THE LAST FIVE ...
Closing up shop
It may be time for a change
Entry in the air
Music of the moment
Or ... BE RANDOM!
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001 - 6:40 p.m.
No dumping, Google, quotation marks, junk mail and Ken Kesey
Since some of you asked, the Maine license plate that used to be my link to my notes page was significant because that's where my mom's brother and family live and I've spent many a summer in Vacationland. It's my second-favorite state, besides the greatest of them all, of course (the one I live in). But I switched to the road sign because a) the Maine plate didn't go with the rest of the layout, b) it was too big and c) I don't want anyone dumping on my notes page.
And, again, hooray for Google searches for "sexy women ironing," "Pictures of Naked people taking showers," and "Ladies Dating Pages In the New York burbs" for bringing people to my diary.
And since I'm well into a disjointed entry, when did the rules of grammar change? Did I miss the news report that when putting a phrase in quotation marks (as I did above) you use single quote marks instead of double? The only time you're supposed to use single quotation marks is when it's a quotation within a quotation, no? Until I saw it in Sports Illustrated, I thought it was just the uninformed. Of course, maybe the uninformed is now me. But I'm not changing until I hear officially from the Associated Press in New York. Or some other reliable source.
They're kind of the same, and since I mentioned the highlights from recent Google hits, here are the gems from the subject lines of the 14 messages currently in my Hotmail Junk Mail folder:
• GET SECRET INFO ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBORS!
• Shed Fat... Buy 2 Get 1 Free...
• Investigate Dead Beats
• FIND DIRT ON ANYONE INSTANTLY!
I wish I'd saved that one I saw yesterday, the one that said something along the lines of having a dick large enough to crush things. Trust me, it made me laugh out loud.
Whenever somebody like that, someone who has made a recognizable contribution to American culture, moves on, it always makes me want to go out and read their work, to understand the impact this person made. Too often we don't realize the resources available to us when someone of that stature is alive.
"Famous isn't good for a writer. You don't observe well when you're being observed." -- Ken Kesey
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