Carving up the ice…

December 23, 2006 at 4:26 pm (Uncategorized)

Mark literally carved up the ice when we went skating the other day. For a while he clung to the sides and edged around, not really getting the hang of it and talking about how he hated it and was going to stop. So the ice skating assistant man who incidentally could not skate suggested he use these milk crates as support. Another girl learning as well was aghast at the suggestion, totally embarrassed, “no thanks”, I guess she was there on a romantic date. But Mark thought it was a great idea. He got three giant milk crates piled on top of each other and slid around the rink with his legs flailing all over the place. It was hilarious. People came to watch and stood on the side of the rink to see this hooded man seemingly going nuts on the ice for the first time. He didn’t care. I don’t even think he noticed them. Here he is with his boxes. I couldn’t really capture it on the still… It was really a video moment but alas one was not at hand.  He did this for two hours…

Here is with his boxes,

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… and just taking a breather.

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He’ll get to practice more over the next two weeks cause the guy there offered me a job as an ice skate rink attendant! Heeee! Never done that before! So I’ll be an ice maiden for a few days, “just while all the Harvard kids are outta town”. I’ll sit in the little warm cabin with the German Bagels and the bags of chips and fit people for skates and send them out into the rink. Plus, I’ll skate whenever I feel like it. I need some kind of outfit. I have an interview on Tuesday, which the guy said was a formality, although I did have to tick a box that said I would allow them to test my pee for drugs. Isn’t that humiliating? Peeing in a cup to get a job? Hopefully I don’t have to do that.

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Procrastination of M Bear

December 15, 2006 at 7:34 am (Uncategorized)

MBear says: I should be doing my take-home test on constitutional law. But I have spent the last week doing it, and I think I can spare a few more minutes doing something else. Well, actually I am just going to talk about what else I have been procrastinating about, so I obviously haven’t been working too hard.

Reading: D M Thomas The White Hotel, which works in well with my reading of Freud, and also with the recent Holocaust denial conference Iran hosted, which as far as I can tell has the subtitle “Unfinished Business”. (To clarify, I mostly agree with what Harvard law professor Charles Fried says about this reprehensible event) . I am also reading Don Delillo White Noise, which is similarly dark, but more of a dark comedy so far.

Listening: The Clean Anthology. Can’t remember why I thought to buy this. But really good – Tally ho, tally ho, d-d-d-d-d-d, d-d-d-d-d…

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Old Man Winter

December 6, 2006 at 10:20 am (Uncategorized)

It snowed for the first time on Monday morning. Just a little bit, about an inch which all melted away by lunchtime. We’ve never seen it snowing like that before, I think I love the winter here, the minus temperatures, being all wrapped up and warm, the snowing. Except for now, because Mark burned something in the oven and the smoke is all over the place and we have to have the windows open and it is freezing me to death.

These aren’t very good pictures, it was early in the morning – the snow looks like popcorn. That would be okay too I guess, the squirrels would like it. I hate squirrels. I have made a transition from they are cute, to they are a bit freaky, to they are rabies carrying giant rats. It is all because of the ones that run towards you, or hang out in big groups and then dart all over the show. I know they have plans to climb my legs and tangle themselves in my hair instead of running away like a good wild animal.

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