Items of Interest:
This weekend I finished the hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I bought it a CostCo for eight dollars. It’s a cartoon + diary written by an average Junior High kid who manages to capture the humiliating, elating, confusing, and baffling experience that society inflicts upon youth: Jr. High. Much like “Freaks and Geeks”, “Diary” hits a little too close to home a little too often to have left me without a few “squirmy” moments, but it was tender, never-patronizing, and rather funny.
I mean seriously, I have never met anyone who said of Junior High, “Wow, those were the greatest days ever”. It’s like there’s some sort of social amnesia that kicks in around 16 such that, some decades later, adults can consent to inflect said aforementioned Hell upon their own children.
II. I had my first tutoring session for the GRE. I have a lot of work to do to get to the score I want.
III. I am doing my first day of volunteering at the Texas Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic. In these first few sessions I have to get the hang of the system and process: after that I am eligible to do a voice audition.
IV. I finally finished Gaiman’s Sandman Volume 9: “The Kindly Ones” collection. I’ve really been avoiding this one because of where the story arc was going. Nevertheless Gaiman is very conscious of the story threads that have been introduced in the previous 8 volumes and makes use of characters and insights that you should remember from the very earliest threads.
In this, due to a primeval crime, Dream is hounded by the Eumendies and the domino effects of revenge are explored.
Preludes and Nocturnes remains my favorite, ( thank you Tim ) from my Senior Year Creative Writing class.
V. Lauren has a huge spider bite on her leg. Steroids and Benadryl have been deployed and she’s responding well.
VI. Starting 7th month of dancing!