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In general Pony news . . .

I spent yesterday at a friend's house, pretty much entertaining her while her new windows were installed around us. This is a desperately needed project that has been stalled for three years while the city and the university danced around each other trying to get the necessary permits. But the permits have been gotten, and the window installation has begun. The window guys are remarkably efficient, and the whole thing, nine windows, took about five hours. It was also highly entertaining to watch. I am definitely looking forward to having mine done in September.

While over at her place, we established yet again that her building has a far superior free table than mine does. She sent me down to take a look, and I returned home the proud owner of a cute little ceramic candlestick from France, and a three-tube angklung. The angklung is a Balinese instrument, and thus a little out of my specialty range, since I play central Javanese gamelan. On the other hand, it's kind of a cool thing to have, and it sounds cute when you shake it. And, really, shouldn't every ethnomusicologist have at least one odd-looking small non-Western musical instrument just hanging around the house? I think it's a requirement for the Ph.D or something.

We also leafed through the two issues of this hilarious comic book that I bought at Spertus, the Jewish Hero Corps. The thing that makes the JHC so wonderful is that it's kind of tongue-in-cheek, as much a satire of Silver Age Marvel comics as anything else. I mean, what else would you call Matzah Woman's origin story (got Standard Super Powers™ after eating a piece of atomic matzah, baked with radioactive water in a microwave oven)? Issue #2 goes even further into the affectionate-parody territory.

Last night, I went to the drag show with another friend, who's been doing research on drag queens, and has been taking me to these shows all summer. I especially like the revue at the Cattle Call up in Andersonville, and I love watching the drag queens hanging out with this friend; she's become a real fixture in Chicago's drag community. Last night was Country night, which is something new for the Cattle Call -- usually they do pop or show tunes -- and it was the first time that I was moved to coin the word "pimperriffic" to describe one of the costumes, so you know it was a good show.

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dawtheminstrel
Aug. 20th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
You live in a whole different world than I do, Pony.
frenchpony
Aug. 20th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
That seems to be something that happens to ethnomusicologists, I think.

But, after all, it's still Chicago, and it's still academia. And I'm still the geeky little nerdling I always was and always will be.
perelleth
Aug. 21st, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
Now I want to know what your friend's dissertation is about, (ven if you will never know how lojng it took to type this close to accurate at 3 am, even without one of your lychee martinis)
frenchpony
Aug. 21st, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
The friend who was having her windows done is dissertating about Western classical music in Uganda. The friend who takes me to drag shows hasn't gotten to the dissertation stage yet, so her options are still open. But she really does like the drag shows!
canyon_lady
Aug. 22nd, 2009 08:48 am (UTC)
I have both of those t-shirts. Also, I am deeply sorry that I was not at the Cattle Call for country night. (My friends and I did go to one of their regular shows)
frenchpony
Aug. 23rd, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
There's another Country Night on Wednesday, if you're interested. Show starts at 9:00 Drag Standard Time (a/k/a As Soon As My Nails Dry O'Clock).
canyon_lady
Aug. 27th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
Alas, I will not make it--I just got home and just picked up this message. Although if drag standard time applies, I probably could make the show?

My life is going to be kind of stupid till October. Hopefully things will ease up a bit then.
meggins
Aug. 21st, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
There are "free tables" in buildings with things like candlesticks and musical instruments? And you say the fun dies in Chicago? I think not!
frenchpony
Aug. 21st, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
Well, the University of Chicago has as one of its unofficial student slogans "Where Fun Comes To Die." Of course, they also have "Where The Only Thing That Goes Down On You Is Your Grade Point Average" and "That's All Well And Good In Practice, But What About In Theory?"
meggins
Aug. 22nd, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
Ah! *is enlightened*

I think I very much like that last slogan.
frenchpony
Aug. 23rd, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
Neat icon! Is it new?
meggins
Aug. 24th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Not too new. Every now and then I go on an icon-snatching binge, but since I have a free account, I can only use six at a time, so they tend to sit around in my icon folder for a while before I get to them.

The strawberries one is by joyfulsong. Come to think of it, so is the bang! pic.
fafojoy
Aug. 21st, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
What a fun post, FP. I've never been to see drag queens, and we have no free tables anywhere around here. Sounds like you had fun. And new windows are nice, especially when someone else pays for them. :>)
frenchpony
Aug. 23rd, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
If you come to Chicago, I'll take you to see a drag show, and maybe introduce you to some of the drag queens.
elliska
Aug. 21st, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm with everyone else--Chicago definitely seems more fun. I also have never seen a free table and I'd be afraid for the drag queens here if they were in public.

I used to work with a drag queen though. Every Friday night Von came to work dressed as Vanna and after work he'd go out on the town. He was an awesome person. Everyone I knew loved him. Died of AIDS when it first came out. I miss him.
frenchpony
Aug. 23rd, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
Chicago is fun! I love living there. I think free tables tend to happen in apartment buildings inhabited entirely by grad students; I never had any in the buildings I lived in before I went back to school.
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