Here it is, Labor Day weekend, and after a long week of advising and teaching students, I find myself staying in town, making sure the household cats and the cats of my two friends who live in an apartment don’t die. And here I thought that I was the Lizard Queen! 🙂 It’s cool though; I like cats (although I would sorely love to own puppy, too), and having the house all to myself allows some, ummm, “liberties” that I wouldn’t normally do around my housemates like — play really loud rock music that goes up to eleven!
Did I just show how old I am by making a Spinal Tap reference?
Speaking of music — as a teenager, I was the heavy metal / hard rock/ angst rock type who liked wearing ripped jeans and black T-shirts and had androgynous, shaggy hair. Now, here I am, typing out this blog entry, while listening to the soundtrack to _O Brother Where Art Thou_ for the *third* time today. From “Master of Puppets” to “Big Rock Candy Mountain.” Who would’ve thunk it? I guess there’s something to say about being an adult and all — I mean, I still *like* heavy metal / hard rock, but now my musical likes have expanded, whereas, when I was a teenager, I’d sneer at anything that wasn’t in a certain narrow musical category. Makes it easy to find a good song on the radio nowadays. I even like certain kinds of rap music now (the kind of rap that’s fused with hard rock, like Linkin Park and Faith No More), and I like certain kinds of country music that lean toward bluegrass, like the OBWAT soundtrack and Nickel Creek.
So, I’ll take care of the cats, see Mars up close and personal — thanks to the University of Dallas observatory — and listen to some damn good music while reading one of my favorite novels, _Time Enough for Love_ while wearing a minimal amount of clothing because I have the house to myself and I *can*! BWA-HA-HA-HA!