I stopped by the library after I came home. People keep asking me if I'm excited -- about the apartment thing. And I say that I am (often with the caveat that I am not excited about packing) because it's close to the truth and it's what they want to hear [yes, that issue again]. I've been planning having an apartment since sometime last year, so now I have a concreteness to ground the planning but it's hardly new; and I'm nervous about some things but mostly confident that I'll figure it out (because that's What I Do); so basically the concreteness hasn't upped the excitement (or the nervousness) much beyond what was simmering when it was all theoretical. I've been planning it so much that I don't have much of a mood change -- though I imagine I will once I'm actually moved in. The clutter in my room is bugging me tonight, though, so maybe I will actually will be able to get myself in gear to cull and pack.
Terry was asking about where I'm moving to, and I honestly couldn't remember where it is in relation to Boston proper (like, I currently live southwest of Boston). I'm so not used to thinking about how to get places other than by the T (though I am enjoying learning how things are close to each other so I can walk rather than T). Thinking about people parking at my new place? Oy. I think we have a driveway and maybe on-street parking, but I'll have to inquire with OriginalRoomie about public parking lots in the area in preparation for ever having more than one visitor at a time. (I am so tempted to tell people to park at Alewife or something and T it.)
I've been reading post-"Chosen" Xander-in-Africa fic recently, and of course my brain likes to connect everything, so I'm thinking about how he changes when he's on his own away from the group that has so defined/influenced him (though yes, still connected to them) and from there thinking about those sorts of issues/themes in my own life.
oyceter is asking about cities you have loved, which got me thinking about how I'm not attached to places in the sacred space, pilgrimage, etc. kind of way, and further attempts at articulation got me: I tend to see places-to-live/visit as more means-to-an-end (access to material goods, friends, a job, etc. that one wants). My phrasing prompted angeyja to ask me for a link to my talk about sacred space etc., but it's not something I've made a full post about (yet), just talked about in conversation with other people.
And speaking of apartment parties, how I function with people, etc.: Ian McKellan on directing a movie and throwing a party:
I've often said that the way of defining a good director… well, you can't be a good director unless you can hold a good party. At a good party, you've specifically brought together a group of people because you'll think they'll get on and you're job is to make them get on. You're job is not to have a good time but to make sure they have a good time. You treat each of them differently. You make sure they've got the right drink in their hand. You say the right words of encouragement. You introduce people to them. Brett [Ratner] is brilliant, absolutely brilliant, but Bryan[ Singer]'s not very good at it. I've never been to a party of Bryan's, but I dread to think what it would be like. Bryan is much more internal and self-obsessed and neurotic. That comes out in the films he makes. That's part of what he does. Brett's a party animal. Brett wants everyone to have a good time. If they're enjoying themselves then so is he. That's a very good atmosphere for a movie of this sort. There are long, long waits while things are being set up. Where the scenes aren't that intense. You can easily get lost in the dialogue of an X-Men movie, so it's very good to have the leader keeping everyone's spirits and that's what he does.