Archive for September, 2011

remembering together

There are not many days I remember quite like this day. I still remember exactly what I was doing 10 years ago. I remember the conversations I had and the tears that I shed. Living on the West coast it was easy to set that memory aside until the anniversary rolled around each year. In New York, it is hard to not remember that day. Every subway car has a poster relating to 9/11, food carts have special certifications to prove that they are legitimate businesses and not covers for another attack, the skyline is incomplete, with a partially constructed tower surrounded by cranes, walking down by the site brings immediate tears to my eyes and I wasn’t even here on the day of the attack. I don’t want to say that everyone lives in a complete state of fear in NYC but the city has certainly been changed forever because of 9/11. In this respect, I sometimes feel like I understand what it is like to be a New Yorker but mostly I just feel like a voyeur, looking in to someone’s sorrow.

Today I would like to invite some voices from New York to tell part of the story that the city is remembering today.

Always a Family from StoryCorps on Vimeo.

John and Joe from StoryCorps on Vimeo.


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it has been a while

It has been a while since my last blog post and I;m not sure what I want to share today.

Last week was full of orientation activities and I am super excited to start class on Wednesday. The department orientation on Thursday was especially good. I got to chance to meet all of my fellow Master’s students and some of the professors. I also bought books for one of my classes and I am a bit scared but excited to tackle it. Really, the class can’t be too bad if we are spending a large portion of our time with Durkheim and Marx. In short, I am feeling good about this first week of classes, I think I’m ready.

An interesting adjustment that I was not expecting has to do with rodents. I have discovered that New York city actually is full of rodents. I don’t think I believed that it would be this bad. My first run in with rodents came on Friday when I woke up to a trash can full of maggots. Apparently this is normal for this time of year but I still don’t think I will get used to it. I bathed the trashcan in bleach on Friday night and caught 28 fruit flies in a plate full of honey in the kitchen. Warning: if you are a fruit fly, do not live in my apartment.

My second run-in came today when I discovered an interesting smell coming from my closet. Thinking it was my laundry I took the laundry out of the closet. When I woke up, the smell was worse so I cleaned my closet out and doused it with baking soda only to find that the smell had moved to the hall closet where I had stashed my shoes. Naturally, I began to smell all my shoes to see which pair had turned rancid. Alas, it was my running shoes. They were not smelly from use however, but smelly from a dead and rotting mouse that had made it’s home in my shoes. I want to die… The shoes are downstairs in the dumpster right now and I am thinking of ways to plug the mouse-hole in my closet. If anyone has any suggestions I will gladly accept them.

Other than that, life is pretty normal. I paid way too much money for a skein of yarn on Saturday and I am starting yoga classes tomorrow so really there is nothing to complain about other than the rodent problem. Next time I will officially be taking classes so I might be a bit more stressed. Only time will tell…

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