13, 40 A.B.
I've been thinking that I really don't have anything to write about here
tonight and therefore shouldn't be trying to write it. This is silly,
of course. There's always something to write about on even the apparently
dullest of days. It's just a matter of seeing the significance of
the commonplace and the usual. Or being perceptive enough to see
the uniqueness that lurks in every single minute.
Guess I might as well put these beliefs to the test.
It snowed here today. Big flakes producing an old-fashioned white-out
at times. The imperfections of the landscape disappeared once again
beneath a blanket of 6-sided messengers from Old Man Winter.
The odd thing is how unusual this once common occurrence has been this
season. The latest reports on Global Warming hint at a time to come
when days like this might be the stuff of fading legend. That there's
even a remote chance of January's snow becoming extinct in Ohio makes me
sad. How many jobs are worth the loss of snow angels and frosted
trees? How many more SUVs will it take to bribe people into signing
away the climate bestowed upon them by generations of kinder, gentler animal
There are those who say that milder winters will actually be a boon.
Lower heating bills. Longer growing seasons. More opportunities
to play golf and go to the beach. I just don't get it. It's
all too much like hearing people looking forward to the speeding train
they're on going off a bridge that's out just so they can experience the
momentary thrill of weightlessness during the fall.
There's the possibility of a runaway greenhouse effect leaving us as hot
as Venus, after all.
There's good reason to believe that countless species will be unable to
evolve fast enough to adapt to these rapidly changing conditions.
If there's a counter-argument to be made, it better start off with something
better than "GM's right to sell cars must not be infringed" if it expects
to lay claim to my attention.
In other news of this "typical" day...
Jester continues to do fine on his diabetes medication. His disposition
continues to get sweeter every day without major organ damage.
That wouldn't have to be the case.
Someday it won't be.
Thank goodness that day wasn't today.
As for my wife's chin lump: If it was an ectopic pregnancy as Dr. Anthony
suggested, her chin had the good sense to re-absorb it before things got
out of hand.
Or out of face.
Whatever the proper medical term might be.
I made chocolate chip cookies tonight. Yum!
"Yum!" even though I deliberately left out the teaspoon of vanilla the
recipe called for because certain unidentified brown things were found
floating in it.
Does vanilla really go bad?
This is new in my experience. Maybe it was just getting better with
No matter. I left it out and substituted almond and brandy flavorings.
The cookies turned out as good as always.
I shall alert the news media first thing in the morning.
Got two books in the mail today. From Daedalus Books. Ordered
online on Sunday and they said it would be 7-10 days before I got them.
They actually came in four. How nice.
What were the books? Dare I say? OK - just this once.
A glimpse into my reading tastes. Don't expect it to happen again.
First was "Fins de Siècle: How Centuries End (1400-2000)."
Pretty self-explanatory, no?
Then there was "The Memory of the Modern." A book which details the
history of memory. Not every time and culture remembers the same
things, you know. Nor do they chose to remember things in the same
way. Lots of statues of Civil War generals. No statues of Norman
Schwarzkoph. That sort of thing and much, much more. Hard to
say since I haven't read all them thar pages yet.
If I had I might understand why there seems to be an entire chapter dedicated
to the tango.
As if I needed any more indication that what people chose to remember -
or notice in the first place - is kinda goofy, I was haunted today by a
few recent facts that seem to have received very little attention.
First, aspirin kills over 14,000 Americans every year. Fatal strokes,
hemorrhages, stomach ulcers - all happening and being attributed to aspirin
every day. Over 38 a day, in fact. Why isn't this front page
news? Once again I am mystified by the fact that far less common
causes of premature death are given far more attention.
Second, more people were executed in the U.S. in 1999 than in any year
since 1954. No, I don't know how many of the condemned picked aspirin
as their method of choice. The question rather misses the point.
Which is: Why have so many lesser stories received far more coverage?
Whether you're for the death penalty or against it, it seems to me the
fact that the states probably killed more people last year than in any
other year of your life is of far greater significance than whether or
not Hillary might run for the Senate. Or the best home for Elian Gonzalez.
Or dozens of other things we hear about again and again.
Anyway, what I'm trying to say is: It was just another day here, and I
have nothing much to say about it.
Now that I've said it, I guess I'll go to bed.
Oh, except for this.
Someone recently pointed out to me that I don't include much personal information
in this journal.
I suppose that's true but I'm not about to admit it for sure.
I mean, would you trust people who have nothing better to do than
read blather like this with your personal information?
Be that as it may, I realize I probably do need to trust people more than
I do, so, in honor of the person who first pointed my unusual reticence
out to me, I'd just like to say this:
I stand 5'9" tall in my stocking feet.
Want to know how tall I stand in your stocking feet? Send
a pair of your stockings, socks, or hose to me at P.O. Box 8121, Lima,
See? Even on just another day like today I'm still just a sweet,
cooperative pussycat at heart.
Especially when I just might still get the footwear Santa forgot to bring.