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Saturday, January 05, 2013

Another Aurora Massacre

I don't think this would have made the national news if it weren't for that fucker James Holmes.

(CNN) -- A barricaded gunman and three people were found dead in an Aurora, Colorado, home after police exchanged fire with the gunman to end a standoff Saturday, authorities said.
I have to say, it's kind of bothered me these last few months that "Aurora" has become short hand for our national gun crime nightmare. I suspect the people of Newtown know exactly what I'm talking about.

I'll never forget presenting my ID to a guy in Taos shortly after the theater shootings, not even thinking about where I live, just the business at hand. His eyebrows went up and he goes, "Aurora, huh?"

Yeah, dude. People don't just die here. We live here.

Officially the Cat Lady

My brother was smart.  With the aim of de-kittyfying his house, he had my niece call me and ask if I wanted his cats.  She told me one scratches up furniture and the other pees on things.  I told her I would take the one who scratches on furniture but definitely NOT the one who pees on things.  I had a cat that peed on things once. 

Never again.

So I have Sadie girl:
And Smokey:
And now I have Marley:
I think there's also a feral cat that lives under my shed, but that little mangy fucker doesn't count.

Thrift Store Score

For a buck-fifty, a CD of Aaron Copland's best-known works, including this one Fanfare for the Common Man. The CD section at thrift stores is hit or miss, usually filled with mass-produced, once-popular stuff that no one should have ever listened to in the first place, but occasionally...you find an Aaron Copland CD for a buck-fifty.

I also found a boxed set of Roberto Bolano's book 2666 for $2.50. I already had the book, originally intended to be five volumes but published in one after Bolano's death, but it's 900 pages and nearly unreadable because of it. The box set breaks it up into three volumes, the longest at 350 pages.


Much more readable!

Friday, January 04, 2013

Flogsta Scream

Every night in Flogsta Sweden you can hear people screaming their heads off.

Wikipedia says:

Every evening at 10 p.m. the "Flogsta scream" may be heard, when students scream collectively from windows, balconies and roof tops. There is controversy over how the tradition started. Some locals say it was simply a stress reliever, which started during exam times and then became a daily occurrence. Others say it started in remembrance of a student who committed suicide in the 1970s. 

Woah

The first Hindu in the US House of Representatives is not only younger than me and a combat vet, she's also a babe.  Meet Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii.


Aloha, indeed! 

Hugo

Venezuela needs to come to grips with the fact that Hugo Chavez is a dead man.  When he returns from his hospital stay in Cuba, it will be in a casket.

I know, I know.  The Chavistas think nothing can destroy their great leader.  But cancer already did.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

They Did It

No. 1 seed in the AFC, complete with 1st round bye and home-field advantage.

There's only one team in the NFL that can beat the Broncos this year...and that's the Broncos.