Friday, January 30, 2009

Something Beautiful

A few summers ago I found myself in Amsterdam. It was one of those dreamlike days where there is the faintest breeze and slightest chill to the morning. My family and I took 3 tables at an outdoor cafe, facing the few cyclists who had emerged at that hour. We shared coffee and Dutch apple pancakes, criossant and eggs. Afterward we strolled down to the Van Gogh museum.

On arriving, we each dutifully fell into our own pace, some walking briskly through the galleries, others floating between the pieces. My sister turned right on entering a room, my father, to the left. We were stunned that the sunflowers were actually so small, and at the depth and rainbow of colors used to create each piece. As I entered the last room, something caught my eye and I cut straight to the middle. There were the Almond Blossoms; the most spectacular painting I had ever seen. The colors evoked that day so crisply, and the effect was one of overwhelming tranquility and beauty.

I stood before it for an hour before I was ushered on to leave. I could have stared at it for years.

Today, I saw a photograph that immediately harkened back to that perfect day.

Proof that there is continuity in beautiful things. That the memory of such simple and incredible days can carry us through dark and cold ones alike.

Have a lovely weekend,


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Bye Bye Bushie

And on that note, Happy Inauguration Day.

I'll be watching the Inauguration from MSSSC (My Super Sweet Subsidized Cafeteria). It's a big day so I thought I'd do it up large and get the Healthy Station chicken wrap, the indiscriminate "indian flavoured" chick pea side, AND Baked Lays. Fuck the calorie po-po's.

Congratulations to Barack Obama and his family for realizing the hopes of so many.

God Bless,

Monday, January 12, 2009

Amazon is a wealth of funny shit far cooler than anything i could ever think up of

It's true. For all those who have been complaining about my lack of blogging (Yes D and EricM, I am addressing you, but I'm sure there are many others quietly seething in the background and pricking their Girl Voodoo Dolls), I have good reason. In no short order, my friends have started to imply that they don't really enjoy my exposing their sexual exploits (I can't imagine why), guys reallly don't want to date a girl who is remotely funny (even if they say they do, they are secretly unbearably uncomfortable about the whole "thing"), but most importantly, because I have realized Amazon commenters are funnier than I am and it gives me hives.


Allow me to give you some highlights:

Gwen P. (Douglassville, PA, USA) - What better way to teach the next generation how to behave in a police state then with a toy such as this? I'm really hoping that they come out with a toy in which the kids can play "interregator". Think of all the fun the little folks can have waterboarding those who "hate our freedom".


Delia (Eugene, OR)- I especially appreciated the enclosed signed photo of Michael Chertoff and his letter explaining how necessary it is to start educating today's youth early with toys like these, especially as their elders just don't seem to be taking the whole thing seriously

Gen. JC Christian, patriot (Tremonton, UT United States) -
Durability: Fun: Educational: I like the basic idea. I applaud Playmobile for attempting to provide us with the tools we need to teach our children to unquestioningly obey the commands of the State Security Apparatus

There are more. Needless to say, I've been brutally unseated from my snarky throne. I'm going to brush my shoulders off and try to recover this week though- fingers crossed my Darling Minions.