This is an excellent article
on death metal and the meaning(s) of nose rings in India. One of the most interesting things I've read in a while.
Though, I did get Dr. Trout's veterinary surgeon memoir book and am loving it, though parts where he had to give owners bad news had me nearly crying on the train last night. It's not much easier for them to say it than it is for us to hear it. The book is structured around a hypothetical 24-hour period in his life. Not all of the episodes actually happened on the same day, but they all provide him with a jumping off point to talk about some facet of veterinary medicine. I particularly enjoy that it's set at Angell Memorial, since I can perfectly picture all the settings (though see first sentence, about crying). Book makes me really want ferrets all the more, though.
Just applied online for a low APR credit card and was accepted, transferring all my credit card balance over to the new one. The low APR is good through July 09--I want to have this monster slain by August 08, so that gives me plenty of time to work with. I've told myself no ferrets until I get a big chunk of debt paid off, so there's incentive to be aggressive on my payment plan!
I have occasional moments where I can put my foot down a few times in a row and not notice anything much about it. Then I put it down just slightly wrong and it hurts, but all in all things are improving. I can feel that I had dance class last night, but it hurts less than it did say three weeks ago, even after abusing it with all the walking (and a night in high heels, bad me!) in Vegas. If I didn't have a show on Saturday I would try walking to Alewife on Thursday or Friday. Well, there's always next week. Chiropractor appointment tonight, which will be nice after last week's travel.
Speaking of Saturday's show, while I was on the T last night I heard a trio of young women talking excitedly about "Amira's recital" and wondering if any of the professional students would be dancing, because they love to get inspired by seeing the advanced dancers. They were far enough away from me that I didn't want to leap over and say something, but it was a bit heartwarming. I'll dance extra well for them :)
Oh, details about the show, you say? OK: Saturday, May 3, 1pm, George Sherman Student Union Building, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, I believe it's $5 admission. The entire show will probably be about three hours long, with an intermission in the middle, and will consist of Amira Jamal's students of all levels, as well as kinadancer's students (I guess they'd be AJ's grand-students :). This is generally a fun show, with performances ranging from the scared newbie mustering up all her courage to get on stage to seasoned pros--but everybody will be dancing from their heart and will be happy to be there!