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I was sort of waiting for “Son of Variety Web site” to launch, but that hasn’t happened.  And in the mean time, there’s been all these bits and pieces of life that I’ve been meaning to write about.  Nothing quite so exciting as a paper cut, but you know, stuff.

I got a catalog in the mail a little while ago.  It was a very expensive auction catalog, and it was FedEx-ed from Japan, with numerous Japanese antiques for sale, all significantly out of my price range.  Susie and I have no idea why it was sent to us—and the address was hand-written to us specifically.

I can’t believe that Super Bowl game. Amazing!  Remember that part where that guy threw the ball way down the field to that other guy, and the other guy almost caught it, but at the last minute missed? I think that other team should have picked up a foul for sure.  That other team must be pretty bummed that they came this far and then lost to the first team with that guy leading them…. What?!  OK, fine, I didn’t watch the game, but that doesn’t make me uncool, OK?

I recently switched to MCI.  They offered me the unbelievable sum of a $250 gift certificate to Amazon.com to switch.  I took the bait and ran with it—bought a bunch of CDs just before Christmas.  Well, MCI offers really good rates for most things except, oddly enough, to Canada.  So instead of paying $0.07 per minute, with MCI I’m paying $0.78 per minute.  And I asked them when I switched if I was on all the lowest rate plans, and they said yes.  So I spent almost $170 extra on long distance to MCI, before I got the bill and realized and could switch back to AT&T.  Now everything’s right with the world again, and my $250 gift certificate only cost me $270.

I saw a rescue chopper come swooping down from the mountains above Pasadena today, and land on the hospital down the street.  Probably a motorcycle accident—they’re pandemic on the 2, a scenic, beautiful, curvy highway that winds into the San Gabriels.

I can smell lasagna from where I’m sitting.

I went off-road biking for the first time ever last weekend—drove across a river valley a few miles from our apartment.  Kept expecting to run into aliens from the original Star Trek TV show—the terrain had that “foreign planet that’s really a national park” look to it.

I’ve been keeping herself busy with THE MOST ADDICTIVE WEB GAME I’ve seen in a long time.  Move over, Tetris.  The game’s called Bejeweled, and and it’s at http://zone.msn.com/bejeweled/ .  DO NOT TRY THIS GAME.

I heard a lengthy, unbelievable story about my cousin Donny and his family, told to me by my dad, and I’ll share it with you—next time.  Bye bye!

Overheard

“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?

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