Oct. 15th, 2003

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note to my young friend from Haynes and Boone:

separate. separate. separate. separate.

Please. In context it's really painful to look at.


Oct. 15th, 2003 04:54 pm
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Frank Sinatra is dead now, but I still have a cold.

A note from the youngest member:
Vegetables can't be that big. You can't make a vegetable that big, or you would have to take it to Six Flags.

Sometimes I resist the urge to line edit the homework because it's so bracingly weird.

Also: resist, if you should ever feel it, the urge to describe the effect of your new prescription sunglasses as "Ozzy Osbourne in drag" if you don't want to spend more time on Google than you maybe want to if you have a cold.

Just, you know, saying.

oh, Howie.

Oct. 15th, 2003 05:25 pm
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just fyi, bigger does not always correlate in any way to harder.

Maybe your wife can explain it to you, right after that little talk about why she was on the campaign staff of a candidate you disapprove of with such fervor (although only now that the election is over).

The Bigger They Are . . .

By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 14, 2003; 8:19 AM

Speaking for the entire staff here at Media Notes, we are very grateful to celebrities for keeping us in business.

What, after all, would we do without famous people getting in trouble?

Would anyone want to read about some obscure radio host who was addicted to painkillers? An extra on some movie set accused of groping women? A playground basketball player charged with sexual assault? I don't think so.

Admittedly, there is a certain selling-newspapers mentality inherent in these how-the-mighty-have-fallen stories. But we are, after all, talking about America's most popular radio talk show host, a huge movie star who's just been elected governor of California and an internationally famous athlete who could face a long prison term.

What's less clear is whether journalists can draw any larger lessons from these episodes. Are we talking about human foibles writ large, or is it true, as F. Scott Fitzgerald said, that the rich are different from you and me? And do people just like to read about their trials and tribulations because it makes them feel better about their own humdrum lives?

I gotta tell you, Howie. Me personally, it has to do with the fact that two of these gentlemen have a great (and to my mind, negative) effect on the way this country deals with some of our larger problems, and that they (as it turns out) are nasty little thugs who don't see any particular reason to partake in all the Justice they so enjoy handing out to others from behind their wall of handlers.

Or, you know, maybe I just dig dishonest over-the-hill bodybuilders and demagogic junkies.

Maybe that's another one you'd want to take up closer to home.
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me, to my little family, on their way to pizza and a PTA meeting: You look very fetching dear. And should you get the urge to fetch anything else...

HM: What is he, domesticated?
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A Staten Island ferry crashed at the end of a routine run Wednesday, killing 14 people, leaving others without limbs and reducing the front of the mighty boat to a mix of shattered wood, broken glass and twisted steel.

The 300-foot-long ferry, with a capacity of 6,000 passengers, slammed into the enormous wooden pilings at the St. George Station on Staten Island. The crash occurred on a windswept afternoon when the water in New York Harbor was very choppy.

Police and city officials told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that 14 people were killed. At least 34 were injured. It was the worst mass transit accident in the city in recent memory.

Commuters were left to dive for their lives when the Andrew J. Barberi ferry crashed at about 3:20 p.m. Many were trapped beneath the rubble, and firefighters combed through the debris by hand in a hunt for victims. It was unclear how many passengers were on board.

"The ferry was coming too fast," said witness William Gonzalez, who lives in a nearby apartment complex. "They had no control to stop the boat."

The cause of the crash was unknown. The National Transportation Safety Board convened an accident investigation team to send to the site to lead the inquiry; the team will examine weather among other factors.

"There were numerous injuries like fractures and lacerations," said Fire Department spokeswoman Maria Lamberti. "There were a couple of people with amputations legs and arms." The victims were taken to Staten Island University Hospital and St. Vincent's Hospital.

Thank god it happened in the afternoon.

That 6,000 figure is not an inaccurate picture of how crowded those boats can be.

It's passing bad enough, though.

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