Saturday in CinCity

My grad school classes begin this week. Occupational Health Illnesses and Injuries to kick it off. Maybe some rotator cuff disabilities from stickin' it to The Man. And alcoholism cause I've watched Mad Men long enough to know there's no getting through those days without a drink or ten. CollegeGrrrl and I were in the bank a week or so ago and overheard a PhD. candidate discussing his research on Violence Against Drug Dealers. I see opportunity for a guest lecturer promoting helmets and kevlar. Or, maybe not. And, I suspect there will be less halcyon days of the college campus photo above and more of the schlepping through the campus below.

Little nervous. Not certain that I can take notes again and study, study, study, but we'll see what happens.

OctoberFest this weekend in CinCity where the Chicken Dance is king. HoneyHaired and I are off to the ballet to see New Works, where local choreographers showcase their work, often with local musicians. The video below is from last year. Choreography Heather Britt, music Peter Adams. Hope your weekends are equally as entertaining, and I hope chickens are involved.

Ideal Cities

by Erika Meitner

Ideal cities are cities where the neighbors
play soul music all night long & don't care

who they bother because who doesn't like Holy Ghost
or Loose Booty? Ideal cities have at least one drunk lady

outside the liquor store mornings, who asks you to hold
her cigarette so she can lean in to touch your baby.

In ideal cities, the pharmacist knows your prescriptions
by heart. In ideal cities your neighbor sells pot to the cops

for a living, though you've never seen him do it & most days
he wears a caftan to glue rhinestones on the cement frogs

in his yard. On trash night in ideal cities your other neighbors
swap stories in the alleys. Ideal cities

have margins that aren't pretty or bleak
and are without proper representation

but have no grievances. My ideal city
has a wish list written on the back

of an envelope scrap, an ATM slip.
My ideal city is peripheral and claims

uneven sidewalks. In the ideal city
my neighbor is a taxi driver.

My neighbor is at sea.
My neighbor thinks

his house is haunted
while his wife's away

on business. My neighbor
gives a robber a glass

of Chateau Malescot St-Exupéry
and a hug. In the ideal city my neighbors

are a multi-generational
family & one guy

who puts chairs
in the street

to save a spot
for our moving truck.


  1. Sort of a wild guess, but is that autumn at Kenyon College by any chance?

  2. We just d/c a patient for selling his prescription drugs that we supplied. We were terrified of getting caught in the crossfire while providing care in the home.

    I think violence against nurses would be an outstanding topic. When will you get around to that?

    Good luck with school, friend, though luck has nothing to do with it. It won't be long until you'll be able to paste an alphabet soup after your RN, BSN!

  3. I wish you Bon Voyage as you embark on a new journey of self-discovery. Watch out World!

  4. Left an award at my place for you.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Good eye, WestEnder. That is exactly Kenyon College. What a stunningly gorgeous campus! I was up there one summer for dance training and it was like the background scenery for Midsummer's Night's Dream every single day.

    Rudee, I imagine there will be bit to say about violence against healthcare workers, especially with the latest shooting at Johns Hopkins. One of the professors, Gordon Gillespie, in this program writes a lot about workplace violence, esp. in hospitals. Nothing new, mostly it's a bad thing to happen and should be prevented...

    Thanks, ER, for the Bon Voyage. Right now I'd be happy to discover where my classes are!!

    And, Gail, thanks for the thoughtful and lovely award. Your photos always make me stop and look twice :>)

  6. Hi honey. I know you will do a great job as a student, I have no doubts! Have fun! xoxo


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