December 3rd, 2003

Going Away

We leave early tomorrow morning for Phoenix. From there we fly to BWI (Baltimore-Washington International) for a 5-day visit to my parents in Maryland.

The computer I'm working on, however, is leaving today to get its optical drive fixed. I may get to post later from my work computer. And I may get to post, over a dial-up connection, from Maryland.

But there's a chance that I won't reappear -- or Kim, for that matter -- until next week.
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Well, I couldn't get the ethernet connection working on my other computer, so the home machine will have to wait to go into the shop. Again.

On the plus side, today's strange news story is straight out of a Dennis Cooper novel.
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Just had a talk with Kim. We're both feeling really irrational today, quick to anger and quick to despair.

Could there be a physiological basis for this shared feeling?

Well, I've had a massive headache all day and had major gastrointestinal distress this morning. Kim felt like her lower abdomen hurt yesterday.

And now Skylar is showing her telltale signs of a major bug: random crying outbursts.

I just hope we pull it together before we drive to Phoenix in the morning. I can't imagine flying across the country feeling like this.

Or, rather, I can imagine it and the prospect is not pleasant.

On a happier note, Timbaland and Ms. Elliott are percussing like mad. Wiggly metal sounds abound. The bed is like Einstürzende Neubauten with soul.
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CLB 12-03-03 #1

I'm feeling a little better; thanks, danlmarmot, for the visual pick-me-up and kind words!

Maybe talking with Kim about our respective anxieties and maladies helped. . .

Anyway, I have to share something.

At the last meeting of the Board of Directors for our homeowner's association -- yes, I'm an officer -- I finally couldn't stand my cover anymore and came out as a Democrat.

People seemed startled. Apparently, all you have to do to convince not-too-educated and/or not-too-bright Republicans that you are on their side is to periodically question expenditures and advocate for economy.

My declaration led to much merriment. Several folks spoke variations of the, "Some of my best friends are Democrats," line.

I ended up talking at some length to the current President of our Board. He's a Republican too, but a Catholic one from Staten Island who freely admits to being mistaken for a Jew, "just like Mike Savage."

I know it's wrong of me, but I prefer quick-talking, witty Republicans to their bovine Fundamentalist brethren.

The upshot of our conversation was that he agreed to add me to his e-mail list. He sends out various missives to his people, including an "Insight of the Day."

Strange thing is, these insights are often, well, insightful, even if it's in the Bartlett's Quotations sort of way.

Today's, though, was especially good. A little homegrown Zen wisdom.

(See, you probably think I'm being ironic here. But I'm not. I really did like the insight!)

Here it is:
"I was asking myself why I was having these obstacles in my life...then I suddenly became aware that these obstacles were my life, and I began to enjoy them."

John Kanary
Author of "Breaking Through Limitations"
There's a lot to be said for this notion, even from my own far-left-of-Howard Dean perspective.
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