Sunday, November 23, 2003
Saturday I had off. The weather was lovely, so I decided to go to the DMV... ok, this decision was more inspired by the desire not to get a THIRD $100 parking ticket for having an unregistered vehicle. First I had to prove my new address, which was a good deal less painful than I expected (last time they didn't accept my proof until the third try), then I had to reregister, which cost $112 itself. Now I just have to pay my obscene parking tickets and the $40 DC claims I owe for late fees (!?) on my taxes and I'll be free and clear!
Saturday, November 22, 2003
40 years ago today JFK was assassinated. I don't buy all the American Loss of Innocence jive... seems like people are proclaiming the loss of American Innocence every ten years or so. How innocent can a country that was founded on slaughter and stolen land be to begin with?
And I don't understand all the attention given to John when even a cursory look at history reveals that Robert Kennedy was a much greater man, his death a much greater loss. Everything good we remember about the Kennedy whitehouse, the moral center, the taking stands for what mattered, came from Bobby. I sometimes try to imagine what America would look like if Bobby Kennedy hadn't been assassinated (and for that matter, what my corner of DC would look like) and it breaks my heart.
5 years ago today was possibly the worst day of my life. I'd been dating a girl for seven months. Six of those had been long distance to one extent or another. I thought things were going fine... in fact I was having a hard time believing how well things were going between us. Then she dumped me out of the blue, for what seemed the lamest possible reason.
When I think Nov. 22 I'm much more likely to think about my worst dumping ever than that afternoon in Dallas. This possibly makes me a bad person.
Wednesday, November 19, 2003
The DC DMV can chew on me!
Maybe I can try that again if I get up early enough tomorrow morning...
Had an optometrist appt Monday, my first in like two years. Got some contacts to testride for a week... my perscription has changed, contacts are better than glasses in general, and my current lenses are all scratched up to hell... putting in those contacts was a revelation!
BUT they don't make the frames I broke anymore. Sad sad sad. I love these frames, even if they are now held together with masking tape. The optician kinda rushed me on picking out new ones, I'm not entirely sure I liked them and I'm pretty sure I spent more than I wanted to. I'm actually really kinda pissed off about that...
Wednesday, November 12, 2003
Well, I'm going to my friends' place for dinner tonight, and it was my plan to bring a nice loaf of fresh bread because you never want to show up empty-handed (also, if you accept a dinner invitation you are obligated to be charming and entertaining, remember this and stock up on amusing anecdotes)
I get to my car... have I mentioned I've been meaning to go to the DMV?... I get to my car and find my new friend clipped to my windshield. Everybody, meet $100 ticket for having expired tags. Mr. Ticket, meet everyone! What's this you say Mr. Ticket? "Bob's a fucking moron"? Why, I'm inclined to agree you little scamp! What? What else was that? "Tow Requested"? Ahh-hahahaha! You so crazy!
So I go to the store and get many many groceries and a nice loaf of rosemary sourdough bread. I bring them all home, introduce my housemate to my new friend, then come in to check my email.
And in the half hour since then, foolish me for not affixing a "Do Not Eat" note to the loaf, my housemate went and devoured a big chunk out of it!
"You weren't invested in keeping the loaf whole, were you?"