March 6th, 2002


Britain for sale, a matter of pronunciation, doves for dinner, and yet no food on the table...

Some very heated goings on for British Parliament. Wish I saw it. Maybe they'll show it on CSPAN.

If someone called me an "apologist" and "mouthpiece" for the Iraqis, I'd call them a liar to their face too, parlimentary protocol or not.

What is it with Tony Thatcher Blair anyway? If the US president was a ballerina, Blair would wear a tutu.

I'm not sure exactly when, but somehow, we bought Britain. "This is the 51st State -- of the U.S.A."

Guess I should move into Berkeley Castle. I liked visiting that place... it has history. Incidentally, George Berkeley, The Bishop of Cloyne, left his goods and library to go to the first university set up on the west coast of America.

His name was George Berkeley... pronounced bar-clay. B-E-R-K-E-L-E-Y. bar-clay. We don't live in San Joe-zee or San Francis-coe, do we?! Very well then. Curtail your sloppy Americanisms, pronounce the name of the college and city of Berkeley the right way, and show the man some respect!

Just turned on CSPAN, out of curiosity. All I can say is that the Republicans are very lucky that people don't watch it. The Senate has now twice unanimously (100-0) passed a resolution to extend unemployment benefits by thirteen weeks, as is standard policy in all prior recessions. This month, over 1.3 million Americans have had their unemployment benefits lapse - more than any other time in US history. Well, the Republicans do not want to vote on this right now... instead, they are debating extending the hunting season for Mourning Doves.

The debate is bouncing back and forth, roughly going as such:
"If you want to know about unemployment, come to Houston. Everyone from Enron is laid off! Our people are hurting!"

"...and Mourning Dove hunting, though not common in my state, is an honored tradition. Mourning dove hunting enriches the local economy and provides valuble food."

"It is ludicrous and an affront to the people of our country that we are discussing Mourning Doves today! How many 4 ounce mourning doves will it take to feed a family of five evicted from their home because they can't pay their rent?"

The Republican House wants to attach legislation to the extension... a poison pill that would die in the Senate. Coldhearted bastards. This is exactly what people hate about politics. The people of this country should rise up and unemploy them.

Damn. Sounds like the doves won... or lost as the case may be. Typical.

a tranquil night...

"It was a dark and stormy night..."

I always wanted a good excuse to write those words.

I love rainy, overcast nights in the Bay Area... not too cold, lightly breezy, dark, looming clouds, gentle showers.

A good evening for sipping a relaxing drink...
I am having a drink I created with no name as yet.
Ribina, diluted with water
1 parts vodka
2 parts dark rum

Mix to taste. Serve over ice or chilled.

I prefer drinking it outside on the front porch, at the table, under the umbrella... The patter of the rain, my windchimes swaying in the breeze. Staring out over the trees, the neighborhood, the wet pavement. Very relaxing.

It's one of the few times when I feel that indulging myself with a cigarrette is a good idea. I need to set up some proper outdoor speakers for the porch some day, because the rain compels music. Night holds sway...

Some of my favorite songs to listen to in the rain:

Tones on Tail - "Burning Skies"
"Hot and cold ideas were running onto your eyes -- your sinking grey eyes..."

Eurythmics - "This City Never Sleeps"
"You can hear the sound of the underground trains. You know it feels like distant thunder..."

Robyn Hitchcock - "Raymond Chandler Evening"
"There's a body on the railings that I can't identify. And I'd like to reassure you, but I'm not that kind of guy..."

What are your favorite songs to listen to when it rains?