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Happy new year. - A little less than a happy high
Happy new year.
I dropped Zoe off at the shop this morning at the prompting of an idiot light that blinked on after Sunday's Rasputina show at the Middle East. By the time I made the appointment yesterday, the light had blinked off again. It will be $95 to see what the fuss is about, and another $170 or so for scheduled maintenance that I've been putting off. I'll be a little less amused if the indicator came on solely to let me know it was time for maintenance, but it'd be nice if I could avoid still more costs for an infestation of capricious bogeys or some other arcane problem. Baby needs a new set of tires, too.

Regardless of the outcome of today's diagnostics, I'm having a better car week than Pete, whose ride decided to start spewing transmission fluid sometime Sunday night. "Spewing" is the technical term that his mechanic used to describe what happened as they tested the vehicle. Delightful, no?

While at the Rasputina show, I might have suggested that indie rock boys use their chain wallets to hold their pants up. You might think that the weight would contribute to their downfall1, but really once the hardware is grafted onto their hipbone and the connecting bolt is in place, the loose end of the chain serves nicely as a kind of asymmetric trouser suspension system. The presence of such a serious body modification proves once again that I'm just not willing to go to the necessary lengths to be that cool. I mean, seriously.

One other observation that is perhaps not quite so frivolous - When she's playing cello2, Melora Creager looks remarkably like a "Madonna and Child" painting I recall seeing somewhere in my travels. This isn't it3, but it does give some idea of what I'm talking about. I took a strange delight in the implied quietude of the expression. I'm guessing that it's at least in part calculated, but it kept me well fascinated throughout the show.

I'm calm today, perhaps from crossing worlds.

2Not while she's singing... just while she's playing.
3This is, in fact, a detail of Madonna and Child with John the Baptist by William Bougereau (1882).

ETA: I just got word that the check engine light was a very minor emissions sensor problem that's covered by warranty. I'm already loving the new(-ish) car experience.
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clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: November 1st, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
And why aren't YOU writing for Moron Life!? :D Actually, that one would work for ML or AssignBlame.com. :)
komos From: komos Date: November 1st, 2005 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
What now? I keep telling people that I am not a funny man. No one believes me. Woe.

Fear, probably...
From: uruz Date: November 1st, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
The man who came up with meat plow is unfunny?

Pshaw, I say.
komos From: komos Date: November 1st, 2005 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can take no responsibility for meat plow. The origins lie in a tune that Jim C. was singing one evening when I was at Second Circle. That was funny enough to begin with.
cinemama From: cinemama Date: November 1st, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
FYI Looks like we're up in Boston this weekend for Anne and Dave's farewell (they're moving to Philly!!). Are you around, likely to be hungry, and stupid enough to visit Million Year Picnic with us?
komos From: komos Date: November 1st, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fantastic! In answer: a) yes, though I've got weird Mexican food night on Friday; b) At some point, I will indeed be hungry; and c) Only if you're good enough to tell me what I should be reading Right Now.

Incidentally, Naifeh has started a series of one-shots called Courtney Crumrin Tales, which tell stories about various characters in the series. The first is about Uncle Aloysius...
cinemama From: cinemama Date: November 1st, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah!! If you're free on Saturday, you should come along to Anne & Dave's place too. Do you remember where they live?

The simple answer to what you should be reading RIGHT NOW is Brian Ralph if you haven't already, and maybe a little Jason. I can show you others back in the alt rack when we're there. Eightball, Too Fat To Fly, Boulevard of Broken Dreams...ahhh, where does all of my money go?
komos From: komos Date: November 1st, 2005 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
When Saturday? Send an email with their addy and I should be able to find my way. I have a sense of where it is, but I'm a little foggy on the exacts.

And here's where I put in my obligatory "Ooooooo... thanks!"
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