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July 09, 2004
I Would Have

I would have talked about this story (“Act Now to Stop Dying on a Massive Scale in Darfur, U.S. Lawmakers Urge”) and this story (“Why both Blair and the left have been silent on Sudan”) but my computer chose otherwise.

I would have said, “No wonder this guy was “disembedded” by the UsofA army for “incorrect editorial style.” (Via Cursor.)

I’d be angry over this and this, and scoffing over this.

Having read a couple of her books, I’d have advised you to listen to Helen Thomas because she knows what she’s talking about.

I would have said a lot of things, but it’s not going to happen. After inflicting the Blue Screen of Death on me frequently over the past couple of months, my laptop finally gave up even trying. I’m on a borrowed PC at the moment with no idea what computer I’ll be using when I get back.

I’m going on vacation on Sunday you know. July 11-14, I’ll be completely off the net with firm instructions (from myself) to relax for a few days. (Someone has apparently designated the days between July 9 and July 15 as, “Nude Recreation Week” but I don’t intend to go that far.)

July 12, as a stand-alone day of celebration, is thus far unclaimed by any group or individual. Those of you with a silly holiday in mind but unwilling to crowd the schedule of a more popular day might consider the merits of July 12. An unpretentious little 24-hour interval that is sure to mature into something special in a few years.

July 13 is “Fools Paradise Day.” I’ll in the mountains, which is a paradise for more than fools.

July 14 is Bastille Day and I regret I won't be here to give you my insights on this significant French occasion. For what it’s worth, I do intend to storm Starbucks in a particularly egalitarian fashion to commemorate the day.

I could, of course, spend some of my downtime pondering imponderables. Like…why am I so popular in Finland? And what is it with the growing number of hits from the US military? Why doesn’t the United Kingdom love me?

I might regret that I’ve never actually explained the “nuking of vegetables” so that two seekers after knowledge on that subject would understand that irradiating vegetables is not precisely “nuking” them. I’m not an expert on the subject, but I would have been willing to make the effort.

In passing, let me mention that people who are “just voting against Kerry” are on the wrong site. Also, to the person who thirsted for more details on Hightower saying, “first let’s get rid of Bush then let’s get rid of Kerry.” I suppose he might have said such a thing, but you won’t find that attitude supported here. I wouldn’t suggest voting for someone if I’d already decided they were going to be a disaster, okay?

I see that “Zena Mahlangu” is back in the public’s thoughts. At least, it looks that way, with 124 searches for information on her. Possibly because the, um, “happy couple” tied the knot late last month.

(I’m a bit puzzled by some of the searches that appear in my stats. I’ve never written on “refusing to participate in employee barbeques.” Is there need for advice on this topic?)

Anyhow. I'll be back on-line July 15, which is also, “Cow Appreciation Day” when we're supposed to eat a really good steak and be happy. (Oh…no…wait…you're supposed to hug a cow. My mistake.)

Until then, try to keep the country from falling apart, okay?

Posted by AnneZook at 01:35 PM


Have a great vacation, Anne! I know I'll be celebrating Anne Vacation Day on July 12 by affixing (okay, having Robin affix) my new license plates to my car. Woo-hoo!

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at July 9, 2004 02:05 PM

Just to let you know the UK does love you! Or at least this part of the expatriate - or perhaps more appropriately exile - community does. And I shall be spending Bastille Day in Paris. I have a friend getting married tonight and am staying over for the fireworks. I'll have une verre du vin for you. Off to catch Eurostar now.

Posted by: yank in london at July 12, 2004 10:23 PM

It's good to be loved. :)

(Congratulations, Elayne!)

Posted by: Anne at July 15, 2004 11:57 AM

There's one other obvious reason for delaying the election in the event of a 'terrorist attack'. That gives Bush one GREAT MOTIVE for FAKING a terrorist attack. By judicious timing he could stay in office indefinately (cringe) making himself the first USofA dictator since colonial America.

Posted by: anonymous at July 15, 2004 07:55 PM