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Saturday Night Yodeling
November 23, 2008, 9:02 am
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Provided by the greatest of ’em all…Jimmie Rodgers:

Blue Yodel No. 1


I’ll Take It With A Side Of “Feh”
November 18, 2008, 10:47 am
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The Simpsons strike again!

At least someone is excited about “meh.”

The expression of indifference or boredom has gained a place in the Collins English Dictionary after generating a surprising amount of enthusiasm among lexicographers.

Publisher HarperCollins announced Monday the word had been chosen from terms suggested by the public for inclusion in the dictionary’s 30th anniversary edition, to be published next year.

The origins of “meh” are murky, but the term grew in popularity after being used in a 2001 episode of “The Simpsons” in which Homer suggests a day trip to his children Bart and Lisa.

“They both just reply ‘meh’ and keep watching TV,” said Cormac McKeown, head of content at Collins Dictionaries.

A day doesn’t go by when I don’t use meh (pathetic, I know).  Glad to see it get its due!

November 16, 2008, 4:59 am
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Some of you know my from my old nym, Zap Rowsdower.  Some of you also know what my wife and I have gone through this year with regards to trying to get pregnant.

We were pregnant, for a time.  Then, Em miscarried.  It was really hard, obviously…and we haven’t quite gotten over it.  It just tends to leave a sting that a euphamistic corn starch/water mixture can’t really heal.

Then, yesterday, we found out that two close friends/family members of ours are pregnant.  And it all came flooding back.

We’re highly sensative folk.  We tend to take things very, very personally.  And while we’re happy that those close to us are going to give birth in the next nine months, we’re equally saddened by the fact that it hasn’t happened to us.  Not so much saddened as heart-broken.  It really, really hurts.

I’ve got, nay…MUST believe that Em and I will have a kid.  It’s something that keeps me going.  It keeps me humble, honest, and sure.  It’s something that I feel is lacking in our life…in the sense that we owe more to humanity than taking care of just a dog and a cat.

When Em miscarried, I felt a lot of what I thought was “control” slip away.  I got the fact that tons of shit in live were out of my proverbial hands, and that labs and science and fate were rubbing their diabolical hands and twisting their evil moustashes at Em and I.  It.  Fucking.  Sucks.

When I see our pregnant friends, or random preggers out in the wild, I’m jealous.  It hurts….fuck, it hurts.  What’s worse is that it’s not something that we’re gonna get over…until we have conception.  That’s just where we are right now.

You know, we’re working on it.  We’re trying to get cool with what’s going on.  Doesn’t make it any easier, but we’re talking.  I’m not mad at anyone…I’m just “__________”.  Hopefully, things will turn around soon.

Welfare For All!
November 11, 2008, 9:01 am
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Kidding, obviously.  But this is a great thing to see right out of the proverbial gate:

Valerie Jarrett, transition co-chair for President-elect Barack Obama, announced that the Obama administration would create a White House chief of urban policy. Since there are “so many different agencies that really can impact urban America,” Jarrett said, “to have one person whose job it is to really pull all of that together, is really a critical position.” Few recent presidents have had an urban background, as the Washington Post noted: “To find a nominee with as strong a city pedigree as Obama’s, you have to go back to New York Gov. Al Smith, the Democratic candidate in 1928, or even further, to Grover Cleveland, who had been mayor of Buffalo.”

I’ll have to look more into it, but I really hope this is the kind of thing that can segue into the great infrastructure needs we’re facing today…especially in Urban America.  Oh, and jobs, and shit.  Those are good.

November 8, 2008, 11:21 am
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You’ve been a great friend to me, and the happiest being that I’ve ever met.  I’m glad that Mom & Dad were able to rescue you and give you such a good home.  I’m greatful that Benjamin was able to take you in when they couldn’t bring you to their new place.

You now get peace, in body and mind.  I’ll miss you.

We Did It
November 5, 2008, 12:30 pm
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We.  Did.  It.

November 1, 2008, 7:57 am
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Rest in peace.