Month: September 2005


I was reading a book of Tom Waits interviews the other day when I saw that he did the voice of Tommy the Cat on the eponymous song by Primus. Looked it up on the credits. TW’s there, as “voices.”


A P.S. of Duh.

Tommy the Cat. O-kay. It took a while, but I put it together. Tom Waits. Tommy the Cat. How often is it you get to sing on your own hommage song?

The Scientist.

I had just banished Ray to her room, and “The Scientist” by Coldplay came on. She’d been eating the covers off her books, after everything else she’d been doing for the last hour.

A line from the chorus:

Nobody said it was easy/but no one ever said it would be so hard.

–So I let her come out.

Zen monks shave their heads, don’t they?

The new Disturbed album, “Ten Thousand Fists” is out.

A quote from “The Gateless Gate,” a very old Zen text:

‘Joshu went to a hermit’s and asked, “What’s up? What’s up?”(=”Have you any Zen?”) The hermit lifted up his fist. Joshu said, “The water is too shallow to anchor here,” and went away. Joshu visited the hermit once again a few days later and said, “What’s up? What’s up?” The hermit raised his fist again. Then Joshu said, “Well given, well taken, well killed, well saved.” And he bowed to the hermit. ‘

All this and lots of guitars, too!

P.S. I thought I should mention that I went to Borders to buy the album with what I had left on a gift card, but then I saw the Strangers in Paradise 3rd pocket book. Zen Schmen.

P.P.S. Lee, the sweetie, bought me a copy of “Ten Thousand Fists.” There’s an excellent cover of “Land of Confusion” by Genesis. Ironically, there’s a verse in the song:
“I won’t be coming home tonight
My generation will put it right
We’re not just making promises
That we know, we’ll never keep.”

P.P.P.S. Because I took the new album to work and telling the story of how Lee found out I wanted it, I ended up trying to explain to someone what a koan was, and what this koan in particular meant. This did not go so well.

“My brain hurts,” she said. “Thank you.”

D— it.

I finally got to see Kaylee.

I brought my camera.

I took 0 pictures.

This speaks volumes of my ability to focus on anything except the cuteness that is Kaylee’s little head, which still smells like baby head.


Every time I see one of those ubiquitous “W” stickers, I ask, “Did you get what you wanted yet? Or are you just getting what you asked for?”

Commentary on Katrina by the wise and wonderful Marn.

It’s going to be Bugs Bunny in the carrot patch. Again.

Fictional Truth.

Just as when a character says “the plan is…” it indicates that things will not go according to plan, when a characters says, “we know that…” whatever follows is wrong, wrong, wrong.

This goes double (for six wrongs) if anyone agrees.

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