April 2008

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Rattlesnakes

I took Isa on a hike in Topanga State Park. The weather was quite warm, so I reminded Isa to be careful of rattlesnakes. About a mile into our hike, a couple warned us that “about a quarter mile up, there’s a big one right off the trail, on the left.” I thanked them and […]

Intonation

This has been bothering me for a great while, and now is just endemic:Everyone? Here? Raises every statement that they are telling you? As like, a question? And then there’s the ‘thank you.’ It sounds like “Hank-KYOUU!!” from every female I’ve come across locally. This was pointed out to me by a screenwriter whose name […]

Our Favorite Snacks

I shop at a Korean supermarket. I could eat Korean food for the rest of my life. Isa’s in charge of obtaining the snacks to put in the cart, while I’m browsing the kimchi aisle. For herself, Isa gets:(I know, I know, It’s Japanese but they have a Korean counterpart, Pepero.)For John, she put this […]

But the 15-year-olds will love us!

That’s not my opinion… I’m just reporting our scientifically-derived blog rating as calculated here. That puts us a rung above Paris Hilton on the reading level ladder, but, alas, a rung under Perez Hilton. What can we do about this? I, for one, intend to ameliorate our valuation via articulating my suppositions by the usage […]

Sandbagging

Craigslist has been hailed as a liberal triumph, and has put a lot of newspaper classified-ad staffers out of work. To me, it is mostly just odd. While cleaning up the yard last weekend, Micaela uncovered three 60 lb. bags of sand under a bunch of brambles. This wasn’t sandbox sand, or concrete sand, but […]

This posting is Rated R

Last week the New York State Department of Health ramped up its campaign to equate smoking in films with an R rating, taking out full-page ads in every major state newspaper containing pre-written clip-and-mail letters to major studio executives. I decided to make this the basis of a dinnertime civic discussion with my 10-year old […]

I Bet They’re eating Utz Pretzels and Charles Chips

This was the front page photo on NYTimes.com, for an article about Obama in Pennsylvania. I love this picture. Can someone please send me a cold Yuengling?

Letter Writing

I like to write letters to publications when something bothers me. Vogue published an article about female circumcision. I wrote them a strongly worded letter how I didn’t feel that what was happening to these women in Africa could be named such a thing, unless of course circumcision entails cutting off a man’s entire penis. […]