Friday, January 27, 2006

tomorrow was wednesday

after waiting for 22 years, i got to see howard jones in concert.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

wish i could stop watching

it is so, so evident that they're keeping santino on project runway so they have a personality to lure viewers in. at this point i think he could fling poo on a model and he'd be darn close but not out.

Monday, January 16, 2006

it bothers me

that the library is closed today.

i realize that the county observes MLK Day, and that's great. but as a cultural institution i wish the library would remain open and that we could host teach-ins on social justice issues.

on the other hand, i would gladly bust my butt to get a symposium together, and the only people coming into the building would be there to check their email.

patrons are always, always right.

patron: where's the book, my first share?
me: (looks in catalog by title): we don't have a book titled 'my first share'. do you want something on investing, or...
patron: no. my firsts, by sher. s-h-e-r.
me: hmm, not by that title. let me check by author. do you mean barbara sher? we have some books by her, but nothing by that title, we have -
patron, interjecting: NO! sher! i know you have the book, i've read it twice already! sher, from sonny and sher!
me: oh. cher. we have 'the first time' by cher, it's a biography.

patron: i'm looking for a book that was one of oprah's bookclub books.
me: okay, let me check the list.
patron: it's the newest one.
me: "a million little pieces"?
patron: no, the one after that.
me: that's the current book, the next one is being announced tomorrow.
patron: oh. it must be older then. it's "what i know about the world".
me: there's no book close to that title on oprah's bookclub list.
patron: oh. hmm. what is on the list?
me: here's the list. are you looking for "i know this much is true"?
patron: no, it's "what i know about the world."
me: that's not on the list, and we don't own a book by that title. "a map of the world'?
patron: no. (looking at computer screen, which has's bookclub archive up.) is that the whole list?
me: yes.
patron: well it must be the next book then.
me: they are announcing the next book tomorrow. there's no information about it on the website yet.
patron: well i'll wait until they announce it. then you'll get copies of it.

(later, i look at the 'books mentioned on oprah' section and realize that he's talking about 'the known world', which is not on the bookclub list. however, the patron has disappeared.)

i'm pretty good at the 'i need that book about that guy...' kinds of questions, but when the patron insists that their information is right despite evidence to the contrary.... if you allow me to use my brain, i can help you. if you cling to your misinformation, i can't find the answer. gaaaaargh.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

he said this

"i cost too much money. i am expensive." - boo

why do i watch this??

project runway, or project subject-us-all-to-santino. so evident that they're keeping him so there's a love-to-hate personality.

isaac. just looove this, clap for this. he told nancy o'dell that he was going to try to score a date with the cute blue-eyed guy in the audience until she said it was her husband. and then he kept flirting anyway. has a great sense of humor, especially about himself. also, gave away secret to fluffy matzoh balls - club soda! who knew?

okay, really, that's about it. isaac's timeslot has put an end to watching girlfriends reruns, and i haven't had enough energy to stay up for craig ferguson so often lately.

Monday, January 09, 2006


Thanks, Bob!

Your new proposed bill, HB187, would make it illegal for an unmarried woman to become artificially inseminated. If it ain't the natural way (missionary position with MALE spouse), it just ain't right, eh Bob?

So... I'm assuming if an unmarried woman gets pregnant and can't claim to have had sexual intercourse, she should of course be thrown in jail. (Didja run out or flunk out of Catholic seminary, Bob? I mean, anything but sexual intercourse would be an artificial method of insemination....)

Please stop basing your political activities on other peoples' genitalia. Here's a list of what you proposed last session: ** I count 10 out of 37 that are based in legislating reproduction and sexuality, and that's without looking at the text to see if there's anything in the bodies of the sponsored bills that have anything lurking within beyond the title. And get some therapy, you have fixations that are clearly disturbing for someone who has passed adolescence.

** sorry, the linking function seems to not be working. highlight, rightclick, etc.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

logistics, leaving, la la la.

amazingly, i wasn't in too much pain on jan 2. but i do know i made a number of 'i love you maaaaaan' emails and calls on the first. well, at least they were well-intentioned.

spare time is now spent planning the move to portland. this means doing a number of things to our current house that i really wish we had done before, so we could enjoy them for a while. also, drooling over real estate listings that we can't jump on yet, trying to figure out the packing/moving/bringing cars and cats, dreaming about job listings, etc. meanwhile, both my husband and i are having dreams at night about this - last night i dreamed that we were driving around manassas pointing out what sucked. it was a long, long list.

today at work i wanted to look for books on relocating and all of the copies at my branch are gone. this means that either other people are aware that this place is starting to suck eggs, or someone is hoarding away them from me. as i do not want to kickstart the rumor mill that is only in low drive right now, i had to put my requests on via computer so i didn't have to ask my colleagues to find these books and send them to me.

add to the list of things that suck - a housing law in manassas that attempts to define family and works just fine if you're the cleavers, but may not work so well if you're the de la cruzes, the huas or the mr and mr smith-kingstons. this is to combat overcrowding. isn't overcrowding better solved by limiting the number of people in house by number of square feet, rather than by bloodlines? the aclu has threatened a lawsuit, and the city has declared it is holding off on enforcing the law. outraged letters to the local paper pretty much scream 'move back to mexico', which shows that since those letter-writing residents have had their heights shortened by having their heads in anatomically improbable places, they may be the ones who could fit a few move folks into their square footage.

a dear friend called me last night to say he's been thinking about me since sharon had a stroke, and wondering if i was upset about it. um, not particularly. just kind of resigned to it, as there is nothing i can do about it or the fate of the kadima party either way. he recalls how upset i was when rabin was assasinated. in the years since, hope has been assasinated many times over.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

mango mimosas

once the seemingly harmless effects of mango mimosas have lessened their grip (one bottle friexenet. ome bottle mango juice, add to one low alcohol tolerance and WOOOHOOO and nap), perhaps i will write more.

whither portland oregon?

always rollerskates!

since i keep having to refind my cell phone, and it's next to my mouse, happy new year and i'll see you after my nap.