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Willie's Off-Brand Web Journal: December 16-December 22, 2004

Sunday, December 19, 2004:

Funny exchange from Babble:

Norville Barnes: "If only everybody in the world played paintball..." [Herein, he posts a horrifically wrongheaded and hilarious post-Columbine editorial from The Splatter Times, a magazine for paintball enthusiasts.]
Me: "I never before realized how lucky we are that The Splatter Times holds so little sway with our government."
Norville Barnes: "Obviously you're unaware of the powerful painball lobby that bullied the Bush administration into going into Iraq."
Me: "I know that was a typo, but wouldn't it be cool if Bush just inexplicably blamed it all on 'the painballs'?"
Norville Barnes: "I think that'd explain a good bit of his policies, actually."

CURRENT MUSIC: Actual Sounds & Voices by Meat Beat Manifesto.
CURRENT MOOD:
Fed up with holiday cheer.
CURRENT IRRITATION WITH THE FOX NETWORK:
My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss is apparently on indefinite hiatus, despite being one of the funniest things on television. That's just great.
TIME:
7:11 PM.

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Thursday, December 16, 2004:

I got an envelope today that is apparently intended for a former resident of my apartment. Let's see what's inside!

[Willie rips envelope, dramatically puffs it open like The Great Carnac.]

Lessee here... On one side, there's a holiday portrait of a generic white couple in their early thirties and a cheerful baby of indeterminate gender who I will admit to finding cute (even despite its unfortunate floral jumpsuit), but that still doesn't mean I want one.

On the other side, in a woman's handwriting: "Andrea- Greetings! How've you been? Enjoying married life? I sure hope so [Here there are two exclamation points whose bottom dots are used as eyes for a smiley face. That gets on my nerves.] How's work going? Anything new & exciting in your life the past year? I hope this card finds you both happy & healthy....

"We've had a busy year here. Todd had back surgery in July & is doing well. We're still looking to relocate closer to our families, down-state; unfortunately, the jobs are a tough sell right now. We're still optimistic that something will come up, even though we will greatly miss Traverse City [Here there are two exclamation points whose bottom dots are used as eyes for a frowny face. Is it a good sign for the art of correspondence that emoticons have spilled over into holiday cards?] Taylor is doing wonderful... almost walking & definately [sic] talking alot [sic] more! Very scary! We'd love to get together with you soon! Keep in touch.... Love, Stef [Smiley face.]"

Meh. I've read better.

CURRENT MUSIC: Two Way Monologue by Sondre Lerche.
CURRENT MOOD:
Psyched for three hours of The Apprentice!
CURRENT FAVORITE MATHEMATICAL REVIEWS REVIEWER NAME: Herman Midelfart, which Sharon shared with me today. I'm still partial to H. P. Dikshit, because I think it'd be great to use that as my punk rock pseudonym someday, but Midelfart's name just has such a wonderful ring to it.
TIME:
7:26 PM.

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