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A little more than a month ago, I found myself in a conversation with some friends about the practice of making mix CDs. And while I don’t remember just how that conversation took this particular turn (except, of course, that there was beer involved, so anything is possible), somehow I found myself on the end of a challenge (or two). Said friends offered up specific themes, and it was my task to compile suitable mixes to match those themes.
I finished the first of those CDs earlier this month, popped it in the mail, and have just received word that it has finally reached its intended destination.
Though perhaps I should instead say that it made landfall, since the theme in question was “Hurricane” (see track listing below). And while I knew the timing of said CD’s arrival would come pretty close to the anniversary of Katrina coming ashore in NOLA (six years ago this coming Monday, for those of you who’ve forgotten), there was no way for me to know that it would also coincide with the ongoing movement of Irene up the eastern seaboard. (Stay safe and dry, all you peeps from the Carolinas up to New England.)
For the record (for the disc??), I’m open to future requests . . . bearing in mind that there’s already a line here (so I can’t guarantee anyone a rapid response), and that I suspect the uncanny “make it so” magic that happened this time only works by accident (so you probably won’t be able to produce an everlasting global utopia simply by asking for an “everlasting global utopia” mix).
For perhaps obvious reasons, this month’s list has been a little harder to write up. And the most important item was also the hardest to find any good words for at all. The pictures will have to do.
Nine days late, I know, but it’s been a busy week or so.
As before, these are in no particular order . . . except for #1.
Lots of people do Top Ten lists of one sort or another. But do we really need to fetishize the number 10 simply ’cause that’s how many fingers most of us are born with? And do such lists really need to revolve around hierarchical rankings? I don’t think so.
So here’s my “notable nine” for September 2010. These aren’t necessarily the best — or the worst — things that happened to me this past month. And they’re not presented in any clearcut order. They’re simply nine slices of my life from the past 30 days that deserve some sort of recognition.
It’s time to flip the script on my list of top ten things I’ll miss about Tampa and offer up the companion list of things that make the Twin Cities a great place for me to live. As with the previous list, there’s no firm ordering here . . . at least not once you get past the Top Two items.
This could have been a much longer list (even the “cheat” of squeezing multiple “Best of” highlights into several of the individual items above) . . . but that’s exactly what should happen in the wake of a good move: the benefits of your new hometown simply become too numerous to mention.
And it really is a move now, it seems. What had been left of my Tampa belongings arrived in Minneapolis yesterday . . . just in time for me to leave it behind for a week or so while I head off to Istanbul. Internet access permitting, I’ll try and slip a blog entry or two in from Turkey.
The Tampa-to-Minneapolis move has been a very good one for me. So good that I’m hard-pressed to come up with too many things about my migration north that count as downsides. Still, there are a number of things about Tampa that I will miss. In no particular order (at least not after #1), here are ten of the biggest.
A cynical reader might suggest that if my Tampa Top Ten has to get rounded out with something as semi-generic as “sweet tea” (i.e., a beverage that can be found all over the real South), then perhaps life in Tampa, whatever its charms, still leaves something to be desired. And while I don’t want to be that cynical about a place I called home for nearly a decade, I also have to admit that the companion list of things I love about my new home (details forthcoming in some future post) was far easier to compile without any padding.
But then that’s why this has been a Very Good Move.