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June 2008 - Posts

lol

i just got an email from my brother that was intended for our mom (backstory: my mom is organizing and hosting an all-family birthday party for my grandpa the week of thanksgiving. and between all the grandkids scattered around, there are thousands of airfare dollars being spent. and, because no one is rich, people like my brother are trying to figure out accommodations and whatnot).

anyway, from bro: "i was wondering about in-town transportation--should i plan to rent a car?--and where i will crash." made funnier when you know my brother has been in numerous minor car crashes over the years, some involving cars owned by our folks. i'm planning on getting lots of mileage out of this when i publicly rib him over it at the party! mileage!

and, kind of off topic, unless you agree with me that in stream-of-conscious-blogging nothing is ever really off topic: one of my favorite websites, postcards from yo momma (think found magazine's younger cousin with more focus and less grit, but still plenty ironic), just featured a post where it turns out mom thinks LOL stands for "lots of love" and is an appropriate signature tag. so sweet. also, this is the website where i picked up the annoying habit of ("backstory: [...]").

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i recently finished poet mary karr's memoir the liar's club and i'm writing to let you know that i liked it. this is exactly the kind of book you need if you want something literary but not plodding, non-fiction but narrative based, and fast paced but deep. and darkly comic.

the story covers a series of iconic memories from a year during which karr is about 7(?) and living with her 9 year old sister, mom, and dad, in an oil town on the texas gulf coast, another year two years later in a colorado "resort" town, and their return to texas. karr explores her unique relationship with her father as well as her family's place in their community, captures the ironically complicated ambivalence of sibling rivalry, and defends her child's-eye insights into the meaning of family and loyalty. from the opening event it's clear that karr's mother is troubled. the last few dozen pages of the book cover karr's delving into these family secrets as an adult.

this is one of the precious few books i've read this year that were so perfect that i didn't want to finish reading. and even so, it ended in the right spot. i just wanted to continue to revel in the quality of the language and execution of this book a bit longer. so, basically, go to the library, find this book, thank me later.

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once a week me and my friends get together to play scrabble, but sometimes we have to postpone our games till the weekend because scrabble after dinner makes us stay up too late. but we finally figured out a possible solution, which we tested out this weekend: speed scrabble. we all agree ahead of time to focus on speed rather than points. we use a minute timer. shockingly, though, our scores are still in keeping with our averages. apparently the issue isn't that we take a long time to make words, but rather that we talk too much. i have to admit, speed scrabble goes by way too fast for the kind of socializing we like to mix in. maybe we should take up dominoes or cribbage--games that, i swear, require less concentration and allow for more shooting the, uh, breeze.
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