cars and guitars

21 05 2008

due to the unfortunately-located final seconds of the life of a kamikaze bird of some kind (brian says it must have been a turkey, but i swear the puff of feathers in the rearview looked no more than pigeon-sized) my should-still-be-new car is in the shop having $1100 worth of body-work done, the first 500 of which i’ll be paying for with the ghost of the yet-unseen first installment of my meager summer paycheck. & instead, i’m driving a rental car that makes odd rattling noises and, as it’s significantly older than mine, will probably get way worse gas mileage and cost me even more money when i drive it to utica tomorrow for a job interview i have seriously mixed feelings about, not because i don’t like the sound of the job–i do–but because it’s in utica, which is an hour from here, which will translate into being 3-4 death-defying hours from here on unpredictably-scheduled snowy days throughout our 6 months of winter. my broken one actually drives just fine–i know because i drove it to d.c. and back this weekend, although i’d promised my mom i was just going to see her, which is why i didn’t see the rest of my peeps down in the suburban swamplands–but the pigeon of doom screwed up a headlight, so i can’t drive legally at night, and bent things in paint-chipping ways, and since it’s not a saturn, it’ll rust if i leave it that way, so… that’s the story (miss you, morning glory).

today’s miracle was my very favorite guitar-wielding fella, my not-so-baby-anymore baby brother, called my phone to tell me how he’s officially “made it” in cali because the band he’s gotten himself attached to played on sunset boulevard just the other day, nowhere other than at whiskey a go go. so he’s a half-step (and too many years to count) away from being a celebrity, and they’ve got a return gig lined up already–when he tells me who the heck the band actually is, i’ll pass their link along! & miss claire‘s hometown kiwi friend nic is in town on a whirlwind tour of american campi, & to celebrate paul finishing the first of his 4 phd comps last night, he and i went over to the house where claire & nic are housesitting, and claire made us spicy green curry and poured us wine, and sophie the dog appealed to everyone for belly-love, and at claire’s request paul took his guitar, and he and nic traded it back and forth for something close to three hours, song to song to song to song to song. we had some decemberists & some bright eyes & a good deal of damien rice, & also songs originally by gnarls barkley, madonna, r.e.m., more r.e.m., u2, death cab (we stopped him), neko case, elvis costello, & some kiwi bands i’ve never heard of & nic named too fast for me to catch if he named them at all. if claire follows through (and out-wrestles the objections) i might be able to get a little video footage. it turns out that, although nobody but nic had any inkling that this was true before he started playing, that we all four knew all the words to “country feedback,” and that it’s really pretty when a handful of slightly misty-eyed globetrotters (okay, it’s been a while, but i’ve been places!) with wine glasses in hand are faking harmonics at 1 in the morning.

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12 responses

22 05 2008
pictsy

Why are you staying there for another winter? Aren’t you ABD?

22 05 2008
pictsy

Why are you staying there for another winter? Aren’t you ABD?

22 05 2008
faerieariel

“when he tells me who the heck the band actually is, i’ll pass their link along”
ahem. I go see music waaaay more than is normal for an old lady, so please let me know who/when/where, kthx.

22 05 2008
faerieariel

“when he tells me who the heck the band actually is, i’ll pass their link along”
ahem. I go see music waaaay more than is normal for an old lady, so please let me know who/when/where, kthx.

22 05 2008
robotapocalypse

It’s a shame you don’t know what you hit. That would make giving the car a nickname easier. If it was a turkey, the car could be named “Pilgrim” or “Thanksgiving.” If it was a pheasant, the car could be “Ivan IV” (because he killed lots of Russian pheasants) or “Dick Cheney” (because he likes to go pheasant hunting).
A friend once had a VW Rabbit that he accidentally drove through a deer someone else had hit. Because it was a Rabbit that drove through a deer and just kept on going, we called it “Thumper.”
As in THUMP! Rrrrrrrrrrrrr.

25 05 2008
tyra

it hit me. side-on-collision. i never saw it coming. so, alas, at best i was a moving target and a thumpee.

25 05 2008
tyra

it hit me. side-on-collision. i never saw it coming. so, alas, at best i was a moving target and a thumpee.

22 05 2008
robotapocalypse

It’s a shame you don’t know what you hit. That would make giving the car a nickname easier. If it was a turkey, the car could be named “Pilgrim” or “Thanksgiving.” If it was a pheasant, the car could be “Ivan IV” (because he killed lots of Russian pheasants) or “Dick Cheney” (because he likes to go pheasant hunting).
A friend once had a VW Rabbit that he accidentally drove through a deer someone else had hit. Because it was a Rabbit that drove through a deer and just kept on going, we called it “Thumper.”
As in THUMP! Rrrrrrrrrrrrr.

22 05 2008
pooh_gal

you might just…
think about the possibility that if you actually *got* a job in Utica that paid real living-type wages, you could move there and solve that whole $5 per gallon snow-or-shine commute thing.
I’m just sayin….

25 05 2008
tyra

Re: you might just…
if i got the job and then moved there, in addition to how i’d have to break a lease, leave people in a lurch, and be out deal-breaker cash in addition to finding a new place to live without roommates i know in some new town i’d have to pay the same $5 per gallon to do the same drive every time i wanted to see the people i like who are here, which in my ideal world happens most every day, not the 3-4 days a week i’d hopefully have to go to campus, so i really don’t think that would lead to better math.
most importantly, though, when it’s too snowy to make it down the thruway at all, i’d rather be stranded w/the folks i like & stuck talking to my students on the internet than t’other way round! πŸ™‚

25 05 2008
tyra

Re: you might just…
if i got the job and then moved there, in addition to how i’d have to break a lease, leave people in a lurch, and be out deal-breaker cash in addition to finding a new place to live without roommates i know in some new town i’d have to pay the same $5 per gallon to do the same drive every time i wanted to see the people i like who are here, which in my ideal world happens most every day, not the 3-4 days a week i’d hopefully have to go to campus, so i really don’t think that would lead to better math.
most importantly, though, when it’s too snowy to make it down the thruway at all, i’d rather be stranded w/the folks i like & stuck talking to my students on the internet than t’other way round! πŸ™‚

22 05 2008
pooh_gal

you might just…
think about the possibility that if you actually *got* a job in Utica that paid real living-type wages, you could move there and solve that whole $5 per gallon snow-or-shine commute thing.
I’m just sayin….

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