the mountain goats & taylor swift: a conceptual mixtape
1. you were cool/mean
2. no children/ we are never ever getting back together
3. you or your memory/ all too well
4. international small arms traffic blues/ dear john
5. balance/ sad beautiful tragic
6. old college try/love story
7. this year/fifteen
people were telling me about this on Twitter so I made a mix of it minus You Were Cool because I don’t have any recordings of that* and it’s fun. both artists would be well served by more shredding guitar solos but I am sure they are both working on it
I am attaching a trigger warning to the song “Mean” because it made me cry
ok well have a great Saturday
*I know I could get one by ripping YouTube audio or from archive.org but for me that song is for playing in rooms with people in them who are listening while I’m singing in the present moment, I don’t rule out ever recording it but that is where I am at w/it in my life since I wrote it & at present and in all cases I can’t imagine listening to it, for me it is only to be sung
Chicago Apartment Wildlife
There are no birds except for pigeons. The pigeons congregate in an abandoned building without windows down the alley. I’m pretty sure homeless people used to squat there, but now there are fences around the place. I wish there were some other birds (Rating: C).
These are a little long, but fortunately don’t have disgusting thick bodies or thick legs. I don’t see too many of these and that’s fine by me. They move very quickly, so there’s rarely a point in trying to remove them from the apartment. When they’re approached, the centipedes are gone in a flash. Once I was about to go to bed and noticed one was on the ceiling, right above me. That was unpleasant (Rating: B).
These disappeared along with the warm weather. During the summer, these fat flies swarmed around the trash and the walkway to the rear exit of our building. If the door was left open for longer than a second, they’d rush inside. When they would gravitate to the windows, I’d slide them open and trap the fly inside. Pulling down the top section of the window would easily release the fly (Rating: C+).
I remember doing experiments with fruit flies in my high school biology class. After awhile, they haunted the hallways of the science wing. These tiny things were much more problematic than the big flies during the summer in our apartment. I’m not sure if they actually came in with the fruit or snuck in at the bottom of the door. Our apartment doesn’t have central air so they’d really go crazy for the trash on the hotter days. Taking out the trash and washing the garbage can once in awhile helped. The fruit flies mostly float through the air slowly and are easy to catch.
We had mice at my Glen Ellyn home, so I’m used to it. Still, they’ve been really bad in our apartment. When the weather drops down, mice go to homes where it’s warm. I’m pretty sure they live in the basement/laundry room and climb up the pipes into people’s apartments. We’ve seen them scurrying from under the oven and into some secret hole by the dishwasher.
Once a mouse jumped at my roommate, and they’ve startled me a few times going into the kitchen at night. They’re fairly harmless, though it’s not appreciated when they come into your room when you’re about to go to bed and you have to go put your contacts back on to chase one out.
The big problem is they poop everywhere. They haven’t really eaten any of our food, but they love pooping in the pantry and on top of the stove. That means frequent cleaning. Sometimes it becomes too much and you start to let it go, but then feel like your life is in shambles and take care of it again.
We have these very tiny brown, German house mice. They’re too small to set off the standard traps, so we’ve been using the sticky, glue traps. The mice tend to be alive when they’re caught, and disposing of them makes you feel like a horrible person. We caught about three when they first started coming around, then they caught on to the traps. Last week, they suddenly got stupid again, and we’ve caught about four.
Our landlord sent a guy around to put out poison bait. The mice appear to be resistant to poison (Rating: D).
Chicago rats are horrifying. They’re as big as squirrels. At night, they walk alongside you on the streets. Fortunately, they’re so damn big there’s no chance of one getting into our second-floor apartment. Besides flooding and theft that’s probably another reason not to get a garden apartment. I try not to throw away the trash at night or risk encountering the king rat and its evil minions (Rating: D+).
Speaking of squirrels, there are actually quite a few of them that hang outside in the tree by my window. One day, a squirrel sat on my window ledge and ate from a food wrapper. Mr. Squirrel made me very happy, and he’s been back a couple times to hang out (Rating: A).
rottingmindatplay asked: Beast is the elegant comic I have ever read. It kind of made me want to rock a monocle and go appreciate some sculptures while mincing wine. Marian Churchland is one classy lady.
I suspect that she is with me just to even things out. like “you know what would set off this classy tweed jacket? a dude with holes in his socks who loveeees Dirty pair comics”