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Oct. 26th, 2006 @ 07:45 am I'm dreaming of a white...out
I know I said it'd be just the novel until december but I think I meant starting on november 1st.

I never think to check the weather before I leave the house, so this morning at a little after 5AM I rolled out of the garage and into active snowfall. I was wearing thongs like I always am. I figured I could make it to starbucks and it turned out I was right, though I came dangerously close to wiping out on one turn and banged the bare side of my foot against the sidewalk. Fortunately it was already numb so I didn't feel much. There were two cops in starbucks when I stumbled through the door with a blanket of snow over me. One of them gave me an absolutely classic look of bewilderment when he saw my footwear.

It's been snowing nonstop since I got here. Outside, my bike is holding all the snow physics will allow. It's coming down harder than ever. Oh look, the snowstorm is all over news and weather sites like it's something special. Ha! I have it on good authority people are biking around it without shoes. Come to think of it, I'm not too excited about the return trip.

As long as I'm posting... south park did an episode about the 9/11 conspiracy nuts a couple weeks ago. It so nails it. It's called "mystery of the urinal deuce" and you can buy it at itunes if that's your bag. In ten seasons of south park I can't think of a single episode where I didn't agree with their point of view, though I'm probably forgetting a couple. I love you trey parker! Call me. (You can't see it but I'm making the phone sign.)

I'm not much of a blog reader but it's a real pleasure to read glenn greenwald's. The guy writes so closely to how I think that I wonder whether he really exists or if he's a construct of my subconscious, as demonstrated in this entry and this entry and well hell, take your pick.
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Date:October 26th, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)

49,094 words too many

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Apparently 6 words is all you need....

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Date:October 26th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)

Re: 49,094 words too many

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Math is hard.
Date:October 27th, 2006 03:32 am (UTC)

Re: 49,094 words too many

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Yes. Not only did I see the typo about one second after posting, but also replied to the wrong thread, having mis-clicked on the post.

I blame lack of coffee this morning, plus some strage 'LOST' like force that compells me to act like an idiot when around, or dealing with anything related to, Paul P.

Oh well, the link is still cool.

And there's my six words. :)

Date:October 26th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
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As an Aussie, may I commend you for saying "thongs" and not "flip-flops".
Date:October 27th, 2006 08:07 am (UTC)
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And, as a Brit, can I admonish you for giving me a hell of a fright this morning?

I was wondering why someone would wear thongs (as opposed to a thong) and just assumed it was because it was so cold!
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Date:October 26th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
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Well, we've already gotten more snow this year than all of last so you may have seen the worst of it. The good news for you is we'll get at least a few days in December-January where you can bike to Starbucks barefoot.
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Date:October 26th, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC)


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unfortunately, I am stuck with the image of you biking through a blizzard in nothing but a thong. Your usual blizzard attire.
Date:October 26th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)

South Park

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Date:October 26th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)

So that we are completely clear...

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You are compounding your already-sterling reputation with the neighbors by biking through a blizzard in flip-flops? Had you been wearing a bathrobe for an overcoat, that would have completed the image nicely.

You do realize that people like me start calling in the white vans when we see people doing this, right?
Date:October 26th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)
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Unfortunately, my porn-addled brain matched "thong" with "underwear" instead of "sandals", giving me a moment of the shudders. But I'm fine now. Flip-flops. Got it.

Greenwald is my favorite political blogger (him and Matthew Yglesias), which is why I found it odd that you were praising Mark Steyn's book the other day. I haven't read that book, but I've read enough of his writing that I raised an eyebrow at your post.

Oh, and in case you didn't know, there's a Scrabble-related post over at Slate today. A guy scored 830 in a game, which is apparently a record. I don't know how impressive an achievement it is, but with the headline "830!" it must be pretty good.
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Date:October 27th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
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I'm never going to be too consistent about which authors I like. The guy is a great writer no matter what anyone thinks of his opinions, but what I liked about the book and what I agreed with was his characterization of the problem and assessment of its severity. His ideas about why it's a problem, what the alternatives are, and what we ought to be doing about it - there I have some pretty substantial differences.
Date:October 27th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)

Cayenne and Snow

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I would have sent this by email if I was sure you read it again,

If you still have the Cayenne you should know the stock tires are really bad in snow. Worse than a random camry with stock tires (hey nothing against camry's just making a point). OTH if you put winter tires on it handles quite well in poor weather.

Long threads on the cayenne forum at roadfly.com on topic. And yes, I am aware of the difference from experience.
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Date:October 27th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
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Were I to be sharing a Guinness with you as you described this episode, I would be able to exclaim "Brilliant!"

Like Mean Gene, I originally envisioned thong as lingerie and immediately resolved to go through your entire archives looking for the cross-dressing entries. Thankfully, clearer heads prevailed.
Date:November 1st, 2006 02:13 am (UTC)
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After you posted about "How Would a Patriot Act?". I started reading the blog and I liked it so much I also bought and read the book.
The book is great and the blog is also excellent.

Thanks for directing my attention to a very good read.
Date:November 10th, 2006 10:35 pm (UTC)
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Kiesha is a very sharp "24 yr old single Black woman from Philly." In her recent random blog post Observations she notes:

"No matter how cold and rainy it gets in November, there will always be a random white guy walking around in flip flops."