Archive for April, 2005


Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

It’s TV-Turnoff Week. Needless to say, we’re not observing this in our household. Depriving Xy of her remote control is like trying to separate a crackhead from his or her crack. Of late, she mainly watches CSI reruns. She says it helps her cope with the buttload of homework she has to do each night. […]


Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

I’m gearing up for a conference next week in New York. I got a cheap flight (American Airlines, about $175 round trip, non-stop both ways) and a cheap room ($150 total for two nights at the Vanderbilt YMCA, private room) and as for the conference itself, it’s free — no registration fee. I can’t help […]


Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

It’s Quiet Day again, here at the university. And I must say it is quiet on campus. I like the idea of Quiet Day — a day when nothing is supposed to happen. That’s my kind of day. Of course people try to take advantage. Schedules are so full, and Quiet Day seems like an […]


Monday, April 25th, 2005

Stewart Brand has written an interesting article on how ideas within the environmental movement may change on four key topics. I’m sold on the first two (overpopulation, urbanization) but I’ve still got major reservations about the second two (GMOs, nuclear power).


Friday, April 22nd, 2005

Damn good: Kon-Tiki — 1950. Short and engrossing little documentary made by Thor Heyerdahl as he sailed across the Pacific on a raft. Middlin': The Killers — 1946. Beautifully photographed, but the story kind of just lies there. The Killers — 1964. Bonus: See Ronald Reagan bitch-slap a woman. King of Hearts — 1966. Not […]

The End of Oil

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

I’ve been seeing a lot of hype about the “end of oil” lately. This article in the Guardian is the latest and seems pretty balanced.


Thursday, April 21st, 2005

Hmmmm… Maybe I’ll go to Indiana this summer.

J is for Judgment

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

Since we decided to forgo Joe Versus the Volcano (Xy had already seen it) there was only one J movie on our list. I thought this was odd. 26 H films, 19 I films, and only one J? We watched it last night: Judgment at Nuremberg. Great performances all around: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Marlene […]

New Pope

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

Alas, the new pope is a conservative German guy. The good news is he may not be around long.

Coffee Reduction

Monday, April 18th, 2005

I’m in my annual coffee-reduction mode. Starting in the middle of last week, I’ve cut down to two cups of coffee a day. Come this Wednesday I’ll cut down to one. Then after a week I’ll cut down to none, and see how that goes for a week or two. Then I’ll start guzzling iced […]

“I Hate America”

Saturday, April 16th, 2005

Last night Xy and I went out to Jamila’s Café for dinner. As we sat at our table on the sidewalk, a bearded man lurched up, looked directly at me, and blurted, “I hate America.” Without missing a beat or even blinking, I replied, “So do I.” (If we’d been having a nice sit-down chat, […]

Beer Break Fast

Friday, April 15th, 2005

No, I didn’t have beer for breakfast this morning. But last Friday, I broke my beer fast. I haven’t really had any alcoholic beverages since Mardi Gras; I gave ‘em up for Lent and just kept going past Easter. So Friday was my first drink in about two months. I had a couple beers with […]


Thursday, April 14th, 2005

I guess it’s a good thing I filed Chapter 7 back in 1997, because it looks like Congress is finally tightening up the bankruptcy laws. This sucks. This will hurt people who are already hurting. It only helps big money. When will the people rise up and demand justice? I’m in favor of any reform […]


Tuesday, April 12th, 2005

There were a lot of movies on my list that start with the letter I, and they seemed to have a couple things in common: lots of fun titles, and lots of really long running times. The best: I, Claudius — 1976. The greatest soap opera ever made. 650 minutes! Pretty good: In the Heat […]

The Death of Van?

Saturday, April 9th, 2005

When I came home from my book club meeting today, Xy was crying. Our neighbor, Richard, had just told her some bad news. She didn’t get all the details, so I talked to Richard myself and confirmed the following: Around seven o’clock this morning, he saw a car stop and pick up a dead cat […]

Well Damn

Tuesday, April 5th, 2005

On a hunch, I try putting my “right” lens in my left eye. Hmm. Things seem clearer. So I put the “left” lens in my right eye. And guess what? Yup, I can read again. My suspicions were aroused when I first picked up the lenses. The two boxes were marked with their respective prescriptions, […]


Tuesday, April 5th, 2005

Just when I thought the Intellectual Property Frenzy couldn’t get any more ridiculous: It seems that Nissan is trying to trademark the letter Q.

Open Up the Tired Eyes

Tuesday, April 5th, 2005

Today is my fourth day of wearing my new contact lenses. I picked them up Friday afternoon, wore them for five hours on Saturday, seven hours on Sunday, eight hours yesterday. I’m definitely getting more comfortable with them, especially putting them in and taking them out, at which I was initially inept. When I first […]


Monday, April 4th, 2005

By purposefully having way too much withheld from our paychecks, Xy and I got our biggest tax refund ever — almost $3,000. Combined with most of our savings, I just now used the refund to pay off the $4,000 remaining on our car loan. This all happened electronically — the tax filing, the refund, the […]

A Walk in the Park with My Love

Sunday, April 3rd, 2005

Friday night Xy and I had mushrooms for dinner. Just a handful, split between the two of us. We went for a long walk. It was a strange and wonderful night. The relative sizes of things kept changing. This made it difficult to cross certain streets without being hit by cars. We sat on the […]