January 15th, 2009

little review

Poem for Thursday

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This is my week for catching up with people in the new year, so on Wednesday vertigo66 and I went to the Corner Bakery for lunch and gossip. Then I stopped at Target for detergent and found a cute blue sleeveless shirt for $2.49 on the bargain rack. It seemed like it was shaping up to be a nice afternoon, but when I picked up Adam to take him for what was supposed to be a quick check at the orthodontist, only to be stuck waiting for more than 45 minutes just to get back to see the hygienist, we were both a bit cranky. And when it then took another 45 minutes for them to get around to adjusting his braces -- during which delay I ran down to the post office and into Bath & Body Works, being unable to resist the lure of Vanilla Noir -- we ended up downright irritable. Plus he had to have soft foods for dinner after having a bracket reglued, which ended up meaning fish and chips rather than the galanga curry chicken we wanted.

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While sitting in the waiting room, I had time to read my news feeds, where I discovered that both Patrick McGoohan and Ricardo Montalban had died. These are irreplaceable icons and also seemingly good guys -- Montalban had a 60+ year marriage, McGoohan a 50+ year marriage, they were both religious Catholics (McGoohan almost became a priest), supporters of minority rights in Hollywood who as far as I know didn't use their celebrity to tell other people how to vote -- rarities in the entertainment industry. To cheer ourselves up in the evening, we opted to watch not The Wrath of Khan or The Prisoner but even more Arrested Development -- the one where Michael and Gob play Rock, Paper, Scissors at the construction site and the one where everyone walks around despondent to Vince Guaraldi's Charlie Brown music, complete with sad beagle on dog house.

In happier news, NBC reports on a possible petroglyph discovery in Lake Michigan and Dan Savage is having a poll to decide on a proper dirty definition of "Saddleback." And I've been trying not to talk about the conflict here, both because it's impossible not to oversimplify and because I can't have polite conversations even with certain long-time friends about it, but Brit Tzedek v'Shalom has posted some articles that are important enough to share: "Stories from the Ground: Sderot & Gaza."