I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.
Edgar Allen Poe
The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
- H. L. Mencken
Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so
What I have been telling you, from alpha to omega, what is the one great thing the sigil taught me — that everything in life is miraculous. For the sigil taught me that it rests within the power of each of us to awaken at will from a dragging nightmare of life made up of unimportant tasks and tedious useless little habits, to see life as it really is, and to rejoice in its exquisite wonderfulness. If the sigil were proved to be the top of a tomato-can, it would not alter that big fact, nor my fixed faith. No Harrowby, the common names we call things by do not matter — except to show how very dull we are ...
-James Branch Cabell
2002-02-17 - 4:31 p.m.
So how do you like Wise Madness' new look? I have finally done the long awaited overhaul. Make sure to check out my links page.
Last night I was supposed to see Church of Betty with Marti. She called me just as I was leaving the house to cancel. I was really looking forward to seeing Marti and was very disappointed. It was a late show and I really didn't want to go to it alone. I ended up just going down to the East Village and wasting time. I did manage to buy some much-needed socks and a couple of CDs. I got Catie Curtis' Truth from Lies for 88 cents. I also bought an album by Burlap to Cashmere, a group that Lisa has been touting to me forever.
I ate at Crif's, a little specialty hot dog restaurant on St. Mark's Place. I had their special smoked hot dog wrapped in bacon with a birch beer. They are one of the only places I know that sells birch beer in New York. It is typical of the kind of restaurants I like, inexpensive, out of the way, and with lots of character. How can you not like a restaurant that has etch-a-sketches on the tables? I might have to do an entry on fun places to eat. I was going to say in New York but I'll have to include the Paper Moon in Baltimore.
I usually time myself perfectly when I'm trying to catch a train. I always see people running for trains that I'm casually strolling to make. Trains leave on time and I know when I don't have to rush. I'll give myself less time to get to my train on the LIRR leaving from my office that is a mile and a half away than some people give themselves when leaving Madison Square Garden, which is right on top of Penn Station. So now that I've established that I'm an expert commuter I have to admit I missed my train by one minute last night. The reason was that there was construction on the subway and I had no direct route to the LIRR platforms. If the usual entrance had been open I'd have made it. The upshot was that I had to wait an hour for the next train. To fill the time I bought a Scientific American and had a cup of coffee. Once I resigned myself to the wait it wasn't too bad.
This morning I got up bright and early so I could listen to WFUV's tribute to Dave Van Ronk. John Platt the usual Sunday morning host was joined by Christine Lavin. It was a great tribute, not at all maudlin. Dave was an irreverent guy and they made sure to include lots of fun interviews with him. The WFUV site has an archive of the weekend shows. When this one is archived I'll provide a link to it so you can listen to it yourself.
I spent the rest of today revamping this page. I had this all planned months ago but only got around to it today. I hope you like it.
I was talking to Carey the other day and she said that she was more popular online than in real life. This echoes something that I used to say about myself quite a bit. There was one stretch there where whenever I met an online friend in real time they stopped talking to me online. This got me quite paranoid as you might guess. I still wonder if people might prefer me in cyberspace, but at least I know they won't stop being my friend if I meet them face to face.
I told Carey that when it came to herself she was being ridiculous of course. I liked her much more when I met her in person, so did Neal. It is so much easier to see this in another person though. We all have doubts about ourselves.
Many of you have been away at Frücon the last few days. I understand that you couldn't keep up with my entries then, just make sure to read all the entries you missed. I have conveniently included links to the last 5 entries after this entry
Honey I Shrunk the Shrink - February 16, 2017
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