November 24, 2006

Thanks Giving

I wasn't going to write anything about Thanksgiving this year, primarily because it wasn't one we all would have liked to have experienced. But, you know, it could have been worse. So yeah, I'll give thanks.

I'm thankful for having been able to spend it with my mother and father.

I'm thankful that my brother's not in Iraq or Afghanistan, even though he couldn't spend the holiday weekend with us thanks to the always-wonderful US military.

I'm thankful we got to talk to him for several hours before he had duty.

I'm thankful for all our military servicemen and women, even if the military itself sucks harder than a Dyson vacuum. Institutionalized idiocy, thy name is military. Or DMV, I suppose. But the DMV didn't impact my holiday plans.

I'm thankful for mom's apple pie. Mmmm.

I'm thankful that my grandmother is out of her PT rehab and back at home, away from the crazy death angel person who apparently worked there. Heck, I'm thankful she's got more range of motion following her latest physical therapy than she's had in years.

Oh, and most of all, I'm thankful that my brother just called again and we had a nice conversation for the better part of an hour. And that he'll be home for Christmas.

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Film

I'll be coming back to this topic shortly, but for tonight: Film is far from dead, and I have fallen in love with it.

To the point I'm scrounging around for cheap, used, higher-end Canon EOS bodies.

Oh, the joy and dynamic range of a good color negative film...

(For the record, I never fell out of love with black and white film. But giving two shakes about color film is something new.)

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November 12, 2006

Unrealistic

I have to give the media and the fasion industry credit: They've done a spectacular job creating wholly unrealistic ideas of proper body image.

One of my friends is 23 and female.

I've known her since high school, when she was pretty happy with her body. As well she should have been—she looked great and had a flat, toned stomach even I was envious of.

Two kids later, she confided in me that she's been considering lipo because she has a tiny pooch that hadn't gone away. And mind you, this was like a month after she popped a kid out. In her mind, her body was destroyed and required tens of thousands of dollars of plastic surgery to "fix" it.

Except she still looks great. Better than 98% of the women on the face of the planet. And it's very possible it would minimize itself with a combination of time (to finish dropping her pregnancy body) and exercise.

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November 7, 2006

Election Day

Well, it's election day.

Here's hoping Arizona voters shoot down Prop 107 and send Len Munsil back to the crazed fundamentalist Christian universe he came from.

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November 4, 2006

Wait, what?

I stopped at WaMu on the way home to transfer some money at the ATM.

I put my card in, punched my PIN, mashed all the buttons until I got to making a transfer... and was presented with four options.

On the right hand of the screen were the old standbys, "From Checking to Savings" and "From Savings to Checking."

But there on the left side were two inexplicable options: "From Checking to Checking" and "From Savings to Savings."

I almost pushed one of them just to see what on earth would happen. WaMu's ATMs are friendly and conversational, so I suppose it's possible it could be a pair of joke entries. At the same time, though, I have a hard time believing anyone would actually put fake functions on an ATM. And I have no idea what possible purpose one could have for transferring money right back into the account it came out of.

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