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Dizzying Intellect » 2007» September

Holy Hungry Babies, Batman!

Dude, I had no idea that baby formula was so expensive. I just came back from the grocery store, and the lady in front of me bought one can of formula.

I wouldn’t normally have noticed what someone else was buying (especially at 8am), but the store apparently keeps formula under lock and key with the good booze (just kidding, they don’t have good booze — they don’t even carry Maker’s Mark), and the cashier had to send the bagger back into the service section to get her the one can.

Then she paid part of it with food stamps (which is neither here nor there, it just caught my attention because it made me realize that I had chosen the wrong lane, as usual) and the rest in cash. When the total came up, it was four dollars and freaking forty-seven cents!

Holy toledo. I mean, the can was maybe the size of a can of coke. Say, 8-12 ounces, somewhere in there. And it cost almost five dollars? Wouldn’t a baby drink more than one can in day? I would never have thought that formula would be high-theft item, necessitating locking it up, but in retrospect, of course it is!

Madness.

[Note: Not backseat parenting. I understand that women have physical and emotional reasons for deciding not to nurse. Not my problem. But five bucks?! Jesus!]

*phew*

If your DVR/Tivo cut off the last thirty seconds of Grey’s Anatomy (like the rest of us), some lovely, wonderful person put just the ending up on youtube, just for you.

(I started downloading the whole freaking torrent, but it was going to take hours. Thank you, youtube!)

Dead Air

Since the number one rule of blogging is “don’t blog about work,” and it’s consuming my life right now, it’s gotten a little quiet around here.

I wish I could tell you. I really do. I need to vent. But I can’t.

I’ll try to focus on and write about other things, since it’s clearly not going to lighten up before the end of the year. If I last that long.

Strange Bedfellows

I’ve been consistently and rather pleasantly surprised by one of my senators, Claire McCaskill. I was pretty loudly against her in the last election, for both personal and political reasons, but she’s turned out to be a very moderate democrat.

And, of course, that’s not working so well for her. She wants to start pulling our troops back as soon as possible, but refuses anything that sets a date for retreat or cuts funding. She even visited the troops in Iraq, herself (all over the place, if the photos are any indication!) She voted against amnesty and for supporting General Petraeus. And that’s gotten her some pretty negative attention from the Code Pink and MoveOn crowd. They’ve been protesting outside her office all week.

I hope they don’t crack her. She’s pretty much exactly what I used to like about the party of democrats. Sympathetic but sane. I don’t expect us to meet on every issue, but that wouldn’t happen with anyone. I think she’s doing just fine.

Instincts

FOXNews.com - Porn Star Accused of Sorority-House Rape

Has anyone seen Without Prejudice? It’s a game show where a panel meets a group of people who want money, and decides — based entirely on their first instincts — who gets kicked off and who gets the money.

I only watched two episodes, but this guy was on one of them. All of the girls (including me) decided that he was totally skeezy and creepy (before they mentioned his current job, or his status as a former marine), and he got kicked off. I’m sure some porn stars are lovely people, but this guy was a total alarm-rattler.

And sure enough, here he is, up on rape charges. Trust those instincts, girls.

Wreaths for Warriors

I just got an email from my cousin Tony, and I’m hoping some of you can help.

Most of you know that I never send out “solicitation” type emails or ask you to forward an email to all your friends. However, I’m breaking my self-imposed rule.

After seeing an article last year about a man in Maine who donates wreaths to Arlington each year, I wanted to do something similar here on Ft. Stewart.

Ft. Stewart is home to the 3d Infantry Division, the “Rock of the Marne.” The division is on its third tour in Iraq. Many of the soldiers have served at least that many tours. As of today, approximately 370 brave soldiers of the division have given their lives. Each month Ft. Stewart plants and dedicates a tree to the soldiers that have fallen that month in a solemn ceremony. At the base of each tree is a small area where a simple marker is placed. Family and friends leave small mementoes. Some give you an idea about favorite activities…a bottle of beer, a cigar, a pack of playing cards. Some are so touching it’s hard to choke back tears. That is where we would like to place the wreaths in honor of their sacrifice.

This is a completely unofficial effort, not affiliated with Ft. Stewart or the US Army. However, we have coordinated with post authorities to get permission to place the wreaths.

Thanks,
Tony

Here’s a site that explains more about what they’re trying to do at Fort Stewart.

The Wreaths Across America organization supplies wreaths for fallen soldiers in mid-December, and Fort Stewart hopes to have a wreath for every tree in the Warriors’ Walk.

If you decide to donate online, please enter ‘Wreaths for Warriors Walk’ on line 2 of the address section, to make sure the wreath goes to Fort Stewart. If you’d rather send a check, Tony’s address is on the first site linked above — or you can leave a comment here, and I’ll email it to you. (I didn’t try it, but the sponsorship page also had a payment method option called “invoice.”)

Thanks, y’all. :o)


[Photo by Sharon Bass. Click for full size]

No, not gonads. And not… well, ok, also strife.

So I got one of these (uh, mild content warning, I guess). Us, them. Whatever.

And can I just say? As awesome as everyone made it sound. Also, I can’t move my arms. Perhaps a little less boxing this evening.

Climbing and Sliding 101

Dude, this place is so awesome.

I’ve tried to explain the City Museum to so many people, and failed. But this time I brought a disposable camera, so hopefully some of the pictures came out. We only stayed til 10 this time (they’re open til 1am) but I got a whole roll of film, if not all the climbing I would have liked.

Update: Their photo tour has greatly improved since the last time I checked the site. You can watch that for clarity, minus the crowds. ( #17 of 28 is the main reason I go.)

Insert Girlie Shriek Here

Gregory Maguire, one of my very favoritest authors ever, has a new book out!! What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy. I just got a 25% off coupon from Borders, and I now know where it’s going.

p.s. If you liked/loved Wicked, try Mirror Mirror. It’s gorgeous.

p.p.s. Not advertising Borders, per se, they just happen to be next door to where I work. And I have a coupon.

Something New Every Day

Did you know there are blood banks for animals?

I had never thought of such a thing. It makes perfect sense, but it wouldn’t ever have occurred to me, until I saw a bumper sticker that said “My Dog Gave Blood” today.

What an awesome thing. This place is apparently the national bank, and they rescue strays from shelters and give them a new home. They’re donors while they’re young enough, and then live out retirement with the same kind treatment, or are adopted out to new homes. Doubly excellent.