1. It’s NaBloPoMo, which means I’m going to try to post here every day for the month of November. I already have some ideas lined up, but it’s going to take some doing to fill in the blanks. Which is fine–I feel like this year has been really light, posting-wise, so maybe I can drop some more content on here to make up for it? (Yeah, maybe not.) But it’s good to get back into writing and thinking instead of just zoning out at night like I usually do.
2. So let’s see–no, I did not go to the rally this weekend, since the NPR Powers That Be asked us not to go for the sake of keeping journalistic political neutrality (which makes sense), but also because giant crowd situations kind of make me nervous/claustrophobic. I don’t think I even left Arlington until about 5 PM, which is just as well since apparently it was mass chaos on the metro. But some friends who went said the rally itself was really good. We need some sanity on both sides in the American political dialogue, and I think maybe a lot of people feel the same way. But how to get there when we don’t really have the same philosophical foundations anymore? I don’t mean that we need to “get back to being a Christian nation”–I believe in a plurality of ideas, and a religiously-neutral government is good for everyone–but rather that a lot of the Judeo-Christian and classical ideas that influenced this country’s founders should maybe be something we’re more familiar with as a society. (Of course the Scriptures were heavily in mind. But so was John Locke, and Aristotle, and the Renaissance thinkers, and the Magna Carta, and so on and so forth.)
Okay, political rant over!
3. I’m going to bring back Mix Tape Monday soon, I promise. For some reason ever since I’ve been in DC, I’ve just not been up to it, but it’ll be back. Probably next week.
4. Currents: In the middle of my annual re-read of Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance and still pushing through Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Listening to a lot of podcasts these days, actually, and especially stuff like The Moth and sermons from church back home. Just saw an excellent ballet at work at the Kennedy Center this weekend. Curious about the BBC Sherlock Holmes reboot (but apparently PBS has it streaming online, and I might just watch it there) and especially intrigued by its lead actor, a fellow with the excellently British name Benedict Cumberbatch.
5. A few questions for you guys:
a) What’s the best thing you have going on right now?
b) What was the last good thing someone told you?
c) Who was your last conversation with, when, and what about?
d) So. Are you, or are you not, going to see the next Harry Potter movie when it comes out?
e) If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
f) What are you doing for Thanksgiving this year?