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25 November 2010 @ 09:45 am
Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? If so, how does your celebration vary from traditional holiday rituals?

Our next door neighbors are actually part Wampanoag. For the past few years they invite us over for dinner, we have a great time, we dance... drink heavily. When it's all over we beat them up and take their house for ourselves. Every year they complain and every year we tell them that there's some perfectly good houses on the west side of town, which the invariably head towards. We love to tradition so much that every year we move next door to our favorite neighbors and do it all over again.

11 November 2010 @ 07:12 pm
Faux fur, scarves, cardigans, paperbag skirts… what are your favorite holiday style trends this year?

Dear Gap,

Did Chase Bank put you up to this? The free market research was lame when they did it, too.

07 October 2010 @ 01:26 am
Based on the books on your bookshelf, what conclusions would people draw about you?

Based on the volume of sci-fi and fantasy they could deduce that I'm a geek. Based on the graphic novel selection they could deduce that I'm a geek with good taste. Based on the nature of most of my non-fiction they could deduce that I'm, at the very least, a wine guy. And based on the content of my bottom two shelves they could certainly deduce that I have a kid who is frequently read to.
06 June 2010 @ 11:51 am
Comparatively speaking, I seldom like the Doctor Who episodes featuring an important person from history nearly as much as I like the other episodes in any given season.

That being said, Vincent and the Doctor might be my favorite Matt Smith Who yet. Certainly one of the most moving episodes I've seen in a long time. I'll leave it at that.
21 May 2010 @ 09:44 am
So I've FINALLY figured out what I'm going to write for my 7-pager. (A work-mate has challenged me to write a seven-page short story by Sunday. He's going to do the same.) It's an Ingmar Berman inspired piece about death and loneliness.

It'll be a hoot.
29 April 2010 @ 02:52 am
If you could create/select a new subject that had to be taught in high school, what would it be, and why?

This, to me, always seemed like a no-brainer. I think schools should teach critical thinking. There are few things more important for a student to learn than how to sort it out for themselves.
27 April 2010 @ 09:37 am
Is there a book you really loved that was subsequently turned into a movie? Did it live up to your expectations? Why or why not?

The movie version of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was nothing but a huge let down on all counts. There's hundreds more that I can mention, but I'd be here all day. That's the one that sprung to mind.
26 April 2010 @ 10:39 am
Are there any buzz words or catch-phrases--such as incentivize or at the end of the day--that make you cringe? What are they, and why do you hate them?

I really hate it when people say "Thank you." What does that even mean, "thank you"?

The other one that really gets me is "Stop, that hurts!" I mean really...
So once I finish my current read ("Boomsday" by Christopher Buckley, likely tomorrow) I'll be taking on a four books at one time project. Complete with stars and bars.

Here's the deal, each day I read exactly one chapter per book, (or more, but it must be equal for all books.)

The subject matter is as follows:

Book 1- Spec Fiction: (Supernatural, sci-fi or fantasy) Stop One, "Proven Guilty" by Jim Butcher (It's candy!)

Book 2- Non Fiction: Stop One, "The Accidental Connoisseur: And Irreverent Journey Through the Wine World" by Lawrence Osborne

Book 3- Fiction. Can be any work of fiction but not straight spec: Stop One, "The Dante Club" by Matthew Pearl

Book 4- Recommendation- Can be any book about anything, but I can't choose it. I'll leave it to you. Stop one... I dunno.

Do you lot have a book four for me?
18 March 2010 @ 04:41 pm
Cross posted over at http://singlefathersguide.wordpress.com/

A couple weeks ago I received a letter from the US Census Bureau informing me that in just a few days time I would be receiving my copy of the census and that I should fill it out and send it back. I’m certain all of my American readers (which are likely all six of you) have the same letter and likely though the exact same thing I did when I got mine. “Well this was a complete and total waste of paper.”

What function does this letter serve? All of us are getting the census (I got mine the other day). None of us are going to open it up and say, “Am I supposed to eat this?” No, in fact we’re likely to do one of two things. We’re either going to fill it out and send it back like good little citizens OR we’re going to let it fall to the bottom of our too do list, buried under a stack of uncut coupons and Verizon Wireless ads (“America’s Most Reliable Network”).

But the letter is borderline insulting, we know what we’re supposed to do with this, and no friendly letter reminding us to fill it out before we even get it is going to change what we were ultimately going to do anyway. I know that the reason it was sent out was to help boost the number of people who fill it out but it’s just bad timing. It’s the equivalent of me, as a waiter, approaching a table before they get their meal and saying, ”Folks I just wanted to let you know that your dinner will be arriving soon. When I set it down on your table please be certain to eat it.” Money would be better spent hiring Peter Portamus to go around to everyone’s home inquiring if we each got that thing he’d sent us. It’d be substantially more effective and wouldn’t end with me becoming a Marxist. (Not Karl, Groucho. “Why a four-year-old child could understand this pre-census letter. Run out and find me a four-year-old child. I can’t make head or tail out of it.”)

I’m in the early group. Filling out the census is on my Bucket List and I figure the opportunity has presented itself so I’m going to scratch it off and be done with it. That being said, if I’m going to do this I’m going to make it count. I want to be certain that the fine people over at the U.S. Census Bureau know exactly what to do with my census when they receive it. So, even though it’s finished today I’m going to wait a few days before sending it on. Today, however, I will be sending them the following letter.

Dear U.S. Census Bureau,

In a few days you will be receiving a filled out copy of the U.S. Census you sent to my home earlier this week. Please make sure that you accurately count me and my son. Accurate demographics are essential to running an effective government so it is important that each and every one of us is counted properly.

Thank you in advance,

Dallas Daddy

To all of you who have yet to send in the census I suggest you do the same. It’s vitally important that we are counted and I’d hate to see any of you miss out simply because the fine people of at the U.S. Census Bureau did not know what to do with the census once they received it. They might decide to make paper airplanes, origami swans or those nifty fortune telling things we had so much fun with in middle school. (“Pick a color… Okay now pick a number… and another number. It says here that you are Caucasian.”)

On a completely unrelated note, I’ll be doing 5k walk for the National MS Society next weekend and would love some support. I’ve collected next to nothing so far, so anything you faithful readers can spare for this cause would be wonderful. Just follow the following link and give what you can.