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Update from Eagle, ID

It's day 2 of the Eagle, ID experience. I'm watching the European Cup. While I don't really have any real loyalties, I'm rooting for Germany. Jo is watching the game from a bar in NYC. It's fun to text back and forth about the ups and downs and be on the same side. Spain has just kicked their first goal, so we texted our condolences. Hah. I'm also texting back and forth with 2 Idaho friends, Jim and Aage. They are rooting for Spain. So, now I'm hoping Germany wins so I don't have to deal with taunting later.

I need a shower. After the game...

Dad is heating water on the old electric stove or tea. I'm game for a second cup. The crowd roots and tells on the telly.

I don't like what Eagle has become. I never liked Eagle that all much (note my escape ASAP in 1996), but I really don't like it now. I'll be uploading some pics later at Klatcher. All the beautiful rolling fields are now ugly rolling subdivisions or strip malls. I shopped at a few of the strip malls for Mom's birthday warm-up clothes. The fashions are so dull and ugh....I'm spoiled in NYC, but I dunno how I'd deal with wearing grandmas curtains and faded pink cotton pants at this point in life. There very few independent stores. You can see that there's been a “boom” around here, and when the subdivisions went in, the chains went in too: Starbucks, Quiznos, Walmart, Walgreens, etc. It's just chain after chain after chain. Cookie cutter goods tucked inside uninspiring architecture. Bleh. Gas prices are over $4.00 gallon but you see all these Ford Rangers and super huge vehicles on the roads. We all have to drive around here. Jo told me to get out and walk to the mall, but being in NYC, he doesn't understand about American space. It's still rural here, even if more developed and more rural-suburban. It would take about 45 minutes to walk to the nearest anything store. It's about a 10 minute drive as it is.

The temperatures are over 100 today. Kids mow lawns with headphones blasting and dogs run free around the neighborhood without supervision. It's nice to be in the middle of nowhere for a few days to get some work done- creative work- but I'm an urban girl. Time is slow in Eagle. The air-conditioning, fan placement, and moving the sprinklers take up a lot of conversation time between my parents. There's a touch of arguing and bitterness towards the world that's pretty negative to be around, and I've reverted to my old teenage position of taking the ultra-positive role in defense of being pulled down into it. I'm ready for Tokyo and the next adventure---good or crazy as it may turn out. I thrive on change and the new. Ready?


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 29th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
Ninja Warrior
I think you need to try Ninja warrior at Mount Madoriamo. LOL, I watch that show on G4 all the time. I think you could make it!!! Have you seen that show from Japan on G4?
Jun. 30th, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)
Re: Ninja Warrior
no...what happens!???
Jul. 1st, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Re: Ninja Warrior
http://www.g4tv.com/ninjawarrior/index.html It's crazy! I love it. People have to make it through 3, timed courses. You should see some of these people get smushed, lol. It's serious though. G4 has lots of Japanese shows. I see the U.S. just had a show like this. Our version is silly. It's just about watching people get beat up on the course. The Japanese show is serious and you really have to be an athlete to get through the courses in a small amount of time. The last stage is not timed. Utube also has lots of footage. G4 is a cable show that reviews games, has 2 Japanese shows Bonzai Bukaro, and Ninja Warrior. All kinds of things. I would love to go to Mount Madoriamo to see how the courses look. Some Americans have been on it too.
Jun. 30th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
lisa: the world will always have its ups and downs. you love your parents & they love. i see a light in your heart, that not all people know how to make brighter, you do. my young life was not good, but 57 yrs later, i still see the light is stronger than the darkness. keep you light burning and you will always be happy. A
Jun. 30th, 2008 06:31 am (UTC)
Re: life
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