August 13th, 2004


american idol

patti is so cool. all of her shows end up making you feel like you've been hanging out with her and a few good friends in someone's living room, passing around the guitars and singing whatever anyone knows how to play.

for the last song of their regular set she said that of course they were only pretending this was their last song and then they were going to leave the stage and we were to get all excited and clap and yell and they would be offstage saying wow do you think they really want us back and then they would come back and play a couple more but the nice thing about all this was that she would get to use the bathroom in the interim.

in some ways it is difficult to remember that she's an icon when she's up there being so comfortably unpretentious. but then she sings horses or free money and then you remember and then she says something really goofy and you are back in the livingroom.

I mean she made us feel so at home that I wasn't even able to work up a good annoyance at the people around me who were being annoying. there was one guy who was by himself who struck up a conversation with a young couple next to me and he was drunk and not obnoxious exactly but a little over-excited about seeing patti smith and he was being quite effusive about his love for her to these poor people but in the end I just thought eh. let him have his good time.

at least he wasn't trying to talk to me.

I did have to keep holding my breath because the people right behind me were smoking lots of pot and managing to generate extremely thick clouds of smoke that would engulf me every few minutes and as I do not like pot anymore I would be careful not to breathe in too deeply until the smoke had dissipated.

people did all kinds of funny dances. as usual. they are especially funny when they are in their 40s and 50s and wearing high-waisted mom jeans and pressed tshirts and carefully coiffed hair and dancing to old punk anthems. sure we are probably most of us too old to be wearing bondage pants and safety pins but still.

even so it was swell.
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lifted from zyrc's post in which she provides a more eloquent rebuttal to this argument than I'm going to:

"they want to kill us all"

This is a rather simplistic assessment of the situation between Muslims and the Western world. Perhaps now they do want to kill us all. I sometimes ask the person arguing that line if they know why the Muslims may want to kill us all.

"Yes," is the usual comeback, "they hate us because they are religious fundamentalists and they are taught to hate us."

BZZzzzzzzzzzzzT Thanks for playing but No.

because my demons are pretty much this simplistic and don't understand eloquent arguments so much and because whenever this "but they want to kill us!" justification for killing them is brought up I think of this:

yeah. there are religious fanatics--and not just religious fanatics but those who have fallen for the moral rhetoric without subscribing to the belief--in middle america (that fabled place that is everywhere and nowhere) who would like to kill me simply for who I am, and who, really, hate the place I live for its freedom. am I entitled to find them, go to their houses, and kill them first if they haven't actually threatened me in any tangible way? and if they have threatened me but not actively attacked me, am I then allowed to kill them? why or why not? is it ok if I kill their neighbors too because after all they must all be of the same cloth?

see I'd like to know so I can decide whether to muster troops and mount an invasion of some small town (because these people are hard to find but surely a small town aids and abets them more than, say, a big city) before any of them come here and bomb a bar, or go into a homicidal "panic" when someone with the wrong anatomy makes a pass at them. it has happened before and will again and we must protect our people at any cost.
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setting a course

between now and sunday I have to take a bunch of library books back over to berkeley as I discovered yesterday my borrowing privileges have been blocked because I haven't been paying attention and now have some very overdue items and of course I discovered this while I was at school but all the items were over here because I didn't know to take them.

I also have to do laundry and clean the kitchen.

today I have to shower.

so the question is whether I do laundry today and take the books back over the weekend when the library is closed and put them in the after-hours depository or take them back today when real people will check them back in almost immediately. I'm thinking today might be better which would leave me doing laundry on the weekend which I abhore but which if I were either to stay up late or get up early and do it might not be so awful. the laundromat is open 24 hours.

I guess the thing to do is shower and consider. I should also check the library's hours today as summer semester has ended and they might be closing early in which case I'd want to hurry.

but first of course I had to sit down and write all this out. how did I (not) get anything done in the days before livejournal?
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