Friday, August 8, 2008

number 8

I usually don't get too excited about these kinds of things, but I just now decided it was necessary to stop and note that today is August 8 2008. 8-8-08.

I think I first became partial to the number 8 from the classic and melancholy song Figure 8 from Multiplication Rock (sung by Blossom Dearie). It was my favorite as a kid. I loved it because it was so thoughtful and solitary and because she was ice-skating outside in winter, which was like some fantasy to a kid growing up in Southern California.

Later when I considered a name for my zine, I thought about how my large hourglass figure was like an 8 and I liked that that brought up images of the ice-skating song. In that song she mentions how a figure 8 on it's side is the sign for infinity, which made me like it for the name of the zine even more. Also, I liked how it made me think of the word configurate.

Also, note-worthy on this 8th day of the 8th month in the 8th year is that yesterday was my 8th year anniversary at my job. This summer marks 8 years since I moved to the Portland area. I was worried moving here. I left a pretty nice life in the Bay Area, but I just felt like I needed to and I am so glad I did. I feel like I found my real self here. And I fell in deep love with a great guy.

So, here is to the number 8! Thanks for the nice things with 8's on them. Thanks for being "a circle that turns round upon itself."


comfies said...

i love the number 8 too - what's not to love? and the hourglass figure! also a fave! happy 8/8/08...

Amanda Laughtland said...

You might like this article from the Seattle Times about the luck of the number 8.

I liked hearing the story of how you named your zine. :)

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