January 2005

Good book. The Curious Eat Themselves, by Jon Straley* “She had the wobble-necked look of a self-aware drunk who fully understands reality is basically an ironic joke that no one else gets. She looked around at the early morning crowd and announced, ‘I need a line of cocaine as long and fat as my arm …

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Personality Test. Muahahahahaha! Wackiness: 42/100 Rationality: 56/100 Constructiveness: 34/100 Leadership: 64/100 You are a SRDL—Sober Rational Destructive Leader. This makes you a Mob Boss. You are the ultimate alpha person and even your friends give you your space. You can’t stand whiners, weaklings, schlemiels or schlemozzles. You don’t make many jokes, but when you do, …

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Fingernails. I quit chewing my fingernails. Now I have to stop sticking my fingers in my mouth so I can not chew my fingernails. It’s called a nervous habit for a reason. When stuff gets on your nerves, you do your nervous habit so it won’t get on your nerves. When you stop doing your …

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Waiting for spring. Bleah. Everyone was sick last week, then better, and now Ray’s sick again, so I’m stuck home today. Bored…. Don’t want to wash any more laundry. Don’t want to clean smelly, disgusting stains off furniture. Don’t want to wash the dishes. Hm…let’s try screwing with the blog code…come up with something more…purple. …

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Stories. How to tell a story, 3-year old version: Start with “Once upon a time.” Then something terrible happens. Then something else terrible happens. As soon as sommething good happens, say “The End.” …Once upon a time, the two hand-spiders were chased by terrible bears and terrible snakes and had lots of adventures, but then …

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New Year. Finish novel. Submit. Start Best of All Possible Beauregards. Stay on track for buying a house, shoot for mid-year 2006. Pay attention, especially to my daughter, who has trouble saying what she means, and to my husband, who sometimes does, too. In general, do the things I tell myself, wouldn’t it be a …

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Tom Waits. New album, Real Gone. On Rhapsody, the mini-review: “Real Gone sounds like the cut end of corrugated metal: in other words, it’s instant vintage Waits. — Sarah B.” Granted, the review was probably written by someone who considers Bone Machine vintage Waits, but a good assessment. Not as good as Mule Variations, but …

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