Friday, April 29, 2005

Books of '05: Homeland

I am beginning to realize that 50 books this year is a bit of a pipe dream. I started out with a monster of a book and because of stress or just plain business did not read nearly enough as I had wanted in these first four months of 2005. So far I have only completed 9 books and that is only if you count the four Hitchhiker's Guide books I read in one large volume as four separate books. I say different copyrights, different books. 9 books going into the fifth month of the year I better step it up.

In that vein, the last book I read I did so in about three days. I couldn't, or rather didn't want, to put the damn thing down. Homeland by Sam Lipsyte was fun, quick and also thought provoking. I laughed my ass off reading this one even getting some strange looks in the cafeteria at work because of my giggling. The tale of Lewis Miner aka Teabag, Homeland is told as a series of letters to his high school alumni newspaper. His letters spare no one including himself from the grim and often hilarious truth of Teabag's life. A mom who died too young, a lover who broke his heart and a father who wrote him off years ago all come to life in Lewis's search for community and family.

Lipsyte's voice while at time vulgar and lewd can turn on a dime to heartwarming and thoughtful. Go and get this book. You'll thank me for the wild ride.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

The pot of Gold is about three blocks from my house. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

First amendment, we don't need no stinking first amendment.

With the Red Sox down by three in the bottom of the eighth I just don't have the time or the energy to write all of my feelings on this topic. I don't know if I would be able to stop and I am trying to cut the stress and aggravation out of my life. It is stuff like this that gets my blood boiling. Please read this. (I hope you have a signup to the old grey lady but if not use Please think about it. Please realize that these are very, very dangerous and trying times in this country. Especially if you are not part of the religious right. The Thought Police are out there and unfortunately they are in positions of power.

The result of this open espousal of one religious view is a censorious climate in which a growing number of pharmacists feel free to claim moral grounds for refusing to dispense emergency contraception and even birth control pills prescribed by a doctor. Public schools shy away from teaching about evolution, and science museums reject scientifically sound documentaries that may offend Christian fundamentalists. Public television stations were afraid to run a children's program in which a cartoon bunny met a lesbian couple.

Scary, scary days.

Monday, April 25, 2005

For every million babies born in 2000 none of them are named Marion.

Thank you very much Terry for introducing me to one of the best time wasters I have ever seen. The Wife and I spent a long time with this thing last night.

WEEEEEE all the way home.

The Wife broke her toe last night. Rather than rehashing it I will just direct you to the details here complete with illustrations!

Sunday, April 24, 2005

A list of things found in the junk drawer

The Wife is currently organizing the kitchen junk drawer. Among the hidden treasures...

  • A christmas letter from my brother-in-law sent before the birth of his 20 month old daughter.
  • The reciept from the installation or our satelite dish dated 7/26/2003.
  • The Wife's application for a new social security card from 11/2002. (strange considering we moved into this apartment in december of 2002)
  • 5 lighters. 4 of which actually work.
  • A Starbucks card that neither of us remember buying or recieving.
  • Two cell phone chargers. The corresponding phones were donated to a domestic violence shelter over a year ago.
  • one peice of Bazooka Joe bubble gum.
  • A lint brush.
  • A wine key.
  • prescription bottle of cat traqualizers that were prescribed by the vet for the three hour drive up to RI when we moved here.
  • A travel size packet of Pepto Bismol.
  • Instruction manual for a small appliance that never worked.
  • something stcky that has yet to be identified.
  • 3 rolls of film. Your guess is as good as ours as to what is on them.
  • 2003 Date book that I used until May.
  • My sixth grade Safety Patrol badge.
  • small open bottle of Elmer's Glue. (stickiness identified)
  • 4 Leathermen (utility tool)
  • 6 Sharpies, 15 pencils, 47 pens.
  • 24 cents.
Well, I showed you mine... Your turn.