I’ve hit several lasts in the past week. As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I has my last undergraduate creative-writing class. On Saturday, when I turned in my unit test, I finished the last class that I will ever have to take that is not directly related to my course of study. (The class was Introduction to Earth Science. We studied geology, oceanography, and meteorology.)
My last concert performing with Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, I had thought I hadn’t reached yet, but I have. Because events colluded such that I needed to turn in my resignation early, my last performance was actually last June, and of course, at the time, I had no idea it would be my last performance. I did, however, attend the closing holiday concert as an audience member yesterday afternoon. It is the tradition at all of our concerts to close with a “signature song“, and we encourage our audience members to join in. (We print the lyrics in the program, but our regulars know the song.) It’s an oldie called “Walk Hand in Hand“, arranged a little differently to better suit a chorus. Here it is:
So yesterday was most likely the last time I will ever sing that song with my chorus.
I will most likely be moving from Minneapolis roundabout July, and I’m trying to make a list of all the things that I need to do and haven’t yet, and all the things I want to do one more time. Because I’ve been putting off committing this list to the written word, I think I will make it here.
Do once before I leave:
- Watch the Holidazzle parade (after next weekend it’s done forever!)
- Go to a St. Paul Saints game at Midway Stadium (before they tear down the m0st ridiculously placed stadium ever)
- Go to the Conservatory
- Go to the St. Paul Winter Carnival
- Go to the Minnesota Zoo (if I can afford it, there’s a reason I go to Como Zoo instead–and yes, I’ve been to Como Zoo but not the Conservatory)
- Have dessert at W.A. Frost (since that’s probably all I could afford there)
- Go to a Minnesota Lynx game
Do one last time before I leave
- Eat at Mickey’s Diner
- Take a picnic to Lake Calhoun
- Go to a Minnesota Twins game
- Go to Twin Cities Pride
If I gave it a lot of thought, I could probably make each of these lists much longer. But I want to be realistic about what I can pull off.
Of course, the most important thing of all I want to do before leaving is to spend as much time with my friends as possible. I’ve been very lucky to get to know some amazing people here.
In other news, I’m settling quite nicely into my winter break. Because of the odd way the holidays fall this year, I get a whole month off. I will rest and work on my remaining graduate-school applications.
So, nothing particularly literary about this entry, but that will not be the case in the near future.
Posted on 16 December, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Midway Stadium, Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota Zoo, personal life, Saint Paul Winter Carnival, Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus, Walk Hand in Hand. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.