Sunday, June 06, 2010

Death, Music, and Alchemy

Sorry for not posting for awhile. There haven't been too many really exciting things happening this past week. I got my Mandolin though. I really love it. It's not quite as versatile as the guitar, but what it does it does really well, and I've been able to pick up a good bit of it pretty quickly.

I spent Friday and Saturday night this weekend out late and now I'm tired. Friday I went up to the Wine Cellar in Corning with Chris and we met Del and a few of her girl friends there. Then last night I went to Wellsboro to go to a worship gathering at a church that Nicole invited me to. It was really cool, and they had a bunch of Starbucks coffee. This was great at the time, but it kept me from getting to sleep until even later....

That morning I had gone with my Mom to a viewing service up on Coryland Hill for Norma Brown, an elderly neighbor of ours who died this past week. I didn't know her terribly well, but I had interviewed her this past semester for a class project, and when I was a little kid she used to let us catch minnows in the creek below her house. So that was sad.

After the service my Mom decided to go to Elmira shopping. That was cool, except that I didn't have my wallet or phone or anything, so I just kind of tagged along without doing much. We went to Barnes & Noble last and I got a book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It is good so far. I'm already about half way through it. It's very simple, and yet very philosophical at the same time, about a Spanish Shepherd boy who goes in search of treasure in Egypt and the people he meets along the way. It's funny that it mostly takes place in North Africa. I wasn't expecting that, and the two main languages in the book are Spanish and Arabic, the two that I've been trying to learn... so that's very interesting. Perhaps almost like one of the Omens that the book talks about so much.

Anyhow, so far my summer reading list consists of this book, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which is a posthumously published political thriller that seems to be quite the rage right now. I'm trying to keep things a bit less depressing than my reading list last summer. Looking back its not really a wonder I was depressed considering the stuff I was reading. So if you ever want a list of really sad books to read, I could recommend several!


han said...

Wow Drew, that sounds good. We'll have to play improv together if we get up there this summer. That would be fun.

Andrew said...

Yeah! That would be great!

sherlock said...

Still reading. :)
will watch the video later.

Delian said...

That book (the dragon one :P) sounds really good! I've been planning on reading it :P. I'm listening to a song otherwise I'd listening to your vid, I will later tho! :P