July 31, 2010

my breakfast

blueberry coffee cake. blueberry, peach and almond pancakes.
strawberry yogurt syrup.

-- mountain view, CA

July 30, 2010

neon and incandescents

oakland, CA

quote of the moment

"if you wanna go, you better take my bus."

-- older asian bus driver; oakland, CA

July 27, 2010

quote of the moment

"as convenient as a drive-through wedding chapel."

-- credit union billboard; las vegas, NV

July 26, 2010

although no longer on the official written menu ...

... you can still get a double down @ KFC. i've just ordered 1.

the world is as it should be.

July 23, 2010

quote of the moment

"sluts R people too (R)"

-- tattoo ad on taxi cab; las vegas, NV

"They love me because I'm a successful capitalist." -- special K

July 19, 2010

quote of the moment

"I am obviously being targeted by extraterrestrials. I don't know what I
have done to annoy them but there is no other explanation that makes

-- Radivoje Lajic (who claims his house has been hit by six meteorites)

quote of the moment

"The immense scale of the US intelligence network created after the
attacks of September 11, 2001 has been revealed, raising concerns that
it is too big to effectively combat international terrorism."

-- aljazeera.net (summarizing a washington post story)

July 18, 2010

quote of the moment

"no cerveza ...
... no trabajo"

-- t-shirt on a white 20-something man; santa clara, CA

July 16, 2010

quote of the moment

"it is unlawful for any person under 18 years of age to have in this
vehicle any spray paint container or any permanent marker with a a tip
one-half inch or larger."

-- MUNI interior sign, SF, CA

July 14, 2010

trivium of the moment

there is more bacterial DNA in your body than human DNA.

quote of the moment

"anything you do, people are just shocked that you're alive. there's no
expectations at 90."

-- dr. anne basting

July 13, 2010

mental exercise of the moment

contemplate the percentage of chapsticks that end up lost.

July 11, 2010

quote of the moment

"beggars can't be slurpers."

-- solid goldstein, referring to the 7.11 oz size cup being used for
(today's) free slurpee day

July 10, 2010

quote of the moment

"i love you, but i'm going into a club."

-- hispanic 20-something woman on a cell phone; las vegas, NV

July 08, 2010

the phrase: "it's like winning the lottery" doesn't go down well in las vegas ... NV has no lottery.

quote of the moment

"THERE are probably more annoying things than being hectored about
African development by a wealthy Irish rock star in a cowboy hat, but I
can't think of one at the moment."

-- paul theroux (my favorite travel writer)

July 04, 2010

quote of the moment

"i had a 'fireworks moment' on the tomato machine at work the other

-- b1-67er.

quote of the moment

"it is impossible, without corroborative evidence, to distinguish a true
memory from a false one."

-- "questions and answers about memories of childhood abuse," american
psychological association

July 03, 2010


happy 4th of july wishes to you, dear reader. i undoubtedly will be
spending part of mine with the paiutes on the moapa river reservation
(known by the overly cool, like me, as "the res"). sardonically i'm not
allowed to celebrate US freedoms with incendiaries on american soil ...
but i am on sovereign territory. or as they say in the native tongue on

"The tribe's primary business enterprise centers on the Moapa Paiute
Travel Plaza, which includes a casino, convenience store, cafe, gas
station, and firework store with the largest and most comprehensive
selection of fireworks in the West."

it's like low-grade warfare, where you buy fireworks in the most openly
dangerous building i've ever been in (ever feel gunpowder crunching
under your feet?) and then walk in the desert (across *from the gas
station*) to shoot them off.

nothing makes me happier than the smell of spent gunpowder. it's a
unique and acrid odor that's gone hand-in-hand with terror, hardship,
death and tyranny throughout history; but has nothing but happy
associations for me.

again, happy 4th of july to you, dear reader.

quote of the moment


That's what Thomas Jefferson first wrote in an early draft of the
Declaration of Independence to describe the people of the 13 colonies.

But in a moment when history took a sharp turn, Jefferson sought quite
methodically to expunge the word, to wipe it out of existence and write
over it. Many words were crossed out and replaced in the draft, but only
one was obliterated.

Over the smudge, Jefferson then wrote the word 'citizens.'

No longer subjects to the crown, the colonists became something
different: a people whose allegiance was to one another, not to a
faraway monarch."

-- Marc Kaufman

July 02, 2010

quote of the moment

"Oil spill: Latest news from the gulf / Jimmy Buffet"

tagline sidebar on mnn.com

(same color reproduction as the original)

quote of the moment

"humans are rarely all evil or all good."

-- jeff fecke

July 01, 2010

quote of the moment

"i always admired henry mancini"

-- curtis mayfield

trivia of the moment

these are the subject tabs of topix.com for ross, CA (they would read

top stories
offshore drilling