Friday, September 30, 2005
1. What is your full name now?
2. What color trousers are you wearing?
3. What are you listening to right now?
4. What was the last thing you ate?
5. Do you wish on stars?
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
7. How is the weather right now?
8. Last person you spoke to on the phone?
9. Do you like the person who sent this to you?
10. How old are you today?
11. Favorite soft drink?
12. Favorite sport?
13. Hair color?
15. Favorite food?
16. What was the last movie you saw?
17. Favorite day of the year?
18. What was your favorite toy as a child? Adventure People.
19. Summer or winter? Winter, because it’s becoming more rare.
20. Hugs or kisses? Hugs.
21. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate. Why is this a question?
22. Do you want your friends to email you back? It’s on my blog, I don’t have trackbacks. Five people will see it.
23. Who is most likely to respond? Jozjozjoz.
24. Who is least likely to respond? Someone who reads that I don’t know.
25. Living arrangements? Mostly facing Southeast.
26. When was the last time you cried? After staying up late reading Katrina stories on my trip to Pittsburgh earlier this month.
27. What is under your bed? Boxes of winter clothes and an empty box for the window fan.
28. Who is the friend you have had the longest? Continuously? That’d be Loren. We met in Chicago in August, 1987.
29. What did you do last night?
30. Favorite TV shows?
31. What are you afraid of?
32. Plain, buttered or salted popcorn?
33. Favorite car?
34. Favorite Flower?
35. Number of keys on your key ring?
36. Favorite vacations?
38. Six friends who you are tagging:
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
I saw this little tidbit on IMDB’s news section this afternoon about the documentary, The March of the Penguins:
I don’t know if these family values Christians with their heads in the sand about evolution have been following other news, but they might be surprised to hear that there are homosexual penguins. How does their intelligent designer explain that?
Let’s face it, if the universe has a designer, I hope he’s not a micromanager. If there is a spiritual side to this existence, I’d always assumed it was of our own making (sheer force of will) and has nothing to do with any “plan.”
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
You remember last month I went to Santa Barbara to get on a boat and see some humpback and blue whales?
Well, on that boat was a reporter from the LA Times outdoor section.
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Tuesday, September 06, 2005
There you have it. On tonight’s Daily Show they had a great segment featuring Ed Helms where he listed the Failures of the Bush Administration - in alphabetical order.
Of course, just like hurricanes, they’re named in alphabetical order. We’re only up to K. (In case you didn’t freeze frame, here you go:)
Thursday, September 01, 2005
I am, in fact torn about blogging at the moment.
Since I’m traveling, I pre-wrote most of my candy blog entries for the next few days.
I feel uncomfortable even posting them at the moment. I’m not reading a lot of the news (some ... believe me, enough) and I haven’t been watching TV (I’m at my brother’s and it’s not something you’d want the kids to see).
I know that part of us, after seeing or reading want to be reminded of the comfortable things in life. Candy or sweets or nostalgia or just something that’s not suffering.
So, for anyone clicking around and finds no mention of the Katrina on candyblog, please know that it’s not that I don’t know what’s going on in the rest of the country, but I’d like it to be a safe little haven for a while. Forget about things for just a moment, remember what it is that we struggle for (not candy, I don’t think it’s THAT important) - we struggle to find a place of comfort.
I’m having trouble wrapping my head around what has happened in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. It’s safe to say that it amounts to heaps of misery and it’s not over.
There’s nothing I can do about it, I can’t save anyone from their flooded attic or off a roof or ease the pain of losing a loved one or everything they own, their neighborhoods, their livelihoods. But there are other people who can help. This is one of those times where I don’t have a problem with throwing money at a problem.
I don’t know what the right choices are going to be but in the short term they’re gonna need some bare necessities so those of us who have more than the bare necessities should send what we’re comfortable with their way.
I’m in Pittsburgh right now, I flew right over this beautiful country today. Thousands of miles of hills, mountains, farms, rivers and canyons. The puffy clouds were stunning and sad because they were so unkind earlier this week.
I haven’t much else to say. Except go do something about it. Donate or write something compelling that will make other people donate. I did up a pretty good list over at blogging.la (and you can buy a T-shirt there too, if that’s what you like). Practically everyone is taking donations right now and PayPal is waiving their processing fees so that more money goes where it should. If you don’t like giving to a big organization, find a small one that you believe in. Or just spend some time volunteering around your area to make up for that organization’s loss of possible support because so much will be focused on Katrina for the next few years.
There you go: donate, read, empathize and for heaven’s sake - keep yourself out of harm’s way whenever you can.
Yesterday on my way home from work I threw all the change I could find in the house at the coinstar machine at the drug store. It was about $45. Not too shabby for absolutely no effort and no pain. It’s a start. I can do better. I will do better.
During November it's all about me writing a novel. Sometimes it's about whalewatching. You know, and then there's other stuff.