May 15th, 2003


notes from the underground...

or perhaps just in absentia.

I went to my mom's house today, forgot my cell phone and figured it was for the best, I needed the day off to think about stuff. I only stopped by online once to see if my turn processed for TBG, only to find that the server is broken today, alas.

The rest of the time I slept, did laundry, and knitted while watching TV (only thing to do at mom's house, and I figure it's my chance to catch up on the ads). Discovered that Fluke's "Atom Bomb" is now a car commercial (Chevy), as is that Pink song. Weird. Other than that, TV is still mind-numbingly trite at best, more often perrenially misogynistic and a reinforcer of the terrible stereotypes of men, women, and other "family ideals" that I despise so much.
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So, as I was going to my mom's house this morning after work, I was lamenting that it was going to feel like a very empty house without my Maxx or my mom's Goody Two Paws there to keep me company. As I get to the door to open it up, some tabby cat appears out of nowhere and runs inside. I chased him around the house for about ten minutes to try to get him outside, and he refused, so eventually I just gave up out of exhaustion and went to bed (after ensuring a litter pan was available and rooms he really shouldn't be in were closed off). I was able to get him to leave after I woke up, but my mom's neighbor that's taking care of mail and the papers was at the door by then wondering why someone was in the house and this strange cat was in there. :)

So, all in all a relaxing day, I got a lot of knitting done, and I rediscovered that TV is still mind-numbing moral pushing drivel.

And.. just a brief news bit:


Port 'handed back' to Iraqis

The port of Umm Qasr in southern Iraq has become the first town to be handed back to local people since the end of the US-led conflict.

Though, from the "i told you so" department:

Across Iraq the picture is much less clear, with local leaders emerging who are not willing to work with the Americans or British.

In parts of the capital Baghdad, Najaf and Karbala and elsewhere, Shia mosque leaders are establishing food distribution networks, running hospitals and maintaining order without consulting or involving the coalition forces.

What, you mean they're evidencing values of self-rule and independent capabilities of governing things vital for their survival? How undemocratic can they be! They must worship at the feet of their rul... er, consult their liberators!

But I'm still glad to see at least one town given back to its people already. I hope this trend continues.


This has got to be the most offensive AIM buddy icon ever:

Either that or it's the most wonderful commentary ever, but somehow I doubt it's meant to be used that way.