One of the stories I had sort of seen on my way to work. Corner of JFK and South, right across from the Kennedy School. I wondered what had happened to take a chunk out of the corner of the house as I walked past and then noticed dirt on the sidewalk, stepped back and realized it was from tire tracks and oh there was caution tape where there should have been part of a fence.
Yesterday I called him at noon. "Thoughts on lunch?" "No." "Does that mean you're not having lunch or you don't have thoughts on lunch." "I'm not going to lunch. Because I came in late today." "Okay. Should we get you anything?" "No, I had an orange earlier." "Oh-kaay. Well I guess I'm glad you ate something."
So today he shows up at my desk at a quarter to noon and says, "So, lunch." He has 4 slices of pizza (in the takeaway individual boxes). "Well I'm glad to see you'll be eating something today." (Yesterday he had two oranges and a bag of chips.) "They had buffalo chicken today. My favorite. And anything I don't eat I can put in the fridge and have for lunch tomorrow." The real motivation for the early lunch was the fact that his e-mail still wasn't back from the maintenance that was supposed to be done at 10am. This does not bode well for my scheduled maintenance outage tomorrow morning.
wisdomeagle linked to this MSN article on bad V-day gifts. (I seem to recall seeing something similar in the Metro or something recently.) The first item is red roses -- on the argument that they're cliche and impersonal. Dude, I have gotten roses once in my life and they were yellow roses for my 16th birthday. I would love to get a bouquet of red roses from a romantic partner. I feel like that item in particular is aimed at people who have been doing the dating thing for a long time. And what if your honey loves roses? (Alternatively: "order up a monochromatic bouquet of various blooms in your honey’s favorite color"? what if your honey loves multi-color?) Really I think the article could be summed up by, "Get/do something thoughtful that reflects the individuality of the person you love," which, um, should be obvious?
ABC News was all "Boston is one of the best cities for dating," and I laughed when "one of the top ten" turned out to be "rounding out the list" (i.e., tenth out of ten).
Dude, I've barely even looked at metafandom in a long time, but there has been plenty of discussion on the flist alone.
- the Matilda/Miss Honey relationship in the Matilda movie (comments include discussion of the book, HP house sorting, and the Dahl oeuvre)
- in defense of textual ambiguity (examples from BtVS primarily)
- Why the aversion to ficcing canonically gay characters in het relationships? [Which is a discussion I have seen so many times before, but it still comes under the category of recent discussion on my flist. And hey, it certainly didn't stop me from chiming in like a bajillion times. Plus, these debates are recurrent because not everybody has in fact already had/seen them a million times before. Though sometimes I wish there existed compilations of the most insightful points on all sides for any given issue -- complete with links to the full discussions for anything quoted, of course. Oh, and the examples are from BtVS primarily.]
Yes, it is much easier for me to engage with other people's essays and conversations than it is for me to get my own essays formulated.
And damn, I owe people icon drabbles, don't I?
And yes Cat, I will do tv reports before I go to bed.