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annals of consumerism 2012

My closest friend from college hosts an annual Christmas party that culminates in a present exchange game known as the Yankee Swap [1]. Players get cards and in order of the cards, choose a gift, unwrap it, and then possibly … Continue reading

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the third act begins

Leslie Harpold, one of the early Internet colonists I encountered on alt.society.generation-x and its spinoffs, died this past weekend of natural but sudden causes. Most of you kids probably don’t remember what life was like back in the early Clinton … Continue reading

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Let’s welcome some new members of the virtual ivory tower burb that exists only in my head: Catriona (see second half of entry) and kismet.

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“The last time I saw them they were sitting on a terrace having a drink. I should have said something to them and I didn’t.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, more or less

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“A farewell is oriented not to the termination of the social occasion or sociable moment wherein it takes place but to the sharp decrease that is about to occur in the possibility of such comings-together occurring – at least for … Continue reading

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Just because you say you agree with me does not mean you’re on my side.  Learned this the hard way.  Again. PS 2015: Some years later I learned that just because I agree with you does not mean you’re on my side. … Continue reading

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National holidays of the week: Victoria Day (Canada) as described by Kristin and Nicole, and Cyril and Methodius Day, the main Bulgarian national day, especially if Johku can get us into the reception. [Later:] She did, and it was a rather strange: … Continue reading

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Getting linked by famous bloggers is always a good start. I still maintain that Gavin Friday is made up, along with Emerald Germs, Disco Pig, and the Virgin Prunes. Here’s a slash story based on Brideshead Revisited – pretty good stuff. PS … Continue reading

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