Why do we have a reverse-911 system, if the county won’t use it to tell us things like, “Hey, we had a water main break and you need to boil your water before using it.”
We’ve had so many water main breaks in the last year that I’m glad we don’t drink tap water, anyway (even with boiling, it tastes nasty to me). We do cook with it, though.
Oh–I guess since we don’t have (or want) a land line, they wouldn’t call us anyway, would they? It seems to me that cell phones should be included somehow, based on the address on the account or where you are when an alert goes out, or something. Since more and more people don’t bother with land lines, that’s a significant issue.
So, yeah, boiling water ’til Wednesday afternoon at the very least. I’m glad I looked at the local newspaper’s web site!
There was something specific I was going to post. I know it. I remember thinking, “Oh, yeah, I want to blog about that!” But I didn’t do it immediately and now, of course, it’s gone, gone, gone. Blah.
So, instead, you get a little hodge-podge update of books and pictures. Continue reading “What? Huh?”
Go go go! This is the last day to see it free!
If it comes out on DVD as hoped, we’ll be buying a copy. It’s hilarious.
Oh! There’s also a Captain Hammer comic!
Lillian, another Blog365 participant, tagged me for this meme. I don’t think I’ve ever been tagged for anything before!
Here are the rules:
- Write the title to your own memoir using exactly six words.
- Post it on your blog.
- Link to the person who tagged you.
- Tag five other bloggers.
The first thing that comes to mind is “Yes, I’d Do It All Again.” How else would I be sure of having Sam and Katie?
I’m supposed to tag five people, too, but I’ve never tagged anybody. How about you just do it if you feel like it?
Katie got the Juno DVD last week, so we all watched it together Friday night. She’s been gushing about it since seeing it in the theater, and adores the soundtrack, so we were certainly curious.
It was an odd movie, fairly quiet–no car crashes, big tragedies, etc. It was really well-done, and I was pleased with how realistically it depicted a teen pregnancy.
I’m more than slightly annoyed with what feels like a little puritanical “gotcha,” with the girl getting pregnant the first and only time she had sex. Yes, of course I know it can happen, but it still feels a little like the horror movies in which any female who has had sex dies.
The music was really, really cute, and very Katie-ish. She’s a quirky girl, my kid.
I was a little distracted every time Jason Bateman was on the screen, because he loooks so much like Nathan Fillion. I wonder if they’re related at all? If they are, IMDB doesn’t mention it.
41 years ago today, the sweetest, sexiest, most marvelous person in the universe was born. I have no idea why I’ve been blessed by his presence in my life, but I hope it never ends.
Take away a manâ€™s actual sense of manhood–which is conventionally based on the ability to work, to earn money, to be self-sufficient, to provide for children–and youâ€™ve got to give them something else. And they did.
This hideous religion thatâ€™s all over the country–these huge church-malls–thatâ€™s what substitutes for these lost towns. But thatâ€™s not a town. Thatâ€™s a cult. A town is diverse, in a real way, not in this fake way we have now. A community is a butcher and a doctor, a minister, a town troublemaker. A ‘community’ is not a bunch of people united by some grievance. Thatâ€™s just self-righteousness–incredibly dangerous and antidemocratic. People have become so rigid; their opinions seem to them like themselves. When that happens (and it has happened) people canâ€™t change their minds. If you are identified by your opinions–if that is the very basis of yourself–how can you change your mind?
Fran Lebowitz, Ruminator Magazine interview with Susannah McNeely (August/September 2005)
Doris Lessing, Introduction to The Golden Notebook
Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this:
“You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself–educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.”
The latest version of WordPress is out, so I upgraded this blog right away, as I usually do. Of course, the plugin I use most, Now Reading, choked and won’t work any more.
The problems with the previous “new” WP version were never truly resolved, and now the author’s forum isn’t working, either. I figure he has an actual paying job, so I can’t fuss too much. But I’m still disappointed.
The Stitching Bloggers Question of the Week (really last week) is:
How do you balance your stitching time with your other obligations
such as work, household chores, etc.?
That isn’t really an issue for me, as I haven’t been stitching lately. I really need to go buy some floss so I can get past a stumbling block on my most active current project.
Other than that, the only times I’ve ever really stitched have been when I didn’t “need” to do something else, and usually when I’ve been multitasking. It’s rare that I’m not gaming or otherwise engaged while stitching.