Friday, October 15, 2010

I Think I Would Do Better to Make Some Soup and Light Up the Cave

I'm getting the impression New England doesn't want Planet to attend any of it's colleges:

That was the view out the Holiday Inn window in Portsmouth NH at six this morning, and today's forecast was two-three inches of torrential rain with wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour. Hmmm, what happened last time we were up here last Spring during the storm that flooded Rhode Island:

That's a poncho they had ready for visitors (there were at least 100 of us) who weren't ready for the downpours, and despite all my preconceptions and doubts plus an hour-plus moving in and out of buildings and through a steady cold downpour.

Well, we just finished our second visit to Bowdoin as the storm was peaking, not for a tour - we toured last August and would have again today if the weather was good, but traveled this far for an interview with an admissions officer. Even in the rain, maybe especially in the rain, it's a beautiful campus:

And it was by far Planet's best interview experience. The guy was funny, smart, provocative, informative, encouraging, and then walking around campus afterward in the abating rain was fun. I realize that after most visits the leader in the clubhouse is the latest school visited, but until two hours ago I never heard the word's "I'm thinking about applying for early admission." Has Bowdoin jumped to the top of Planet's list?

  • Harvey's Brief History of Neoliberalism
  • The modern idea.
  • Law in the box.
  • All along the watchtower.
  • Damn sand-niggers
  • Why cutting military spending is never off the table. 
  • Racket.
  • Racket.
  • Krugman's obamapostasy may never come: True to form, the Obama administration’s response has been to oppose any action that might upset the banks, like a temporary moratorium on foreclosures while some of the issues are resolved. Instead, it is asking the banks, very nicely, to behave better and clean up their act. I mean, that’s worked so well in the past, right? The response from the right is, however, even worse. Republicans in Congress are lying low, but conservative commentators like those at The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page have come out dismissing the lack of proper documents as a triviality. In effect, they’re saying that if a bank says it owns your house, we should just take its word. To me, this evokes the days when noblemen felt free to take whatever they wanted, knowing that peasants had no standing in the courts. But then, I suspect that some people regard those as the good old days.
  • No good idea ever dies.
  • Speaker-in-waiting.
  • What happened to Pee-Wee?
  • I get invitations:

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  • Dunno. Will look at the titles, at least. 
  • Senses of collaboration. 
  • We were listening to Planet's CD mixes in the car. Here's one song:


Anne Sexton

The rain drums down like red ants,
each bouncing off my window.
The ants are in great pain
and they cry out as they hit
as if their little legs were only
stitched on and their heads pasted.
And oh they bring to mind the grave,
so humble, so willing to be beat upon
with its awful lettering and
the body lying underneath
without an umbrella.
Depression is boring, I think
and I would do better to make
some soup and light up the cave.

Here's another of Planet's mix:


  1. Wow. She inherited a New Order song always in her head? I'm going to have to spend some time parsing the implications thereof.

    Early admission is interesting, given the previous line on that concept. She will do, of course, what she does, and it will be fine.

    I absolutely cannot suggest that the weather would be any better at any school that I personally might pimp over Governor Chamberlain's place, which is a very fine place indeed. And the local locality probably deals with weather far better than any school I might so pimp. Or its archrival near the lake.

    I've concluded that, while from a design perspective I despise the clown-sized pictures, a lot, in fact a whole fuck of a lot, I'd despise them a lot more if you and urine were on the right side, rather than the left. So I guess I'll just shut up and express my gratitude for that bit, rather than reminding you that I despise the clown-size pictures, a whole fuck of a lot.

    Oh, look! I did both. I suhhhhhhck.

  2. Bowdoin Bears?

    All that rain and you ought to see a moose or two. Boggy lowlands. Don't hit one though.

  3. That's (Bowdoin) a day/wknd trip to the Allagash, too. Best wilderness this side of the Mississippi.

  4. Not the Bears, the Polar Bears.

    Fell asleep last night thinking about the wilderness trips me and Earthgirl could take up into Maine after dropping Planet off at Bowdoin next early September. Not only Allagash, I want to go back to top of Katahdin - it's been twenty years.

  5. Just stay out of Millinocket town. Unless you enjoy a stay in a dying millburg run by the Church of the Nazarene...