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it never rains in california

It's storming in Houston in the way it never seems to anywhere that isn't tropical, or at least semi-tropical, and the whole sky keeps splitting open like a bursting balloon, the water pouring heavily through air so wet and warm that it feels ripe. I gave my talk this morning and then wandered the Village; made bracelets at the Bead Shop, bought brass bells and Kindereggs, got caught in the storm, and wandered back under my umbrella drinking a diet soda.

Strange to be back someplace I used to live. It makes me a touch nostalgic, but not much. There are people I miss, but I'd never go back to the shared living spaces and the horrible, punishing hours I used to subject myself to. I take better care of myself now. I do miss the city, though. Miss the storms, the lush verdant springs, the crazy rambling growth and decay, the way that Houston seems to eat its own history -- a serpent consuming its own tail, or a phoenix rising from the ash before it's even finished burning.
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Tweets for Today

  • 08:37 rolled her ankle between the Madison and the MACC. Super lame. #
  • 13:12 was just at a fascinating panel on race and social media organized by @racialicious. #
  • 13:13 @jsmooth995 I just added you -- thought the panel was great. #
  • 15:37 @pzriddle That makes me glad I bailed on that one. #
  • 15:40 @lkr @momopeche Would y'all be interested in post-panel lunch tomorrow? Or, maybe dinner or something. I'd love to real life chat with you. #
  • 20:25 is heading to the Austin Tweet Up with @philwest. Hope I'll see some of y'all there. #
  • 23:39 Panel in the a.m. with @momopeche and @lkr 11:30 tmrw 1st floor room C #sxswi: Are Women Taken More Seriously on the Web? #
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Tweets for Today

  • 10:48 just finally RSVPd for the Austin Tweetup tomorrow. Anyone else going? #
  • 12:28 pay lots near the Austin Convention Center are filling up already. Non-car transportation totally advised. #
  • 17:30 is disappointed that all the people playing at the Girl Gamer booth at @sxswi Screenburn are, well, boys. #
  • 17:30 @wornwhite hope your students did great! #
  • 17:30 @MairHeard I parked on E. 5th around noon. I think east of 35 is the way to go. #
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Tweets for Today

  • 14:25 @worldmegan are you going to be around sxswi this year? #
  • 14:30 @worldmegan totally! DM me your cell number and we can coordinate some. I'm a mess the rest of the day, but will touch base tomorrow. #
  • 15:38 is about to mail off a scholarship application she's been obsessing over for a few days. #
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Tweets for Today

  • 10:29 Amazon recommends "Henry Kissinger and the American Century," which explores the "philosophical roots of Henry Kissinger's actions." #
  • 21:02 just botched a batch of cookies, despite having not had such a thing happen in years. Not my day. #
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Tweets for Today

  • 12:15 @McChris I saw an undergrad trying to ironicize a wolf shirt yesterday. #
  • 12:24 Anyone up for the HAAM benefit Thursday night at the Parish? It's $15 for a good cause: www.rareaustin.com/RareMusicMakers/index.html #
  • 22:09 needs to book her airfare for the Cultural Studies Association. #
  • 22:10 @organ_printer Do you have my number still? We need to meet up during SXSW. I think I lost yours. #
  • 23:43 is listening to Jandek while she cleans the kitchen -- it almost feels like being back in Houston. #
  • 02:52 had an outburst of productivity and is completing scholarship essays at 3 a.m. This is not ideal. #
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Tweets for Today

  • 09:30 supposes she'll spend the morning grading. #
  • 10:49 has finished her grading and RSVPd like mad for SXSW music stuff. Any SXSWi stuff I should be RSVPing for and might not have heard about? #
  • 14:06 having an involved discussion about the merits of Paul Verhoeven's films. #
  • 18:02 is going to wash her car and buy groceries. #
  • 00:01 is very caught up on television. #
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