Today is Monday, November 9th, 2009. I’m at my kitchen table in Boulder (not having sex with it
at the moment), staring at an acorn squash (procured from the Farmer’s Market) that was supposed to be cooked for an autumnal meal, then became an autumnal centerpiece, and now is its last dying breath away from the autumnal compost heap. I look at my calendar to remind myself what I’m supposed to be doing today. Then, curiously nostalgic and also eager to procrastinate, I zoom back through Google Calendar to November 9th, 2007, when I lived in New York, plumbing the entries for clues about my life Then vs. Now:
November 9th, 2007:
Meet Lawrence at theater
Call Dan (Makor person)
I was headed to India with my girlfriend, and I needed to go through the insane process of procuring an Indian VISA on the Upper East Side. TIME-CAPSULE TAKEAWAY: In 2007, I was dating a woman. In 2009, I am engaged to a man.
Donna was my therapist in New York. I had a standing appointment with her on the Upper West Side. TIME-CAPSULE TAKEAWAY: I am not in therapy anymore. I am, however, still paying off those therapy sessions. $2,300 to go.
MEET LAWRENCE AT THEATER:
I ran a public dialogue series called “Urgent Conversations” about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the DR2 Theater in Union Square, and Lawrence was one of my panelists. TIME CAPSULE TAKEAWAY: I was a part of the New York theater scene, and it was both thrilling and difficult; I miss it. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict rages just as relentlessly.
CALL DAN (MAKOR PERSON):
“Dan” is Dan Gallant, who worked at Makor at the 92ndSt. Y and was asking me to share my list of Urgent Conversations panelists and collaborate on events at Makor. I said no. TIME CAPSULE TAKEAWAY: Dan Gallant is now the Executive Director of the Nuyorican Poets Café and was recently profiled in The New York Times. I want his job. I could very easily see myself going to him asking for some sort of “collaboration” and him saying “no.”
November 9th, 2009:
Tuesday Tidbit draft
Thank You Lunch Katie
TUESDAY TIDBIT DRAFT:
“Tuesday Tidbits” is the biweekly column I write for an association devoted to CFOs of private schools. TIME CAPSULE TAKEAWAY: While I love the people I work with, I really miss working in the theater. I could start an “Urgent Conversations” series about financial sustainability in my new line of work, but that does not feel neeeaaarrrly as urgent to me as the Israeli Palestinian conflict. I miss the bustle and the relevance of my work there, as stressful as it was.
“Donna” the therapist has been replaced with “Donna” my Italian teacher, who gives me an hour-long $15 Italian lesson every week. TIME CAPSULE TAKEAWAY: I do not miss the stress that led me to therapy in New York. I currently feel guilty taking an hour every week for an Italian lesson—who do I think I am, a relaxed freelance writer who can fit in leisure activities like this in the middle of the day? Oh wait…I am…
THANK YOU LUNCH KATIE:
Had a boozy lunch at a great restaurant in Boulder to thank Katie for helping me redecorate my house. TIME CAPSULE TAKEAWAY: Lunch with a lesbian has replaced trying to be a lesbian.
If you had told me in 2007 that I’d be talking to my fiancée about whether or not to register on REI or Crate & Barrel, I wouldn’t have believed you. TIME CAPSULE TAKEAWAY: You never know what’s ahead. Which makes me wonder…
…what does November 9th, 2011 hold in store for me?