Archive for the ‘my environment’ Category

bus stop 3

January 2, 2009

bus stop 3

This is not my actual block. But it’s fairly close. I was waiting there, so I took a picture.

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bus stop 2

January 2, 2009

bus stop 2

This is another view. You can see the wonderful Lake Mendota in the background.

View from the Bus Stop

January 2, 2009

view from the bus stop

I’m posting a few pics of the way one of the bus stops by my place looked in August or September. I guess folks might call it pleasant.

Oh, the wormanity!

April 28, 2008


I’m way behind on my daily commitment. In part it’s because I left the photo cable in my office. So there’s the excuse.

I took this picture on Friday morning when everything was wet. There were worms everywhere. I spent the walk to my office trying hard not to kill anything. But it was hard for me to tell the worms from the tree bits that had blown down during the windy day and night.

Then the day got better.

big couch story

April 21, 2008


I wanted to buy a couch–not this one, but one with similarly warm, dark colors and soft fabric. The salespeople Macy’s told me they will not deliver to me for less than $500. They told me that other people who live in this place also beg for delivery. They told me that they have moved their warehouses in a way that makes obtaining furniture even more difficult for Madison folks.  The told me to go to Racine.

This is my arm on winter. Any questions?

April 15, 2008

My arm hasn’t been this pale in years. Today I opened the drawer where I keep short-sleeved shirts. It has clothing I had forgotten.

Maybe I’m too sensitive.

April 14, 2008


This picture is of my larger class taking an exam today.

The first point of this post is to admit that I’m way too sensitive. I don’t like being in the room with exam nervous energy. They often think I’m joking when I say that; but it does bother me. So I often watch them from outside. That’s why you see the wire in the window. So many institutional buildings have that feature.

The second point of this post is to state my annoyance with people who complain about not knowing things from lecture when they don’t come to lecture. During exams we (the TA and I) see new faces. I’m fine with them not attending as long as they’re willing to accept that their absence brings consequences.

Maybe a third, tangential post is that this room often has random big sticks in the front. Some seem natural, others machined. I don’t know why.

Oh, and a fourth thing that I can’t go without mentioning is that Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man was the first book on the syllabus. The class is in the third level of the basement.

There’s nothing to see here.

April 13, 2008

I think this is a recording of the last show I saw in LA. There’s not enough information on the YouTube clip. And I don’t exactly remember the date. But it was a Wednesday. That seems right. I went to the show with my friend Julie and a friend of hers from school. Yep, school.  All my friends are always after a bit more.  As I said, it was a Wednesday and folks were tired. The thing about that show is that it was filled with working folks, men in those blue shirts with briefcases and women who had just come from someplace and had to get home early for work in the morning. My 8:00 am start time was the latest among our group.  It was a hip hop show for 30-somethings.

Peanut Butter Wolf was doing a show a night for a week. Each show was in a different club. This one was in a place called Little Temple, after the bigger, west side Temple Bar. He was spinning old school hip hop 45s. That probably had a lot to do with the older crowd.

I was told before I moved here that there are no hip hop clubs left, that they’re almost always shut down quickly. So much of the hip hop has to happen on campus. While I’m glad that it does happen on campus, the limitation is frightening. And the idea that most of the shows will be filled with only kids is really odd and quite disheartening.

By the way, the YouTube post is here for a few reasons. One is that I didn’t see anything that I wanted to take a picture of today. Given the errands and attempts at errands from today, my commentary would have been snarky.

There are a few things I’ve seen over the past few days that I haven’t recorded but wanted to.

1. A few days ago I saw Christmas trees on lawns. I know that the organic matter pick up has just begun for the first time since it started snowing in November. But that doesn’t explain where people hid those dead trees. (I couldn’t photograph them because I was driving.)

2. I found myself thinking about my friends Tania and Beau this morning. Then when I went into the student union, I noticed that the cashier had his nails (fingernails) painted a blue/teal color. That reminded me of Beau, who always painted his toenails that color.  The site of the cashier felt especially surprising because the color, and weather nice enough to wear flip-flops, were among the things I was remembering. One doesn’t usually ask to take pictures of a stranger’s hands.

WordPress should have a spot for choosing a mood via multiple choice the way that LiveJournal does. Then all this would be clearer.

local culture

April 12, 2008

This is a free bus that goes around campus then to student family housing. Note the beer wrap. I’ve been here for months and this still strikes me as unusual. I know that my experience has been limited. But in my experience, all the other campuses with buses cover them in school colors.

Oh, and I cheated. I took this picture last week. Today with the rain/snow, I can’t feel motivated enough to leave my nice warm house.

that familiar feeling

April 8, 2008

my very own gas station, well not really

Maybe one measure of of this city’s size is that with one exception, every time I bought gas here was at this station, in fact at this very pump.

Oh, and that rain is turning into snow tonight.