September 4th, 2010

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It's been too long since I've gotten a picture of myself at a Midnight Movie

Out of the darkness of the Bagdad looms... Out of the darkness of the Bagdad looms...
Me in the Bagdad, before Ferris Bueller's Day Off started. Photo by Carolyn Main.

Not that you can tell because it's black, but I was standing in the Bagdad Theater and Pub waiting for the pre-movie clip show to start when local artist, performer and neat person Carolyn Main snapped this picture for me. I'm having kind of an Adam Savage moment, you think? Except nothing's exploding. (If you want the shot bigger, just click on it.)

Shirt worn intentionally to pimp the goodness of Big-Ass Sandwiches.
Cartoon Chris

Miscellaneous thoughts for a miscellaneous day

-- Somehow elegant that my blood-donation reading was Robert A. Heinlein, who got a lot of science fiction fans into donating blood. (I just started The Puppet Masters.)

-- Quick blood draw today: just under 6 1/2 minutes to donate my bi-monthly pint. The blood had no problem leaving my body. In a controlled way, not in a "jugular vein spewing copper-y red life from a massive wound" way. Boy, am I glad blood donation is an exact science.

-- It would be quite a thing to know Jane Eyre in private life. Yes, I just finished Jane Eyre. I never knew until reading Wikipedia that it was first subtitled "An Autobiography," though it was first published under a pseudonym and Charlotte Brontë's life wasn't quite as Gothic as she wrote Jane's to be. Seems that at some level, Brontë -- or whoever made that part of the title -- was being kind of meta. Lovely book, though, with characters actually recognizable as humans, as opposed to Emily Brontë's in Wuthering Heights.

-- The above 19th-century literature reminds me: I want to read more of this blog called Wuthering Expectations. I've had good experiences with literature what is Gothic, so I should keep exposing myself to it. (I've only read one whole Dickens novel -- Hard Times -- plus "A Christmas Carol." This should be corrected.)

-- Had less energy the second half of the day than I'd've liked, but I was able to get out and be semi-social. Went to a party in a SE Portland backyard, around a fire pit. It's getting to be that time when fires are going to be comforting. This was comforting tonight. But I wasn't up to be as social as I wanted to be, so I left before I really started to fade.

Sleeping well tonight seems very, very possible. May it be so for you.