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Wednesday, June 26th, 2019
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Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
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Monday, June 24th, 2019
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Sunday, June 23rd, 2019
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12:11 am
Wu-Tang Clams Ain't Nothin' to Shuck Wit'
Beth and I went to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade today. I'd been twice before, in 2015 and 2017, but she never had. It was pretty fun, with a lot of interesting costumes. I have to say I'm sort of tempted to be in it, but I'm way too lazy and incompetent at making things to come up with anything. There was someone near us who kept playing with this toy horn that made siren sounds, so that was kind of annoying, but not that big of a deal. It generally seems to be less crowded than parades in Manhattan, or maybe it's just easier to find a spot. The last time I went, my phone battery died, and while I had a spare, I'd either forgotten to charge it or charged it and left it too long. I was going to bring my camera, which I've pretty much stopped using since I got a phone that took pictures with good resolution, but I can no longer get the battery compartment open. It worked out all right, although a lot of my pictures ended up being of people's backs, because I'm terrible at timing photographs.






After the parade, we walked over to Coney Island Creek, and on our way back we got chicken at Popeyes.

I don't think I've ever been there before. I'm not totally sure about that, but if I did it was well before they started doing the Louisiana Kitchen thing. It was pretty good. I think I like KFC better, but Popeyes might have better biscuits. We got the mild tenders, because white people can't handle hot food. Seriously, I've known plenty of white people for whom that's not true, but it definitely is for me. And someone in the parade was dressed as Popeye, so that was appropriate, I guess.

I also liked that they played Dixieland and zydeco music, at least at that particular location. It's on Mermaid Avenue, and like a lot of businesses, the ones there often use the street name in their names. That's fine, except I have to wonder what's up with a butcher shop called Mermaid Prime Meat.

Current Mood: exhausted
Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
12:00 pm
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Friday, June 21st, 2019
12:00 pm
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  • Thu, 13:34: RT @kiravera8: DQ boys & their lil friends✨ https://t.co/Yh66Wuylh6
  • Thu, 13:52: I'm offended that Tifa's boobs are no longer turn-based.
  • Thu, 13:54: RT @jdcrowley: Iran shot down one of our drones. buddy let me tell you something: if America ever saw an Iranian drone in our airspace we…
  • Thu, 14:00: RT @mollypriddy: hey dude candidates, if your wife is your "better half" why isn't she running instead of you, i don't want to worse half i…
  • Thu, 14:03: Suck my own. https://t.co/tRyTugOiwW
  • Thu, 14:04: RT @ftrain: A sci-fi story where the main character is an utterly committed activist who spends all their time online arguing their beliefs…
  • Thu, 16:08: Lindsey, you need to find a healthier outlet for your sexual frustration. https://t.co/soTrBnZEHV
  • Thu, 16:19: Is there a limit to how many wars a country can be in at the same time?
  • Thu, 16:58: I often like fiction that fits into the two astics: fant and sarc.
  • Thu, 17:38: RT @Jimmy93756504: Hey, Christian Conservatives: Ever think about how many fewer people there would be trying to live off of the governmen…
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Thursday, June 20th, 2019
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Wednesday, June 19th, 2019
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Tuesday, June 18th, 2019
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Monday, June 17th, 2019
7:27 pm
When the Roses Bloom Again
Last Wednesday was Rose Night at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, so Beth and I went there after work. They have so many different varieties there, and I have to wonder how people keep coming up with new ones, but I don't much about botany anyway.








They've reopened the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden, but it doesn't look like the fish are there anymore, or at least not many of them. And some idiot threw a bottle in there.

Friday was Beth's Uncle John's birthday (and also a certain president's, but the less said about him the better), and the family threw him a surprise party on Saturday. He says he was actually surprised, too. There were people there I hadn't seen in a while, and we got catering from Wawa. I hadn't even known they did that. And the day before that, we ate at the Olive Garden.

I've finished a few books recently, so I should put up some reviews soon. I have Marcus Mebes' The Haunted Castle of Oz, which I've already read in its earlier form, but this is an edited and expanded version. He's done a few of those, actually, including Lurline and the White Ravens and Mysterious Caverns. I've also been playing Golden Sun again after setting it aside seven years ago. I do that kind of a lot, but in this it isn't even like I got stuck or anything.
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Sunday, June 16th, 2019
12:00 pm
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  • Sat, 17:14: RT @KrangTNelson: a cool thing abt america is that if you make enough money, news shows will just ask you to come on and give your opinion…
  • Sat, 17:21: RT @ellle_em: Anti-vaxxers are ableist scum because their arguments all boil down to: I'd rather have a dead child than an autistic one. I…
Saturday, June 15th, 2019
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Friday, June 14th, 2019
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  • Thu, 19:07: RT @petridishes: Sarah Huckabee Sanders is leaving to pursue her dream of standing in front of one of the two doors in a logic puzzle
  • Fri, 09:45: I guess we have to listen to the anti-vax movement now that they have...an actress who had risque photos taken to t… https://t.co/NOPXpxpEKF
  • Fri, 11:15: Marianne Williamson, one of the Democratic presidential candidates who made it into the Top 20, wrote a book about… https://t.co/870RbDwi5d
Thursday, June 13th, 2019
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Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
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Monday, June 10th, 2019
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Sunday, June 9th, 2019
1:37 pm
The Monster Truck at the End of This Book
I attended my first monster truck show yesterday. It's not something I would have thought of doing on my own, but it was fun. Beth had never been to one either, but she'd been interested for a long time, so she suggested going to Monster Jam when there were commercials for it at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (pretty close to where we used to live in Secaucus). They had shuttle buses running there from Port Authority, so it was pretty easy getting there. We'd been to the IZOD Center before, but this was the first time we'd been to the stadium, which is where the Giants and Jets play. The show was in three parts: racing, two-wheel stunts, and freestyle. It got a little repetitive, but it was quite impressive to see the trucks going airborne, spinning around on their sides, doing flips, and more. They flipped over a few times, which was pretty disturbing, but they took it in stride. I was interested in the names of the trucks, which were a bit of an odd mix. There was one that was just called Monster Energy after its sponsor, but I don't think any of them others were named that way.

Gravedigger was there, and also a truck called Son-Uva Digger, which I guess was named in honor of the more famous one. Another was Monster Mutt Dalmatian Ice, which seems like they just used every single name suggestion people came up with.

That was one of only two with a woman driver. And Kraken, although named after a giant cephalopod, looked to me like it had a frog-like face.

Oh, well. Ray Harryhausen got the Kraken wrong first. Beth and I were both hoping for some trucks crushing cars, but maybe that's a different kind of show? I wonder if I would have liked this as a kid. There were a lot of really excited children in the audience. It's like how I sometimes wish I'd gotten into pro wrestling in my younger days. Oh, also, someone complimented my Super Mario Bros. T-shirt.

I don't have much else to say, but I feel I should mention that I was noticed in the Don't Let's Start podcast in relation to a newsgroup post I wrote years ago suggesting a connection between the song "Fake Out in Buenos Aires" and Jorge Luis Borges. I mentioned it again when I looked at the Then: The Earlier Years bonus tracks. I actually came across something recently mentioning how Borges' The Book of Imaginary Beings, which I was obsessed with in high school and which was mostly descriptions of mythological beings, included a few that Borges just made up, including the peryton. My post on the Yellow Emperor also mentions a story in the book that doesn't seem to have any actual mythological source.
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