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…all the doors are shut and the windows barely opened up…

What human fuck-ups have caused the environment to freak out so badly that it was like February in Chicago this morning? As if I didn’t have enough to worry about with the periodical cicadas, now I’m digging out my heavy winter coat and snow boots in mid-April?

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Is Adam Levine channeling Michael Jackson ca. 1985 with Maroon 5‘s latest CD (It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, due out May 22)? I can’t listen to their new songs without feeling the urge to moonwalk. Songs About Jane gave me that general feeling, too, but this is completely over the top old-school MJ. It’s a wonder that the band’s MySpace page lists The Beatles, George Martin (aka “The Fifth Beatle”), The Police, Stevie Wonder, and Prince as “Influences” ahead of Michael Jackson. The Beatles? What, indeed, is Adam Levine smoking?

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I hate conflict, I hate fighting with people, and I hate name-calling. I wish I could snap my fingers and no one would ever feel insecure, lonely, lost, unsafe, or frustrated, most especially with and toward the people whom they love.

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A couple of weeks ago, I had a chance to buy Peter Bjorn and John tickets, but I refrained because I was a bit worried about money (no surprise there). When I finally decided to bite the bullet, they were sold out! But never fear: another 5/8 show’s been added to the Empty Bottle calendar and THOSE tickets go on sale Saturday morning at 10am. This seriously puts a crimp into my plans to go to the CIW Celebration Rally in Federal Plaza (where Zach de la Rocha and Tom Morello will be…), which also starts at 10am, but I’m thinking I’ll work something out somehow…

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Speaking of Tom Morello, I know a bunch of people are scoffing at his latest solo project, The Nightwatchman, but I’m really digging it. It’s relatively nothing like anything he’s done before – which is probably why so many RATM and Audioslave fans are pissing and moaning – but isn’t that the whole fucking point of creativity and growth? I always really hate it when a band – or a musician – tries something new and gets reamed for it. Isn’t that their perogative? And, really, when has it ever been exciting for musicians to do the same thing over and over? I mean, just ’cause it worked for The Eagles doesn’t mean it’s a career trajectory to follow…

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I’m starting to get more than a bit freaked out that I don’t have any official teaching gigs for the fall. I’m even applying for curriculum and development positions for educational non-profits and teaching jobs for private middle schools, I’m so worried…

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Friday is the day of many stresses: driving W. to hell (aka Wheaton) and chatting with my ex-mother-in-law, visiting the cemetery, seeing the neurologist to schedule my extended EEG. You know, that 48-hour-long test in which I get to walk around with wires attached to my head while, um, trying to go about my normal schedule. Lovely.

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