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on the subway today

i was standing cramped on the C train in my heels with two big bags … squeezed and teetering, when an older gentleman stood up and offered me his seat.

i smiled and thanked him and said: “chivalry’s not dead.”

“well, mortally wounded then,” he replied.

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his girl friday

radio davidbyrne.com has a sweet playlist right now. afro-cuban tunes from the 40’s and 50s. perfect musica to play and pretend i am a hot fiesty headstrong dame from the 40s, like rosalind russell as hilde in his girl friday.

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erin j almos

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why do you do this to yourself?

the song by evan dando. very apropos for today. for some crazy reason i drank 4 beers last night. and in even greater lunacy, i booked myself for a 9:30 am bikini wax on the other side of town. i knew as i was doing both of these things, i would most certainly regret it. as if a bikini wax isn’t painful enough — 9:30 on a sunday, after a night out watching a band and boozing? dumb. to top it all off also i booked myself for a sunday brunch with family. all i want to do is collapse into a narcoleptic fit. surrender to the need for slumber. but i’ve got to tidy up the place and be sociable. meanwhile the nytimes is sitting there on the table whispering “read me, you lazy fool! all you ever do these days is watch cable.”

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that out of the blue call from you know who …

How can he have changed in his feelings about me without any contact? What could have brought this on?

Such a question assumes that his feelings about you have changed and that is the reason for the call. But his feelings may not be central to his decision. It might be more his condition than his feelings about you in particular. Sometimes guys are lonely and bored and just thumb through the old book. And sometimes guys make rather heartless calculations, in which there is only one goal and that is to get laid, and someone who is a known quantity is a better bet than someone new. Or maybe he has recently broken up with someone.

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winter be gone!

Eight Line Poem — David Bowie
One of These Things First — Nick Drake
I’ll Keep It With Mine — Nico
Mother — John Lennon
F**k and Run — Liz Phair
Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon — Neil Diamond
The Partisan — Leonard Cohen
The Girl From Back Then — Kings Of Convenience
Hide Your Love Away — The Beatles
Half of You — Cat Power
Chase the Moon — The Czars
The First time Ever I saw Your Face — Roberta Flack
I Can’t Help Falling In Love — Elvis Presley
A Minor Incident — Badly Drawn Boy
I’m Glad You’re Mine — Al Green
California — Joni Mitchell
Saturday — Josh Rouse
100,000 Fireflies — The Magnetic Fields
Slip Slidin’ Away — Paul Simon

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on my brain today …

1. bird flu is coming ─ yikes. maybe i’m just chicken, but this really scares me.

a virulent strain of bird flu is gradually spreading around the world, most recently appearing in france. it has infected more than 160 people, killing 90. but experts say that nearly all of the infected people had direct contact with infected birds, and that a pandemic would result only if the virus mutated enough to spread easily from human to human. whether such a mutation is likely anytime soon is unknown.

2. blog book maker ─ cool.
wish i had encountered this before i obliterated my previous 3 years of blog posts.

3. today on youtube.com ─ exile in wimpville.
as one who often complains about the irritating lack of confidence on the part of modern men, this short film provides an alternative perspective. i’m nice and all the girls are mean. wah!

4. dave chapelle ─ straight trippin’. threatening comedy central not to air shows composed of outtakes cobbled together from his prior seasons. he says: “that will damage our relationship.” i love dave. love him and really enjoy his work (looking forward to seeing block party), but come on! the guy walked out on a $50 million contract, leaving “chappelle’s show” in mid-production. damage the relationship? the guy flaked out and better check himself lest he further exacerbate his reputation for being an operational risk.

5. googlemania – i have it too. but is it healthy? i watched google’s analyst meeting webcast today. eric schmidt said the goal is to become a global $100 billion company this year. they are very ambitious, very smart. and they have a lot of bright people. one thing that disturbed me, though, was schmidt’s request to all businesses: “give us all of your product.” he and google are asking companies to essentially outsource all of their advertising efforts to google, and to trust google to be the sole arbiter of global advertising roi. a worthy pursuit for google, but not, in my opinion, a healthy dynamic for world commerce or communications. at some point someone asked why businesses and individuals should trust google with its information. larry said that it’s in the company’s business interest to be trustworthy. but that’s not enough, in my opinion. i think google is great and i trust it right now. but absolute power corrupts absolutely. there ought to be a couple of viable competitors in this race “to organize the world’s information.” since google is going after all advertising revenues ─ a market it estimates is equivalent to $238 billion domestically ─ and it already has a pretty significant partnership with time warner, i’d like to see another partnership that marries technology with ad revenue-producing capability. i don’t believe in having one portal for information. there is too much power inscribed in it. last week barron’s speculated about a disney/apple union. jobs and iger dismissed it. i hope for everyone’s sake that some action is in fact underway, if not on that front then on another.

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when the truth disturbs

chalk it up to mythology, or social/psychological problems. whatever it is, women make less money.

  • A recent Cornell study found that female job applicants with children would be less likely to get hired, and if they do, would be paid a lower salary than other candidates, male and female. By contrast, male applicants with children would be offered a higher salary than non-fathers and other mothers.
  • A recent Carnegie Mellon study found that female job applicants who tried to negotiate a higher salary were less likely to be hired by male managers, while male applicants were not.

    fuckin’ A man, even the divas get less than half of what their male peers get. W-T-F?

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    hoff to the academy:

    woof woof?

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    it's the uniforms, man

    i fell out of love with the nba a couple of years ago. not quite sure why but, i have an inkling that it had to do with the bad style. i remember when a couple of new franchises came out in the late nineties and everything was turquoise and purple — so in your face — and i just wanted to barf. the last time i watched the finals closely was in 2000. so it’s been a while. but last night, lured by the novelty and tempted by the possibility of some good gawking, spill and i rolled over to MSG to watch in person as the knicks got nicked yet again. we knew they sucked going into it so this did not impinge on our fun. i got one look at their home uniform and realized why they lost their mojo. they are dressed like friggin’ globetrotters!

    [insert whistling here]. poor knickies.

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