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stereotypes, reputations, simplicity

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 21:00 -- Bee

Six years of life in Europe has served one main purpose: to convince me that national stereotypes and historical reputations are deserved.

Certainly not all - and generally not the worst of those available - and of course individual people have an array of personal idiosyncrasies. But very general points like England has shoddy housing are more accurate than I could have believed possible.

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biopsies & Bona Drag

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 21:00 -- Bee

There was a time when I would have refused cosmetic surgery as a political gesture, but lately that philosophical stance just seems like a different kind of vanity.

I would certainly never undertake any sort of elective surgery, for any reason. I don't understand how anyone would take the risk, especially not in service to transient notions of beauty. Even if I cared about appearances, I've had too many post-operative complications following necessary and urgent procedures.

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goodbye

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 21:00 -- Bee

In the JK Rowling books, you know how Harry's scar throbs when Voldemort gets angry? That is how I feel in USA. Except I have 350+ scars.

Oh America, land of big cars, bad food, good friends: I adore & abhor you most sincerely. Farewell, so long, goodbye!

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home & abandonment

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 21:00 -- Bee

One day we went out driving to look at all of Byron's youthful haunts. Our own disgruntled teenager quickly tired of the nostalgia tour so we turned the car toward modern entertainments.

The nearest movie theatre was at Westminster Mall but as we entered the parking lot something was most definitely not right.

Geese were nesting not just on traffic medians but straight across lanes. When Byron steered to avoid crushing them we noticed that the parking lot of what we remembered as the largest and busiest mall in the northwest Denver metro area was. . . entirely empty.

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creativity, success, career

Tue, 02/08/2011 - 21:00 -- Bee

Of all the ways that writing as a profession sucks ass, the worst is dealing with the quesition "so what do you do?"

The question is hard to answer because people bring weird mixed up preconceptions to the conversation. Do I earn a living? Huh - would you ask a dental hygienist that question? Anyway: yes. Can you find my books in bookstores? Um. Well. Yes.

Books are often found in bookstores.

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Duty

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 21:00 -- Bee

Throughout most of the years I lived in the United States military recruitment ads were selling a version of service that looked like a video game: fast action, high adrenaline, cool. They were compelling, visually interesting. They made the military (and war) look like fun.

Later, when recruitment figures went down, the sales pitch became more specific and elaborate: the credentials you could gain, the boost to your career, a free college education - the benefits were the promotional angle.

Now?

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Design

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 21:00 -- Bee

Memo: I came here in search of GOOD weather. Not historic cold snaps!

Snow storms? Rolling blackouts? Stranded in the desolate ruins of downtown Houston?

No problem, because I discovered a secret portal to another world.

Looking for un-sexy, anti-fun, dystopian design? The Houston Tunnels have it all!

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Observations

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 03:34 -- Bee

One observation from my travels:

Now that I'm old, a different type of creepy stranger hits on me! Whereas I was once pestered only by peers, recently I have had unwanted attention from a larger variety of socio-economic and age groups.

Though it is possible I was just too stupid to notice in youth.

Driving around in rural Texas I was amazed by many things, like abandoned houses, empty storefronts, and desolate car lots - all of which look as though they were thriving until recently. Like, say, weeks ago.

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