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Thursday, September 30, 2004

Snow Flakes

In honour of winter (even though I was wearing shorts today), and to stave off blog tedium, here is my new winter look.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Virtue

I got my place back cleaner in every single other respect than I’d left it - including washing the outside of all the windows / Image hosted by ImageVenue.com -- Free Photo Album and Free Image HostingThe cat box looked like this (don’t be too grossed out; it’s really a cake, not a repugnantly dirty cat box. Does that make it less disgusting?). I’m not surprised since Tallboy, who took care of my place and of Noudnic the Cat while I was away told be he didn’t “scoop poop”. Fair enough, especially since I got my place back cleaner in every single other respect than I’d left it (including washing the outside of all the windows!). Embarrassing? Not in the least. I should go away more often.

I could have stayed at my folks’ another week or so. A chauffeur service, a chef service (that takes requests), and all the surreal conversation you can stand; I sometimes think that my parents inhabit an alternate plane of existence. Winnipeg is a great little city and I left just in time: Winnipeg is a great little frozen city as of very soon.

So I guess it’s fair to say that I’m fairly happy to be back, although I don’t want to start facing real life yet. I’ll do it next week. For the rest of this week I’ll continue to pretend I have no responsibilities and that I can live without need of trifles such as money before I really have to live without trifles such as food (except burritos).

In the meantime, however, I have plan to live like Martha Stewart on the tightest budget she could ever imagine (before that whole prison thing, of course). No going to bed until the dishes are washed, the bills filed, the recycling squished into the undersized box, and the clothes put away or placed delicately in the hamper. I will eat healthy food only and remember to take my multivitamins every single day. I will wash them down with fruit juice I myself will squeeze every morning as the sun comes up.

I am virtuously lunching on a sandwich made entirely of vegetables and wild rice bread I brought back from one of Winnipeg’s one hundred thousand hippy bakeries / Image hosted by ImageVenue.com -- Free Photo Album and Free Image HostingWhy as I write, even, I am virtuously lunching on a sandwich made entirely of vegetables and – get this! – wild rice bread I brought back from one of Winnipeg’s one hundred thousand hippy bakeries. I so am enjoying the subtle vegetable flavours mixing in my mouth and if I were to desire to make even the smallest of critiques it would be to add only the delicate zest of bacon bits, and mayonnaise, and just a hint of roast beef. But just a hint, mind you. The fact that I have a side or Doritos next to the sandwich has no bearing here.


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Sunday, September 26, 2004

Caffeine Withdrawal



Coffee / Image hosted by ImageVenue.com -- Free Photo Album and Free Image HostingI successfully fasted for twenty-four hours for Yom Kipur without pushing anyone into traffic or slicing anyone’s head off. The Yom Kipur fast is a nasty one: not only are you not allowed food, but you’re also not allowed any form of liquid whatsoever, including coffee. No coffee make Surly super surly. By the beginning of the afternoon it was as if someone where massaging my spongy brain matter with acid-tipped stiletto heels.

This is fast is not, as many believe to make you feel as horrible as possible for one day, forcing you into a subservient and repentant state until the end of your fast when you feel virtuous and righteous for having made it through the entire twenty-four hour period. This would logical since it is the Day of Atonement. It’s not  Coffee / Image hosted by ImageVenue.com -- Free Photo Album and Free Image Hostingaltogether accurate, though; if you actually feel yourself to be virtuous and righteous, you’re not being very Jewish. If you’re Jewish, there’s always something you can be doing better or more of (or less of). The purpose of the fast is, while atoning for all the bad things you did during the previous year, big bad and little bad, to help you into the shoes of someone less fortunate than you – just to nail home the point that much more poignantly. A forced starvation is a very pointed way of achieving this.

I felt the caffeine withdrawal more acutely than I did the hunger. This does not mean that now I understand the hardship of those who cannot afford coffee. I’m sure they have other things on their minds than standing in Second C*p or Starfuck’s trying to decide whether to get the Brazilian Meadow blend or the Bolivian Mountain blend.

 Coffee / Image hosted by ImageVenue.com -- Free Photo Album and Free Image HostingWhat I do understand better now is how a former colleague had to muster all his concentration at work as he suffered through a painful medical condition that eventually ended his life. I could barely read after just a few hours of no coffee. He worked full time and did a good job (although he did need help with detailed stuff occasionally). I was barely able to hold a conversation. I have a much better appreciation of what he had to do every single day and am in awe of what he achieved in such a circumstance. All the petty problems seem to melt away when you find another perspective, even if it’s only for a few hours.

And on the theme of putting yourself in others’ shoes, Radmila wrote something beautiful, something very few people in Canada or the States have ever had to deal with in quite this way. Read “Repost” (Sept. 25).


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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

I'm Too Lazy to Write Too Much

mmmmm . . . something . . .

I got this recipe from my dinner host yesterday evening. I was disappointed she didn’t actually serve this though. The photo provided below is of the actual food item. Really. The guests at my next potluck, beware.

Kitty Litter Cake

Ingredients

1 box spice or German chocolate cake mix
1 box of white cake mix
1 package white sandwich cookies
1 large package vanilla instant pudding mix
A few drops green food coloring
12 small Tootsie Rolls or equivalent

Serving “Dishes and Utensils”

1 NEW cat-litter box
1 NEW cat-litter box liner
1 NEW pooper scooper

Prepare and bake cake mixes, according to directions, in any size pan. Prepare pudding and chill. Crumble cookies in small batches in blender or food processor. Add a few drops of green food coloring to 1 cup of cookie crumbs. Mix with a fork or shake in a jar. Set aside.

When cakes are at room temperature, crumble them into a large bowl. Toss with half of the remaining cookie crumbs and enough pudding to make the mixture moist but not soggy. Place liner in litter box and pour in mixture.

Unwrap 3 Tootsie Rolls and heat in a microwave until soft and pliable. Shape the blunt ends into slightly curved points. Repeat with three more rolls. Bury the rolls decoratively in the cake mixture. Sprinkle remaining white cookie crumbs over the mixture, then scatter green crumbs lightly over top.

Heat 5 more Tootsie Rolls until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake and sprinkle with crumbs from the litter box. Heat the remaining Tootsie Roll until pliable and hang it over the edge of the box. Place box on a sheet of newspaper and serve with scooper. Enjoy!
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There are already some blog writers who do this – unintentionally, I believe – but have a look at what the Simplified Spelling Society thinks we should do to increase literacy. Is is the language's fault, or the TV's fault?

Pleez leev al comments for thiss poast in Simplified Spelling.


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Monday, September 20, 2004

Black Milk and Green Poo

Head-shaving / Image hosted by ImageVenue.com -- Free Photo Album and Free Image HostingI can’t seem to shock my parents. I have to admit that they’ve pretty much seen it all with me, and what they didn’t see they heard about long after my adolescence had faded. Perhaps after the whole coming out thing there wasn’t that much more about me that could surprise them.

But still, you’d think coming home late a little drunk and with a head shaved completely bald would stir some sort of parental tsk-tsking. After all, now I look exactly like the kind of thug you see quite regularly on British sitcoms and soap operas. But no. My father simply said “oh” and continued his back-stretching exercises. My mother had a slightly more involved reaction: she laughed at the fact that my face is brown and my head is white and that there is a very sharp line between the two colours and told me it looked as if I were wearing a tight costume from a bad sci-fi movie. No hysterics. No pleading to know why I had marred my beauty in such a fashion. Doing not so daring things when you’re 34 is boring.

Violist / Image hosted by ImageVenue.com -- Free Photo Album and Free Image HostingCome to think of it, when I was a teenager my parents always seemed more concerned with things like my grades, like whether I had practised my viola (it’s like a bigger, better, deeper violin) that day, like why my sister was stomping around the house giving everyone a very loud silent treatment (“I dunno what her problem is. I didn’t say anything to her. Really. I didn’t . . . ”) and so forth. The length, colour, consistency of my hair, the music I listened to, the clothes I wore were never gigantic emotional issues for them. My mother even went with me to thrift stores to help me pick out everything black they had for tall, skinny art fags (still deep in the closet). Where was the fun and the shock in that? I had to find my angst elsewhere, something I managed to do quite well.

The whole head-shaving activity was inspired by my friend The Lizard Queen, whom I’ve known literally since I was only a few weeks old. She asked, admiring my simple buzz cut, if I had ever shaved my head completely bald. Nope. Wanna try? Ok. Ten minutes later I was bald, slightly drunk, and running my hands over my head in satisfaction and disbelief.

This kind of “let’s see what happens if we” attitude had always fuelled our activities with varying, though always entertaining, results. Inspired perhaps by the blue milk from “Star Wars”, we decided to see what would happen if we tried various hues of food colouring in our own milk. What happened is that our milk eventually turned black and was really gross to drink (although it tasted fine) and that our poo was bright green for the next few days. That, as you can imagine, fuelled conversations for years afterwards.

We both had to sleep in the living room because there were quite obviously zombies and possessed children in our bedroom / Image hosted by ImageVenue.com -- Free Photo Album and Free Image HostingWhen we got older “let’s see what happens if” also caused us to things like smoke a lot of pot before and during really scary movies? Result: we both had to sleep in the living room because there were quite obviously zombies and possessed children in our bedroom). What will happen if we live together and work together and also live with The Lizard Queen’s boyfriend at the time, who also, by the way, worked with us (ah, stupid youth!)? Result: fun that quickly changed to anxiety, pain, duplicitousness, several threats to quit/move out, the beating of breasts and the slamming of doors, many statements beginning with the words “I will never again”, war, anarchy, the end of romance, the end of that job for The Lizard Queen, the almost complete destruction of our lifelong friendship. Ugh. What will happen if we invite two feuding former best friends to our party without telling each one? Result: a few snippy comments, but not the Alexis-Crystal Dynasty bitch-slap fest we’d hoped for. A fun party was the real result. But then again, all our parties were fun.

This “let’s see what happens if” attitude had sustained me throughout my life. Let’s see what happens if I move to Montreal and live with a Francophone who doesn’t speak a word of English. Result: I now speak French so well I’m told I have little accent, if any at all. What will happen after graduation from university if I decide not to go to grad school after all? Result: the balance of the universe remained unshifted. What will happen if I quit my high-paying job and try to become a professional writer? Result: utter poverty, complete joy.

I am happy to be from this city with its hundred-foot high elm trees, architectural nightmares right next to beautiful turn-of-the-(last)-century buildings, totally funky little cafes in strip malls, and old friends / Image hosted by ImageVenue.com -- Free Photo Album and Free Image HostingThe Lizard Queen is now a married homeowner with a job and everything and she is still very much the Lizard Queen. And I am still very much me despite my frequent swings back and forth from respectability to dreamy and artsy. She is my oldest friend who had never done me wrong (except maybe a little during the war alluded to above, but there was a lot of wrong being done by all sides). Despite the lack of frequent contact some things never change. My head is bald and I am happy to be from this city with its hundred-foot high elm trees, architectural nightmares right next to beautiful turn-of-the-(last)-century buildings, totally funky little cafes in strip malls, and old friends, even if I only visit every couple of years.


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Thursday, September 16, 2004

Days of Awe

Manitoba Golden Boy / Image hosted by ImageVenue.com -- Free Photo Gallery and Image Hosting SolutionThis is one of the many reasons why Manitoba should never again be confused with Alberta. I'm glad I could be here for it. (For the non-Canadians among you, Winnipeg, the city where I grew up and am visiting right now, is the capital of Manitoba)

And for those of you who care about such things (my parents' computer doesn't have Hebrew characters installed), Shana tova umetuka! A good and sweet year to all. Happy 5765!


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Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Take Off, Eh

Leaving on a jet place / Image hosted by ImageVenue.com -- Free Photo Gallery SolutionMy flight from Toronto to Winnipeg could not have been any more Canadian unless Bob and Doug McKenzie themselves had been the flight attendants (“Hey. You gotta pay fer the meels now, eh. Take off!”). I was lodged firmly between a Native guy and a group of Revenue Quebec auditors flying to Winnipeg to verify the revenue of Manitoba companies who have offices in Quebec. I usually find plane trips pretty sterile and unfriendly, the atmosphere set by the trolley dollies and their little fake smiles. But this flight was different. We chatted for the entire two and a half hour flight. Waves of bilingualism wafted over the aisles. It was like a CBC movie about “typical” Canadians and how we share our experiences and celebrate each other’s diversity and all that crap. It was a fun time, eh. Mets-en.

I had been lucky to have been let on the flight at all. Left over from the days when I had a job that required be to carry the equivalent of an entire desk around with me everywhere, there was a pair of forgotten scissors in that very bag. As I reached to take it off the conveyor belt at security check-in the guard slammed her hand down on it.

Image hosted by ImageVenue.com -- Free Photo Gallery Solution “Sir, there are scissors in this bag. Can you show them to me?” Her eyes were firmly fixed on mine.

I know that not too long ago this might have been the reason to hold me for hours, and I calmly slipped into calm panic mode, where my voice gets all placid and serene while my mind fires off ten thousand non-sequiturial thoughts at the same time (Did I turn the coffee maker off?). I rifled through the bag, unsure of where I had left them months ago. I resisted the urge to say something like Well if I can’t find them, I can’t be too much of a security risk. I have found that people with supreme power don’t appreciate the questioning of their authority. I learned that when I was nineteen with a West German border guard (way back when the was a country called West Germany). You don’t need the story, but take it from me that the lesson was learned very, very well.

Once I had finally located them, the lecture began: I could still be charged. I have to be aware of what I’m doing. Did I leave my bag unattended for even a microsecond? I must learn to be a more responsible traveller. All the while, I hung my head contritely. I had no objection when she told me she would have to confiscate them. The scissors I bought at the dollar store?! Shriek!

I’m very glad for airport security, although it’s a great pity that a single pair of scissors could cause such uproar. I also suspect that if my eyes were brown instead of green or if my last name began with “El-” or “Al-” or had a “q” or two unaccompanied by a “u”, my treatment at the hands of the airport security guard for an innocent pair of scissors might have been quite different. What a world we have been born into.

Image hosted by ImageVenue.com -- Free Photo Gallery SolutionAnd so here I am in the house in which I grew up. My old bedroom has become the computer room. My parents like spongey mattresses that give me a backache. I can’t get into my comments for some reason on this computer so I am temporarily mute. I have been stuffed with good food and good cheer. I sit typing in my former bedroom, looking out the window at Winnipeg’s beautiful, enormous elms and I remember why I used to think I would never leave this city.

***UPDATE - I am not totally mute. All I have to do is "edit" the comments from the Haloscan homepage***


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Monday, September 13, 2004

Nanookie of the North

Winnipeg breakfast / Image hosted by ImageVenue.com -- Free Photo Gallery SolutionThe last time I was in Winnipeg in September, we were supposed to be afraid of the Eastern Bloc and Madonna was controversial. It was 1990 and I had no clue that a scant six months later I would be leaving that city for good. It was a different millennium. Now in 2004, we have Osama instead of Kruschev (yes, I know Gorbachev was in power in 1990), but no one has yet dethroned Madonna (although she sure has mellowed in her pre-golden years).

I don’t remember what September in Winnipeg is like. I know the mosquitoes and black flies are gone. Are the leaves turning yet? I almost called my parents to ask if I should bring shorts and sandals, before I realised that was a silly question. Have the leaves turned? Should I bring a hat? I almost forgot to pack a jacket.

Although at the tender age of nineteen we lived for months on end out of my backpack on various trains zipping through Eastern and Western Europe, I am nevertheless a neurotic traveller. I regularly check to make sure my airplane ticket still exists and hasn’t been sucked into another plane of existence by some transdimensional being who really really wants to go to Winnipeg. I had a bit of a scare when it turned out that The Safe Place I’d put it – the coffee table – turned out to be too safe and the papers on my desk suffered as a result before the ticket was located, lounging indolently in front of the television, just where I’d left it.

This is only my second post-9/11 airplane ride and I must say I’m a little nervous.

 I will blog while there, although not as much.  My parents still hunt the woolly mammoth and are connected to the Internet by dial-up / Image hosted by ImageVenue.com -- Free Photo Gallery SolutionI have already jinxed myself from all Hollywood-type stories by imagining that the person next to me in my airborne sarcophagus will be a top publisher/literary agent, or really hot, sweet, perfect, kind, generous, edgy, funny, brilliant, humble (but not too humble), perfect, Jewish guy who lives in Toronto and will fall instantly as in love with me as I with him. Now that it’s been imagined, it ain’t gonna happen.

I will blog while there, although not as much. My parents still hunt the woolly mammoth and are connected to the Internet by dial-up.

As you are all so sad I’m leaving, here is a little picture that is easy on the eyes while you dry your tears:

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Saturday, September 11, 2004

Remember

Remember the victims of September 11, 2001 and the victims of terror all over this world.

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And also remember on this day that we still live on a beautiful planet.


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Friday, September 10, 2004

The Internet Ate My Brain

I’m (temporarily) bored of blogging. The only thing I could think up to write today was a debate on the merits of chunky peanut butter over smooth peanut butter. I’ll leave that one to the diehards. Besides, chunky is clearly superior, so there is very little debate.

Here are some pretty pictures instead (thanks to new and speedy free image host ImageVenue so now it shouldn’t take as much time to load the site or click on the thumbnails). Click on the thumbnail for a larger image:


Dubai model Murtaza Moulvi



Iraqi traffic cop



Bollywood star Aryan Vaid



Israeli jazz bassist Avishai Cohen



Blackout, August 14, 2003



Lightning sunset



Shefali Shetty in “Monsoon Wedding



Justice



British Olympic diver Peter Waterfield



Singer Yma Sumac



Funky chicken


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Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Cabeza de flan, comida por tiburones

Flan / Image hosted by ImageVenue.com -- Free Photo Gallery SolutionMy very recently acquired old age is addling my brainpower. My neurons misfire and my logic gets all squishy and slimy like flan. I labour under the impression that I am still able to handle things I enjoyed greatly not so many years ago, such as martinis, spicy food and disturbing movies.

I don’t know if I’ve already mentioned this over and over again without a break, but it was my birthday on Saturday. Most of the day itself was spent in a hung over, zombie-like state (that makes no sense! I’m pretty sure zombies don’t drink. See?! My brain has become so decrepit that I can’t even come up with good imagery anymore!) due to AlefAlef’s and Johannaburg’s insistence that I drink martini after martini. Apparently this is an appropriate old man birthday celebration: fall into inebriation and scream your sex life in great detail over the tumultuous thumpa-thumpa music. I suppose I should take advantage of the fact that I still have a sex life to discuss. Happy Birthday!

Now because I am very very smart, I had scheduled all sorts of activities for the actual day of birthday. This is something I regretted the instant my alarm plunged off the nightstand and jumped up and down on my head yammering. Who sets their alarm on their birthday? My mouth tasted as if an entire colony of spiders had lived and died for generations inside it and no amount of water could wash this away. My head felt as if my cerebellum had been scooped out and devoured (hence the zombie imagery . . . Get it? Get it?).

But none of that stopped me from enjoying my friends and the care they had taken to endure my passage through time. The celebrations began early last week and still continue. I have many incredible friends.

But the fact remains that martinis may no longer play an integral part of my life. And quite frankly, I will not miss them all that much.

Burning ring of fire / Image hosted by ImageVenue.com -- Free Photo Gallery SolutionThe next on my list of old man no-nos is spicy food. A mere decade ago . . . not so very long ago (although I realise that this was still when some of my dear regular readers were still in their single digits) I used to like my food so hot it made me cry. I would gather with friends for Malaysian food, ask for it as spicy as it could come, and then drown it in Vietnamese chilli sauce. Last night for my birthday supper at a pleasant Mexican restaurant in Old Cabbagetown with Cute Capitalist Landlord, I only consumed a few bland chillies and some moderately spicy sausages. This morning I discovered just how much glop of all possible qualities and consistencies resides in the human body. Very educational. As odd as it is to feel as if I am expelling much of my body weight, I have no regrets. Cute Capitalist Landlord and I have almost ten years of friendship and that was the point of the meal.

Finally, I must consider very carefully my logic behind movie choices. More specifically, I must carefully consider my logic in all of my decisions related to personal edification. Movies, especially Hollywood movies, and edification don’t appear to be old friends, but one particular recent movie has intrigued me and terrified at the same time.

Liopleurodon / Image hosted by ImageVenue.com -- Free Photo Gallery SolutionI am afraid of water. Although I am a strong swimmer, water deeper than my waist frightens me. When I was a kid, I couldn’t take bubble baths because I was afraid of not being able to see what was swimming in what I was sitting in. You will get me to perform open-heart surgery on myself before you get me on a cruise. I swear I saw a gigantic plesiosaur in the murk below me the last time I went canoeing.

Following the logic that if you’re afraid of heights you should go skydiving, I thought going to see “Open Water” with Medical Diagram Boy, a movie in which the bulk of the action takes places between two abandoned tourists floating in the middle of the ocean would help me get over this fear. And I’m sure most of you can already see the flaw in your logic. Going to see a movie about shark bait floating above a mile of ocean when you’re afraid of water is the same as going to see “Alive” to get over a fear of flying or “Silence of the Lambs” to get over a fear of psychopathic maniacs.

As we got our first view of the tip of a shark fin slicing through the water I understood the folly of my reasoning. Seeing the muscly boy with the sexy lip piercing and angel face – not Medical Diagram Boy, by the way – beside me cringing behind his fingers in the seat beside me made me feel a little bit better (even though he wasn’t accompanying me), but I spent most of the movie wishing that my bag of popcorn could somehow protect me from the sharks that were circling beneath my seat, waiting to drag me down screaming to the bowels of the Paramount and devour me.

Blair Witch Snooze Fest / Image hosted by ImageVenue.com -- Free Photo Gallery SolutionThis was the movie “The Blair Witch Project” was supposed to be, with its low budget, simple theme, tiny cast, and characters completely at the mercy of their horrifying circumstance. "Witch", however intriguing it may have been, was mostly a yawner for me. Shriek! Piles of pebbles! Stick figures! Snore. Not so with this one. The most you see of a shark is a shadow in the deep or the tip of a fin, but I could barely speak as the credits rolled. I am quite certain that I have caused myself even more trauma rather than get over my irrational fear. Showers are now terrifying to me.

So now I have a bigger fear, harsher dietary restrictions, but some excellent friends (not all of whom have been mentioned here, but my gratitude is nonetheless very much alive). So that’s a pretty good way to start a new arbitrary number.


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Saturday, September 04, 2004

Mes chers amis, c’est à mon tour . . .

(Modified lyrics to Quebec’s Happy Birthday song)

Age Rage

Oscar Wilde / Image hosted by ImageVenue.com -- Free Photo Gallery SolutionThirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.

- Oscar Wilde

Good thing I'm only 34 today

Wanda’s Wisdom

Wanda Wisdom / Image hosted by ImageVenue.com -- Free Photo Gallery SolutionI am honoured to have been crowned Wanda Wisdom’s Blog Queen of the Month. I don’t know if this is related to my birthday, but I humbly accept.

Very cool. Thanks Wanda!

Austen’s Power

Jane Austen / Image hosted by ImageVenue.com -- Free Photo Gallery SolutionI would have gotten along very well with Jane Austen, I think (what a very gay thing to say). This isn’t directly related to birthdays, mine or anyone else’s, but it still seems appropriate.

One's consequence, you know, varies so much at times without any particular reason.

- Jane Austen

And Finally . . .

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Happy Birthday to me!



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Thursday, September 02, 2004

Have a [ . . . ] Day

news / Image hosted by ImageVenue.com -- Free Photo Gallery SolutionToday I made the mistake of turning on the news as my coffee was dripping rather than waiting until after I had been fortified by caffeine. In a pre-caffeinated state I am less able to maintain my normal steely vigilance over my emotions and I am fragile and impressionable. This is why I should know better than to watch the news in such a condition: the news is not about information; it’s about provocation.

It first I was treated to action shots of panic-stricken Russian mothers. I can never know exactly what they are going through right now. I extend as much sympathy as I possibly can. However, showing weeping hysteria does nothing to educate me on the matter, inform my opinion, or challenge me to think up solutions. It merely serves as entertainment, like in that movie I saw a promo for where Kim Bassinger’s kid is abducted and she spends the whole time screaming and crying. Poor Kim! Pass the popcorn.

pit bull / Image hosted by ImageVenue.com -- Free Photo Gallery SolutionNext, there was a discussion around the potential banning of pit bulls. Instead of showing the interviewees and a few stock shots of pit bulls, the screen shot for almost the entire story was a night vision shot of paramedics clustered around last weekends horrific pit bull attack. As a bonus, they left the sound of this oh-so-informative shot on so that as the eggheads babbled self-importantly back and forth, I was therefore treated to the screams of agony of the victim whose life has been changed forever. Is that real butter or oil on the popcorn?

I need to know that Chechen rebels are holding hundreds of schoolchildren hostage. I need to know that there was yet another pit bull attack (a two-minute walk from my place, no less). I should be informed so I have at least a clue about the ways of the world. I resent newsmakers underestimating me, telling me that I am too stupid to expect them to appeal to my intellect, that I am just stupid enough for them to entertainment and make me feel smart because I watched the news and now I know. I think the general public is smarter than that and is capable of greatness when provided the right tools. Now I know that mothers cry when their children are in danger and that pit bull attacks cause intense physical anguish. And I also know that reporters have their brains liposuctioned out to get their jobs.

I came to the swift conclusion that Saturday’s birthday is enough horror for me for the week. I turned the news off and retreated into my little fantasy world in which four of my husbands (pictures below) made me breakfast in bed, all children are safe, and pit bulls’ teeth are made of cotton candy.

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