I’ve been on “hiatus” for two weeks. More specifically, I’ve been away from home. I went home to Pennsylvania for my mother’s wedding. Stayed at their house for about eight days, pretty much doing nothing…
Well, I did read three or four books: Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell Them by Al Franken, Heavier than Heaven, the bio of Kurt Cobain by Charles Cross, Bringing Down the House, about the MIT cardcounting blackjack team who earned millions, and Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig. (If you’re not already aware of it, that last book is available for free in many digital formats, and you should read it if you care about the fate of copyright and creativity in the Internet age. For any MTSU recording industry/mass comm. students reading this, this goes double for you.)
I also saw Fahrenheit 9/11 at the same theatre that made nationwide Sunday morning headlines when local Republicans got in to see it for free.
Afterwards, I visited an old friend in Gettysburg, who took me on a tour of the battlefield and the national cemetary (where Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address). Being there really gives you a perspective on how bloody and pivotal this event was. While a thousand Americans have died in Iraq, tens of thousands of Americans were killed or injured in Gettysburg in just a matter of days. I also made a quick trip through Washington DC, but gave up and drove home as I found out that parking in downtown DC is about as easy to find as an honest politician.
A few miles past the Tennesee border, my ‘89 Hyundai Excel gave up the ghost on me. A local repair shop told me it would need a new motor. I called it a loss and drove a rental car the rest of the way home. The thing that burns me is that I spent $600 on it just two weeks prior on tires and front-end repair, and I’d only bought it four months ago.
Ever notice how financial disasters happen just after you’ve made a major purchase, such as $400 of computer hardware and OS software? At least the machine on my desk is fast and reliable, although I lament the fact that Windows XP erased all of my Opera bookmarks and my Thunderbird mail.
And I’d be remiss if I made a blog post without including some sort of meme: JibJab has an animated parody of “This Land Is Your Land” featuring John Kerry and George Bush! Hilarious, regardless of your political orientation.