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?