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Woke up at 4:30 to attempt to acquire a Wii, and we would have gotten one if we hadn't gone to GameStop instead of Best Buy (14 consoles with a 2 per household limit when there are 30 people in the line? Suck my balls, bitches. Best Buy somehow managed to acquire 70. Hmm). There is always next week.

I've been reading a lot more now that I can surreptitiously monitor Bloglines at work, and it's nice. Lots of nonfiction, for some reason I can't seem to read any fiction right now. Too much food politics stuff (Pollan, Nestle, etc), and I can now tell you in excruciating detail about how truly fucked-up the American agricultural system is. I do not think this is a good thing, as it just makes me guilty when I consume meat that I know has been industrially processed. But since when have I ever learned things because they make me feel warm and fuzzy?

I also read Conservatize Me by John Moe, who is a disembodied voice at the NPR station in Seattle. The book seems like it'll be kind of silly and fun (sushi-eating latte-drinking urbanite immerses self in conservative culture!), but it's just fucking irritating. You mean that there are conservatives out there who don't toe the Republican party line and don't wake up every morning planning how best to enrich their corporate benefactors? Zounds! My tiny leftist mind is blown! And did you know that maybe not all people are totally liberal or totally conservative but somewhere in between? If this is really the image liberals project to the world, I want to fire their publicist.

Now. As a palate cleanser, I read Dan Savage's book about his journey towards marriage. It's much better and much more heartfelt. Don't get me wrong. I disagree with Dan about a shitload of things (including Iraq, fat chicks, and the propensity of males to cheat when given the chance), but we stand in complete agreement on gay marriage. It personalizes the impact of these big huge decisions that might be abstract to the fuckheads in DC, but are very real to those down in the trenches, and he does a really good job of illustrating that. And the book is also really funny. That helps too.

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Date: 2006-11-25 07:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You win like fifty billion points for using the word "zounds" in an entry.

I've been thinking about reading Conservatize Me, but per your review, I think I'll pass.

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Date: 2006-11-25 09:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love old exclamations. They're so quaint and amusing.

But, yes. The book sucks, because it totally buys into the red state/blue state bullshit to a dizzying degree for somebody who works in public radio and reads more news than I could ever comprehend on a full-time basis. (I wish I had Cody's ability to absorb current events by osmosis. It would make my life so much easier.) It does not give me a very high opinion of Seattle's lefties, which is already pretty damn low to begin with, as they're the stupid paternalist type that I despise. The mayor was proposing to set up a red light district for strip clubs (there are two strip clubs in Seattle city limits. TWO. Isn't that ridiculous?) as well as a four foot rule for dancers in said clubs. Both measures failed, but the fact that such things would get on the table in this town definitely make it clear I'm not in Portland anymore. And I miss it a lot.

well I liked the book okay

Date: 2006-11-25 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
but that's mostly because I wrote it. Sorry to hear you didn't find my story interesting and were infuriated by it (small correction: I don't care for sushi, never eat it). But thanks all the same for giving it a shot. Best wishes, jm