Cleolinda Jones (cleolinda) wrote,
Cleolinda Jones

So, yesterday was my mother's last day at her old job, and she doesn't have a new one lined up yet--the one she was interviewing for turned her down. Because she was overqualified. So... there's that. She's talking to a headhunter now about some opportunities they know about, but she'll basically be at home for at least a week, if not longer ("Looking for a job is my job now!"). Which on one hand could be really fun, because we'll probably go to a movie (I'm all but bribing her to go with me to V for Vendetta) and go out to lunch, probably at Panera while Sister Girl's on duty, at least once. On the other hand: Micro. frickin'. management. So it is in my best interest to get her out of the house and back into a job tout de suite, so I will be focusing all my Good Thoughts powers on getting her a new gig.

Another reason we need her back at work: for the money (duh), in no small part because the pool guy came and removed the tarp and it is scariness. (The pool, I have to add here, was already there when we sold our old house and bought this one. My mom was at her old Birmingham Steel job, the one with the better salary, and she and my stepfather had just gotten married the year before; we were sort of flush in a way that we haven't been since Birmingham Steel closed its corporate office. I'm telling you this because I feel weird bewailing our financial situation in one sentence and talking about our swimming pool in the next. Like a lot of Americans, I suspect, we live exactly at the breaking point of our means, if not beyond them.)

Anyway, my stepfather had checked on the waterline and discovered that it was way down at the bottom--more than you could account for through evaporation alone. There must be a leak, and we were hoping it wasn't the return of the carpenter ants. So Pool Guy comes out and detarps the pool. And Mom comes home for lunch. And Pool Guy asks her to come look at it. And then she comes back in and asks me to come look at it. I'm getting kind of intrigued by this time, so I go out there. There's a thick four or five-inch layer of algae on the wall at the waterline... but it's very, very low, which suggests that most of the water drained out pretty early on, and the amount of sitting water has been relatively low. In fact, the shallow end of the pool is completely uncovered by water--I hesitate to say "dry," because...

"What do you make of those marks?"

There's a thick coating of algae on the pool floor, but it's... unusual. There's a parting in the middle where it looks like something large was dragged--or dragged itself--down into the deep end, which is a sloping pit of four or five feet of semisolid green sludge and leaf detritus. The strange part, though, is that there are several ribbon-thin drag marks rippling down on either side of the main drag, as it were. It looks weird. Unearthly, even.

"I hope you've got a few hundred dollars stashed away for a rainy day," I tell my mother, "because I think we're about to have to get into some Pthoolhu removal."

A few things:

>> Judith Miller's New Excuse: "The former Times reporter tells Vanity Fair the 'slanderous bloggers destroyed her." Interestingly, she does not or cannot name any of the blogs that "slandered" her.

>> Man Shot Dead at Calif. Denny's Restaurant. "The shooting was the third in a Southern California Denny's in three days. In Pismo Beach on Wednesday, a transient with two guns walked into the restaurant at lunchtime, fatally shot two men and wounded a married couple before committing suicide." What the hell is going on down there?

>> Is the new owner of MySpace trying to erode civil liberties? From my friend sweetdaddydavid: "You should hip folks to the current anti-MySpace movement. MySpace is being used by its owner (Rupert Murdoch) to erode internet freedoms and is openly censoring its users. Notice how now that every major crime story focuses on the criminals online usage/msg board postings? Not a coincidence. Just like with those BSC kids that burned the churches, the government is making its case for censorship/wholesale spying on US citizens by implanting the thought that these crimes could be prevented by monitoring EVERYONE'S internet usage.

Go here for more info. That link contains links to the groups currently protesting Internet censorship on MySpace."

The first link ("Is the new owner...") is to our discussion in the comments, because what I had noticed, even before he told me this, was that every time a blog or journal was mentioned in the news in the context of a crime, it was always MySpace. I noticed this because--I know this is going to sound weird, but--I was disappointed in a "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!" kind of way because I kind of wanted LJ to get that kind of attention, instead of MySpace being The Hot New Thing. And then I'd think, "Well, at least LJ isn't being mentioned in conjunction with a crime, so we've got that going for us." So when David brought this up, well--it started to make a lot of sense. Scary, scary sense.

>> Holy crap, this stuff is cute. Also, the creator has a livejournal! And is not a criminal!

>> Remark About Gays Shadows St. Pat's Parade. "Dunleavy set off a firestorm this week when he told the newspaper: 'If an Israeli group wants to march in New York, do you allow Neo-Nazis into their parade? If African Americans are marching in Harlem, do they have to let the Ku Klux Klan into their parade?' Referring to the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization, Dunleavy said, 'People have rights. If we let the ILGO in, is it the Irish Prostitute Association next?'" You know, I find myself saying "OH, FOR FUCK'S SAKE" a lot lately. This is not going to be an exception.

>> Fashion Designer Oleg Cassini Dies at 92. He's the one who dressed Jackie O when she was First Lady, if the name doesn't ring a bell.

>> Her dignity having gone into the Witness Protection Program after three Star Wars prequels, Natalie Portman is now pretty much shame-proof.

(The Phaaaaaaaaaaantom of the Anarchy is theeeeeeeeeere...)

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