September 3rd, 2008


Odds and sods

Nowhere to put these fragments with WorldCrashing down, so here they will go.

How can people be so heartless?
How can people be so cruel?
Easy to be hard --
Easy to be cold.

Y'all who are also doing the 100 Push-Ups thing: I did mine today; day 2 of week 1. I was sitting here trying not to fall asleep** and I needed to move around, so I found an empty conference room, shut the door, and went to it. Feeling better now.

I really miss yoga. I think my hip flexor may have healed enough to start it again. Hey, you know when your orthopedist tells you it can take 6 months to a year for a torn muscle to heal? It's no exaggeration. And if you blow it by jumping the gun because you're too impatient to wait and you reinjure the muscle, you're screwed for another 6 months. I injured myself last October, and it's only since early August that I have been pain-free. Needless to say, I will be proceeding at a glacial pace and with agonizing caution when I start yoga again (even though it wasn't yoga that tore the muscle -- it was SEX).

There are a number of things I need to do to get myself right with the world. Some obligations I need to fulfill, too, even though I'm dreading them. More on all this later -- I think I've lingered on the subject of "me me me" long enough.

**I'm not tired -- it's a stress reaction. Big-time stress can make me uncontrollably sleepy. I've been known to fall asleep at the most unusual times. . . .

Here's something succinct and irrefutable to have on hand when talk around the water cooler turns to politics:

"We all know that modern political campaigns choose their issues from the cafeteria line after market-testing them and then having them professionally framed. Rarely, though, are we offered such a clear and unarguable example. How could anyone truly believe that Barack Obama's background and job history are inadequate experience for a president and simultaneously believe that Sarah Palin's background and job history are perfectly adequate? It's possible to believe one or the other. But both? Simply not possible. John McCain has been — what's the word? — lying. And so have all the pundits who rushed to defend McCain's choice.

This is especially damning to McCain because his case for himself (besides not being Barack Obama, a standard under which many of us might qualify) has rested on his honor and integrity. The North Vietnamese couldn't break him, and neither could the Brahmins of his own party in the Senate. He was a maverick who always told it straight. So much for that."

Michael Kinsley in Slate