Saturday, July 28, 2007

Find Myself a City to Live In, Part the Second

From the United States to the world, baby. Please note, again, that this list includes only places that I have not, in fact, lived in for three or more consecutive months. Again, assuming food, shelter, clothing, some discretionary income, and in this case some rudimentary knowledge of at least one of the country's languages.

100 Places in the World I'd Like to Live
1. Amman, Jordan
2. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
3. Andavadoaka, Madagascar
4. Antigua, West Indies
5. Athens, Greece
6. Baghdad, Iraq
7. Bali, Indonesia
8. Bangkok, Thailand
9. Bartolomé Island, Ecuador
10. Basel, Switzerland
11. Basra, Iraq
12. Beirut, Lebanon
13. Belgrade, Serbia
14. Berlin, Germany
15. Bilbao, Spain
16. Bogotá, Colombia
17. Bucharest, Romania
18. Budapest, Hungary
19. Buenos Aires, Argentina
20. Cairns, Australia
21. Cairo, Egypt
22. Calcutta, India
23. Caracas, Venezuela
24. Conakry, Guinea
25. Copenhagen, Denmark
26. Cumaná, Venezuela
27. Delhi, India
28. Dingle, Ireland
29. Dublin, Ireland
30. Durban, South Africa
31. Edinburgh, United Kingdom
32. Frankfurt, Germany
33. Freetown, Sierra Leone
34. Glasgow, United Kingdom
35. Ha-Makuya, South Africa
36. Hanoi, Vietnam
37. Harare, Zimbabwe
38. Havana, Cuba
39. Helsinki, Finland
40. Hobart, Australia
41. In Salah, Algeria
42. Inhambane, Mozambique
43. Isla Grande del Maíz, Nicaragua
44. Istanbul, Turkey
45. Jakarta, Indonesia
46. Jerusalem, Israel/Palestine
47. Johannesburg, South Africa
48. Kampala, Uganda
49. Karachi, Pakistan
50. Kiev, Ukraine
51. Kigali, Rwanda
52. Kingston, Jamaica
53. Kyoto, Japan
54. Lima, Peru
55. Lisbon, Portugal
56. Ljubljana, Slovenia
57. London, United Kingdom
58. Manaus, Brazil
59. Manchester, United Kingdom
60. Manila, Phillippines
61. Marrakesh, Morroco
62. Minsk, Belarus
63. Monrovia, Liberia
64. Montego Bay, Jamaica
65. Moscow, Russia
66.Mumbai, India
67. Mwanza, Tanzania
68. Nairobi, Kenya
69. Paris, France
70. Port-au-Prince, Haiti
71. Prague, Czech Republic
72. Puntarenas, Costa Rica
73. Reykjavik, Iceland
74. Rio di Janiero, Brazil
75. Rome, Italy
76. San Salvador, El Salvador
77. Santiago, Chile
78. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
79. Sao Paolo, Brazil
80. Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
81. Seoul, South Korea
82. Shanghai, China
83. Singapore, Republic of Singapore
84. South Pole Base, Antarctica
85. St. Petersburg, Russia
86. Stockholm, Sweden
87. Sydney, Australia
88. Tarrafal, Cape Verde Islands
89. Tblisi, Georgia
90. Tehran, Iran
91. Tel Aviv, Israel
92. Tunis, Tunisia
93. Vancouver, Canada
94. Venice, Italy
95. Veracruz, Mexico
96. Vernazza, Italy
97. Vienna, Austria
98. Warsaw, Poland
99. Windhoek, Namibia
100. Yakutsk, Sakha Republic

Find Myself a City to Live In

Connor has done a couple of these, and I want to jump on the bandwagon. Below are 100 Places in the U.S. I'd like to live for a period of three months or more. Assuming, as Connor said, food, clothing, shelter and some discretionary income. Also, places I've never lived for three months before. Please feel free to do this, with whatever number of places you desire. 100 Places Outside the U.S. I'd Like to Live is coming soon.

100 Places in the U.S. I'd Like to Live
1. Ames, Iowa
2. Annapolis, Maryland
3. Asheville, North Carolina
4. Ashland, Oregon
5. Austin, Texas
6. Barton, Vermont
7. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
8. Beaufort, North Carolina
9. Bedford, Virginia
10. Biloxi, Mississippi
11. Birmingham, Alabama
12. Boise, Idaho
13. Boston, Massachusetts
14. Buffalo, New York
15. Camilla, Georgia
16. Cape May, New Jersey
17. Carbondale, Illinois
18. Carlsbad, New Mexico
19. Casper, Wyoming
20. Charleston, South Carolina
21. Cherry Creek, Nevada
22. Colorado City, Arizona
23.Columbus, Ohio
24. Corpus Christi, Texas
25. Crisfield, Maryland
26. Denver, Colorado
27. Detroit, Michigan
28. Eagle River, Michigan
29. Eastport, Maine
30. Elliott Key, Florida (wherein the shelter would be a tent, but hey)
31. Erie, Pennsylvania
32. Eureka, California
33. Fargo, North Dakota
34. Frankfort, Kentucky
35. Gardiner, Montana
36. Gary, Indiana
37. Greenville, Mississippi
38. Greenwood, South Caroina
39. Hanover, New Hampshire
40. Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
41. Honolulu, Hawaii
42. Hot Springs, Arkansas
43. Houston, Texas
44. Ithaca, New York
45. Juneau, Alaska
46. Kalispell, Montana
47. Kansas City, Missouri
48. Keene, New Hampshire
49. Ketchikan, Alask
50. Key Largo, Florida
51. Las Vegas, Nevada
52. Lenox, Massachusetts
53. Logan, Utah
54. Los Angeles, California
55. Louisville, Kentucky
56. Madison, Wisconsin
57. Memphis, Tennessee
58. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
59. Missoula, Montana
60. Moab, Utah
61. Mobile, Alabama
62. Montpelier, Vermont
63. Nashville, Tennessee
64. New Orleans, Louisiana
65. Newark, New Jersey
66. Newport, Rhode Island
67. Newport News, Virginia
68. Nome, Alaska
69. Northampton, Massachusetts
70. Oakland, California
71. Owyhee, Nevada
72. Ozark, Missouri
73. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
74. Pierre, South Dakota
75. Portland, Maine
76. Portland, Oregon
77. Providence, Rhode Island
78. Pueblo, Colorado
79. Pu'uwai, Hawaii
80. San Francisco, California
81. Salt Lake City, Utah
82. Salmon, Idaho
83. San Diego, California
84. San Juan, Puerto Rico
85. Santa Fe, New Mexico
86. Saint Paul, Minnesota
87. Savannah, Georgia
88. Scranton, Pennsylvania
89. Seattle, Washington
90. Seward, Nebraska
91. Silver Bay, Minnesota
92. Spokane, Washington
93. St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
94. Topeka, Kansas
95. Truro, Massachusetts
96. Tulsa, Oklahoma
97. Tusayan, Arizona
98. Washington, District of Columbia
99. Zanesville, Ohio
100. Zuni, New Mexico

Friday, July 27, 2007

Friday Poetry: Robert Frost

Apologies for the delay will come in more detail later. But in the meantime, I present this poem in honor of my friend V, who's getting married in a few short hours.

Robert Frost
The Master Speed

No speed of wind or water rushing by
But you have speed far greater. You can climb
Back up a stream of radiance to the sky,
And back through history up the stream of time.
And you were given this swiftness, not for haste
Nor chiefly that you may go where you will,
But in the rush of everything to waste,
That you may have the power of standing still—
Off any still or moving thing you say.
Two such as you with such a master speed
Cannot be parted nor be swept away
From one another once you are agreed
That life is only life forevermore
Together wing to wing and oar to oar.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Friday Poetry at Ungodly Hours: William Carlos Williams

William Carlos Williams
The Red Wheelbarrow

so much depends

a red wheel

glazed with rain

beside the white

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

I'm Sure

I'm sure that in 1974, there were many, many people as pissed at Gerald Ford as I am currently pissed at Bush.

But goddamn, I am pissed at Bush.

It's certainly not like this was unexpected, nor is Libby's crime of such magnitude that I was particularly desperate to see it avenged. Nor, if we're to pull the lens even further back, am I such a fan or advocate of the prison system as to make me particularly eager to feed anyone else into it. Nor am I honestly so incensed at the Valerie Plame scandal itself, more just abstractly desirous of seeing SOMEONE in this administration, however peripheral, see some sort of consequence for at least one of the thousand flauntings of the legal system.

Cronyism will be cronyism, I suppose. And it's logical, if not ethical, for Bush to cover his own ass, particularly when Cheney's ass-covering mechanisms are somewhat lacking in fifth-grade social studies curricular materials. But FOR FUCK'S FUCKIN' SAKE.