Thursday, April 29, 2010


Because I yanked up several bucketsworth of poison ivy this week, I'm pretty sure spring has arrived. And I went through two tubes of caulk. Will I ever stop finding little places in the siding where critters can take up residence in our house? No. No, I won't. And the wasps just love to build tubes behind the shutters. Last week I gouged out at least 10 mud tubes from the rungs in the extension ladder that hangs under the porch. They'd been sealed up with little soft white grub wasp babies inside, walled in with those narcotic-injected spiders for later snacking. Ew.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Reading

My friend Melissa is at it again, this time with a reading at Quail Ridge in Raleigh.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Web MD

Here's an article on using the Web to self-diagnose. My favorite sentence includes the line "...countless worriers have Googled themselves into a lather..."

Thursday, April 22, 2010


There's a whole lot I didn't know about Woodstock, especially in the section on declined invitations.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


A recent episode of This American Life had a segment on parasites. This guy Jasper Lawrence makes a living selling hookworms to people who have allergy problems.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Four Points

Boy, I'm nothing close to a "real" "film" person. (I already knew this, mainly because I still call them "movies." I also still use the word "preview.") When I took the snob IQ test, I scored only 4 points total: 3 for Oliver Stone and 1 for having heard of Ridley Scott.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Birthday Girl

Yesterday was Emma's birthday. She's now 11.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


A friend recommended The Interrogative Mood, though after glancing at the first few pages, I'm not sure I have the stamina for it. It's 164 pages of non sequitur questions.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Poison Ivy

Today I ran into a friend who was covered with poison ivy rashes. He asked me for advice. I had none. As a kid I lived in poison ivy, and the memories aren't pleasant. Poison ivy is one of those afflictions that brings out scores of ideas about what's best for treating it: calamine lotion (though our pediatrician last year said not to use it--I can't remember why), alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, salt water, essential oil of newt pus. (Hee hee, just kidding. But wouldn't it be cool if that worked?)

Saturday, April 10, 2010


I've always loved learning what various music artists require backstage. Here's a page from Beck's requirements.

Friday, April 9, 2010


Because we're not quite ready for another house break-in, I didn't post ahead-of-time that we'd be in Belgium for a week. We were in Belgium for a week, during spring break, mostly in Antwerp.

I put up some pictures.

I could write millions and millions of words, but at this point I'll keep it brief and say that we did a lot of walking and ate a lot of mayonnaise. It was a good time.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Bad Sex Writing

"She is topping up your engine oil..." Wow, this award sounds well-deserved.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Slide Show

For you, for fun: a slide show of cinema's greatest writer villains.

Friday, April 2, 2010


Various songs that have wafted through my head during the past few days: Rock This Town, Babe, and Voulez Vous. Dare I say it? Yes. You're welcome. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


How to Train Your Dragon was pretty good. We saw it last weekend at Northgate. The dragons behave like cute little kitty cats (sometimes mad kitty cats), and the vikings have Scottish accents. Fat Bastard would have fit right in.