February 11th, 2006

magikist

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Up very early for a Saturday morning. Mary has a CPR class at 9; I'm taking her and going out bumming until she finishes. Then, who knows? We might be gone the rest of the day.

writer_chick pointed this out...I now have a Johari Window. I'd be interested to know what you think....

Dilbert continues on the management zombie theme. Hey, I have a degree in operations management...
magikist

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More comics....

Get Fuzzy is for the screenwriter in all of us.

Unfit begs the question, "Why is this the general image of chiropractors?" Then, the more I think of it, we could replace the chiropractor in this cartoon with an IRS agent or a few members of Congress (who shall go nameless), and it would fit just as well.

Working Daze expresses a sentiment that I'm sure more than a few of us have had.
magikist

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We spent most of the day out today. Mary, as mentioned previously, had a CPR class that she needed for her certification as a Medical Office Assistant, so she did that in the morning. Meanwhile, I went to Starbucks armed with Night Kills by Charlotte Hughes that I started reading yesterday afternoon, a notebook and my copy of Story Structure Architect, by Victoria Lynn Schmidt, which I picked up about a year ago and hadn't managed to spend much time with outside of the bathroom. I've been having such an awful time getting myself writing that I figured it couldn't hurt to work some of the ideas in a book, and by God it got me writing. (And before you ask, magnetox1, you'll have an update on the saga before the end of the evening.)

I moved on to Borders and bought myself a couple of books: Undead and Unappreciated, by MaryJanice Davidson (another in her Betsy Taylor, Queen of the Vampires series; I think a few of you would appreciate them. This one started with her visiting an AA meeting at the Thunderbird Motel, which I've written about in the past) and The Simple Guide to Customs and Etiquette of China, in preparation for my trip late next month. I was going to buy the Frommer or Fodor guide, but since I'm not sure where (or even whether) I'm going, I figured I'd save that purchase until things firmed up more.

Mary called while I was there and told me that her class was going to get out early (turns out it got out 1 1/4 hours early; that's some fine instructing), so we went to lunch (we both had tilapia in a bag at Red Lobster that was delicious), then went to see The Pink Panther. It is hysterical; on at least one occasion I thought I was going to lose bladder control. Perhaps not as good as the original series (Peter Sellers being a comedic genius, and Herbert Lom wonderful as Chief Inspector Dreyfuss), but lots and lots of laughs. Steve Martin and Kevin Klein are excellent as Clouseau and Dreyfuss, Jean Reno is a natural in what I believe is the first comedic role he's played, and Beyonce is, well, Beyonce.

Then, off for more coffee, and we got home about an hour ago. In all, a wonderful (if overcast, rainy and, on the way home, snowing slightly) day.

Edited to fix the HTML.
magikist

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An interesting tidbit from The Simple Guide to Customs and Etiquette of China, by Caroline Mason and Geoffrey Murray:

A political textbook studied by 200 million schoolchildren has been changed so that they learn less about Lenin and more about the market economy. The lessons on ideology have been altered at least ten times since 1950. From autumn 1998, students will learn about shares, stocks, corporations, finance, taxation and labour contracts, in place of class struggle, land reform and "long live Leninism".

Hmm.

There was more I had to say, but I think this about says it all.