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May. 2nd, 2009 | 03:28 am
mood: curiousNow why didn't I take photos?
music: Beyoncé - Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) | Powered by Last.fm

Not a bad vantage point for reviewing life.

The unevenness of the everyday emphasizes how it is worthwhile. The last 48 hours have entailed some quite low lows, but also some quite high highs, and I am convinced by both that this is a life I want to be experiencing and enjoying every hour, every day. For the most part, life happens outside of the easily categorized, in all ways.

For example: tonight I went to Pinhook alone at 11:30, long after impromptu plans with other folks would have materialized and didn't. The notable thing here is that I never go to a bar alone; I have done it literally twice before in my life. The first time, I met up with virga almost immediately upon arrival; the second time, I turned around and went home within 4 minutes (I'd also literally never eaten alone at a restaurant until last month; a story for another blog). Anyhow, I decided to stick with it because it was certainly a better time than sitting at home, and after awkwardly waiting for a drink for way too long, I ran into Brock. He bought me a drink and then introduced me around to his friends, and from there I spent the next couple of hours talking to a host of fun folks about what diversity means in graduate schools, Chatham County, and how ex-boyfriends will always haunt you.

Somehow, Brock, Andres, Noah, Katey, and I received instructions from Justin to go to a house party a few blocks away. I drove folks there, as the only Durhamite in the bunch, and quickly realized upon arrival that we were at a leftist May Day extravaganza attended by grad students in culanth and music, and other generally sooper liberal folks. I have never seen such diversity (the real kind, as Noah would point out; townies and Ph.D. students and trans folks and unabashedly horny lesbians and Cuban queers) all together in one house. And I've never seen such a physical protest against Katy Perry; the dance floor literally cleared out when "I Kissed a Girl" came on, with obvious looks of "this is problematic in a way I'm too drunk to unpack right now." :D

But as lovely as all of that was, on the way out, I did what I'd been wanting to do for a week; I asked a guy for his number. And he said yes. And I then spent 15 minutes taking the long road home so that I could squeal inappropriately because 1) I did that like a real adult, and 2) he said yes. This day was made of win.

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from: kishenehn
date: May. 2nd, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
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Gawd, that party sounds delightful.

(And good for you. I never have the nerve to do that sort of thing ...)

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: May. 4th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
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I found photos on Facebook; apparently I was supposed to wear red to fit the theme. :]

Also, see my response to Kristopher below for the outcome of me calling!

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from: kishenehn
date: May. 4th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
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Woo! Well done.

Keep us posted. :)

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from: deco_lounge
date: May. 4th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
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"this is problematic in a way I'm too drunk to unpack right now."

That literally made me laugh out loud in my office.

The first time I ever went to a bar by myself I felt the same way. Then a guy bought me a beer from the end of the bar. Of course, that guy was Shane. Two years ago last Friday. I never had the nerve to do things like that, but If I'd have known it was that easy, I would have gotten over my fear a LOT sooner!

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from: silverthief2
date: May. 4th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
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I know, right?! There's something about going out alone that makes encounters happen more easily; I guess it's just that you are more approachable when you aren't with your group of friends.

Anyhow, I called him and we are going to dinner on Thursday!

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from: deco_lounge
date: May. 4th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
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I'll be awaiting details. :-)

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