Monday, July 19, 2010

everywhere i go

The society which projects and undertakes the technological transformation of nature alters the base of domination by gradually replacing personal dependence with dependence on the "objective order of things".
Herbert Marcuse(b. 19 july 1898 - 1979) sociologist and philosopher
from one-dimensional man: studies in the ideology of advanced industrial society

mother nature has given the mouse a wonderful birthday gift - after a week of beastly hot temperatures, this morning the air is sweet and cool - the high of for today and tomorrow is only supposed to be in the low 80s! be still my heart!

this weekend seemed like one giant party - in fact, we did hold a giant party this weekend. saturday night we had a dual purpose backyard gathering - a kind of hello-goodbye party. the hello part was to help f welcome a brand next decade and chapter to his book of life. since 60 is the new 40, no worries! I know my f will stay forever young.

the goodbye part was not so much saying goodbye, but saying 'so long and see you later' to our dear neighbor and housemate lin who will be leaving avenue c tomorrow to embark on the next chapter in her book of life she's off on her next work assignment - three years in new york city. we will miss lin and her wonderful canine companion matilda terribly. sunday family dinners will be greatly diminished without the presence of our fictive 'sister' lin. poor dixie, she will be very confused to find matilda, her bff gone when she comes over for a visit.

it is always fun to see who shares one's birthday. those with a july 19th birthday include edgar degas, one of the founders of impressionism who preferred to be regarded as a realist, and herbert marcuse a member of the frankfurt school of critical theory & regarded as "the father of the new left.' my own sociological imagination was greatly influenced by marcuse's critique of modern society and demystification of 'reality' .

a list of people born on any particular date always includes a few infamous individuals. for july 19, there is lizzie (did she or didn't she) borden and ilie năstase whose tennis playing was predictably brilliant but temperament was anything but predictable.

everywhere i go by the oysterband from their album the shouting end of life (1995). in my opinion the oysterband is perhaps one of the most unrecognized great bands around! alas by looking at their website, it looks like we're gonna have to head over to the other side of the pond to see them again! actually that sounds mighty fine.

photos: top - cat on porch somewhere in tremont; middle - ms t @ saturday's party; bottom -detail from bd card mouse's mother sent to mouse


Roy said...

Happy Birthday Kim!

BTW, why is Ms. T looking so woebegone?

mouse (aka kimy) said...

thanks roy

ms t was getting ready to leave the party...she also enjoys hamming it up for the camera.

Watson said...

It's always hard when friends leave. I'm so grateful for technology these days!

I'm confused about whose birthday it is. "f"'s or mouse's ??

mouse (aka kimy) said...

daisy - yes thank goodness for email, texting, and trains, planes and automobiles!

f's bd was on friday and mine is today is my 'double nickle' bd!

july is a heavy duty birthday month for us - there are many other kith and kin who celebrate birthdays this month.

ms t's birthday is next monday & her mama's bd is the next day! guess the whole month is one giant birthday party - tee hee

tony said...

Happy Birthday Mouse!

ArtSparker said...

Sounds like the weekend stretched a little, good for you. Lovely that the parting was mixed with celebration.

CiCi said...

Two birthdays next to each other in your house. I hope your birthday is wonderful.

Alan Burnett said...

Happy birthday for yesterday and happy birthday for the day before. And if there is anyone on your full and fascinating life whose birthday is today - happy birthday to them.

California Girl said...

O M G that cat is adorable. eeeeee! (that's me squealing with kitty joy)

Megan said...

Shoot I was hoping for The Call. But I can forgive you anything! Happy birthdays to the Mouse House!