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The Lovely Emily calls me last night; we're going to try to see Marie Antoinette on Friday. She's suggested that we all (her, me, and Brett the Vet) take some kind of trip next Septemberish, and last night, she has an idea for the destination. (Keep in mind, also, that the only time I ever left the U.S. was to go to Cuba, I was hoping for a country where I spoke the language--French, English or Spanish--or something at least close to it, and that my friends are better-traveled than I am, so there's an issue of me wanting to go places they've already been.) However, we're both on cell phones, she's in her car, and the connection isn't all that great.

WHAT SHE ACTUALLY SAYS: "We could go to Quebec!"

WHAT I HEAR: "We could go to Tibet!"

CLEO: "... Oh. Well... oh. Yeah, I... I guess."

EMILY: "Come on, it would be fun!"

CLEO: "Isn't it... kind of cold up there?"

EMILY: "Well, I mean, we would go in September, so it wouldn't be that bad."

CLEO: "Aren't there... a lot of mountains...?"

EMILY: "Well, we're not going to climb them or anything."

CLEO: "And... yaks?"

EMILY: "What?"

Democrats take control of the Senate; world welcomes shift in U.S. politics.

Losses on ballot measures jolt religious. "From the country's heartland, voters sent messages that altered America's culture wars and dismayed the religious right — defending abortion rights in South Dakota, endorsing stem cell research in Missouri, and, in a national first, rejecting a same-sex marriage ban in Arizona.
Conservative leaders were jolted by the setbacks and looked for an explanation Wednesday. Janice Shaw Crouse, a conservative analyst with Concerned Women for America, suggested that Republicans — some of them entangled in corruption and sex scandals — had lost some of the selling power of the 'family values' themes they had pushed in recent elections." I think a lot of it has to do with a national sense of disgust towards this particular incarnation of the Republican party--the incarnation that has embraced the divisive, hateful, hypocritical, bombastic Coulter-O'Reilly rhetoric, a party where Coulter can get away with claiming that liberals are traitors. Mind you, I'm not saying that Republican voters are like this, which is precisely the problem--in trying to capitalize on emotions running high after 9/11, the Republican party has turned into a viper's nest of blowhards and bullies. It's ended up where even people with Republican values don't want anything to do with them. Unfortunately, it's taken five years for that to happen.

'60 Minutes' reporter Ed Bradley dies of leukemia.

AP: Startling findings in Pat Tillman probe. Yeah, things are starting to get weird.

11M bottles of acetaminophen recalled.

Lemony Snicket's novel Adverbs to be a movie. Okay, I could have said "Daniel Handler's," but would you have known immediately who I meant?

FedEx seeks support, child custody. "A day after Britney Spears filed divorce papers, Kevin Federline counter-filed court papers Wednesday seeking sole custody of the couple's two children." Ahahaha... ahahahahahahahaha!

And finally, happy birthday to katesti and particle_person!

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Britney or Fed-Ex? What kind of choice is that? Neither of them are capable of taking care of themselves, much less children. Any chance Brad and Angelina might adopt 'em?

Go enjoy Canada, though. Yaks are essentially Tibetian moose.

Aw, thanks! I hope tomorrow is a good day. Last year's b-day sucked.

CLEO: "And... yaks?"

EMILY: "What?"


heh. One Daily Show (or possibly the Colbert Report) a while back had a guest talking about "Concerned Women for America, unlike those Appathetic Whores for America".

for some reason I thought you would find that funny.

*gigglesnort* Yaks.

I was just going to post that I can't hear the words "Concerned Women for America" without thinking of David Rakoff. Also, the Basket of Puppies Foundation! RAAAAARRRGH.

Ohh, Québec is beautiful! Especially if you come in September, that's when the trees are at their most beautiful!! And well, we don't have yacks, but we have deers!

See, I love it so much that I lose my synonyms!

FedEx seeks support, child custody. "A day after Britney Spears filed divorce papers, Kevin Federline counter-filed court papers Wednesday seeking sole custody of the couple's two children." Ahahaha... ahahahahahahahaha!

Well, in his defense, he doesn't appear to be the one driving with them on his lap or dropping them on their heads....


This is true. And also very clearly a play aimed at getting child support out of Britney. Somehow, I find it hard to laugh, cause whoever wins, those kids lose.

i hope K-Fed gets laughed out of court.

*does a happy jig* I'm so glad the new abortion thing was overturned in Oregon. It was a measure to inform parents before their child has an abortion. While I can see the parents wanting to know about that, it would have been a very dangerous law.

*Takes a deep breath, sits back, and hopes the Democrats can really start to fix things around here*


Ditto! I'm in Oregon too, and was really glad to see 43 overturned. Communication between parents and children is good, but forced communuication about such a sensitive and problematic subject is a very dangerous idea. I was proud of Oregon for stepping up and voting no on it.

Poor Ed Bradley. I'm teary thinking about it.

But the FedEx schadenfreude is helping, I must say.

Also unrelated, but toally cool...

From one of William Gibson's October blog entries, what he terms the world's first fully functional steampunk laptop. I WANT ONE. NOW.

Yes, I would have, because his novel The Basic Eight is in my top five.


I'm reading (listening via my iPod, actually) to Adverbs at the moment, weirdly enough. While I'm really enjoying it, I have NO clue how they would make it into a movie. Should be interesting.

Greg and I keep talking about vacations we could go on, only to remember that we have no money . . . sigh.

Yeah, I'm going to have to start saving for this one, thus the year-in-advance planning.

And what do you have against yaks? Why are you down on my yak brothers?

okay, i'm adding you for several reasons:
1. you are hilarious.
2. you write great parodies.
3. your journal is PURPLE!!!!!!!!!!
4. you're a Ravenclaw at HiH (woot woot HiH)

um...yeah. i know you have like 243573635 friends, but i just feel rude adding someone without telling them. :P

I, for one, welcome our new Democratic overlords.

Yarha, Tibet is Something to Yak About

There is really good food in Montreal. Always chose a destination where you won't starve.

How incredibly obvious of FedEx to decide with these two children (whose mother is obviously much more prosperous than the "other mother") are worth fighting for. What a fucking jackass. The pathetic attempt to squeeze more money out of his soon-to-be ex-wife by holding the children's futures hostage (the only possible way to get through the iron-clad prenup) is sick and twisted and, sadly, not surprising.