Monday, January 12, 2009

More Snow




I don't do very well with grey skies and yet again we have more snow and grey skies. The temperature hasn't been frigid so the snow has been melting in the streets and creating these huge puddles. Isn't the color scheme great in these pictures, grey, grey and more grey, no wonder it is so easy for me to get on the edge of the ledge this time of year!!! Meanwhile one of my colleagues at the retail store is running the Frozen Otter this weekend on the Ice Age Trail up in Wisconsin. Now granted he is in college and doing the race with 4 other friends who are Marines. Meanwhile, I have been having a really hard time getting out and running. I don't really like to ski when it is snowing heavily, I just don't like getting wet. When I was in business school in Japan, an American friend there would go out and run no matter how hard it was raining and he motivated me to run in the pouring rain which I did. But here in Chicago, I just come up with a million slacker excuses. But one of my New Year's Resolution's is to not be too hard on myself so I am going to be happy when I do get out and run, and I am going to try to be more regular about it but I am not going to beat myself up if I don't. 
Meanwhile my Ashtanga Primary Series continues to progress but my left hamstring has been really sore, which I am not sure if it is from running with the wrong shoes or from the chair I sit on when I work on my computer(I now sit on the floor which has been helping a bit) and I have been trying to ice it as well. 
        The grey skies just bring out all my slacker tendencies, I haven't made the Squash soup yet but I have all the ingredients, so that and popovers are on my must do agenda for the week!!!! And my writing has not progressed much but I did see The Seafarer by Conor McPherson at Steppenwolf which was great but upsetting. McPherson so accurately displays  the dynamics of alcoholism and how alcohol binds men together but it was also sad because although the play ends on a small note of optimism it really didn't show any resolution to the character's situation. I didn't really like the ending because I thought it was a quick way to end the play on an optimistic note and it was too obvious and somewhat disjointed, as if McPherson said to himself ,"I can't end it in on such a sad note what can I do to make it positive?" But I thought the set was incredibly well designed almost to a point where I was feeling claustrophobic from the way the characters lived. I guess what I took from the play is that it is so important to get out and interact with the world and not hideaway in a cave, either physically or metaphorically by numbing oneself with alcohol so that you are in your own mental cave of numbness. Whenever I see a Steppenwolf play I get so many ideas for scenes, stories of my own. And the Steppenwolf space is so fantastic from any seat that you sit in. The quality of the productions and the incredible space make Steppenwolf one of the things that I appreciate living in Chicago and I got half priced tickets because I bought them that night.
Finally, from my retail store job, which has been going pretty well lately, because I have been having fun there, which is one of my mottos in life, to always enjoy what I am doing. I learned about this rapper Soulja Boy and his dance to the song, Crank That. I had to go to Urbandictionary.com to figure out the meaning to some of the words in the song. I wasn't necessarily shocked, I really don't get shocked anymore and I am pretty open minded about things but I thought some of the things he referred to are just derogatory towards women and I thought "do you REALLY have to go there??", it is pornographic in a completely ridiculous way. One of the women at the store said, "Jeannie, that is what all rap is about." Rap is just not one of those genres I have EVER gravitated to, but at least at the store, every one, 30 and under, seemed to know the dance and the song and who Soulja Boy was, so at least I now know.  You might say, "who cares who Soulja Boy is, it is just trash, junk." On the other hand, his music is having an impact on a decent group of people, mostly under 30. In the movie Tropic Thunder, Tom Cruise who plays the asshole studio head references the Crank That dance. The movie kind of grows on you, it is stupid at times but also funny. I like trying on mindsets of different age groups. I guess it goes back to the fact that I am great at being immature, but at some point I think some immaturity is a good thing, I think we have our whole life "to be old" and staid and in one box of thinking and to me being old isn't necessarily one's chronological age but a state of mind.  I have always believed it is good to get out of the box!!!! Between the ridiculous porn references of Soulja Boy and then another college guy at the store who is a Halo addict, which is a Nintendo game all about death and destruction and defeating the aliens,  all I could think was GREEAAAAATTT....this is what is getting reinforced on the brain....... kind of scary...kind of makes me think that the seeds of Alex's universe in a Clockwork Orange are being sewn through these things....... But I will say I did work on learning the dance to Crank That...one of those goofy things that we all were laughing about, and laughter is always good in my book!!!!!!!!!! So I think this covers Jeannie's random, rambling for the week!!!!!!! I have just come to accept my inner weirdo!!!! On that note, ciao, I am going out to attempt a run...........
                                    JB

1 comment:

Meghan Burke said...

I'm glad you're resolving to not be so hard on yourself this year! =)