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~~ Dementia-ville has the same characters as last week, but the tune is a bit different. There’s an extremely annoying call-and-response that starts with the aide fracturing the patient’s name into four, sometimes five, syllables and blaring it across the room as if fog was rolling in by the lighthouse. The comeback is a hiss of biblical proportions (I mean, I think the snake hissed at Eve. I never had the audio version).

This goes on for way too long:
BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH-EEEE.
Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiisssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss.
BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH-EEEE.
Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiisssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss.
BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH-EEEE.
Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiisssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss.

~~ I was gifted a tee shirt that I can wear only rarely, like last week when the team in question was eliminated from the playoffs. Here it is in red though my version is white:
Before yoga class, a woman glanced at my shirt. Her expression went from smiling to scowling, and she chided me for “such an aggressive shirt.” I laughed because I can’t tell you how many times I’ve worn my animal rights activism tee when she and I have chatted before or after class.

~~ I just enjoyed the novel Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple.
It’s a mirthful and painful look at the life of a harried wife and mother who has big aspirations but little grip on reality. Or does she? She seemed pretty sane to me.

~~ Overheard: “How often does she eat dinner?” “Every day. How often do you eat dinner?”

~~ I read too many indie books that are seemingly self-proofed — sometimes, I bail out and never finish. A few days ago, I received an e-newsletter with the title, Someting for Everbody. Two typos in three words = no newsletter for me! Editors and proofers are invaluable extra eyes for writers, and though they cost money, they save face and retain readers in the long run. Consider how much better this author would have made out if s/he had hired a proofer — she’d likely sell books instead of having random people on the internet smugly laughing at the glaring error:

~~ Today is Day 27 without a child health (CHIP) bill. We should all be ashamed. Yet our federal lawmakers apparently have no such shame. After sitting on their asses for years, they’ve now put their butts where their mouths are and voted to make the playing field for consumers vs banks even less level, and to give tax cuts to the wealthiest among us. So to recap: Children still neglected, banks will be protected, and the rich are ecstatic. What a disaster.


Dasvidaniya. Have a great weekend.
J!-E!-T!-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!
LET’S GO RANGERS!
GO, NY KNICKS, GO!

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