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It does not get more random than this

1. Among the few things that inspire me with a visceral hatred: animated smiley-faces that bounce and leer and roll their eyes and generally act starved for attention.

2. You don't need as many Grape-Nuts as you think you do. They are denser than any other cereal; denser, even, than many a rock.

3. You might think from point #2 that I dislike Grape-Nuts. Actually I like them.

4. Am reading George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones. So far, so good. Very similar to Robert Jordan in subject matter and structure, but thankfully much cleaner writing. Also, unlike Jordan's, Martin's teenage characters do not act like they just stepped off the WB.

5. Speaking of which, is it me, or does every preview for a new episode of 'The O.C.' involve one teenage boy punching another?

6. No, I don't watch 'The O.C.' No, I don't want to, either.

7. My eldest sister, a certified nurse-midwife in the Portland area, has the best stories. There was the one about the girl who ran away with a circus and then got pregnant, and wanted to know if there was a test to see if your baby has webbed feet. (Answer: there is; and your baby does. Congratulations, Freakshow Frog Man, you're a father.) This weekend my sister told me about another couple: the father was wearing a "Whoop Ass" T-shirt in the delivery room, and snacking on pepperoni sticks and sour-cream-and-onion potato chips, and saying he liked the name "Savage Hunter" in case it was a boy. Why? Because he's a hunter, and Savage is his favorite kind of gun. My sister, remarkably good at the straight face, suggested "Colt" or "Remington" as alternatives. He liked those as well. Fortunately they had a girl, and named her something normal. I tell you this just in case you thought Oregon was nothing but hippies. In truth we have the other extreme too, and everything in between.

8. I say "we" even though I live in Washington now. Oregon is where I was born, but besides that, Oregon and Washington are pretty much the same big state (Pacificnorthwestia) in the minds of their residents.

9. I expect to get howls of protest from Oregonians and Washingtonians alike for saying that.

10. I don't care. The internet doesn't matter.

11. So, any sneak-preview reviews out for 'Goblet of Fire' yet? The internet's good for distributing those, at least.

Comments

kalquessa
Nov. 14th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
Martin, eh? *makes note to investigate via amazon*

Also, unlike Jordan's, Martin's teenage characters do not act like they just stepped off the WB.

Heheheh. You just summed up one of the things that irritated me most about Jordan. Of course there's also the fact that half of his plotlines are ripped right out of Dune and plunked into his own version of Middle Earth with barely a cursory dusting to remove most of the spaceships and giant worms off. But whatever, it's not like I spent hours of my adolescence reading his worthless, derivative drivel when I could have been doing something more...wait...

And Remington would actually be kind of a cool name...but it might be best to just not Go There and name the kid after a nice uncle or something.
mollyringle
Nov. 14th, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC)
half of his plotlines are ripped right out of Dune and plunked into his own version of Middle Earth

And with the character and place names lifted from Arthurian legend. :) Actually I haven't read Dune - sounds like I should have gone there instead of RJ. I shall yet go there!

I guess with "Remington" there is at least the precedent of Remington Steele...
blagden
Nov. 14th, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
Don't forget Norse mythology. However, I think that;s the whole point. The Wheel of Time. What was, what is, and what will be are all the same from Age to Age. ::shrugs::
kalquessa
Nov. 14th, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC)
Dune was a good read, enjoyed it muchly. The sequels less so. I think I stopped reading about halfway through the third one. The nerd swears that they are all brilliant and that I should keep reading but...meh.

I guess with "Remington" there is at least the precedent of Remington Steele...

Such as it is.