Random thoughts

New Shawl 

I smell like DEET…ahh the smell of summer.

* Random political thought: Why doesn’t Obama pick Al Gore for veep?  I know that my knitting blog, which has three readers, is the most influential place to put this idea. Anyway. My suggestion for McCain is Condoleeza Rice. Or Joe Lieberman.

* Random political thought #2: Oddly, the most thoughtful column I read about the weird use and connotations of phrases like “white working class”  was in AM New York.  

* Random weather thought: Heat waves reminds me INXS’ Never Tear Us Apart. I’m not totally sure why–since I am somewhat notorious for my lack of pop culture, particularly music, knowledge–INXS made an impression on my brain, but there you go. By the way, one of my friends calls Never Tear Us Apart “the middle-school dance song.” “Don’t ask me / what you know is true / Don’t have to tell you / I love your precious heaaaart” Ha! Now it’s stuck in your head too.

* Random summer thought: That INXS song always reminds me of a summer I spent in Boston.

* Random summer thought #2: That summer always makes me think of all the John Updike I read that year. Favorite John Updike book: Too Far to Go.  

* Random John Updike thought: When I waited to have John Updike sign his book of collected short stories a few years ago, I waited in a very very long line, and one woman said, “Reading one of his stories is what made me realized I had to get divorced,” and then a man in front of me said, “Really? One of his stories was why I decided to get married.”

And on that cheerful (or not) note…here’s to knitting on the subway, a surpringly air-conditioned oasis in the sweltering city.

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4 Responses to “Random thoughts”

  1. June 13th, 2008 at 12:01 am #Mintyfresh

    well, if one of the three is Obama, then you’re in luck! and thanks. totally have that song in my head, which is 100% definitely bringing back middle school dance memories.

  2. June 13th, 2008 at 1:38 am #Emily

    I love the idea of Gore for VP. 🙂

  3. June 13th, 2008 at 10:25 am #Grace

    AL GORE!!!!!! YES.

    I so have no idea what song that is. Too bad, because I have Elvis’ “Return to Sender” stuck in my head.

  4. June 13th, 2008 at 10:00 pm #Dick Cheney

    Why would Gore accept a demotion? As for McCain, Condi would be a bad choice because she hasn’t exactly impressed anyone with her performance. He just might be enough of a maverick to pick Lieberman, but Lieb’s views on most issues (e.g. abortion) are mainstream liberal, so the GOP base would be furious. And it’s not like Mac is soft on security as it is.

    Obama will pick some boring white guy you’ve never heard of, and McCain will also pick some boring white guy you’ve never heard of.

    Reading one of John Updike’s novels (The Centaur) made me realize how much I hated my high-school teacher for making me read it.

    It actually is impressive what the NYCTA has done with air-conditioning subway cars (and now even a few platforms). Back in the 1970s and 1980s, chances were about 50-50 that the car you got into would have a/c, and in most cases it was about as fierce as John McCain reading off a Teleprompter. There were even some cars on the C that didn’t have a/c at all, just little fans in the corners of the cars.