From the monthly archives:

October 2007

Washington DC, Halloween

October 31, 2007

I saw more skinny white dudes in shades wearing skinny black frock coats and pretending to be Neo than you could shake a stick at. I saw a waitress dressed like Annie Oakley who had me convinced. I saw a guy in a gorilla suit and a girl dressed like a gangster in some Warren Beaty movie, complete with short-skirted tailored pin striped suit and a fetching fedora. They were all out tonight. But the scariest costume I saw was this… I think he calls it “Young Republican Grows Up.” Sadly, the camera flash washed out the dark circles from under his eyes, but I think it caught the demonic fire in the eyes themselves pretty well.

[tags]power tie, brandy after brandy, self importance, the next generation[/tags]

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Dad Update

October 31, 2007

Like so many others, I too have been visited by Anger and his three legged dog Grief. I was in a real stew yesterday. The helplessness I feel in the face of dad’s condition aggravates me.

Here is an update on dad’s health.

I don’t know where the time has gone since I took dad to the hospital on Wednesday the 17th… two weeks have flown. After a few days in the neuro-intensive care area with constant monitoring and CAT scans and an MRI, they released him to inpatient rehabilitation. There he learned to use a walker, to talk around the gaps in his word-memory, to care for himself… put on his shoes, brush his teeth, and all those little things. Even so, he has a long way to go and he will be discharged from the hospital Thursday. My brother will move him to an assisted living facility in De Forest, a few blocks from the clinic and a few blocks from the church. He is 83 going on 84, and I think this will be a permanent arrangement.

When I see him searching for words and giving up on crossword puzzles and other simple things he used to enjoy, I am saddened. But he is accepting and seems generally happy. We had him out of the hospital this weekend looking at a few assisted living places. He turned thumbs down on two alternatives but was cheered by what he saw at the place he chose to stay. There are few enough people there that none will be strangers. The care is customized to the residents need, so as he improves he’ll have less close supervision on stairs and such and more independence. It’s close enough to the farm that we can make field trips to select furnishings and he can have a hand in closing his old place up.

Dad is a very sociable guy, and his relationships have been active ones such as bowling and golf leagues, card clubs and the like. Those activities will likely be very limited, so this is a new chapter in his life. I’ve been with him a lot, nearly every day, but I’m off to DC tomorrow, returning Saturday, so next time I see him he’ll be in his new digs. Thank you for keeping us in your hearts. These are very difficult days, but we are blessed in many ways, not the least of which is the recoverable nature of dad’s stroke.

Thanks to all who have been supportive during this time. Fondest thanks to her who got me the heck out of town for a few days for a fresh perspective (and from whom I stole the mythic characters, Anger and his three-legged dog Grief).

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Sit on my facebook, please

October 30, 2007

[UPDATE 10/31: Yesterday, William (PaPa) Meloney put it this way: It is as if the world was too big, the universe too vast, the Internet too ... too something-or-other... we need to be members of some smaller order, some familiar covenant, some little comfort zone. We want to belong and the only way we can [...]

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At the corner of Walk and Dont Walk

October 29, 2007

Funny ideas at the In-N-Out Burger in Venice Beach.

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Cookie Crumbles

October 29, 2007

What Classic Movie Are You?personality tests by similarminds.com Mari and Leslie are finalists in the stopbadware.org Cookie Crumbles Contest! It’s not practical for them to slide over six time zones from FNO France to be there in DC this Friday, so I’ve consented to represent them and their work at the Federal Trade Commission workshop [...]

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Marvelous Maeve

October 29, 2007

Maeve, on her eponymous blog Meadhbh Maonaigh, has posted a video animation of Jonathan Coulton’s song, “Creepy Doll.” The animation is eerily apropos, and maximally seasonal of course, but the Coulton lyrics are also uncomfortably evocative of a middle class experience and laden with symbolism (see Richard Corelli for more on this, especially perhaps the [...]

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End of life

October 28, 2007

My friend said he wasn’t reading Scoble, Scobes, the Scobleizer, the Scobie-dobie dude. I asked him why. He said, I can’t fathom why I should. Why anybody would. I looked at something someone pointed to. Utter bilge. What world is this that people have time for Scoble? Well, I think the following critical insights that [...]

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Who believes in these things anyway?

October 28, 2007

What Classic Movie Are You?personality tests by similarminds.com When I saw that Winston had scored “Easy Rider,” I figured this would be an amusing little test. Imagine my surprise. [tags]Winston Rand[/tags]

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