Tingle Alley

Doge.

Doge.

Stevie Nicks with ewok friend. (Via.)

Edith Wharton with bat friends.

Edith Wharton with bat friends.

Gorgeous Old Testament Creation of Man-style clouds piled on the horizon tonight. It’s so funny to walk through a parking lot, look up, and think God and Adam might come floating through, trying to touch fingers.

The Little Cowboy

Last Friday I was at the bar, and a friend called me over to meet her best friend, who I’ll call Jenny. Jenny was great—has a demanding quasi-crazy job that you can tell she’s really good at. Not a firefighter, but in that vein. They’re both maybe mid 20s. We sat outside, so they could smoke, and it was pretty out in that late summer, early fall way, where it feels transient and you think, “If I blink, it’s going to be winter.” Dusky over the river, clear grey sky.

My friend urged Jenny to tell me about a relationship problem she’s having. And so: she’s been seeing a guy she likes for a couple months but the relationship has hit a doldrums stretch of going everywhere together and he’s doing nice things for her and there’s lots of making out… but she, uh, can’t seem to direct him into bed. (Paraphrase.) I asked her to describe him and she said, “He’s kind of country… you know, a little cowboy.” I said, “Like him?” pointing over to Lowell. (Lowell’s not cowboyish, but he’s southern, and I thought that’s what she was getting at.) My friend looked over at Lowell and shook her head. “No, too tall.”

And Jenny said, “No, I meant he’s a little cowboy.” Then she lifted her hand to approximate how tall he is.

It’s been nearly a week and I keep thinking about this and finding it funny. (My advice was to talk to him!)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

(Still mesmerized by this two-second soundclip of how to say Goethe’s name.)

A photo taken by Lowell a while back of an old VA nurses dorm near our house. I read in the paper today that it’s going to be renovated.

A photo taken by Lowell a while back of an old VA nurses dorm near our house. I read in the paper today that it’s going to be renovated.