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Live Music: The Beatles

Last night, Dan and I went to hear Classical Mystery Tour, a Beatles cover band that played alongside the San Francisco Symphony.  It was a trip.  I swear, the whole time I was there, I was blogging.  I didn't take a single note, but every new thing that happened was getting filed away as: oh my, I need to blog this.

I love live music, even when it's not very good.  I love getting caught up in the whole event of a performance, in the enormous bravery it takes to stand in front of people and play music for them.  I was spoiled in undergrad with a wealth of opportunities to hear live music in cafes most nights of the week.  It wasn't always good, but it was always earnest, and sometimes it was really, really good.  San Francisco's live music scene isn't as easy to navigate.  If it's free, then it's painfully crowded.  Oftentimes when it's not free, it is also painfully crowded.  If it's not free, it can be quite expensive, which makes me inclined to …

The Year of Writing: Half-way Point

Holy crap.  So, with the advent of this whole thing we're calling "August," I find myself at the exact half-way point in my Year of Writing.  That means a couple of auspicious things:  one, the severance pay has stopped.  I think that part will sink in gradually in less and less comfortable ways as the month progresses (don't worry: phase II of the YofW is funded through some savings I budgeted for), but I'm actually surprisingly relieved to be completely free of The Company.  I am now no longer beholden in any way, can't be sued as easily (teehee, nervous laughter), and don't have to follow certain rules to keep the money coming.  Not that I'm planning to go on a tear, or to cease to edit myself.  It's just a surprisingly huge relief to be really really unemployed.  I realize that by writing that I'm pretty much inviting some future regret, but that is how I feel right now.

Whenever we hit a new month, I am caught off guard.  So the fact tha…