Monthly Archives: July 2001

Nana’s birthday

My mother’s mother, Nana, would have been 100 today. How I wish she was still here! She would have had her favorite birthday cake: white cake “iced” with whipped cream and with whipped cream “filling”, garnished with strawberries or raspberries. I would have given her a silly present and...

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Congratulations

Congratulations to Becky, who not only successfully completed the 24 hour blogathon, but made it so interesting and amusing. Not to mention the gorgeous Mexican layout. You’re fabulous, girl!

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The Color Purple — it’s not what you think

We have new ceiling lights for the kitchen, but the round things that hold them on to the ceiling are smaller than the old ones. So there is a space around the new lights which has to be filled in, sanded, then painted. Rufus filled in the holes today...

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Seen & Heard

So I stopped at Whole Foods on my home from work today. While searching for an acceptable peach (they were mysteriously red but unyielding), two of the guys who worked there had the following conversation: Guy One: “Do we all look the same?” Guy Two: “What do you mean?”...

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Leo vs. JFK Jr.

It’s been two years this week since the world said goodbye to John F. Kennedy Jr., who died in the crash of his private plane along with his wife and sister-in-law. I was in England when it happened and could hardly believe it. As Rufus says, nature abhors a...

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Don’t blame Cocoa

Remember when Nixon was impeached and there were all those “Don’t blame me, I’m from Massachussetts” bumper stickers? For those who are less retro than I am or have forgotten their ancient history, Massachusetts was the only state that didn’t re-elect Tricky Dicky. Well, now Florida can have their...

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Postcards from Paris

Not going anywhere fun for your summer vacation? Can’t stand to go to work, but have run out of sick days? Convince friends and boss alike that you are in Paris, having a fabulous time (or, in the case of your boss, your plane is having indefinite mechanical problems...

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Bittersweet

On my way home from work today, I saw an elderly couple walking along the tree-lined street, hand in hand. They were both very well-dressed in an old-fashioned manner (i.e., they both wore hats, and he was wearing a vest) and were having an animated conversation. As I got...

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Saturday

My sister and her husband just left to go home. It was great having them here last night. This morning, we went out for breakfast to our favorite place on Polk Street, the one you have to get to early or you have to line up forever (which I...

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Better late than never

My sister Megan’s flight left London an hour late today. So I bet she will be pretty grumpy by the time she is decanted from the cramped plane, full of screaming brats, after 11 hours’ flight. She will get back just in time for rush hour, so I think...

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Oh, Canada….

Our neighbors to the north pick the dumbest times to overcome their national passivity. Legendary bluesman Wilson Pickett, world famous for classic songs like “Mustang Sally” and “Midnight Hour”, was allegedly strip-searched at the Ottawa airport, where customs officials claim they were looking for drugs. Pickett says he may...

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Whistler’s Secret?

It seems that Whistler (of “Whistler’s Mother” fame) might have had a secret. Whistler is surely one of the most interesting and unclassifiable of artists, and now it seems that he may also have been an arms smuggler. It’s all very circumstantial, but nonetheless intriguing, and it does seem...

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What’s next?

Please, please click here and sign this petition. I can’t believe that these right wing lunatics are trying to amend the Constitution to make sure that only heterosexual marriages are legal in this country. If gay marriages are banned by the Constitution, that will open the door to banning...

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Books

Today is the 50th birthday of The Catcher in the Rye. This is one of the few books which was not destroyed for me forever by studying it in school. Having to compare and contrast and pick a story to pieces, reading all kinds of symbolism into it which...

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Peaches

I had a peach for breakfast this morning, one of the peaches I bought at the Farmers Market on Tuesday. I never smell or eat peaches without thinking of both of my grandmothers. I was lucky enough to spend the last two summers of my grandmothers’ lives visiting them...

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Bastille Day

I had a bad day with my mother yesterday, and before I went to sleep last night I decided to take a walk down to Aquatic Park the next morning. Usually Rufus sleeps in on the weekends, which gives me time to drink coffee, read, write my blog, and...

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Biblical curse generator

Try The Biblical Curse Generator! Perfect for those who are at a loss for just the right insult using thees and thous. Here’s what I got: Behold, thou shalt be whipped with a thousand scorpions, O thou son of a Philistine! I wonder if they’re talking about me, or...

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Petty, petty!

My horoscope today tells me to “spread my charm”, but I have been a charm-free girl this week. For some reason — and I don’t know what it is — my inability to suffer fools and my own utter pettiness have combined to make me really intolerant of practically...

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Farmers Market

I went to the Farmers Market yesterday, across the street from the 100+ year old Ferry Building. The Ferry Building is still in use for those commuters from the East Bay who prefer to read the paper, drink coffee, and relax as they are sped to work across the...

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