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Monthly Archives: April 2003

The Faster You Go Deaf, The More Time You Have To Read

Recent distractions: “A Mighty Wind” (3 out of 4 stars), “Laurel Canyon” (2.5 out of 4 stars), “Baran” (3.5 out of 4 stars). Also picked up Ariel Gore’s latest, “Atlas of the Human Heart”, over the weekend and finished that in short order. I’ll have to give that 4 out of 4 stars. We’re [...]

Little Argument With Myself

For me life hasn’t become entirely routine…but rather it is comprised of routines. They come in handy when dealing with tragicomic three year-olds, especially on Monday mornings. After half a dozen increasingly urgent requests (swimming pool? cookies? Boppa’s house? play game? Grandma’s house? Children’s Museum? - heck, they aren’t even open on Mondays) he [...]

Wrestling With An Aluminum Will

Meant to mention this earlier…but it is still Adbusters annual TV turnoff week. We do pretty well with this in our household, as far as the little man is concerned anyhow. We generally stick to the Monday-Friday no TV/no video rule. We sometimes watch a little TV (the Jackie Chan Adventures) and/or a few [...]

Slush To 90

I’m going to hell in a handbasket. I’d like to think I’m aging well, but my body feels the need to prove me wrong on a regular basis. Never mind the general achiness, allergies and stretch marks, it’s the puking that gets me. Far too frequently I pick up some bug from the little [...]

Never Underestimate An Overachiever.

Need something to do next weekend? Go see “Better Luck Tomorrow” - I’m planning to. A few words from director Justin Lin: ‘If you’ve ever complained about unoriginal cookie cutter movies or representation in the media, you have the power to change that. All you have to do is help spread the word and [...]

The End Of Civilization, Revisited

It’s not *all* gloom and doom around here. It was mostly a good Good Friday. Having the day off was excellent. The little man and I made morning visits to the coffee shop and children’s museum. The double mocha at the former helped me gear up for the latter. Then we were on to [...]

The End Of Civilization

Too many examples to cite. First off, via this piece: ‘The sacking of Iraq’s museums is like a “lobotomy” of an entire culture, say art experts. And they warned the Pentagon repeatedly of this potential catastrophe months before the war.’ And Alternet has this disturbing article: ‘In the past month, three international peace activists [...]


Speaking of indoor fun…when I got home from work last night I discovered that J had set up the little man’s play tent. And that the little man was giddily referring to it as his “city”. Thankfully he’s still small enough to comfortably crawl through the tube, and just barely stand up inside the [...]

A Million Dollar Rain

It’s been a long, crazy week. Globally and locally. The warm weather here has been waxing and waning. Last weekend was gorgeous. And Monday was like summer, without the nasty humidity and bugs. We had record-breaking heat of 89 degrees. Not that I experienced any of it. At work we’re given Good Friday off, [...]

Looks Like Saddam Put The “grr” In “dictatrrrrr”

Cue the B-52s. The band, not the plane. Saddam’s “love shack” has been found. And can I just say ew? ‘BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — The doors of the town house opened to reveal a playboy’s fantasy straight from the 1960s: mirrored bedroom, lamps shaped like women, airbrushed paintings of a topless blonde woman [...]