Showing posts from September 4, 2005

I take the 4:00 train back from Manhattan. That means I have to leave the office at 3:30. Today I had about 6 minutes to spare before the train took departed. The stairs down to the E line are very very deep. It feels like descending into a mine or a bomb shelter. The hot foul-smelling wind blows steadily in my face as I walk down the stairs. (The line for the escalator was just too crowded. It’s amazing to think how many of the people on the escalator will pay top dollar to join a gym and take a step class.)

The train is called the “Metroliner” which is faster than the “Regional” train I took this morning. Additionally, I have a “business class” ticket (that’s all that was available). It is cleaner; seats are new and have more legroom. There are also curtains on the windows (this makes big difference as the time I’m traveling the sun tends to be low and very bright. Note: I have to find my sunglasses). Business class for this trip is the “Quiet Car”. That …

I don't know how many of these were destroyed during the war but it gives you an idea of what was lost. Such a shame.

h/t: boingboing
Look at this. Pathetic.
This guy appears to have made a blend of DU, Kos, Atrios and a dash of Andrew Sullivan, chugged it down and regurgitated the whole mess as a blog entry. According to the line at the bottom the writer is a "freelance writer and publisher (!) of The True Facts." Well, he's not just a writer, he's a publisher. Yes, I'm a publisher too. I publish via Blogger and distribute via the interweb. I am a global publishing and distribution company. Hear me roar. At least he's modest enough to call his blog "The True Facts". Good to know. Better than the false ones. The name alone smacks of "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain."
Why is it that a screeching cartoon squirrel makes more sense than any other talking head on TV? Just wondering. (NB: Salty language in link) links to a group of lefty blogs that are raising money for hurricane victims. That got me to thinking; why not use this left/right divide to everyone's advantage. Let's have a group of lefty blogs and righty blogs each form a relief group and see who can raise the most money. Winner gets bragging rights. We can see which side of the divide really cares the most.
"Freeze this moment just a little bit longer, make each sensation a little bit stronger"

I write (and think) about being a father quite a bit. As I've noted before, my observations are not novel or new or even unique. They are, however, real and a very big part of my life.

I feel very in tune with Colin of late. I've been trying (and not to brag but doing rather well) to be more patient with him. I made a conscious decision some time ago that I was going to do so. It's not always easy but it's always necessary. We had our semi-annual bout of sleeplessness. He was waking up at 2 or 3 in the morning and was often up for the day. He would be so cranky and miserable by 3 PM he would crash on the couch for a few hours. That would lead to him being up until 10 or so and then repeat. This went on for about a week and as mysteriously as it arrived, it vanished. I don't know how or why this happens every year but it does. Usually around Thanksgiving a…