November 18, 2003

Let me tell you about exciting things:

My dad e-mailed me today, he booked plane tickets for me to go to Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving and back home for Christmas. This is awesome for obvious reasons and not so obvious ones.

I didn't think I was going to get to take a plane to Pittsburgh, where I will be spending Thanksgiving with my stepmom's wonderful Italian family and their sweet sweet homecooked food. I thought I would be bussin' it, or trainin' it. But without my asking, Pops booked me a flight for next Wednesday afternoon, to return Saturday, hopefully ten pounds heavier, plus a backpack FULL of baked goods. That guy: he gives me birth, he raises me well, he sends me to college, he puts me on planes. If I'm ever half the man he is I'll quit while I'm ahead.

Then there is Winter Break. Most other Tisch (School of the Arts) kids get to go home the first or second week of December, because they don't have finals, because they don't take, you know, actual classes. Dramatic Writing kids have to take classes on what's called the Morse Academic Plan, which is essentially Gen Ed stuff. There are just a few Actual Class requirements, it's not as bad as it could be, but the upshot is ancient Greek literature will keep me here an extra week and a half.

Of course, it's an extra week and a half in NYC. No classes. Explorin' time. Also, my favorite person in this city of six million will be here too. Could be worse. Could be way worse.

And then when I get back, it's fucking on. On in two senses: the wholesome family sense, whereby I will sleep in my own bed and wake up to the people I love more than anything in the world you can name, and go to my brother's hockey games and my other brother's soccer games and generally remind them of why they liked me in the first place.

The other sense is the unwholesome friends sense, whereby I will let my loving compatriots fill me with all kinds of substances and we will talk about how much we missed one another and stumble over to Vaquero's and get burritos and stumble back for more senseless debauchery.

And I will drive my big white truck between the two worlds, arm hanging out the window, bangin' the door, blaring classic rock radio (Creedence, anyone? Yes please. Two for me.) and be the happiest person alive.

New York has plays and school and comedy groups and the center of Western Civilization and an indescribable buzz.

Phoenix has my family and my friends and my shitty ol' vehicle and giant gas-station sodas and cheap delicious Mexican food.

I am lucky to have a life where I get to have both.


I can't eat as much since I came to college. I don't know what happened. I used to be able to tuck in with the best of 'em; not even my rampant early-this-year weight loss restricted my gorging abilities. Now, after three months here, an amount of food that would have just tided me over back home has me feeling like The Oil Trust in an old-school political cartoon, absent the awesome top-hat and monocle, but definitely featuring the giant belly from hell.

I think it's the dining hall food. It's just, lord help it, not all that good. I've gotten used to not eating so much 'cause...I don't usually...want to. I know. It hurts me, too.

I used to fat-kid with the fat-kiddiest of them. Now I can barely muster the skinny-boy heart to go back for seconds.

If there wasn't falafel and schwarma and pizza and Wendy's and hot dogs, I would shrivel up and blow away. If you think I'm kidding, you weren't here last week when there was bearing down on Manhattan the kind of wind that makes you think if there are gods, they most certainly hate you and would like nothing more than freeze off your appendages for sport. If it weren't for junk food, I would be an emaciated chunk of ice bobbing somewhere in the mid-Atlantic.

Just think about that.

Posted by DC at November 18, 2003 12:45 AM
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