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Friday, May 04, 2007

Can it be true?

Crazy news story out of New Jersey. Must be true. I read it on the internet.

Just take 'em out back and do it like the mafia does it.

A convicted killer, who has been on death row for half of his life, gets to eat his final meal for the 4th time. Philip Workman is supposed to die via the state. Yet the first three times, he was given a stay of execution. This case is demonstrative of so much that is wrong with the death penalty. Why is this man living on the dime of the taxpayers for 20 years when he is not being rehabilitated or made to be of any value for anyone?
It is hard to be a proponent of the death penalty because it makes us as guilty as the ones we are killing, doesn't it? On the other hand, they live free of charge in what is probably not a very nice place. (I say probably because I have not experienced it). Yet, sometimes the life that they come from is a place worse than prison.
Opponents of the death penalty scream about the inhumane way these people are killed, yet we put our dogs to sleep in the same manner. No one discusses the fact that these convicted killers get to choose their last meals, and get to pray to God for forgiveness and get to say goodbye to their families. What about Joseph Smith who raped and murdered eleven year old Carlie Bruccia? That little girl's last moments were filled with terror. She did not get to pray or see her parents one last time. She did not get to hold her teddy bear for comfort while her life was ripped from her.
The laws need to change. Of course the idea that an innocent person be executed is horrendous and everything should be done to ensure that never happens. Yet, there is no reason for all the processes and the stays of a guilty person that force him to live on death row for so long. I can't imagine life on death row would be any better than death anyway.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

"The reading of all good books is like a conversation with all the finest men of past centuries." - Rene Descartes

Swiped this from the City Girl. Made a few changes.
The rules are to bolden any of the titles of the following 100 books if I read them. I took it a step further and made red the books I saw as films and italisized the ones I saw as a play. SO, should a title be bold, red and italisized, I saw it as a film, a play and I read the book. Apparently I am bored...
 

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)

7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables ( L.M. Montgomery)Anne of Avonlea

9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)

21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25 . Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)3
5. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She's Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones' Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard's First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)

94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

Tiny Tim

Okay, seriously. Why don't they show reruns of Laugh-In anymore? This was the all time best show ever. Remember Goldie Hawn, who couldn't have been more than 18, covered in a mini bikini and lots of painted on flowers, peace symbols and other great 60's graffiti. I know I am a little video happy today. But remember my time machine...

FAME (SHADOWS AND LIGHTS)

I have found a time machine and am only interested in the days of yore. When I was teeny, I watched Fame obsessively. I loved me some Doris. I thought she was kickass. I remember this episode where she found a ghost in the library and they sang together. My ten year old self was enthralled. Yes, I wanted to be one of them. I didn't even care if I was the ghost in the mirror. I taped the song off the television and brought the tape to school where my gang of girls called the "Pink Punkettes" would practice singing it. I have not seen the video or heard the song since then. But damn if it does not bring back some memories. I was also Annie in Annie that year. I was a singing fool.
Shout out to Montgomery MacNeil! Marci thinks you should grow out your red 'fro again and represent!

Enjoy a little shadow and light.

The radio makes hideous sounds*

I have a long commute and usually like to catch up on the news, or whatever Elliot is currently obsessed with. Sometimes he gets boring or annoying or does really long commercial breaks, and I find myself flipping channels.
97.1 FM has been playing old school songs from my junior high days which I find wildly exciting. Yesterday I was "never gonna dance again. Guilty feet have got no rhythm". Today it was decided that "we don't need another hero. We don't need to know the way home. All we want is life beyond the Thunderdome". Man, I miss making out with doorknobs and people calling me surfboard. (Maybe not really...). I do want to watch Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome again, though. I loved that movie. I loved Tina Turner and her goat horns. Mel Gibson (pre-obvious crazy) was hot. That one guy looked like a meercat. "Two man enter, One man leaves!" Yeah! I used to want to invite my former boss into the Thunderdome, but I couldn't find one within 500 miles.
 
I also occassionally land on 99.5 FM which used to be okay with the people who did it who made such an impression on me that I have no idea what their names are. (Mark and Kris? I just looked it up.) I can, however, tell you the names of the current three on what is known as the Kane show. Their names are Kane, Sarah and Samy K. I an guarantee one thing. HOT995 is hot in a way that an infant wouldn't even get burned. I hate them. HATE. This might be the stupidest radio show ever. Even more so than when Elliot gets on his stupid donkey laughing kicks. They sit around making stupid comments to which the other two will chime in with uncomfortable laughter. It's like they gave the nerdy AV club at a local junior high a shot at the microphones. (And I can talk about the nerdy AV club. I was in it.)
Seriously, end the madness. It is crap.

* Quote by Bob Dylan

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Good fortune is simply lost on some people

I woke up on the wrong side of the world today.
 
This is how my day has gone since then.
 
I got up and showered. Had time to blow my hair dry and make it pretty. Had enough time to stop at Starbucks and not torment the Barrista with a complicated order. (I got a skim latte). I paid for my drink with two Starbucks cards I found whilst procrastinating on my paper. I got to work on time and had a chance to run my eyes lovingly over the hot crossing guard that I pass on my way in. My paper was graded and I not only got an A, my teacher (whom I was convinced hated me) commented that "You are a very good writer. Great job! Well written, referenced, researched, and organized." !!
I took a walk at lunchtime and the weather could not be more beautiful. I stopped into Chicken Out for a salad and not only did I get it for free, I also got a jumbo cookie and a boy's telephone number. AND it was all on the sly. I did not notice the cookie or the number until I had left. I did thank him for the free salad.
 
So why am I still all grumbly?

Monday, April 30, 2007

Ouch! You tag hard!

A- Available or Single? Oh so very single. Most of the time I am okay with it, especially when I see what dipwads boys can sometimes be. But it makes it hard to watch happy couples. AND my niece was no help when she let me watch, unshielded, the heavy makeout session at the end of the Cheetah Girls. (I told her to warn me and she let me down.)
B- Best Friend:
Marcilu
C- Cake or Pie: Beefcake! Rawrrr.
D- Drink of Choice:
I like beverages. I like them better than food. But favorite? I would have to say very cold milk. Alcoholic beverages? Yes please! (Save for scotch which tastes like liquid tree and Gin which tastes like alcohol alka seltzer.)
E- Essential Items: Air, water, food, shelter… Oh you meant extraneous things that I feel are vital to me? Hand lotion. I can't stand the feeling of dry hands. Lip stuff (gloss, chapstick, anything) Hate dry lips! Gum. Seasonal Candy (like Sweetarts jelly beans and Brachs minty Christmas nougats) frozen treats. Vacation time with Marci. Family time. Dogs.
F- Favorite Color:
Blue
G- Gummi Bears or Worms?
I like sour gummis. Any kind. But they have to be damn sour. I got a box of those flat strawberry flavoured gummi things for my 15 th birthday. I could not stop enjoying them even though halfway through the box my tongue started to bleed.
H- Hometown: Northern Virginia
I- Indulgence: Time with my mum, or my friends. I also indulge myself with TV when I should be doing other things. Junior Mints. Procrastination is an indulgence, is it not?
J- January or February: This was the best they could come up with for J? Um. I was going to say January because it's my niece and my sister's birthday month and the beginning of a new year, and the Superbowl which generally yields good beer drinking times and funny commercials and well, what the hell… January!
K- Kids:
My niece just got a kid named Roxy. She apparently is not the nicest goat, but she has not been handled much and my sister thinks we should give Roxy a chance. In the meantime, Brekken, my sister's dog, foams at the mouth when she sees her. Lunch!
L- Life is incomplete without:
love.
M- Marriage Date:
As Marci said, I can't talk about it. But I am sure it was a beautiful ceremony.
N- Number of Siblings:
Three. But I am the masterpiece and they stopped having kids once they finally got it right.
O- Oranges or Apples?
My math teacher in Germany used to use Apples (Äpfel) and Oranges (Orangen) to do algebra problems. Then he would say something to the regards of fruit salad (Frucht Salat), but at that point I was usually on my way out the door to partake of the rest of class in the hall.
P- Phobias/Fears. Worms. Gah! oh and Having missed my calling.
Q- Favorite Quote: I truly have so many. "I saw a Sasquatch" "Try it, I'll like it" "I like P**** once in a while". So many. Can't put only one down.

R- Reasons to smile: Just being around to see people being nice to each other.
S- Season: I like them all. I hated it in L.A. for the lack of rain or winter or proper change of weather. But if I had to pick one, I would say… I can't.
T- Tag Three: I tag… Law-Rah, Clussy and the Chinadian. Do it!
U- Unknown Fact About Me: I used to have a lisp and my family mocked me mercilessly, having me perform "Susie sold seashells by the seashore" for guests. I have a hard time letting go of things that were given to me by people I really care about, even if the item is something like a Pez dispenser. (Sorry Liz). I think I have a pretty good singing voice, but I will never sing for anyone else in case I am wrong.
V – Vegetarian or Oppressor of Animals?
I am a vegetarian who oppresses animals by not letting them vote and making them walk everywhere. I also don't let them speak. Are you kidding me? Animals are delicious and look pretty as my clothes.
W- Worst Habits: Utter lack of patience. (Is this thing frickin' done yet?) Procrastination. Laziness. Impatience. (Yeah, I had to say it twice). The need to fight until a resolution has been made, even if I don't necessarily believe in what I am fighting for.
X – X-rays or Ultrasounds?
Ultrasounds! They can use that technology for soothing muscles and breaking up lactic acid. I am all for it. Yeehaw.
Y- Your Favorite Foods.
I like salads of all types. I dunno. I am not a huge eater. I will eat and enjoy anything my mom or my sister will cook for me. (and go back for more)
Z- Zodiac: Cancer. I don't know if I really fill the Cancer type, though. My moon is in Leo. (Okay, I am the quintessential Cancer with a touch of Leo. Seriously. Poster-child!)