Wednesday, February 25, 2004
You know what? Good for her.

It's really not fair to marshall the support of a mob of strangers in an effort to persuade someone to marry you. Not right at all. Plus, what twit thinks it's romantic to propose on a professional basketball court? Seriously, I'd run in horror too, no matter if I loved the guy or not.

(By the way, you can watch the video of the event if you visit the page...)

Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Now that's odd-- Blogger seems to have run off with all my recent posts and put up a blank page in their place. I think this should solve the problem, though.

By the way, if you get the urge to read something engrossing and fun, try Amy Sutherland's 'Cookoff: Recipe Fever in America'. It's all about competitive cooking in the US, about why the American people love to pit themselves against one another in battle, even when the only weapons are muffins or chicken.

I have to admit that the writing here is iffy, but there's something about books that lie at the intersection of journalism and ethnography that suck me in every time (see also: Stefan Fatsis's incredible 'Word Freak' and Barbara Ehrenreich's 'Nickel and Dimed'). I have a feeling that I'll end up writing one someday...

Tuesday, February 17, 2004
It's strange to think that my view of the world could have changed so seismically in the past 15 years, but I found a piece of evidence today that it has. I remember listening to 'Anchorage' by Michelle Shocked when it first came out in 1988 and being so moved by how sad a song it was, but when I listen to the same song today, 15 years later, it seems anything but...

Saturday, February 07, 2004
You might recall that I've been tortured by bad vacuum cleaners in the past. Now, after literally 2 years of complaining, I am very pleased to announce a new addition to the family here: Henry Hoover.

My anthropomorphic machine

Finally, a vacuum that doesn't require 30 minutes of aerobic exercise to clean the tiny flat! Finally, a machine that cleans without requiring me to *stand on it*. Plus, just look at it. Isn't it adorable?

Friday, February 06, 2004
I've never seen a more sedate pair of game-show hosts as the two on Beat the Nation. I honestly thought this was a news show for a week or so, as I flipped through the channels. It's that dull.

Monday, February 02, 2004
Finally, Dale Peck (affected novelist-cum-critic/hack) is taken to task.

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