WEATHER: Chilly (45?) and dark.
WHERE TO: Lincoln Memorial, around Tidal Basin, to Capitol, home.
One of my favorite things about running is how it lets me get to know whatever place in which I’m living. Especially not-having a car here in DC, I scope out most of my new places/neighborhoods for the first time at about 8 miles per hour in the wee hours of the morning. During my knee convalescence, I started to have this very strange feeling of not being a DC resident anymore, purely because it had just been so long since I had seen the Mall or Georgetown or the Cathedral. So it was especially gratifying this morning to extend my run all the way around the Tidal Basin, where I had not trekked in ages. Gawwwwd, it was awesome. In case you hadn’t gathered from my most recent posts, let me say it explicitly: I’m sleep-deprived, stressed, working, going to grad school, and juggling my usual man-harem…
…and still KICK-ASS. Being able to run again? Yeah. Improves the quality of life by a factor of a bajillion. If life without a morning spin around town is eating your peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich over a hurried half-hour lunch break on a small patch of barely-dry, balding grass in the middle of Farragut Square, life WITH a morning jog is like eating an industrial-sized barrel of grandma’s thanksgiving stuffing on 50 hectares of cow-munched meadow in the golden northern Italy sunshine.
Stop cocking your head and looking quizzical. You feel me.
Well, gosh. I had another idea for a post today, but it can wait. Because now I’m feeling all poetic and writerly, especially since I’m sitting in the neighborhood indie coffee shop, where you just KNOW the next Jonathan Franzen or David Sedaris or <insert name of other vastly overrated author here> wannabe lurks behind his Macbook.
And so I give you a poem, written on the fly, about the beauty and joy and poignance and ennui and joie de vivre and je ne sais quoi and gateau de poisson that together comprise my inner life.
Also, I’m fucking sick of looking at my thesis.
Ode to the fellow who just walked in wearing a suit oh my God
I wanna get weird with you, baby,
And then do it again.
It’s March twenty-third
Two thousand and ten.
You’re scrumptious as hell
I’m trying not to stare
Oh shit you just saw me
Now I’ll just look over there.
Dude, I’m not a stalker,
I just think you’re fly.
Let me touch your face
And tell you just why.
You reading the Times
Makes me crazy, you know.
And your gray suit and pink tie
Are smokin’ like whoa.
So come back to my place
Take off those itchy pants,
And open my…Holy shit. Are you LAUGHING at something Thomas Friedman wrote? Laughing appreciatively? Really?
Send your Pulitzer nominations here.