. For me, being a 'better person' is usually tied to New Years resolutions that I really shouldn't make and never keep. I do two of the three things on your list and I don't think that qualifies me for a whole heck of a lot, though I wish it did. The first time I tried to cut my hair myself, my roommate laughed and laughed and...it did look fairly awful. Lesson learned: experience counts for a lot in these matters. As for cooking "sans recipe," I tried that recently with chocolate chip cookies. I just kind of dump a bunch of ingredients in to a bowl, stir, and hoped for the best. But that's pretty much how I cook. My mother just laughed when she heard this, shook her head, and said that was pretty much how I go about doing most things. Too true.
from nowait :
(Well, "not so bad" when applied to pick-up lines actually means a lot for me!) But sir, scary and impressive? I suppose... but (maybe I am saying this for a second time or something) anytime that has been said to me here in this city, I have chosen to simply shrug or something. I'm not sure if that is to say I just felt I must without further reason, or I felt I must because I told everyone I would, or I felt I must because I had to see you, or that I just didn't actually care about the possible danger, or what. I think you must know my position, since you are the one I came to see... it was a terrific advantage to me, because I couldn't actually afford to come see you any other way, and when I got there I had a lot of stories to tell. If I'd taken a bus or plane, all I would have been able to say when you asked me about my trip was that it was "fine".
from nowait :
I guess if you're a truck driver, you can spend all day thinking of the best possible pick-up lines... that one isn't so bad, I think, because it's ENTIRELY RIDICULOUS, yet entirely plain.
from rock-chick27 :
Unlike your school, our desks are filled with messages like "Back off, I'm a Goddess" and "Eminem Rules". Oh well, maybe I'll be lucky someday and find something worth reading on them :-) xXx Cayin
from theleftside :
oh, p.s. when i was seventeen (and eighteen) i was pretty crazy about a boy who lived in the same time zone, but still 1063 miles away. i still think about him, sometimes, but you're right: it is different when you're forced to feel every mile of it.
from theleftside :
i'm trying to visit california in the fall, too, but plane tickets are too expensive for me. i've been to chicago for an hour, at the airport. while o'hare is a miss, stepping outside with the perfect 65 degree weather in june made me want to never leave. though i'm sure it's not always that nice in summer, anything is better than florida.
from theleftside :
milwaukee and chicago. are you in the midwest, or elsewhere?
from theleftside :
i'm visiting the midwest in fall; i'll be sure to check it out.
from whiskeyblood :
Yes, but Boystown is 1 billion times more interesting that DuPont Circle. DPC is just soo..typical boring neveau-riche DC snore snore. At least in Boystown you run the risk of a good old fashioned gay bashing! OORAAH
from morestories :
yes, gossip! let's do that some time. aim here: dallyingdallying.
from morestories :
oh, yet there is more about clover and shirts: have you seen that hilarious author photo where his shirt is unbuttoned practically to his navel? it is a laugh riot. oh and now I want to gossip but I feel I should fight off the urge... but I'm weak... and can I just tell you how bad he is at making casual conversation? and how he has a sidekick who goes everywhere with him? and how the two of them stand in corners at parties and tell inside jokes like the biggest teenaged nerds? oh it is very funny. (and I am very gossipy.)
from novembre :
the future is better than nothing, man. hooray for possible future neighbors! we can go paddleboating and eat burritos. ah, bloomsday. NPR. i would like joyce more if all of his writing was this accessible: ...Yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.
from novembre :
yes! move to the yay area! be my neighbor! i'll even sing the little song.
from pragmatics :
you should let me know what you think about a staggering work of heartbreaking blah-blah-blah, okay?
from spitfire79 :
do you live near san francisco?
from wash-out :
your latest entry [about being a creature of habit/homebody] sounds way too much like me.
from emotionalist :
isn't courtney love in jail or something?
from thole :
you know, i think i maybe kind of like you...
from pragmatics :
i have always, always, ALWAYS wanted a bat house! i would absolutely help you build one, and then we could cross the country and build one here (where i went to college, the bats were always getting into the dorms. they were sweet).
from nowait :
So you ate the asparagus?
from explodingboy :
Playing Captain Badass Songs:Ohia, reading your entry “Last night I took out my guitar in the first time in forever” The twang seems to match and synchronize and float and twirl, all terribly endearing.
from nowait :
Actually I was hoping to get you instead of yr answering machine... what do you say to me telephoning you when I get to Calgary? (Like I will probably get you on AIM to CO-ORDINATE or something first.)
from minty76 :
hey! i went to see the decemberists last night in portland and they are so good! they are embarking on a four week tour starting today, so if they come to where you are you should go see them! oh, and whenever someone calls me a bitch, i thank them for the compliment. ~em
from novembre :
my diary is locked for the time being because i happened upon a very nosy family member. to read novembre, just say "hello" twice.
from novembre :
that sounds like a mighty fine idea. did you get my new contact post? i put my cell phone number in there, too. hopefully in a few weeks things will slow down and then i can do fun things like not work all the time!! PIRATE STORE FOREVER.
from novembre :
oh you are lovely. i am glad there are people who appreciate works in progress. this gives me hope because i feel like i'll never be finished/i'm always partially unravelling. is "unravelling" spelled with two "l"s?
from spitfire79 :
you should get yuji oniki's 'orange' album. he is kind of in the vein of julie doiran and the wooden stars, but slightly less moody. i think he is actually based in oakland. sleater-kinney, huh? the west coast has such good music...sigh.
from thecity :
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from theleftside :
i want a margaret atwood tattoo on my wrist. i know wrist tattoos are the new "thing" but like you said, somewhere that is accessible and i can refer to at any moment. "a word after a word / after a word is power" seems good to me.
from hthespy :
this essay about tracey emin is in a whole book of essays about her called "the art of tracey emin" the chapter title i liked so much was by jennifer doyle. i really like her neon sign that says "every part of me's bleeding". and i like how her art is all about private things. i watched "pioneer house" awhile ago, but have not been really pulled into another one since. i tend to like the really bossy moms on the show, the moms that are really "in charge".
from nowait :
re teenaged tokens of sentimentality: look among yr tapes!
from hthespy :
this is from a few days ago, but can i just say that i love that you love historical re-creation/reality shows on pbs? i am a big fan as well. so good!
from emotionalist :
i probably should have mentioned that my graduation gift is vaguely illegal. as in violated copyright laws. but these stories are not stolen manuscripts! it's a collection of stories that salinger published in magazines but didn't want collected in a book. for some of the stories it makes sense because you can see that salinger is just playing around, but others are beautiful and it's a shame that more people don't get to read them. ebay sometimes has copies but you should try online used book dealers (i found mine on barnes and noble). a warning: i have been looking since february for a copy that is less than 400 dollars. it's pretty easy to find copies of the book, but it's less easy to find copies that aren't in pristine condition (and that are reasonably priced).
from nowait :
You can call me in Vancouver at 604.708.4102, but I meant that you should email me YOURS so I can call you!
from emotionalist :
also, some jd salinger related notes: a. as a graduation gift i recieved the uncollected short stories. b. have you ever seen 'a perfect day for bananafish' as a veteran story?
from emotionalist :
mainSTREAM. hahaha.
from spindle :
my writing is, to the best of my knowledge, not to be found online. all my publications have been in print. I could send you a story, though. we could trade. if you send me the story of your mysterious "you," then I'll send you a story too: spindly_boy at yahoo.ca
from pragmatics :
it works! it works! yippee!
from spindle :
now my curiosity is all piqued. "who is this you?" I ask, if I may be so bold.
from spindle :
eep. I am a little bit confused. "sometimes it’s kind of hard to believe that you actually exist" -- do you mean yourself or somebody else? it doesn't seem like the sort of thing I should worry about, it's a charming entry either way, but still. I would like to know.
from pragmatics :
still not loading. le sigh.
from pragmatics :
nope. all it wants to give me is the picture and part of the links on the left side. i'm on a mac -- maybe that has something to do with it? i want to read! drat!
from pragmatics :
your page won't let me read it. it doesn't want to load.
from theleftside :
i've had this porter collection on my shelf for years but it was one of those lost and forgotten items that i would stare at it but not feel a dire need to sift through. until my favorite english professor told me she wrote her last college paper on how ms. porter's stories were incredibly biographical of what she went through, so it made me want to read it immediately. i hate when i discover things late, really. in a sense, house of leaves is so hard to get through. it's so interesting but so messy that you don't want to put it down but you have to because your head will explode. i'm getting through it, fortunately.
from dead-slug :
ooooo. i did notice the moon. it looked heavy and unproportional compared to the rest of the sky. loved it.
from theleftside :
i just said something in yr g.book but i wanted to say hi, i am heather, nice to meet you. you like good things.
from dead-slug :
your note was unexpected and pleasant. thank you.
from wash-out :
"It’s such a small thing, but sometimes hearing someone say your name when you weren’t expecting to is really kind of wonderful." i have always thought that. ♥
from thecity :
My aunt and uncle are very wealthy--they have a small art museum on the grounds of their estate and also their own sculpture walk. Pretty nice, right?
from nookncranny :
i am just flat out in love with your diary. thanks for all the splendidness. (tried to leave this in your guestbook; but it wouldn't cooperate.)
from paperbridges :
ohh, photos! i love photos. also, waiting patiently on a response. hint hint.
from spitfire79 :
no...i didn't go to one of The Five...though I almost transferred to "Shaggy". i did go to school for a year in a nice, medium-sized city an hour outside of worcester with lots of colleges and i actually had a misadventure in worcester: after dark, all its normal inhabitants become werewolves. i kid you not. don't go there, even if your online quiz says otherwise.
from explodingboy :
Oh yes @ aas site, I have Schoolboy's Charm twirling around on my player as I message. Thanks for the missive. eb*
from thecity :
All of a sudden a random line from a novel will just burst into my head so clearly that I nearly recite it out loud. But it's always something odd, like "Her throat went desert dry as he stripped off his jacket." Nothing remotely profound.
from whiskeyblood :
I too got worcester...must be the longing for urban snow???
from sleight :
well, but was it considered curable?
from pixieleigh :
i just wanted to let you know..that many of the things you say strike a very familiar chord in my heart. you are so lovely.:) i hope things are well for you.
from novembre :
see, i'd go, but i have no money and no time. i think you need both of these things. but i will let you know when i do happen to have money and time, which will hopefully happily coincide with a good show and yourself.
from hopscotch :
Be careful killing spiders by the dozen! PS. I still like this place very much.
from explodingboy :
i like this journal, so very much.
from spitfire79 :
when i transfered after my freshman year, it was so damn hard to figure out what i wanted...i guess it never gets easier. it was the opposite for me - i loved the place, and hated the school. don't expect an easy answer, or an epiphany (though either might happen). the best people to talk to are the ones that are blunt and honest, bc sometimes the ones that love you just want to make it easier for you. it was so hard for me and i went back and forth so many times. in the end i flipped a coin.
from agonie :
I went camping once with my friend Geneviève (who's a drop out and a prostitute now) and her family when we were both 9, and I killed a spider with my back when I lied down to sleep in my sleeping bag. It made a weird nose, "creech!", so we stayed awake all night being scared of insects crawling under us. I hate camping.
from morestories :
I tend to bury entries under other entries when they seem exposing too. I think my record is four to cover one (mostly later deleted). oh, my overformalizing is meant playfully, just a backwards kind of familiar. and oh, my books obsession lives on: just finished performing a solo with "s is for evrysing" as the bulk of the soundscore (first try at sound mixing; results were not bad); all kinds of new books fans emerged from the theatre after the show. xo, elly.
from paperbridges :
missus! i just today realized that aol mail has been stashing my guestbook notices in the spam box. i had no idea you were writing such sweet things! to boot, i cannot get your guestbook to let me sign, even though other signers are clearly acceptable. hmph. i think a proper e-mail is probably in order, but i don't appear to have yours around any place. drop me a note at ksperka@rosehips.us and your every question shall be answered!
from morestories :
dear ms. forest, about water and rural places: I remember the first time I showered in soft city water. I couldn't tell if any of the soap was gone. we had a well with iron-clad water, and most other water still tastes bad and feels too slippery. find your way to review via entry of 1/14/04, being a bit obfuscatory myself. thanks for asking.
from minty76 :
i live in portland, oregon, where good music is everywhere! although, it took the store i go to a few weeks before they had julie doiran. i am so excited because iron and wine is coming to play in a few weeks. buck 65 is coming soon, too.~emily~
from might :
oh! oh! now i want to go to clubs just so i can tell boys that my name is anna akhmatova!!!!
from spitfire79 :
fingersmith...sigh. now that book is full of twists.
from minty76 :
thanks for putting me on your favorites list! but please please please stop putting good music suggestions on your diary. i bought the blow and am now flat broke. anway, who cares when you've got good music?
from sls :
i just stumbled into your diary and wanted to let you know how much i enjoyed your writing. your observations and descriptions made me sigh.
from whiskeyblood :
I grew up in a 2 bedroom ranch-style house. There were four kids...you do the math. The septic tank needed pumped quarterly, and we used so much water from our well that we actually had days in the summer when it went dry. Frankly, I miss those days sometimes. The water tasted so much sweeter. I never understood the concept of sweet water until I moved to the city and started drinking this chlorinated bilge. (ps...i miss our nightly chats...have you broken up with me?)
from emotionalist :
the blow is so good. see a show as soon as you can.
from minty76 :
for some reason, i feel like you mentioned 'harold and maude' a while ago. anyways, this cool girl that i might start playing music with surprised me with a cd with four or five songs from the soundtrack, which she swears exists. cat stevens is a genius. also, i bought julie doiran and the wooden stars after you mentioning her. my spring cd collection is now complete. so thank you very much!
from nowait :
see also: safari-youth.diaryland.com
from spitfire79 :
the piece i mentioned specifically is "Cemetery in a Metro Station, Paris". the artist is Alicia Framis, and the series of photographs is called "Remix Buildings". try also http://www.massmoca.org/visual_arts/fantastic.html and scroll. she also designed a line of kevlar dresses to protect women against neo-nazis in berlin. i heart alicia. she rules.
from spitfire79 :
shopping in the pioneer valley!! one of my fav pasttimes is escaping to noho when i'm really supposed to be running work-related errands in desolate nasty greenfield...
from softblossoms :
yay! instincts. my favorite topic. i don't know if the following would help you, but i find it useful. merriam webster sez: instinct. 2 a : a largely inheritable and unalterable tendency of an organism to make a complex and specific response to environmental stimuli without involving reason b : behavior that is mediated by reactions below the conscious level. so, instincts aren't your fears or your thoughts or your reasonings, but instead what you actually DO. behavior. maybe what you actually did (continued the friendship) is part of a deeper instinct that humans have, perhaps for closeness and companionship? and then i suppose intuition is something else entirely --- your ability to have actual knowledge without rational thought. somehow you "knew" that she wasn't trustworthy. p.s. yr diary is lovely.
from hungerwhore :
I think you should name your bike Gunther. Or Willy. And your hair is darling. I recently cut my short too. My little brother made chocolate chip cookies. I'm sure he would share them with you. Your writing is always worth reading. Lots of love and luck.
from nowait :
In case you were just DYING for a photo of me (and my stomach) here is one: http://home.graffiti.net/tattooedmonk/poke.jpg (I'm on the left)
from crispystar :
hi again. i wish i were in california. um, i actually read that "from the mixed-up files..." book when I was visiting my sister, and my nephew was reading it... I realized that must have been where Wes Anderson got that living-in-the-museum idea for Royal Tenenbaums... don't you think? and I really like learning latin... you should get a work book. you know the words can actually go in any order...
from crispystar :
I do have the whole MSCL series on DVD...I can't wait til flannel and combat boots comes back into fashion. I've estimated, based on the 20-year-revival pattern, that it will be in 2014. oh, and check this: http://fussbudget.diaryland.com/040220_20.html (and mary timony just played in DC... unfortunately for that i'm not there anymore...)
from spitfire79 :
you say, dead-slug, we distance ourselves from death a lot - there's an artist whose work you should check out. her name is Alicia Framis. she superimposed a mausoleum onto a paris metro, and asks that question exactly: what would life be like if inevitable things (like dying) were placed right alongside us? how would that change the way we live or travel? anyway, forest, i just wanted to let you know, i came upon your diary somewhat randomly but i'm blown away by their honesty and the simple but beautiful way you manage to express things i've felt myself. keep writing. -spit
from thecity :
Weird, I was just going to write an entry about junior high.
from emotionalist :
hey! there's nothing wrong with a room full of 17 year olds.
from dead-slug :
oh the pictures are from a private collection. its all so interesting. that book you mentioned sounds insane. "a victorian dead people photography extravaganza" haha. it is really odd how much we distance ourselves from death now a days. its strange to think about how things used to be. oh, thank you for the interest in seeing my art. if you want i can email you a few pictures. just let me know what your address is. :)
from emotionalist :
for 28 more days, i am my 17 year old self.
from emotionalist :
ditto
from minty76 :
i've learned that even if the party does suck, the thin-wristed boys aren't that cute, and you can play guitar way better than any of the bands that play, going is a lot easier on your head than not going and wondering. ps) i LOVE 'loveless'. my rommate's boyfriend played it for me about two months ago, and i couldn't help but think high school would have been so much easier with that album in my collection. buying that album would have been a whole lot easier on my checkbook too, than buying the billions of bands' cds that ripped off their sound.billy corgan could be ashamed of himself, now more than ever.
from whiskeyblood :
I can't help but think of you as a child hiding behind an apron....
from meism :
I've been remiss in putting down somewhere how much I enjoy your diary.
from dead-slug :
wow. that last entry is really quite beautiful.
from nowait :
That's actually my computer's background image!
from hungerwhore :
Your new year's eve sounds wonderful. Have fun on your trip. Lots of love, Liz
from emotionalist :
after i do a documentry following inhabitants of a dc apartment i'll do one following girls like us who listened to rebel girl when they were 15.
from meism :
saw all the real girls at the new orleans film fest this fall and got to meet david gordon green and watch his first film again....loved george washington even more. he's working on a confederacy of dunces now, which should be very interesting to see.
from dead-slug :
the sweet euphoria known as the donut. oh how i wish to be cradled in your sugar encrusted sovereignty.
from whiskeyblood :
you just made me smiley happily...i like picturing you in academic land. to cheer you up i shall say, yet again, that i have finished your tape! yay! and now i must go get wasted! i adore you!
from nowait :
It was very simple, I just searched for "badger has doubts" on google. You might also try searching for "aphasia@waste.org". Also as you may have seen, there's no contact info on the journal, but she's left messages (around fifty) for people in their diaries, so if you want to get in touch, you might respond to one of those, since that usually causes an e-mail to be sent the person who posted the message.
from explodingboy :
i have a haunted couch. Oh and novembre has a rockstar chair. (http://novembre.diaryland.com/030128_74.html) Cheers eb*
from whiskeyblood :
Awwwwwww! If I had a plane I would so fly you there. If I had a million dollars, I would build you a special winter garden in your back yard. It would only have Autumn and Winter inside of it. They would be for you and whomever you would want to share it with. *scratches head* I wonder how you UPS snow...
from whiskeyblood :
Poo. Now I have to remove the Boards of Canada medly that I placed on your tape. YOU JUST PUT ME BACK A MONTH! hehehehehe...love ya punkin!
from explodingboy :
I agree mr daines did a terribly good job. Go Mr Daines!
from nowait :
er, "and http://mdaines.com/likeaforest/older.html"
from nowait :
How about this: http://mdaines.com/likeaforest/index.html and http://mdaines.com/likeaforest/index.html
from emotionalist :
you are full of lovely quotations.
from whiskeyblood :
You just made me tear up!
from katherinhand :
arrrgh. i never got around to writing back. but i hope you have a lovely thanksgiving, maybe with the cows in orland? and i think your writing is just great, and too much of it really makes me want to be friends. FRIENDS!!! ! !
from hungerwhore :
Cereal is lovely, and should be eaten for every meal, and after, too. I ate Captain Crunch today. There is no such thing as normal. Just you. :) Lots of love and luck.
from nowait :
It's Max Beckman's "Female Head in Blue and Gray"
from morestories :
ooh, yeah: the books! (I'm writing a review of the album - I'll link to it when it runs next month.) so lovely. and lovely too, your writing. thanks.
from dead-slug :
hey thanks. good to know someone out there is listening.
from minty76 :
i love your diary page. i can't remember how i came across it, but it's amazing. you write like i wish i could.
from meism :
I had the great pleasure of hearing David Sedaris speak and read last month with visiting fellow diarylanders pablo and insilico. Mr S. was enthusiastically endorsing her book on stage and at his signing table before and after the show. Said he's giving it to all his friends this year for Christmas. Been meaning to buy a copy. Thanks for the reminder.
from katherinhand :
my dear, i should have yelled a little louder and had you meet me. everything you can imagine and M O R E. it was nuts. and. are you going to the farm sanctuary thanksgiving in orland by chance?? where in the world are you, any way?
from nowait :
Do you mean sending a mixtape was to be a surprise, or that you had something equally great planned instead?
from nowait :
Can the thing you're sending me in exchange for the gloves be a mixtape? Only if you have time for that, though.
from nowait :
What's your address so I can send them to you?
from novembre :
jim carrey should stay fifty feet clear of all film versions of beloved childrens' books forevermore and after amen.
from novembre :
an elevator like the great glass elevator? did you know that tim burton is going to remake willy wonka? with johnny depp as willy wonka? i'd like to know how you feel about this. i am torn.
from might :
address, girl! address!
from nowait :
The fact is they're really not all that warm. So they'd keep your hands at room temperature in the depths of a California winter.
from whiskeyblood :
WEll I just don't know. Everywhere else says he killed himself...now that makes more sense...a brawl...but still...who knows...it's the suck though, dude. I hate this people I appreciate dying shit that seems to be going around as of late. Who's next? Robert Smith. *gugh*
from whiskeyblood :
*giggle* Did I do that? HEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHE I love the new picture btw. Very stunning. *smooch* Talk to you soon!
from whiskeyblood :
the new me
from gagfactor :
I'm having such a hard time getting a testicle ready for you on Friendster. So for now I will just say that your whimsy and grace with the word makes me smile. Your diary shimmers.
from rstlessheart :
I am new here, but I noticed that we have a favorite author and a favorite movie in common. Plus, I think "Oranges are Not the Only Fruit" was a very good read. It's funny because I didn't think anyone else actually saw All the Real Girls. :)
from hopscotch :
The 'Derrideans' made me laugh audibly enough that i stirred Russ from working--i'm a sucker for the geek dry humor. Dubliners is one of my favorites. Just lines in it stand out, much more accessible for me than anything else of Joyce's. Sacramento, to a girl who's never been out west (farther than the OK panhandle) makes me jealous too though Vermont is getting more beautiful day by day. I'm gabby, don't mind me.
from emotionalist :
duliners! that's the irish equivalent of winesburg, ohio and pretty far up on my "to-read" list. have you read araby yet?
from ricka :
oh but do you really want to wreck j darnielle's home? his wife is pretty amazing. (i have no shame. i peek into the family lives of minor indie celebrities. oh man.)
from gagfactor :
I'm on now...where are you?
from gagfactor :
So many things to say, but really no need. You know I'm traveling that road with you. I love you all the more for reading Jeanette Winterson. I love her.
from hopscotch :
I love getting to know new cities: a life size puzzle for a while. I don't the city but enjoy reading your points of reference.
from recklings :
i really like yr diary.
from sherpahigh :
what a compliment *laugh*. I'll be sure to fish for that one next time I want an esteem lifter... But I suppose it's better than saying "You're emotionally fucked up" and leaving it at that. I guess. oh, the endless numbers of witty remarks I could have come up for that one. Great stuff. Cheers.
from dead-slug :
aww the joys of being antisocial in high school. fortunately those are behind me. now i've moved on to bigger and better things...avoiding people at my local community college. *hides under desk*
from gagfactor :
I won't delete. I reread it and it's not nearly as terrible as I remember it being. Although I feel like I'm standing naked in Times Square with that one. Ugh.
from gagfactor :
FUCK. I totally had a msg for you on here. It didn't pop up. Damn. Anyway, I'm feeling much better today. I think I sucked down some water from an old bottle on my desk that had instead of water been filled with bacterial excrement. I puked forever though. it sucked. I kept down coffee and a peanut butter sammich though. YEAH! Peace out, yo.
from gagfactor :
*kiss* Sorry I didn't respond the other day...you really should try this "IMing during the day" thing that the kids are all into. I mean, how else are we gonna chat?
from dead-slug :
hey, i like your diary. i think i'll put you as a favorite.
from nowait :
Upon reading back in my entries I see that like half of that note is redundant.
from nowait :
I didn't think my stitching was so great, but one of my bags fell into the hands of a friend of mine, and her mother saw it, and apparently was quite impressed. Really it seems like no big deal, and I can only sew by hand. But I WAS born on the same day of the year (June 12) as Anne Frank, which upon reading various entries of yours I've thought would be a hilarious thing to tell you.
from peth :
OH! what did you think of Geek Love? It is one of my favorite books.
from gagfactor :
God. I just really can't believe how exact that is. How exact of a match it is to how I look at things. Sorry for the drunken ramblings the other night..didn't mean to scare you. *smooch*
from nowait :
(re the ps: actually, my decision was the opposite, but I'm reconsidering)
from transitive :
half of it is true. ;) it's up to you to decipher which half, so it's like a fun puzzle.
from thecity :
I wish I could read that growing up article/interview. I absolutely agree with what you said there. But I won't be coming home for Christmas.
from gagfactor :
Maybe it's the gay AIDS. Everytime I get a bump my scared ass screams GAY AIDS! GAY AIDS! You haven't had sex in three years and no one you've slept with has it but it's still the GAY AIDS! I would like to follow that with the idea that your words make me have a tangible belief in you. You and other diarylander Manchmal both make me feel that way. You guys should date or something...well..if it weren't for that whole lesbian thing.
from might :
grubby mitts on tape player. gimme an idea of what you like.
from togiveyou :
Thank you very much for the message. It’s weird that I have to make a conscious effort to delve into new areas. I have a book log...but it is a piece of paper that hangs on the wall like artwork. I read over 60 books last year. Thank god for the Peace Corps!!! I am currently out the door to my local library to check out “Beauty and Sadness.” If only I could find a job that easily. You write better than I do and it’s a tad bit more interesting…J
from hthespy :
i just wanted to say i like what you had to say a few back about catching babies and delivering babies. it was really good. heart, hthespy
from might :
p.s. i have a paper booklog. at one point (my library school days), i had a database of all the books in my tiny, one-room apartment. there were something like 800. now that i've lived in hobo house for a few years, i fear the number is well into the triple digits, but i no longer keep track.
from might :
i wasn't teasing about the mix tapes, but my tape deck that can record is not compliant right now, so i will a) have to make a mix cd, or b) beg borrow and/or steal an operable one (this shouldn't be too hard; i have a roommate, and i think she might have one). anyhow, i can RECEIVE a mix tape, because my car has a tape deck... let me know how to proceed, madame.
from might :
oooh! and i get to be the first one to make an ass out of herself by saying "truly outrageous"!!!
from emotionalist :
coincidence
from might :
do you prefer tapes or cds?
from nowait :
I guess I just like the Orioles logo is the thing.
from might :
is that your cat?
from nowait :
The only way I can possibly respond is: 1) I feel sort of funny about really liking Emily Dickinson, it's like I have this notion that to like her poems a lot one also has to have a crush on her or something. I'm not sure if I do (have a crush on her). 2) If you want a patch of such design, (or another) printed in any (primary or secondary) color of the rainbow on whatever fabric for attaching to your clothing, let me know.
from might :
i like this place more and more and more and more.
from cloudmaking :
hi. i like your diary. ♥
from might :
it's a combination of ALL of those, i think. There's the smug smarminess, the self-conscious cleverness-with-the-language, and the HAIR. plus, i think what makes it worse is the realization that he probably is both an asshole and a really cool guy. damn him !
from gagfactor :
*hug* sometimes you're as delicate as a whisper yourself...you leave me breathless...
from gagfactor :
I will reveal things as the unfold. It's very "new" and I want to make sure this young man is as for real as real can be on the internet. I will give a clue. He's on my favorites list. Not Peteypuke however...so you may go from there......=)
from gagfactor :
You struck upon one of my favorite moments in My So-Called Life. I realize that this was not the point of that entry, but I just couldn't help but hear that line in my head when you brought up Anne Frank. Another particular favorite is when she's telling the year book advisor why she's quitting yearbook. At anyrate, Anne Frank is someone that I've always been afraid of investing myself in. I'm not entirely sure of the romanticized nature of her memoir...somewhat like the bible. Then again, I'm a sucker for a good story, so in the immortal words of our fearless leader "Bring it on..."
from hthespy :
i am really liking what i read. and thanks for the note. -m.
from resistivity :
hello. i just found you and enjoy your style. Your entries make me think. I'll be back --r in DC
from emotionalist :
vanilla cupcakes with chocolate icing. sticky buns. those things that are like oatmeal cream pies.
from emotionalist :
i love that bakery. are you really a vegan too? do you think we've maybe run into each other half a million times?
from might :
an otter isn't the same thing as a ferret though, right? are those wacky kids at the discovery channel messing with us again? let's meet them in the parking lot with baseball bats and switchblade combs. "good to be a ferret," my ass!
from hungerwhore :
i've added you to my favorite list.
from moo-homie :
hey i got to read sum of your stuff. i love the way you write. nice diary.
from crispystar :
well, my sister is in town this weekend for a visit with a ton of her husband's family, and she also has three kids, so while i might sneak off to see evan and juliana tonight, i might be tied up for the rest of the weekend. i'll get in touch with you next week, though.
from crispystar :
well... juliana hatfield is going to be playing in his band on bass, so that's my main reason for going. i fucking love her. i definitely will be at jets to brazil in a couple weeks, because i love blake schwarzenbach, too. come on, jolie! come see evan and juliana!
from crispystar :
well, damon is the obvious hottie, and i've always been one to try to have crushes on the underdogs, because maybe i think they are more approachable or accessible, so i always dug graham. i guess he won't be there, at this show... but if you throw your panties, i will too. are you going to see evan tonight at the black cat? if so, we should try to meet up.
from crispystar :
Jolie...... i like your writing so much...
from gagfactor :
I picked up their newest at a local used CD store. As for the cover art..i dunno..the front cover is a littley "AHHHHHHH" but the inside art has this trashy Versace quality to it that I just have to devour whole. Felt Mountain is purrfection and I figured they wouldn't be able to out-do it. I guess that's why they went with the new electo-wackiness. I like to think of Hardy more in the greek tragedy line of thought..although with my regression into the cure as of late the Teen Angst analogy would be more accurate. I've been reading your diary and lovin' in for a while now, btw! *smooch*
from might :
hello, there!
from emotionalist :
well actually i'm in high school, so i know plenty of people from here. but on the other hand it seems like everyone plans to go away and stay away.
from emotionalist :
maybe this is how you found my diary, but i live in dc too! people here are constantly in transit.
from ajosef :
well that was the best of the four times Ive seen him... I wonder if number 5 will top it.
from ajosef :
mr elvrum really, he cited her in his last performance that I saw its not meaaaaant to be a struggle up hill
from ajosef :
its not meant to be a strife
from crispystar :
philly kinda sucked. cool bars, but overall, yucky. i don't think i'm moving there... so you wanna hang out?
from gagfactor :
I totally knew, hon! Fret not. I just was makin' sure you knew I'm not the poopsmith I make myself out to be. Now I must go secretly obsess over Jason Mraz...shhh...don't tell anyone.
from gagfactor :
Yeah, I guess it was somewhat "mean," but I just haven't received any kinda love from anyone in so long I just got kinda...well...pouty about it. If it makes you feel any better, I called my mother last night to tell her I was home from Detroit safe and sound. The first thing she asked was "Have you been drinking?" I replied "Yes. I had a few glasses of wine with dinner when I got home. Why?" "No reason," she says "I just was wondering why you were talking like an asshole." My mother and I share a sense of humor.
from crispystar :
yes, I did go to that mary timony show in arlington! it was great! she showed this old german piece of animation in the background, filled with peacocks and flying horses and stuff, perfectly fitting. anyway, are you new to the area? maybe we should hang out sometime... I don't know anyone else who listens to mary timony prior to an introduction made by me.
from crispystar :
i like your diary...

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