as it stands

It has been a summer like fall, and I have been quietly glad. Glad, because this is my favorite weather for working. In the hot sun I melt into squishy siesta. I get very little done.

Instead I have been working on my wagon, and as I proposed, Things Are Happening. I’ll be damned if I don’t really get the inside of the thing done before my mid-July birthday after all. I daydream about details: the color of the trim around the bedroom* window, the place where I will hang shelves above a little round table, the lion doorknocker I dream of finding at a flea market just as I’m putting on the finishing touches. It is what I have been daydreaming about for months, but the images are becoming more vivid.

My book writing has been on hold for the last few weeks while I’ve dealt with other things. But the wagon marches on. I am writing to you covered in fine paint dust from freshly sanded walls; this afternoon I will apply the first coat of yellow paint, and the third of blue in the “bedroom.” Soon I will be writing pages from between its cheerful yellow walls and inundating you with pictures of the finished beast. My little wagon ship.

*You would probably laugh at me calling it a bedroom if you saw it. But what else to call it? My bed, sidled up against the far wall, will be partitioned off with a shelf, like its own little room. But the room itself will be exactly the size of my bed, which I reckon most people would be more prone to call a closet.

Friday June 25th 2010, 12:51 pm 1 Comment
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people of montabauer!

We, that is Black Diamond Express Train to Hell, are playing in Montabauer tonight at midnight in a bar called “dat Ählchen.” Come for the sawed-off shot guns and stay for the whiskey-fueled bar fights! (And the just-finished demo cds and tapes! Peng peng!)

Festival International de la Musique

Black Diamond Express Train to Hell

Look what nice things the organizers said about us: “Lebensfroh, immer in Bewegung und liebevoll unkonventionell für unsere Breitengrade kommen BLACK DIAMOND EXPRESS TRAIN TO HELL daher. Ihr Country-Blues sprengt die Grenzen des Alltäglichen und verspricht eine lange farbenfrohe Nacht. ” We met them while playing old-school bluegrass music on a circle of stumps in a backyard in Elkenrot. Apparently there aren’t a lot of people in Germany playing bluegrass.

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Friday June 11th 2010, 11:04 am 1 Comment
Filed under: conspiracies,music