So, keewee10 and I are here for 11 days, and here’s what’s happening:
- Protests over President Sarkozy’s desire to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62. They were estimating that around 1 million people protested yesterday. There were (and still are) constant sirens all over the city.
- As a result of these protests, there are union worker strikes and fuel shortages, as a result of this, we didn’t know if our flight would get off, though it seemed on Monday that long-haul international flights were fine (and they were).
- There’s also transit strikes, forcing us to get from the airport to our hotel via the normal RER B3, but then to have to change to a packed Metro at rush hour with our luggage, thereby becoming those people we hate in NYC.
- There are also fuel shortages, and apparently 1/3 of all gas stations on the country are either dry or running low, which means our planned 2-day-trip to the Loire Valley is scrapped.
But, the food and wine are good, and the coffee and crepes are plentiful…
Right now, NY1 is carrying a live press conference with NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, and they’re crediting WABC (aka, channel 7) for the feed.
If I flip over to channel 7, One Life to Live is on.
Incidentally, nobody else is covering this either. CBS has The Young and the Restless, NBC has coverage of the Columbus Day Parade, Fox has Swift Justice with Nancy Grace. Channels 9 and 11 aren’t any better…
I went into the soon-to-close Barnes & Noble at 66th & Broadway today, looking to get a couple of books for the upcoming honeymoon. I’d decided before going in that I was finally going to succumb and start reading the Stieg Larsson books. Among other things, I grabbed “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” being pretty sure that was the first in the series, and went up to the register.
Me, handing the Larsson book to the cashier: “This is the first one in the series, right?”
Cashier, looking puzzled: “I don’t know…”
(Seriously, I know I should have known it too, but this is someone who works in a bookstore and this is a book that’s been on the New York Times bestseller list for well over a year.)
Cashier, turning to another cashier: “The number one on the top means this is the first one, right?”
(The #1 at the top actually said “#1 National Bestseller.”)
Other Cashier: “Sure…”
I wasn’t thrilled that this location was closing, but maybe now I’m beginning to think differently. Now I know why I really want a Kindle, so I don’t have to deal with people like this.
“I’m really considering buying a car, it may be cheaper, come out cheaper buying a car,” Reed said.
Unless by some miracle, you can buy a car, then pay for gas, insurance, and parking for $1,248 a year, you’re lying through your teeth.
These people are completely fucking clueless.
I don’t know. I mean, he could get this sweet Jag for $20 if he acts fast…
(And yes, I just spent 5 minutes of my life that I’ll never get back searching cheap-ass used cars online to make this joke.)
I like you
And I know why.
I like you because
You are a good person to like. I like you because…
When I tell you something special
You know its special
And you remember it
A long, long time. You say:
“Remember when you told me
And both of us remember.
When I think something is important,
You think its important too.
I like you because….
I don’t know why
Everything that happens is nicer with you.
I can’t remember when I didn’t like you.
It must have been lonesome then.
I like you because because because” —
Funnily enough, keewee10 and I actually chose an excerpt from this as a reading for our wedding ceremony, which is a mere 12 days away as I type this. Imagine my surprise when I opened Tumblr to find this at the top of my dashboard…