Monday, August 30, 2010

As we drove out to Utah last week, we came around a big curve, out of the mountains, finally, and suddenly a wind farm appeared, scaring the crap out of me:

There's something about gigantic pure white metal machines that look like oversized weapons juxtaposed with nature and sunsets and beauty that really does NOT appeal to me. [But kind of does... appeal to me].

I've been here for almost two weeks now, living at the airport hotel. My apartment, my lovely brand new apartment, is too brand new. So brand new that it is not finished. Living at an airport hotel is by far one of the more depressing things I've ever done. Add to that my best friend leaving after the move, homesickness, and the fact that I literally do not know a single person and Salt Lake City and, well... that's where I'm at right now. But trying to make the best of it and spend my days away from the hotel. This is downtown:
This is what I was reading downtown, in the park outside the library:
And this is a portion of the library [though not a very library-y portion]:

Utah has a grad student reading series and Paisley here is introducing the beginning of that series, held last Friday night at the Art Barn in Reservoir Park just off campus. The reading was incredible. I feel very proud and grateful to be working in the presence of these amazing writers.

Mondays, I get out of class at 7:30pm. Today I learned that, since the mountains are in the East here, as opposed to my Western Colorado mountains, the sun shines directly on them as it sets. And my campus is directly on those Eastern mountains. It's very beautiful.

At least the sky here is similar to home.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Underground Music Showcase in Denver last weekend:

My weekend lineup consisted of: Porlolo, two Dust on the Breakers shows, the Centennials, Houses, The Rouge, the Lumineers, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, The Raven and the Writing Desk, and Gregory Alan Isakov. I missed the last day of the showcase due to exhaustion and a refusal to drive all the way back downtown for the fourth day in a row. Yes, it is a looooong drive.

Highlights for me were the Centennials [the Meese family, brother, wife, and brother] who performed their first show, Houses who are always even more amazing than I remember, and the Lumineers, my new favorite Denver band.

Salt Lake City, you have some very big shoes to fill. Denver is the new Austin. You just wait.