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A New Thing Today

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on Jan. 29, 2002

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I got a shave today from a real straight edge razor in a barber shop.  It’s hard to believe, but I tink it’s the first time ever that I’ve been shaved with a blade.  I’ve certainly never shaved myself with one of those sharp scary metal contraptions.  I’m a mechanical razor guy.
It was interesting.  Certainly, it involves a lot more trust than just an ordinary hair cut—and even a regular barber can snip off an ear if you don’t laugh at his jokes.
I got a hair cut so I could go speak at the Digital Rights Management Summit at the Beverly Hills Hotel.  The valets are trained not to let you in if you aren’t groomed properly.
It’s a very chi chi place.  The woman next to me at the valet stand spoke only French.  Or else was pretending she didn’t understand me.  Dunno why—I was very well groomed.
I got up very early this morning, because before even the haircut, I had to post a story about the nominations for the 8th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.  I do things like that for Variety.  It all made for a Long Day.
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The person who wrote the poem I sent out earlier is Debbie Gardner, my sister-in-law.
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My nickname at work is “Travis Bickle.”
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Here are a few more “I Have a Friend Who…”  I encourage you to read the whole list and submit your own at

* ... WILL NOT walk on cracks… Any cracks! (“I played basketball and I hated running on the painted lines…to the point where I clearly remember one b-ball game in high school where the coach asked me about a particular hop-step I had executed while dribbling the ball across half-court. This is particularly difficult while engaged in conversation…especially with a senior surgeon who happens to notice that your cadence changes every three or four steps. i hope this stuff isn’t hereditary. I’d hate to pass on these sick, twisted habits to my kids one day….”)
* ... has an older SUV. He drives around during the day with the headlights on so people will think he has the newer model that has daytime running headlights.
* ... leaves his car running when he gets to work for 15-30 minutes while he goes inside because it’s a Turbo and needs to cool down.
* ... once reported his car stolen to the police, but he’d really just forgotten where he’d parked it.
* ... left the dishes so long without washing them that his roommate found maggots living in the bacon greece of the frying pan.
* ... pronounces “concierge” as “kwon-seerge,” every time, despite repeated correction.
* ... collected the spit of major league baseball players, and went on Jay Leno to show off his collection.



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“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.”

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“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.”

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“I play with variables constantly.”

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

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