Somewhere between Bell's Palsy and death
Sunday, February 29, 2004
Opinions bad, hypocrisy good.
As if my neuroses weren't working overtime as it was, Choire opened up the flood gates with this little nugget.

Here's my question: Just how would a newspaper screen job candidates, stringers, editors or anyone else making news-type decisions? Would they ask them their sexual preference, or if they were HIV-positive? What are their political beliefs? If they're opposed to murder or rape or child molesting or war? If they're fundies or atheists? Because that's what newspapers cover, and I can guarantee you that there isn't a living, breathing soul on the face of this planet that doesn't have some sort of bias. And besides, you can't ask someone those kind of questions because, well, if you turn someone away for their beliefs/race/sexuality, that's called discrimination, and people frown upon that sort of thing. So, what to do, what to do ... wait, I know, how about allowing people to do their jobs? You can't tell me there aren't gay men and women in journalism who aren't covering the marriage issue right now, and you can't tell me there aren't Jewish people not covering the war, and that they're completely without feeling on the subjects they're covering. So how about trusting them to do what they do?
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Channeling Oliver: Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!
Nothing like ending the week/starting a new one than having a reader e-mail and point out that I fucked up their schools because I misread the information that was sent to me. That's something you just never want to hear. Ever.
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That there car’s got some balls to it.
Did anyone just see Mad TV with the "Family Feud" sketch between "LOTR" and "Cold Mountain?" Fucking brilliant. Ohmigod.
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Saturday, February 28, 2004
What about the nanny?
Earlier today (or would that be yesterday, since it's 12:02 a.m.?), my aunt called me to catch me up on the scam-ola that is our family. See, I technically have two families -- my real family, or the ones who fed me, cleaned my crap and helped me become the person I am today from the time I was two months old; and my biological family, who found me going on six years ago. (Never forget that fact: THEY found ME. It'll be important from here on out.)
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Friday, February 27, 2004
Heh. Sounds like Hobart.
Personally, I'd have preferred faded-baby-blue-with-white-piping-and-drawstring swim trunks like the ones a pal of this one guy used to wear out on the golf course, but as long as Skot wears his golf shoes and a ratty AC/DC t-shirt as he lounges by the pool, he'll have the NWI hillbilly summer uniform down pat.

Wonder if they can get the accent down?
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“That’s not going to fall down my shirt, is it?”
A hazard of my chosen career path is calling potential sources for a story and never knowing who's going to be on the other end. Like today, I called down to a home improvement store asking about solar panel attic fans for a story I'm working on, and I'm talking to this guy. Seemed pleasant enough, but that voice ... why do I know that voice?
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You know what sucks?
Having a rotten day yesterday and then waking up with your tummy in knots about it still the next. Gah.
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Thursday, February 26, 2004
Friends are friends, and co-workers are co-workers …
and sometimes, despite the best intentions, you should not confuse the two. And that's all I'm saying about that.
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Be careful what you craigslist for …
For the second night this week, I've dreamt about one of my exes, the one I thought I was going to marry some -- yikes! -- 10 years ago. I'd like to think it was (blame it on wink ) a conversation Joelle and I had yesterday in which one-thing-led-to-another-led-to-talking-about-him, but this particular story is also one of those things that I've been dying to put out for public consumption because it annoyed me to no end when it happened. Am I afraid he's going to see it? Well, he and his posse found me through an anonymous post on craigslist, so I wouldn't doubt that he does, but I don't care, because like I said, this really annoyed me, and what better way to make someone accountable by outing stupid behavior in public, right?
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Sometimes I forget how wonderful The Onion is …
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Just don’t get in Katie’s angle.
More from my pal:

Hi everyone,
I am being lobbied (and pestered to death) heavily by Deborah Mell (Alderman Mells daughter, Governor Blagojevich sister in-law) to get everyone and anyone to come out to the NBC's Today show in support of Gay and Lesbians having the right to marry! Katie Couric and clan will be here on Thursday Feb. 26 (from 6-9am) and my friend and employee Deb, is staging a rally to get the word out. The more faces who show up the more the world knows we care.
Let's remember, it wasn't long ago that Blacks weren't allowed to marry Whites! And now the President has come forward and decided that he better amend the constitution before he's GONE!!!! I am sure some poll told him that he would get more votes!
I know it's early but sometimes things need a special commitment! If you can't make it to this one attend another one somewhere, but do get involved!! PS NBC Tower is at 454 Columbus, Chicago

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I love my married gay friends.
From my pal Kaffy:
Hi, everyone. I don't normally send out things like this, but this proposed amendment to ban gay marriages has really made me angry. And, the ACLU has made it really easy to fax your congresspeople directly from the ACLU's website, here.
It's incredibly easy and fast. Two clicks, a ZIP code, and an address. One note: the ACLU has written the fax, but it IS modifiable by the sender, should anyone want to emphasize the fact that Constitutional amendments aren't for the purposes this one claims to be for. If this issue is important to you, please act.>

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Wednesday, February 25, 2004
I’m such a sap.
So, I get done with a City Council workshop I covered, and I head out to Johnson's Fish in Lake Station for Catholic Wednesday. This woman comes in and is showing one of the employees this stuffed dog that, when you press its foot, wiggles to "Singing in the Rain." I say, "That's cute," and the woman says, "You want it?" I say, "How much?" She says, "Well, on the Internet you'd pay $30, but you can have it for $10." So I bought it, and now I don't know what I'm going to do with it.

And I have "Singing in the Rain" stuck in my head now. Sigh.
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My first time pimping out another site
Found on Wonkette:
TBogg wants your perkiest Bush/Cheney slogans, but he's already taken the good ones: • "America! It's Not Just For Heterosexuals Anymore...Okay. Actually It Is..." • "If You're Reading This, 9/11 Wasn't So Bad Now, Was It?" Some further ideas: • "Keep America Free From Ass-Fucking: Bush 2004" • "Re-Elect Bush/Cheney: You Didn't Really Want That Manufacturing Job, Anyway" • "Bush: He's Alive (Unlike Some Other Candidates We Could Name)" • "Vote Bush: It's Not Like He's Hitler" Edwards, of course, already has gobs of great slogans. But what about Kerry? "Bring it on"? It's not even original! What's next, "54-40 or fight"? Send TBogg your Bush-Cheney taglines, we want your Kerry ideas. We'll get you started: • "Vote Kerry: He Does Too Have a Pulse" • "He Was in the War, You Know." • "Kerry: Won't Sleep with an Intern. Unless You Want Him To." • "Kerry: Taking Your Guns Away With His Cold, Dead Hands." • "Kerry for President: Two Positions for the Price of One" • "Fresh Because He's Frozen: Kerry 2004" • "I'm Not Gonna Pay A Lot for This President! Kerry 2004" Perky Happy Fuzzy Baby Bunnies for Bush [TBogg]
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Um, yeah, you told me that already …
The boys have been running around the crib like their tails are on fire all morning, much to the consternation of my downstairs neighbor, I'm sure. Then again, I can't stand my downstairs neighbor, so any little passive-agressive tormenting is a victory to me.
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