Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Or maybe he actually had this realization at some point during the 8 years he was married to Kimora Lee Simmons? Kimora, the model/designer/talk show host/whatever who's the momma of his 2 daughters, gave a uniquely bizarre interview to Vanity Fair in 2005 in which every other sentence out of her mouth was, "I will beat a bitch's ass." I'm going from memory here, but I'm pretty sure she said it multiple times in a row in a syncopated fashion, like: "I will beat a bitch's ass. I will BEAT a bitch's ASS! I WILL beat a bitch's ass."*
So, Russell Simmons: Paul on the road to an obscene musical Damascus, or just a dude with a grudge against his ex-honey and her pottymouth ways?
*Ahh, Kimora. Thinking about that interview is plunging me into a confusing nostalgia spiral of giggles and moral approbation. If you missed it, or have since devoted the Kimora Lee Simmons portion of your brain to something else, like who Paul Wolfowitz is, shame on you! Luckily, the internets will refresh your memory: here's an awesome Top 10 Kimora Lee Simmons quotes list from PopSugar.
Monday, April 16, 2007
This is Carrie Nation, 1846-1911, known to history as a temperance movement activist who expressed her antipathy to alcohol by smashing up bars with a hatchet. Lore has it that we are related to Carrie Nation on my dad's side of the family. In the interests of being fully informed, I have done a bit of research on my possible ancestor (by which I mean I read the Wikipedia entry).
It turns out I disagree with Carrie on a couple of her major life decisions, namely: her belief that God told her to smash up bars, her dislike of alcohol, her scowl, her lady-necktie, and her dislike of alcohol.
But! All in all I am finding my possible Carrie Nation-ish fate a fairly inspiring development. Say what you will about the crazy religiousness and the liquor-smashing, the lady did her own thing, and was ahead of her times in many ways. To wit: after God told her to smash up bars, a tornado hit eastern Kansas, and she took it as . . . divine confirmation that she was doing the right thing. Confident! And: she paid the fines that resulted from her law-breakin' by selling souvenir hatchets. Clever! Post-modern, even!
One could say that I am absolutely nothing like Carrie, what with the godlessness, the beer, and the fairly conventional life choices (see earlier post re: married lawyer with mortgage). But I am going with the more positive interpretation, that I, like her, am doing pretty much what I want to do.
And more to the point, she didn't even become Carrie Nation until she was 31.* :)
*That's when she married David Nation. The vision from God came when she was 32. I've got plenty of time!
Here's why I'm gonna be there despite the tornado-like conditions: I wanna be able to do those "email your Senator" things without getting an error message or putting in a fake zip code! I want my city to have someone to speak for it the next time some Congressman from Texas decides to name all our streets after Ronald Reagan, or to get rid of our gun-control laws!
If you live in DC, you should come to the march too. If you don't, take advantage of your lucky represented-ness and email your Senators to tell them they should support voting rights for DC.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
- Out: "There is widespread but not unanimous agreement that there is little polling place fraud."
- In: "There is a great deal of debate on the pervasiveness of fraud."
- Out: Found "evidence of some continued outright intimidation and suppression" of voters by local officials, especially in some American Indian communities.
- In: "Intimidation is also a topic of some debate because there is little agreement concerning what constitutes actionable voter intimidation."
Monday, April 09, 2007
- I have a mortgage.
- I am reading Gardening for Dummies.
- My cat, who I adopted the same day I got my wisdom teeth out, is 58 in cat years.
- I am married.
- It's too late to become a gymnast or a wunderkind of any type.
- I am closer to too old to have kids than to too young to have kids.
- I have started to receive Lands End catalogs.
- I'm a lawyer, and I no longer feel like an imposter when I say "I'm a lawyer."
- If I were a character in Logan's Run I would [SPOILER] be killed soon.
- What do I want to be when I grow up?
Monday, April 02, 2007
What changed my mind? Why, looking at lots of pictures of people looking awesome in skinny grey jeans, of course. Here, try it:
Starting to grow on you, aren't they? One could get freaked out that it's so easy to get brainwashed by pretty pictures, but that's what fashion is about--a kind of group addiction that makes you want things mainly because other people want them. As group addictions go, it's much healthier than, say, religion.
I submit that this is something people should be too smart to fall for, as it is an annoying should-be-ironic throwback idea for people who think they miss Ronald Reagan and the '80s, but don't really know why. I'm boycotting Law & Order (and possibly grey jeans, just to be safe.)