Edit: NEW PROJECT: There is at least 21,500km between them!
I have not done any kind of year in review writing, but here is a list of thumbnails, one from each city in which I spent at least one night last year:
(Hover for city name.) It was a trip to put this together. I’m probably missing a couple (like Amsterdam… still have not developed the film!). Thanks, [meme].
This year has been pretty intensely good. I still have not unpacked from Japan (was there until August), but I’m not worried about it. Wednesday I started unpacking stuff, organizing into piles, all that, but was distracted by my own hair and went to cut it. I just chopped the sides down, and the top and back are still longish… I think I’ve wanted my hair to be like this for awhile. So I’m happy with it for now.
I had a good conversation with Ben tonight before the dance. Condensed version: I have no idea if it will be Asheville or Carrboro or New Zealand for this year, but wherever it is I am prepared to be really happy this year. He smiled and replied that I probably have a head-start on most of the people in the word then, and I agree. So that’s my New Year’s Resolution.
The dancing was hard, hot, and a good good time.
If I keep seeing people I might just pop.
On that note, I leave you with some advice for the new year from Delbert McClinton and Chloe & The Oneders, そしてお正月のアドバイスをどうぞ見てごらん、僕はオルガンを弾いている：
… some people KNOW how to have some FUN!
Satoshi said he wanted to see typical American life, and John just
laughed at him, pointing out that his tour guide is not very typical…
anyhow this is what I could offer…
- supper with the family
- a visit with mrs. sandburg’s goats
- old farmer’s ball contra dance
- cheap gas, cheap beer
- party at the hamilton’s with acoustic jamming around the bonfire
- hot-coal hot-potato
- sleeping in a hay loft in a cow barn (he likened it to heidi)
- mooing alarm clock of indignant cows
- tree house
- the life aquatic at the varsity theatre
- cosmic cantina!
- the hippest bar in carrboro
- a livingroom party at the new 505a
- ultimate frisbee with mac and friends, he even got to score once or twice
- weaver street market lunch and rainbow roll sushi
- shrimp and grits
Too bad we couldn’t make it to Mal-Wart. Thanks to everybody for being friendly.
This was fun… usually origami is a delicate little thing done on the desk with your fingertips… I had to run all over the room and get all up in the big momma to fold her. I got tons of nice words from those who knew, and saw people pointing up all night, and saw lots of folks taking pictures. I even overheard Hanne saying that she would leave it up for a few weeks.
Jan thanked me in passing at the dance, and I said I was just trying to make up for “the thing with the…” and did an wavy sign in the air for the celtic knot I accidentally mowed in one of their hay fields 4.5 years ago. It took him a second to get what I was saying, but then he gave me a big laugh as he walked off.
Thanks to the Folk School and Nanette for giving me the paper and space, Gloria Zmolek for big origami inspiration, and the decoration crew for helping me get them flying, especially Tajia, Anne’s grandfather, and my parents.
more nye fun: