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Twin high-maintenance machines [May. 9th, 2005|01:06 am]
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It's really hard for me to listen to music -- really listen, that is -- when other people are around, or when I'm trying to do other things that involve thought. So it's a good thing my hobby enables/forces me to listen to a record over and over by myself for hours. A little while ago, I got back from my 20-mile run (it went much better than last year, thanks), during which I listened -- really listened, that is -- to this new Mountain Goats record.

I'm completely floored. My thoughts are (1) wow, and (2) how did this guy crawl inside your head, Jim? And what must you think of me for talking all those times in the car while these songs were playing? 'cause, Jesus...

You are sleeping off your demons
when I come home
Spittle bubbling on your lips
Fine white foam
I am young and I am good
It's a hot southern California day
If I wake you up
there will be hell to pay

And alone in my room,
I am the last of a lost civilization
And I vanish into the dark
and rise above my station
Rise above my station

But I do wake you up, and when I do,
you blaze down the hall and you scream
I'm in my room with the headphones on (and right here's where I start tensing up and twitching...)
Deep in the dream...chamber

And then I'm awake
and I'm guarding my face
Hoping you don't break my stereo
Because it's the one thing that I couldn't live without
and so I think about that
and then I sorta black out

Held under these smothering waves
by your strong and thick-veined hand
But one of these days,
I'm gonna wriggle up on dry land

Jesus. Colin theguiterrorist, have you heard this yet? You should.

Right, so anyway. If I didn't screw up or miscount, I ran 20 miles in three hours and 47 minutes. Even including the very long bathroom break I took in the middle, that's just slightly slower than my race pace last year. At this moment, I think I'm as fit I've ever been; in a little while, I may be as sore. But no, it was a good run. I wrote some lyrics while I was out there, too.

Also, I know exactly what I would like to do when the race is over. And it involves all-you-can-eat sushi. And making friends with someone with a hot tub, stat.


[User Picture]From: jwithington
2005-05-09 06:18 am (UTC)
And what must you think of me for talking all those times in the car while these songs were playing? 'cause, Jesus...

sometimes, i am glad that i don't have to listen to them. :-)

but mostly, i am enjoying the conversation.

as for your other question...all i can say (here) is, my stepfather never hurt me physically. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-05-09 07:12 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know. I wasn't speaking of that song in particular, or in a literal sense, anyway. It's just, y'know, the whole album. Like I said on the phone.

I do worry that I'm a bad conversationalist. Sometimes I'll be talking to you and part of my brain is willing me to stop, because maybe you're trying to listen to a song or you're distracted or falling-down tired or whatever, but I feel compelled to finish the thought, as if we're being watched, or as if I'm in a play where it's important that I read the lines perfectly. And then when it's my turn to listen, well, I'm not very good at that either. =) I really hate the reading-lines thing. I wonder if actors actually listen to each other when they act, or if mentally they're already at their next line and just waiting?
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[User Picture]From: jwithington
2005-05-09 07:20 am (UTC)
well, i'm a shit listener even though i am one of the only people i know who really is GENUINELY interested in just about everything. and i'm suprised you want to talk to me considering how often i interrupt you. :-P

so maybe we should take it as pretty neato lucky that we laugh so much and talk so much. and go from there.

(glad we are both STILL AWAKE. wtf?)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-05-09 07:28 am (UTC)
(glad we are both STILL AWAKE. wtf?)

Yeah, I seem to recall some sort of "go to sleep" decision being made. Okay, this is it. Sleep, now. I'm purposely not replying to your last email in order to further that goal -- although you should know that it's taking an enormous effort of will to not go to the Tiny Telephone website and SEE. =)
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[User Picture]From: jwithington
2005-05-09 07:29 am (UTC)
well, we ARE typically late, right?
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[User Picture]From: jwithington
2005-05-09 06:23 am (UTC)
p.s. AWESOME chocie for a title. i have been thinking about making that my journal title.
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[User Picture]From: theguiterrorist
2005-05-09 06:51 am (UTC)
No. I have burned copies of the last two records from my former roommate, but if I ever have money again, I'll pick it up. Darnielle can put anything out and I will automatically buy it without regret -- he's one of the few left for me where that applies.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-05-09 07:20 am (UTC)
Right on. I didn't realize just how much stuff he had out there until I started researching him online a little bit today. That little dig in the review I linked to above makes me smirk. "He's as prolific as you-know-who, but in Darnielle's case it's all good!"
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2005-05-10 07:30 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, I don't think Joe and Peter have a hot tub (WTF; THOSE RICH FUCKERS HAVE EVERYTHING ELSE), but I would be happy to be among the party that picks you up afterwards and takes you out for all-you-can-eat sushi.

Also, it's 2:30 am and I'm at work.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-05-10 04:37 pm (UTC)
I would be happy to be among the party that picks you up afterwards and takes you out for all-you-can-eat sushi.

I accept! =D
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