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First Post of 2011, Part 1

January 5, 2011

And, of course, it’s a list! (I know this isn’t my first post, but the previous one was really intended for the named individual. This is the first substantive post of 2011.)

I’ve been away for so long it’s hard not to start the year off with a list. Okay, I haven’t actually been “away”, I just haven’t been posting.

I’m still waiting to hear from Ant. I know he was bummed that there wasn’t a 12/17 post, but even more so that I haven’t been posting at all. (For the record, I did my International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers posting on 12/17 via Twitter. Why? Because I’ve been internet lazy while I’m real life busy. Okay, okay. So I haven’t really been “internet lazy”, I’ve just been using my internet energy for financially rewarding pursuits.)

The order is somewhat arbitrary, which means I switched the order a dozen times.

  1. Since I’ m no longer working a standard job confined to an office or a specific building, I’ve realized that I no longer any need to waste time on Facebook. It doesn’t really serve any purpose for me now that all of my time is mine to do with as I wish. But I do spend more time on Twitter now than I ever did before. It’s almost as if the Twitter just replaced the Facebook.  There are all kinds of book people to network with on Twitter, and I can justify that as time well-spent.  You can follow me @jessicaland.
  2. On the Twitter topic: My grandmother is now on Twitter. Over Christmas, a couple of her friends, all her age, mentioned that they had tried to find her on Twitter, and as a joke I sat with her and created an account. She does not actually use the account. But I use it to post funny stuff that comes out of her mouth. You can follow her @bettyswisdom.
  3. This holiday season was the first since my grandfather passed away this past Spring. For that reason, it hasn’t been the easiest Christmas. I’ve been staying with my grandmother and helping out while my house renovations drag on. To deal with this, I have been steadily drinking up all the liquor in the house. I cleared out most of what was already here before Christmas, and then quickly went through what we purchased for Christmas. My current tolerance is almost embarrassing. I’m usually a straight whiskey, bourbon, wine, champagne or beer kind of gal, but anything with an alcohol content has been fair game, including rum, vodka, and gin; none of which are high on my list of preferred alcoholic beverage. In fact, I can’t stand gin, but that hasn’t really mattered.
  4. By far one of the best gifts I got for the holidays this year was a book from, and by, my friend Zack called Thoughts. Written especially for me, it contains many of my favorite jokes from his stand-up routine. It was also printed on a recycled book, and by recycled I mean he took a book of poetry, marked out the cover, then wrote over some of the pages and marked out others. It’s priceless. I keep it in my purse.
  5. I did not make it to the Phish New Year’s shows at MSG. Many of my lovely friends did, and, of course, I heard nothing but positive reviews. Even though I couldn’t be there, I spent some time reflecting on my Phish journey on NYE. My first show was the New Year’s show at MSG in 2002/2003. I had resisted even listening to Phish for many years, starting in high school around 1995. By that time, I was deep into punk rock and Phish was everything I wasn’t. But my amazing college sweetheart formally introduced me to the band over many nights spent in his dorm room. I wasn’t very moved by the music then, until I heard “Wading in the Velvet Sea”, and I was hooked. Because the band was on dreaded hiatus, I didn’t get a chance to see them until that NYE show at MSG, which was also the official return from hiatus. (I had, by that time, seen Trey Anastasio Band nearly a dozen times.) Like magic, they performed “Wading in the Velvet Sea” that first night at MSG.  I felt like it was just for me. I haven’t seen Phish since Summer 2009 at Bonnaroo, where they also performed “Wading in the Velvet Sex” during their late night performance. When they played it, as I stood alone, by choice, in the middle of my big empty dance space, I cried. I cried for all the things I hadn’t let myself cry for in the preceding years, and I said goodbye to those things and the associated feelings. It was one of the most cathartic experiences of my life. I also decided then that if that was my last Phish show, then I was totally ok with it. For that reason, I’m not terribly disappointed that I missed this last four night run at MSG.

I have another five things on my list to write about, but I think I am going to end this post on that last note. I’ll give you Part 2 tomorrow. (I did not proofread this post. I’ll do that tomorrow and edit accordingly.)

One Comment leave one →
  1. February 14, 2011 12:39 pm

    happy Valentines Day!

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