Wednesday, February 25, 2009

the lesson of the moth

this is a poem in a collection by don marquis based on the friendship between two characters - archy, a cockroach, and mehitabel, an alley cat. i first read the poem in my 9th grade honors english 1 class with mrs. shue. we read the poem, and then followed that with a discussion about whether we considered ourselves more like archy or like the moth he encounters. i have to say that i'm with the moth.

the lesson of the moth

by don marquis, in "archy and mehitabel," 1927

i was talking to a moth
the other evening
he was trying to break into
an electric light bulb
and fry himself on the wires

why do you fellows
pull this stunt i asked him
because it is the conventional
thing for moths or why
if that had been an uncovered
candle instead of an electric
light bulb you would
now be a small unsightly cinder
have you no sense

plenty of it he answered
but at times we get tired
of using it
we get bored with the routine
and crave beauty
and excitement
fire is beautiful
and we know that if we get
too close it will kill us
but what does that matter
it is better to be happy
for a moment
and be burned up with beauty
than to live a long time
and be bored all the while
so we wad all our life up
into one little roll
and then we shoot the roll
that is what life is for
it is better to be a part of beauty
for one instant and then cease to
exist than to exist forever
and never be a part of beauty
our attitude toward life
is come easy go easy
we are like human beings
used to be before they became
too civilized to enjoy themselves

and before i could argue him
out of his philosophy
he went and immolated himself
on a patent cigar lighter
i do not agree with him
myself i would rather have
half the happiness and twice
the longevity

but at the same time i wish
there was something i wanted
as badly as he wanted to fry himself



friday night i left work and shared a cab with my boss going uptown. i got out and tried to figure out where i was supposed to go. then, i heard evie yelling my name from across the street and saw her standing outside of
el centro, the mexican restaurant she and stefanie and chosen for the surprise dinner. i went inside and found laura, delia, laura's good friend carolyn, blair (who works with amy), another friend ally, stefanie, and amy waiting. we had a great dinne
r, birthday desserts (flan), and a margarita here or there. it was so good, and such a good surprise! we then decided to just go back to amy and stefanie's apartment to hang out for a bit, and then maybe go dancing or out to a bar. no expectations.

we hopped 2 cabs back to their apartment. evie, amy, and stefanie were in the cab with me, and as soon as we got to the apartment, evie and stefanie jumped out and ran upstairs. since the other girls were getting out of thei
r cab, amy and i didn't give it a second though. we got upstairs to find a sign on the door that read "happy birhtday amy & casey!" inside we found streamers hanging from the ceiling. there was also a pinata (who was later named enrique), queso and salsa dips, chips, and a birthday cake. it took me a few seconds to realize what was going on, and then evie said, "we're having a party!!! everyone is coming!" they'd planned it so that we had time to shower and get ready if we wanted to (good thinking), so everyone started showing up around 9:30 or 10.

it turns out that evie and stefanie had been planning this for several weeks, and had even sent out an invitation to our surprise birthday party over facebook. several of my best friends from home were invited and knew about it, in addition to those of amy's friends from home. my friend, steve, had called me during dinner to see what i was up to that night, and it turns out he had known about it, too. amy and i were so floored, we couldn't stop smiling. it was so impressive that no one gave anything away. it was a surprise party that went through flawlessly, and it was such a fun night.

Friday, February 20, 2009

february babies

so tomorrow, the 21st, is my friend amy's birthday. we talked about going to dinner with a few friends to celebrate both of our birthdays tomorrow night, but hadn't finalized anything. then today, evie sent us an invitation to our surprise birthday dinner tonight! it turns out that she and our friend stefanie (also amy's roommate) have been planning this for a couple weeks. our friends are all in on it. all i have is the address, and i'm forbidden to look up the restaurant. here is the invite from evie and stefanie:

"come to a mystery spot to celebrate the 23rd year of life for our dear friends (and lovers) amy & casey. a fantastic (but secret) dinner will be served, with drinks galore.

it may just be the best night you have ever had. literally."

i'm really lucky to have such good friends up here.

free manicure

today at work, my boss joe commented that he needed a manicure, to which my other boss, alana, replied, "me too!" joe responded that, "we should just have someone come into the office and all get manicures." so alana turned to me and said, "casey, look into that now before he changes his mind!"

so i did.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

and since i gave it a shoutout

sam wineka's blog:

in light of tonight's battle

a joke i stole from sam's blog:

two boys in raleigh were playing basketball when one of them was attacked by a rabid rottweiler.

thinking quickly, the other boy ripped a board off a nearby fence, wedged it into the dog’s collar and twisted it, breaking the dog’s neck.

a newspaper reporter from the news & observer witnessed the incident and rushed over to interview the boy.

the reporter began entering data into his laptop, beginning with the headline: “brave young heels fan saves friend from jaws of vicious animal.”

“but i'm not a heels fan,” the little hero interjected.

“sorry,” replied the reporter. “but because we’re in north carolina, i just assumed you were.”

hitting the delete key, the reporter begins again: “nc state fan rescues friend from horrific dog attack.”

“but i’m not a state fan either!” the boy responds.

the reporter says, “i assumed everybody in this state was either for the heels or the wolfpack. what team do you root for?”

“i’m a duke fan,” the boy says.

hitting the delete key, the reporter begins again: “arrogant little yankee bastard kills beloved family pet.”

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

the best "the office" quote ever

"and at 6'6", from the university of north carolina... jim halpert!"

Friday, February 06, 2009

prk surgery (round 2)

i forgot how uncomfortable the procedure is but it only lasted about 2 minutes. got there at 10:35, left at noon.

stefanie went with me, and then we spent the rest of the day at her and amy's apartment. evie came up after work and brought some pita chips and hummus with her (yummy!) and then amy came and we all just hung out for a bit.

then evie and i headed back to brooklyn and laura and delia came over with a care package for me. it included a small box of chocolates, a whistle for me to blow to let evie know when i need something (which i plan to abuse), cool high school musical sunglasses (since the lasikplus people gave me some sunglasses from 1993), and a box of tissues.

today i'm feeling fine. my right eye is blurry, but with my left okay, it's not so bad. the pain and discomfort is significantly less this time around. it still stings a little bit and feels like i have sand in my eyes sometimes when i blink, but nowhere like last time.

i'm feeling well enough that we're going to go see "he's just not that into you" tonight. last surgery, i went to see juno a few days after, and it was pretty uncomfortable. my eyes were super light sensitive then (i kept my sunglasses on even when i was indoors) so i was a little squirmy, but i think i can handle it tonight.

did i mention that evie and i are going to go find and buy me an eye patch to wear tonight?

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

tomorrow i have eye surgery

so i had prk surgery last january 3rd to correct my 20/2000 vision. that's not an exaggeration. that is an estimate, given to me by my eye doctor. my eyes were really that bad. aka -8 prescription. anyway, after my surgery, my vision was perfect (though the healing took forever and was uncomfortable... and there were many times when i shouldn't have been driving... oops). since then, my right eye has regressed 1/8th of my original prescription. so i'm having a touch-up surgery tomorrow on my right eye. good thing i have a lifetime protection policy with the lasikplus people, because it's free (i.e., i paid a lot the first go-round, and i still have to pay to have some prescriptions filled). anyway, my friend amy sent this link to me and told me that this is what i'm going to be like tomorrow.

as of january 31st...

i've lived here for 6 months. pretty good considering a year ago my thoughts were, "oh dear god there's no way i can make it living in new york."