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Dizzying Intellect » 2002» February

ff 3/1

1. What’s your favorite vacation spot? the dead sea, i think.

2. Where do you consider to be the biggest hell-hole on earth? nashville, tennesee. or the frankfurt airport.

3. What would be your dream vacation? infinite time. infinite money. infinite visas. truly, mars.

4. If you could go on a road-trip with anyone, who would it be and why? the pooch. he’s the only one who doesn’t drive me nuts.

5. What are your plans for this weekend? sleep. watch the snow.

thursday three

Thursday Three

1. What’s the most disgusting thing you’ve ever ingested? some disgusting candy from amsterdam that roughly translates as “sewer dirt.” thanks curt. :o

kookee!

wahoo! my girl scout cookies are ready! frozen samoas are the bestest, most yummiest invention ever!

lazarus long

“a human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. specialization is for insects.” –lazarus long

i’m not sure i can conn a ship. i’ve driven a speedboat. and a yacht. does that count?

css

woohoo! the whole blog is running in css! shut up! it’s all in css! no tables! don’t tell me you can’t read it! i don’t care if it only works in ie5.5 and 1024×768! it’s all css! i rock! :o

olives

whoa. i have jalapeno stuffed olives. i have sapphire in the freezer. why am i not drinking a martini?!

gashlycrumbs!



make your own gashlycrumb tiny!!

peeing part 2

ok, i’ve mentioned this before, back when i only had one reader (hi park!), but matt’s story of the day reminded me of it. now that i have more than one reader (hi mom!) here it is again. i’d send it to matt’s sister if i could:

these rock! girls, you can pee standing up using this handy dandy device. no joke. it takes a little practice, but imagine not standing in line in a bar when you’ve had one too many beers? not squatting in the bushes? not sitting down in those disgusting porta-potties? writing your name in the snow? i bought mine last year when i was planning to hike the appalachian trail (this year, andrew, dammit) and they work! ok, that’s my ad for the year. if you buy them for no other reason, it’s worth the laugh when you get it right!

vacation

ok, i’m trying to decide on my next vacation. i need one anyway, but i got an insight vacation packages brochure in the mail yesterday, which just reinforced it. so help me decide: south america (macchu picchu, rio, angel falls, amazon rain forest, what else?), australia/new zealand, or an alaskan cruise? please keep in mind seasons, flying distances, prices, etc. ok. go!

weight of the world

i sat up with karen on saturday night until four am, drinking baileys and catching up. she’s one of my dearest friends, even tho i never see her. easily the most honest and open person i know, and one of the few people to whom i can say anything and not sound like a crackpot. among our many conversations, we fell a few times into discussing how bad the past two weeks have been. everyone is so down. (hi mike, not you) i thought it was winter. not enough sun, everyone gets winter blahs about this time. but it’s different this year. now i’m becoming convinced that it’s too much stuff at once that’s making everyone so depressed right now. combined with winter. i remember everyone being like this after columbine. cold and apathetic and withdrawn. we’re just slightly too desensitized to violence, at least i am. things like a few people being killed, especially now, after the mind-numbing experience of dealing with the events of september eleventh, get pushed aside. i blocked out details about danny pearl when he was first abducted. growled about john walker, but then blew it off. ignored how the government has fallen back into two bitter nasty parties. now, all at once, there’s danielle van dam, and how can you help wondering if your neighbor might be a psycho child-killer too? and andrea yates. how can she even still be sucking oxygen? and danny pearl. with his first baby on the way. and yet another suicide bomber in israel. and why doesn’t it seem like we’re getting anywhere with these fucking terrorists? they stack up in your subconscious, because each one is too small now. because “it could be so much worse.” and suddenly your whole head is filled with these awful things. unfiled, loose, floating awful things. and it’s not even like you sit and think about them, you don’t really think about them at all, maybe. but your boss asks you to make a few grammatical changes to a paper, and you start sobbing. and you find yourself staring into space for five minutes at a time. not daydreaming, or even thinking, just gone. you need to get work done, and you can’t even motivate yourself to get up from the couch. you smile and it feels like your face will crack, it’s been so long. or laugh and it sounds like a foreign language. and another glass of baileys sounds so much better than going home. and, yet, there’s another side to it, because you’ve gotten desensitized to happiness too. you no longer really care if you’re with a significant other. you don’t really need “someone” anymore. i’ve read that in so many journals in the past few weeks, and thought the same thing myself. and it’s a such good thing to be independent, but it’s also giving up a dream, in a way. giving up an emotion. i think maybe we’re rebuilding the walls that we tore down in september, to let ourselves open our hearts and minds and wallets to so many people suffering more than we did. and we’re rebuilding them bigger, better, stronger. i’m very suggestable to other people being depressed, too, which doesn’t help. if you’re depressed, i probably will be soon, too. so everyone cheer the hell up. i’m certainly not a feasible psychologist, and it’s a sad day when i become the voice of reason, but if you’re really hurting, talk to your doc about antidepressants. practically everyone i know (in real life) is on them, and it’s not going to give you a permagrin, and your doctor won’t laugh at you. you’ll say “shit. i remember when i felt like this.” get out in the sun without sunglasses - you need the light to actually shine in your eyes for it to work. walk to the dog, walk your neighbor’s dog (the one that isn’t a psycho). vent on your blog. if you don’t have one, start one. it’s really very cathartic. and if you think i’m a crackpot, keep it to yourself.