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I was born at a relatively young age. Growing up consumed the better part of my childhood. As a young man I chased a lot of girls. But they kept getting away. Then I got older and even slower, so I got married. I've lived in New York City almost since before I moved here. I summer in Manhattan, which is like New York City, but with more humidity.

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So, How 'Bout Them Current Events?
Monday, July 19, 2004
When I started this blog, I figured there'd be no shortage of stuff to spew about. Then my brother the libertarian conservative (see comment here) sent me an article from Wired about blogger burnout. "Not I," I said. "I write this crap anyway; I've just been posting it elsewhere."

What I forgot to figure on was that baby thing. See, usually I'm a news and politics junkie. But since the little bundle of poop-producing love arrived, I've been shamefully in arrears on my upkeep of current events knowledge. What's going on right this second that I can add my pithy penny's worth to? Honestly, I don't know.

So I just grabbed the NY Times (which some would call a liberal rag, and while I might not quarrel, I'd suggest that it is nicely counterbalanced by the Wall Street Journal, a conservative rag, in the national newspaper arena) (for the record, both are fine papers) and I see that Kerry is assembling a network of lawyers for "vote fights."

Soon A Penny's Worth is going to come out and call a winner in the presidential race-- I'm probably going to do it on a Friday because I don't want to cause the stock market to go all crazy when I make the call-- but one thing I think should be noted about Kerry is that, like him, hate him, have no strong feelings either way, you have to admit, he's tougher competition than Al Gore was. The guy plays hardball. I just wish he had, say, a policy, a positioning statement. Something for the good people of America to say besides "He's not Bush" when asked, "Why are you voting for Kerry?" Well, maybe soon...

Anyhoo, I have a stack of CDs to listen to whilst I toil today, and here's what they are:

--King Crimson, live in Philadelphia, 7/30/82 (official release)
--New Pornographers, Electric Version (Minty likes this one so much I had to check it out)
--Paul Weller, Illumination (slowly working my way into his catalog)
--The new Wilco, A Ghost is Born. Which I've played once, and man is it weird.
--Loretta Lynn, Van Lear Rose; produced by Jack White of the White Stripes

Not all new, but all new to me. Maybe there will be comments on these releases in the days to come. Unless I get to watch me some CNN.


Posted by: --josh-- @ 9:22 AM  

At 7/30/2004 7:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...   

Blogger burnout and the baby thing

At one time in my life I had a root canal from a dentist who had just had a baby. My appointments were all early in the day and he always was visibly tired anyway. I had to get the root canal redone a couple years later. Imagine that.

Maybe blogging and babyraising will be too much of more than one good thing. If so, let the blog slide. Free advice from someone who's never been there, worth at least as much as you paid me.

I hope you're right that Kerry will win the November election, if any. It wouldn't surprise me if (a) an "event" led to cancelling the election; (b) electronic vote theft led to to a putative Bush victory; (c) other.

with best wishes and warm regards,
kermit h.w. frogster

At 7/30/2004 3:53 PM, Blogger --josh-- said...   

Great to hear from my amphibious cyberfriend. Don't be a stranger, K-Bop. ALthough lord knows, it isn't easy being green.

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