Actually, as I came to discover, GPOY stands for the relatively innocuous "Gratuitous Pic of You," which it has become common for bloggers to post on Wednesdays. (I think GPOM would make more sense, but who can dictate the direction that linguistic winds will blow?)
Because I always tend to overdo things, I am going to post 2 GPOYs on this humpday. I am posing in the outfit I put together to wear to the opera last night. I was going for — well, I was going for an ensemble of clean, not outdated clothes that fit reasonably well — but what I happily ended up with was a sort of modern twist on a geeky, preppy look. Like a comparative lit TA you might fantasize about kissing. (I am being optimistic here.) What do you think — kissable or just plain geeky?
Not so visible in these shots are the dark indigo skinny Levi's and the black Mephisto dress shoes that Peter
TGFPM (Thank goodness for Peter's Mom) as well, as Sonia had given me her ticket for Rossini's Le Comte Ory, being performed at the Met for the first time ever this week. She was unable to attend, so I went in her stead and sat next to her opera buddy, Sonja. (Perhaps I should have re-identified as transgendered and gone as Sonya, to preserve the congruence.)
This opera, beautifully performed, contained a truck-load of gender identity mayhem, what with knights disguised as nuns and a trouser-role page — a male role played by a woman, who had to pretend in one scene to be female — it was all very Victor/Victoria, especially during the bedroom scene in which the 3 leads found themselves together in what amounted to a huge pink velvet craftmatic adjustable, which allowed the singers to be cranked into relative uprightness to sing their big threesome, er, trio:
|Juan Diego Flórez, Joyce DiDonato, Diana Damrau|
I was cranked into irritation during this scene when Sonja's cellphone began playing a jaunty LOUD pop tune....which continued for a good 30 seconds while she (rather unconcernedly, I thought) poked her purse containing the offending phone slightly deeper into her lap, as though that would prevent the assembled 3000 audience members from hearing it. I have to think that even the singers must have heard the ringing, but my brain went into some kind of altered state as soon as I realized that the noise was drawing all eyes toward my seat. I am a glutton for attention, but not that kind of attention.
Speaking of seats, and I'm going to, even though it amounts to looking a gift horse in the mouth, our seats were terrible. So far away from the stage that I felt at times as though I were watching an opera on Youtube. (Son-j/i-a were unable to obtain their usual good seats for this sold-out performance.) But it did make me appreciate my own regular seat even more, and to look forward eagerly to next season, when I'll be movin' on down to an even better location on the 2nd tier.
And speaking of sexy TA's, my major crush in college was on a 27yo (older man!) chemistry grad student named Jeffrey Michael Chance, whom I followed around like a puppy. I'd admired his rockabilly style — clunky boots, leather jacket, Stray Cats hair, torn flannel shirt open to expose a rather nice chest — from across the organic chemistry lab for months before we finally met at a campus party. As our friendship progressed, we worked out together several times a week, hung out in his lab, went out dancing, took drugs he'd manufactured himself (I don't think this was part of his doctoral research), and listened to bluegrass music. Although he seemed to enjoy my company, Jeffrey never really responded to the probably very unsubtle sexual vibes I was casting his way. We continued to stay in touch through letters (remember them?) after I was stationed in Germany until his death from AIDS in 1988 or so. He was the first person I knew who died of that disease, and I still miss him now. My teaching skeleton is named Jeffrey in his honor, which is perhaps a little gruesome, but I think Jeff would've understood. I've never told anybody before this how my skeleton got its name.