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Something is wrong, either with my laptop's power cord or my laptop. I'm thinking that it's the former, since it was recently returned to me by the Department's "support" people, following some sort of bureaucratic procedure. Perhaps a curse was placed on it. I wouldn't be surprised. At any rate, my lack of communication recently can be attributed to this malady, since I'm on a trip -- to my sister's place in Boise, Idaho -- and haven't been able to do much of anything on the internet. Tonight, however, I plan to stay up late so that I can some overdue work done, since it's the only time when I can work unimpeded without feeling guilty about it.

I'm still getting a feel for Boise. I never connect with a place until I spend time wandering about without a tour guide. Luckily, circumstances allowed me to borrow the BMW for two drives today. The first one was a short trip to Albertson's, Sonic and the closest Starbucks. The second, much longer, was a trek across town to drop my parents at their motel by the airport and, afterwards, reward Skylar for her patience dealing with toddlers by treating her -- and myself -- to a banana split at a nearby Denny's.

Yes, Denny's. Things close early in Boise, in contrast to Tucson, and I wanted to be sure that she got the treat I'd promised. The banana splits were tasty enough -- they are hard to mess up, as I noted to the cashier afterwards, responding to the "How was everything?" question -- and we had a goth punk waiter, which delighted the Bean. She is developing quite a body of alternative taste preferences, at least for someone of her generation, from Marilyn Monroe to boys who, "look like Sami." I won't say I'm pleased, because I'd be pleased with whatever made her happy, but I do feel blessed to be able to have such great conversations with her.

The trip has been good, certainly, but also tiring. As a Bad Subjects flyer once stated, "Hard. Good. Free." Being around a high-energy three-year-old boy is intense. Being around my whole family at once is also intense, though in a negative space sort of way. And being in a subdivision, Hidden Springs, that is like a gated community without the gates has been intense as well. I get nervous in that sort of environment. Even the eight-cylinder BMW in the driveway and the Lotus in the garage here make me nervous, though it's more like nervous excitement. I don't live like this. Nor do my sister and her husband, for that matter. It's a prized, twenty-year-old Lotus and the BMW is an older model as well. Nevertheless, my initial impulse was to recoil into a ball of tension. Now I just want to drive the BMW some more. Well, it's time to get to work, if I can still muster the energy. Tomorrow we are supposed to go rafting on the Boise River, which should be a lot of fun.

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From: e4q Date: August 5th, 2008 09:45 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i seem to have acquired a boyfriend with a landrover - which i believe is measured in gallons to the mile rather than miles to the gallon. i am terrified even to suggest driving anywhere, but it IS luxurious.

he bought me flowers and chocolates and took me out to dinner. i have eaten dinner out before, but this whole flower and chocolate thing is totally new on me. can't say i am against it.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 5th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I am so happy for you! He sounds too good to be true. But you deserve that, don't you think? It's time for the absence of G-d to smile upon you with all manner of goodness.


From: e4q Date: August 5th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

all manner of goodness

sounds bloody nice.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 5th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: all manner of goodness

I love it when you say "bloody."
From: e4q Date: August 6th, 2008 07:21 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: all manner of goodness

bloody anglophile!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 6th, 2008 12:13 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: all manner of goodness

I'm an Anglo-defiler!
From: e4q Date: August 6th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: all manner of goodness

so you say. i say that is very anglo of you!
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: August 7th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: all manner of goodness

I love when you say things like "spoons, innut" or something, because particularly I like "innut" and were I there I'd always be saying it ... "... this is a cracking banger, innut?!" (and the like, because of course I can't guarantee that if I were there it would all the time be cracking bangers, but you get the idea.)

Edited at 2008-08-07 04:12 am (UTC)
From: e4q Date: August 7th, 2008 10:21 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: all manner of goodness

bangers are rather cracking. specially lincs. mmmm
i am rather a language murderer as i change register all the time, and have a dose of all sorts of venacular including things i have picked up from being a yankophile.

and some things which i have, frankly, made up.

that's english for ya.

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 7th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: all manner of goodness

I blame it all on the Vikings. Or, as the English teacher I once had in Germany would say -- she wouldn't let me speak in class, lest I corrupt the RP accent she was working so hard to cultivate -- "Wickings."
From: e4q Date: August 7th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: schvimming!

as a german friend used to say until one day when i tragically corrected her. now she is all normal. booes!


hahahaha - bonk

(that's me falling of my chair laughing)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 7th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: all manner of goodness

Oh, yes! I like 'cos too. Robert Smith was always saying it in interviews.
From: e4q Date: August 7th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: all manner of goodness

oh, and, booes! to the normans.
with their bloody french.
schencka From: schencka Date: August 8th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Material/Conceptual Goods

Dr. Bertsch, we know that economics assumes that supply is limited and human desire is unlimited/infinite. Does this rule apply to conceptual goods -- of the kind copyrighted, like art and academic scholarship -- in the same sense that it applies to physical goods, e.g. Lotus and BMW?

I'm getting to the point where I deem my idea-based "creature comforts" as not different from another's Mercedes coupe. At the very least this gives me a little less judgmental-ism in American consumer culture, I think.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 8th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Material/Conceptual Goods

I think you're onto something there. Personally, after having my way with the BMW on a seven-hour drive through gorgeous mountain scenery, frequently going fifteen minutes without seeing another car, I'm rethinking my sour grapes conviction that a car like that is principally acquired for status reasons. I don't want to be too graphic about it, but it was the sort of experience for which one should be sure to commence with psychological prophylaxis!
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