Friday, October 17, 2008

So, not in glorious Rhinebeck, then

(sniff) Miss you, too, Mel, and Kat and Ruth and Lorena and Lucia, at least it helps to know I won't be missing you guys, too (although I do! just won't be particularly missing seeing you at The Fair). Sniff.

Busily not-being-at-Rhinebeck that I am, I've had a modestly eventful week. This weekend, I'm going to be in Cambridge intermittently, but am Planning Ahead For Once Dammit. I get blindsided by this every year. Harvard Square and most of Cambridge, it seems, gets totally overrun. I remembered to check this year! Yay!

So when I head in to pick up my rebate from the Coop (whoo hoo!) and figure out where the Harvard Extension student activities fair is, and spend some time playing with my two top notions for What I Will Present On for my brain & psych seminar, I will avoid going anywhere near the river. On purpose. Yeah.

I had a paper due Tuesday, lab Tuesday morning, stem cells midterm Wed., neurodegenerative midterm Thurs. Managed to NOT forget that it was this week and went to see this quasi-performance art thing set in a very large expensive loud stadium. Fun, Also last weekend managed to drag my ass to ART for the last performance of Anna Deveare Smith's show, which was fascinating and heartening and funny and wise.

The world crashing around our ears makes me feel more gentle toward people. I see lots of nodding, knowing smiles, a sense that we're in this together, and that we're fragile in our own particular ways, and that the fragility is something we move with in others and in ourselves rather than something we fight.

And the Sox won last night and it was SWEEEEET. Oh, yeah.

Oh! My score on this: economic left/right, -4.88; social libertarian/authoritarian, -5.49. Apparently this is in the same ballpark as Gandhi. Or Genghis Khan, I forget which.

Have a good weekend, wherever you are.


Blogger Mel said...

I'm -7.38, -7.28. I'm also needing to upload some homework answers so I can get to bed. Tomorrow's going to be a busy day.

12:28 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

I'm -4.75, -4.82. And not in Rhinebeck (sniff). Ah, well .... maybe next year.

6:58 AM  
Blogger Jena the yarn harpy said...

Sadly, also not at Rhinebeck. Not that I need to go there... I have more than SABLE and haven't spun or knit or crocheted in too long.

1:56 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

I take great comfort in the fact that my 'neighbors' are Gandhi, the Dali Lama, and Nelson Mandela.

2:11 PM  
Blogger Lucia said...

WHOA! I usually come out roughly -6, -6, but I must be feeling unusually socialist today: -7, -7.18. Hi, Mel!

I'm not sure I agree on the "we're in this together" feeling. I do feel that way, and I'd like to see our leaders take that approach rather than wedge it right into the fear/greed/fear center (I'm sure there's a technical neurological term for it, and I'm sure you'll tell me what it is). Greed/fear/greed is a pretty strong emotion, though.

2:16 PM  

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