QOTD: "Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring and because it has fresh peaches in it." - Alice Walker
Reading: Charles Dickens, Bleak House
Listening to: Moxy Fruvous, Bargainville
Decluttering accomplishments: did laundry and assorted household paperwork
I always assumed that when I was a grown-up, I would do nice adult things like getting enough sleep. Instead, I'm facing a business trip this week which has me leaving my house at about 4 a.m. one day and returning after midnight the next. There may not be enough caffeine in the known universe to get me through that.
Monday was spent largely on talk about Isabel and it seems that I fared better than many. Nobody I knew had real damage, but a lot of people were without power for longer than I was. The really odd part is that it seems many people lost power hours before the storm really hit. Meanwhile, I read in the news that people in Iraq are complaining that we haven't restored the electrical infrastructure. Why should anybody expect that, when a 35 mile per hour wind can knock out power to Maryland for a week?
The only really interesting thing I did this week was go to hear Dave Barry talk at Olsson's Books. It was pretty convenient, since the Courthouse store is a short walk from work. I just stayed at the office a bit late and then headed up the street. I had expected that he'd read from his new book, but he spoke extemporaneously instead. He was quite amusing on subjects ranging from hurricanes to dogs to telemarketers. The only problem was that the store was completely packed. And, of course, tall people inevitably arrive late and plant themselves immediately in front of normal height people. There were also at least a couple of parents who thought they could just leave their children unattended in the kid's section. You might not be able to hear your little darlings, but everybody else in the whole bloody store can. When your kids have written several best-selling books, we might - mind, you, might - be willing to listen to them.
Which brings me to the subject of Rosh Hashanah. It seems appropriate an appropriate time to comment on at least a few self-improvement goals:
And, oh, yeah, could the Red Sox please resolve to win in the post-season? I really want to see a Red Sox vs. Cubs World Series, but that would probably mean the end of the world. It might be worth it, even so.
Copyright 2003 Miriam H. Nadel