Three Things

1. Today Bush attended a a study group; next week he'll be going to Vietnam. Maybe he's having a midlife crisis or something, and frantically trying to do all those things he didn't do as a youth. 2. Am I mistaken in my belief that duct tape doesn't actually stick to anything? I was lugging a roll of it around

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Moby-Dick, Chapters 29-33

Chapters read: xxix. Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb, xxx. The Pipe, xxxi. Queen Mab, xxxii. Cetology, xxxiii. The Specksnyder Page reached: 140 of 522 (26.82%) Status Report: Oh, man. Chapter 32. This is probably a strong contender for the title of Most Skimmed Chapter In Classic American Literature. I would have skipped it myself if I hadn't resolved to read

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Moby-Dick, Chapters 22-28

Chapters read: xxiii. The Lee Shore, xxiv. The Advocate, xxv. Postscript, xxvi. Knights and Squires, xxvii. Knights and Squires, xxviii. Ahab Page reached: 119 of 522 (22.80%) Status Report: Confessing to kinda liking Moby-Dick in my last report brought the jinx down upon my head, because this twenty page block did nothing for me. In it we learn about the

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The Power Of PR

It was 7:00 AM and I was at the the office, feeling peckish. I went to the next-door deli, but nothing on their breakfast menu appealed to me, so I asked if they could make a grilled cheese sandwich. Unfazed, the guy whipped up my order and handed it to me on a paper plate. I decided to eat it

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On Aging

On every birthday between the ages of four and 15, some adult would ask me "So, do you feel any older?" It was meant to be a joke I'm sure, but in some ways it was kind of depressing. Hitting the next age was a big deal to me as a kid, as I always thought that the next annual

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Election 2006

And welcome to Election 2006. In The Morning News today we have the winners of the Encyclopedia Brown for District Attorney contest. In McSweeney's, please to be finding my 2006 Voters Guide. And although this is the part of the post where I am supposed to urge you to "get out and vote!" Washington State elections now rely almost exclusively

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Moby-Dick, Chapters 17-22

Chapters read: xvii. The Ramadan, xviii. His Mark, xix. The Prophet, xx. All Astir, xxi. Going Aboard, xxii. Merry Christmas Page reached: 101 of 522 (19.34%) Status Report: You know, despite all my grousing (though, given the setting of the novel, "carping" might be a more appropriate term), I am enjoying the book so far. It is not what I

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Moby-Dick, Chapters 10-16

Chapters read: x. A Bosom Friend, xi. Nightgown, xii. Biographical, xiii. Wheelbarrow, xiv. Nantucket, xv. Chowder, xvi. The Ship Page reached: 79 of 522 (15.13%) Status Report: "Let's go grab some lunch," you propose to a co-worker. "Yeah, that sounds good," she replies. "Where do you want to go?" "Oh, anywhere is fine. What do you feel like?" "I don't

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Moby-Dick: Chapters 5-9

Chapters read: v. Breakfast, vi. The Street, vii. The Chapel, viii. The Pulpit, ix. The Sermon Page reached: 47 of 522 (9%) Status report: A friend of mine once announced that he had deduced the secret to Stephen King's success. "Short chapters, man," he told me. "Those things are like potato chips. You read one, and then you flip ahead

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