Thu 9/13/2007

Monday it was still in the 80s with UNBEARABLE humidity. I was practically CHOKING on the air it was so thick. Everyone on the subway and in the street was just miserable. Maybe I was projecting, but there seemed to be a general feeling of, "You've got to be kidding me... It's the second week of September!"

Tuesday it rained violently all afternoon. And that huge storm seemed to blow away the last remnants of this summer (GOOD RIDDANCE). I woke up Wednesday and it was the coolest, most pleasant day we've had in MONTHS. And today was more of the same! I know it's another ten days until the equinox, but I say autumn has arrived!

I can't even express how happy it makes me, to wear my hoodie. Or to walk around outside without sweating. I only wish I could go outside more... I have been spending WAY too much time in my windowless room, trying to get my Papercutter story done.

Today I was going to go do some penciling in Central Park, but then various freelance responsibilities forced me to stay close to my computer (UGH!) By about 8pm though, I was going totally stir crazy from cabin fever, so I forced myself to leave the apartment.

I looked at the subway map (best map EVER) and tried to find something I could go see that I have never seen before. I couldn't believe that the UN building was on 42nd street. How did I not know that??? So I got some penciling done while I took a long subway ride up to Grand Central. Then I walked East (which I guess I have never done on 42nd) to the UN.

It is a really cool street with some incredible buildings, including this one with a giant indoor garden, and then there is this really cool elevated park that has an overpass above 42nd street. I found a deli and got some food and had a nice little dinner right in front of the UN!

I put some photos up in my Flickr Account, which I'm going to try and do more often.

Anyways, Papercutter is due on Saturday and it will be so great to have that finished. I'm drawing so much now, it doesn't feel like I even exist. It's like I'm some sort of comics ghost, floating somewhere in between my skull and the drawing board. Sometimes I "zoom out" and can't believe that my hand is deftly applying ink to the bristol, apparently of its own volition! "What the hell? I'm on autopilot!?!"

When this is all over I might even take a day "off" and get outside for a bit. I think the fresh air will do me good!

4 comments on this entry

I finally went to the UN and did the tour the last time I was in NYC. It's really amazing - I wasn't expecting much, but it was really moving to be there. You should go in next time!

PS: The Tucson version of autumn has arrived as well - it's now 97 every day instead of 107. But I'll take whatever I can get!

Laura Sep14

I remember a school trip to the U.N. The cafeteria smelled steamy and meaty. I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in my Betty and Veronica lunch box and Peter Makowski kicked my leg under the table. What a jerk!

Arlene Sep14

Hey, I see the beard is coming back. I started growing mine on either the last day of July or the first day of August. If yours' origin was comparable, I'd be curious to see how they measure up -- I've always been very proud of my beard growing ability, but I've heard that yours is a force to be reckoned with.

SPX, here we come...

Chris S. Sep15

Chris - Unfortunately I have already trimmed my beard a couple of times for my teaching gig. We'll have to do a proper beard challenge one of these days. See you at SPX!

Alec Sep16

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