December 18th, 2008

The ice has broken!

Our little neighborhood has been locked in ice and snow since Sunday. Yesterday I watched a two truck driver with a VW bug try to get out of a side street. The tow truck did not have chains. He was sliding sideways. He barely missed a row of cars.

I hate feeling trapped. I also hate sliding around, wondering if I'm going to end up in that ditch or hitting that car in front of me. So for the past five days, the only places I've gone have been reached - gingerly - on foot.

But today there is a temporary break in the weather. I feel dizzy with possibilities. Fred Meyer? Winco? Trader Joes? The gym? The library? Last minute Christmas shopping?

Yes. And yes and yes and yes. Yes.



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Crud

It's snowing again. Hard. And sticking to the road. And around us, there are some roads that are still icy.

I guess it's grocery store only today. I filled 10 bags.

On the bright side, should we be reduced to a barter economy (which right now is appearing more and more likely), I'll have plenty to trade with.



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Return to our regular programming: Bloggers vs. author

The Village Voice has an interesting piece about how a few bloggers piled on an author who talked about how he had only had three people show up at a signing.
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“The Net reaction to Strauss's complaint was swift and vociferous. Comments on his own blogs ranged from "How dare you bitch about that!" to "You don't deserve to have more than three people, you're a loser!" Two other blogs—deliberately composed of unpublished individuals who wore their rejection slips as badges of integrity—launched slashing attacks on Strauss without having read any of his work, mocking his complaints, the "smirky" author photo, his theories about writing and literary history, and the "millions of dollars" that had supposedly been spent promoting him (an exaggeration of More Than It Hurts You's publicity budget by several hundredfold). Vulnerable as only a writer with a new book out can be, Darin was goaded into responses that he would soon admit came to seem, well, pathetic.”
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