Of Carnies & Upgrades

So, I checked into my hotel tonight, in Spokane, WA, and was pleasantly surprised to receive an upgrade to a suite. Two rooms, three beds. Just for little ole me.

You wanna know why? Of course you do.

Cirque du Soleil is in town. The hotel is full of carnies. And please know that upscale carnies are still carnies – complete with scary tattoos, mullets, and missing teeth.

White Noise

Sorry for the radio silence, folks. It only just occurred to me that I haven’t updated this journal in over a week. Bad Jennifer.

In any case, I took a short vacation with Handsome, and afterward have managed to travel for my job as much as ever. A different hotel every night. Story of my life.

I have some thoughts brewing, but until I have time to write coherently, consider this.

Brought to you by the letter "sssss"

My favorite band has a new album out this week. My appreciation of their music began when I met Handsome. So I’m emotionally tied to them by my love for him, but I’d enjoy their music even if my introduction hadn’t happened while I was actively falling in love.

Still, they’re “progressive rock.” Which means, each album is fundamentally different from the others, while still being the same Rush we know and love. In the years since I first met Handsome, they’ve released four albums of new music. And every single time, it has taken me about six months to fully appreciate their latest work, even though I’m usually immediately, completely enthralled by a few of the songs. (This is why iTunes is brilliant.)

And this album is no different. I adore Far Cry and Malignant Narcissism. The others, well, they’re growing on me.

But what really freaks me out are the snakes. They’re on the cover and back of the CD case, on the disk itself, and on (and within) the liner notes. *SHUDDER*

I know they’re just photographs and drawings and cartoons, and I know my trepidation is utterly irrational. But really! I hate those forked-tongued, fanged, slithering, scaly reptiles.


If aliens were looking at Earth, they might think we were intentionally accelerating global warming in an effort to make our planet more hospitable for their imminent invasion.

Also, the upside of global warming is more beaches.