January 6th, 2008

Sea dragon

Back from Paris

Despite being sick as a dog, I had a good time in Paris.

The shocking thing is how very NICE the people were. I've really become used to surly service at restaurants, but people seemed genuinely caring and sweet. The hotel proprietress was just very kind in dealing with me being ill. And the woman on the Metro who tore off a page of her paper so I could read about the Iowa primaries - how great was that? I think I ate too much (although after the cold hit I lightened way, way up) and I walked more than I should of given my health. Today's trip to the Bois du Boulogne was a wash, as even if I had been healthy the cold and rain, um, "dampened the mood" must have been created from days like this, really. All I could think of was sitting somewhere warm and dry and not doing anything until the train came. We pretty much succeeded at that during the rest of the afternoon, though there was tea buying.

Anyway, no going out for me after I made it home today. Thank you to wechsler for coming over and making food for all of us. I really appreciated it, even if you couldn't tell from looking at me sitting there half-asleep at the dinner table.

That said, I've really been crazed for the crack journal tonight - almost three hours of reading to catch up (and make the appropriate comments). I did remember to change my user picture. And there was YouTube - I watched "My Posse's on Broadway" (which I had NEVER heard before - the video shows what are now "classic" shots of Broadway on Capitol Hill - whoda thunk it?) after reading about the Taco Bell there closing, and thewronghands killed a lot of time with her posts about a Ninja TV game show, with winners - and a competition for girl ninjas! Lord, then there was the sick and wrong thing panzerwalt posted ... all proof that there are more things on heaven and earth than are dreamt of in my philosophy.

PS: Tomorrow will mostly be about getting over my cold and I'm not making any other plans.

Oh that YouTube!

So the first time I heard this song was when I heard my little brother singing it as a karaoke song. What a hoot! I can't believe I never saw the video for this, although it wasn't exactly in the same flow of culture as I was in 1992. But ... what a comical use of tomatoes and lemons! (Oh, that Sir Mix-a-Lot!)

It's gorgeous outside today, but I'm not feeling well enough for walking around, and I think I'm going to send shadowdaddy and butterbee out on their own. I pushed myself too hard the last two days and I need to get better. Thus staying home and being quiet ...
I Miss America

Comments on the Iowa primary

I've been having a bit of a time catching up on the news - three hours online last night.

Somewhere, somewhere I read that Hillary would make a better president than Obama because she's "got White House experience."

All I could think is, "Well, so does Monica Lewinsky, but she's not running!" And then I went and watched the SNL bit with Chris Rock talking about Obama and Hillary and realized it was still funny.

Some people have said some pretty stellar thing about Obama's oratorial skills, like "he sounds like people I've only ever heard recordings of, because they're dead." (tac_neural, that was, actual quote, "I never expected to hear this kind of oratory in my life. Well, not from anything other than B&W archival footage of great people long dead, anyway." This also supported by Bob Herbert's NYT column.) Maybe I'll listen to some of his speeches. I've had to avoid listening to Bush talking because it always makes me cringe. "Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies!" - just please with GOOD GRAMMAR.

Have just taken som "Dolirhume," paracetamol and pseudoephedrine, and am going to lay on the couch and read for a while.