December 11th, 2005

hipster me

"warm skin, wolf grin, and where were you?"

[Advent day 14 - Saturday] Luke 2:4-7
4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Had a weird/interesting dream about being drafted as a WWE writer.

There was lack of plowed/shoveled sidewalks walking to the library at noon -- and I purposely went via Washington rather than Winslow.  I disapprove.

I'm going to Foxwoods Sun. Jan. 22.  Yeah free booze.

I went to the Ansel Adams exhibit at the MFA.  It was okay.  It was so crowded (and dude, how many tickets do they sell before they consider a time slot sold out?) that you basically had to literally wait in line to see the images -- and sometime it was unclear which direction a line was moving in, which was particularly frustrating.  One of his most famous ones is Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico which I hadn't seen before, but it's also one of the larger ones, so I would have liked to move around it a lot but I felt rude doing so since of course a slew of other people were also looking at it at any given time.

I also spent about an hour going through other parts of the museum.  One painting I saw was inspired by a line from Boccaccio's Decameron -- "Bocca bacciata non perde ventura / anzi rinnova come fa la luna." (The MFA's translation went something like "Lips once kissed lose not their freshness. It always returns, like the moon.")

Kate called me randomly, 'cause it had been "eons," "decades," over 2 months since we had last spoken.  And I called Ari.  Yay people.  Though I'm like, "I have nothing to say" when I call people, even though I do wanna talk to them.

For dinner, I got a pinto bean burrito at Qdoba and didn't hate it.  Go me.  And See's Candy was giving out free samples.

an offbeat, loving story of the holidays: parties, presents, friends, family, barflies, crippling depression and feelings of inadequacy. Plus the end of the world.
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Queer Soup is doing Home Jan. 14-Feb. 4!  I absolutely must go. Company?

Oh, taking a late train home.  Always interesting company.  Last night's installment featured tiny drunk white girls "jammin' "

Inside the train car there was a poster for a movie (Country Boys? tagline was something about "finding out who they are and who they could become") and the main picture was a view from the back of two boys walking along a railroad track and someone had scrawled "no walking on the tracks" on the poster.  I was happified.
(hidden) wisdom

Ecumenical Advent Sunday 3: St. George Greek Orthodox Church

[Advent day 15] Isaiah 35:1-10
1 The desert and the parched land will be glad;
      the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
      Like the crocus, 2 it will burst into bloom;
      it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
      The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
      the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
      they will see the glory of the LORD,
      the splendor of our God.

3 Strengthen the feeble hands,
      steady the knees that give way;

4 say to those with fearful hearts,
      "Be strong, do not fear;
      your God will come,
      he will come with vengeance;
      with divine retribution
      he will come to save you."

5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
      and the ears of the deaf unstopped.

6 Then will the lame leap like a deer,
      and the mute tongue shout for joy.
      Water will gush forth in the wilderness
      and streams in the desert.

7 The burning sand will become a pool,
      the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
      In the haunts where jackals once lay,
      grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.

8 And a highway will be there;
      it will be called the Way of Holiness.
      The unclean will not journey on it;
      it will be for those who walk in that Way;
      wicked fools will not go about on it. [Or  / the simple will not stray from it]

9 No lion will be there,
      nor will any ferocious beast get up on it;
      they will not be found there.
      But only the redeemed will walk there,

10 and the ransomed of the LORD will return.
      They will enter Zion with singing;
      everlasting joy will crown their heads.
      Gladness and joy will overtake them,
      and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

When sk8eeyore heard I was gonna be visiting here, she linked me to this piece.  Amusingly, it's one of the pamphlets in a rack when you enter St. George.  I took a lot of pamphlets (which I haven't read yet) and talked with the Father some during coffee hour (which was more like a full luncheon) though of course later I remembered stuff I'd meant to ask since I wasn't actually looking at my notes while I was talking to him so this is very much an introduction to going to Sunday service at this particular church rather than a primer on Greek Orthodoxy.  He hoped I would come back -- of course -- but also said I was welcome to e-mail him with questions -- or I could ask the day's pastor, who teaches at Greek Seminary in Brookline.  And really, what I want far more than any sort of "church home" is a collection of people I can talk theology with.

Oh, and of course the issue of tradition came up in the conversation, and the Father pointed out that Tradition predates Scripture -- since it took some time for the letters to be collected, etc., which was a really good point I hadn't thought of before.

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