Sunday, June 27, 2004

Road Lust

I've been thinking a lot lately about travel. I've had my share of both road trips and business trips in the last few years--it's not like I don't get around, yo--but almost every one of those trips, I took alone. I am thinking more now about London (in fact, 70% sure I'm going in the fall), Rome, Venice, Tangier, Mexico. Who wants to go?

Where would you like to go? hunnli*at*yahoo*com

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Eat your heart out, San Francisco!

"AmericanStyle's 2004 Arts Destinations rankings mark the third time in three years that Buffalo has been in the Top 10. Since its debut ranking on the magazine's Top 25 list, Buffalo has climbed from the No. 9 to the No. 4 slot."

To celebrate, I and half the city packed into the Tralf to see Richard Thompson play as part of the Buffalo-Niagara Guitar Festival. Dayna Kurtz opened. A great night, much fun, much company, much wine.

June is perfect in this town. Everything is green. Beautiful winds. I have cilantro, basil, chives, spanish walking onion, and basil going in the garden. Organic lemonade from the coop. Some mornings I am just going to sleep as the birds begin to sing.

Saturday, June 19, 2004

I have been dreaming of snakes.

Interpretation: In some cultures snakes are highly regarded and symbolize the ability to transcend into higher levels of consciousness or into areas of knowledge that exist outside perceived time and space. In the pre-Christian days, snakes were considered symbols of fertility, healing, and nurturing (the healing serpent representing a god). Post Adam and Eve, snakes are often considered symbols of temptation and evil, anger, and envy. Snakes emerging out of the ground may represent your unconscious or repressed materials coming to your conscious mind. Freud thought that the snake was a phallic symbol. It is amazing how many people have snake dreams! Most snake dreams seem to be disturbing and they leave the dreamer feeling anxious and afraid. There are no simple interpretations to the snake dreams. Each dreamer must consider their own situation and all of the details of the dream. Sometimes snakes may be phallic symbols and other times they represent negativity in our lives that hampers our progress and constantly threatens us. In the long run the snake may be a positive symbol; it may represent difficulties that lead us to the center of personality and result in feelings of completeness.

I'm not afraid.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Phone Spell

How did I never know about this cool utility before now? Find out what your phone number spells.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

A is for Allentown...

Allentown is a neighborhood in Buffalo. When I was growing up, it seemed to be both the artists' section of town, and where the gay people lived. For a time, it boasted both a huge arts and crafts festival (the 47th ever is coming up this weekend!) and a large porn theatre (the Allendale, since transformed into the Theatre of Youth).

Mostly, as a kid, I went to Allentown, usually with my dad, to go to the first poetry readings I ever attended, and I took my first writing class at the Allentown Community Center (sadly, gone) with Jimmie Canfield Gilliam, who I studied with this winter, a full 20 years since that class.

When I returned as an adult to Buffalo, Allentown was a natural mecca for me. The first real cafes and coffeehouses of the 90s were there (The Topic, Cybele's), and the most interesting bars (Nietzsche's, of course, and The Old Pink, once known as the Pink Flamingo, now pretending to be called the Allen Street Bar and Grill). Since then, much of my life & the life of my community has taken place in Allentown.

Allentown is still sketchy--people sometimes get hurt there, or robbed. It's a bit far from a grocery store, a library, but is full of galleries (home to Buffalo's only Gallery Walk), a fantastic bookstore which bosts a tiny theatre/art/performance space, and a big Greek diner. Many of my friends also live there (and more seem to be moving there every day...). I frequently think about doing the same; I know its how neighborhoods stabilize, and thrive--the people who live there want to be there. It hurts to think about the neighborhood becoming a place I wouldn't want to be.

The Arts Fest is still one of the summer's biggest events, though my pals and I rarely cross Elmwood Avenue to enter the official terrain. Our territory is the one block of Allen where the real and best stuff seems to be going on. I'll be there in the streets this weekend, waving to friends, buying some local art, enjoying Allentown.

This has been an AlphaBytes collab entry.

Sunday, June 06, 2004

Neat, Sweet, Petite

I've been taking in much of the Addams Family marathon. I think Morticia and Gomez have the perfect marriage. (That link is fun, but is nestled in weirdness, and is probably NWS.)

Gomez: "Tish, how long has it been since we waltzed?"
Morticia: "Oh, Gomez. Hours."