Qotd: Have a Question?

We're going meta today: What questions would you'd like to see become QoTDs?

When did you first realize you were ___________? Was this experience positive or negative?
What will your obituary say? What won't make it in?
Do you believe in (a) God? If not, why not?

QotD: No shouting on the bus!

What was your most memorable or favorite school field trip?

Growing up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. meant the field trips tended to be a round of rides on the Metro into one Smithsonian museum after another. I have vague memories of a disastrous trip to the National Zoo that may have culminated in both losing a camera and getting birdshit-bombed.

Digital photo relics

This would have been taken on a Sony Mavica FD-73 on a floppy disk that plugged into the camera's body. I bought it at the Sears
in downtown Oakland, California, in the first week of July in 2000. This would've been the second time I'd grown my hair out from a shorn scalp. The first time had to've been on my ex-girlfriend's suggestion in early to mid-1998. She was Jamaican-American and I guess she got tired of seeing me come back from the barber on 14th Street with a high-and-tight fade 'do. That's probably the only time I listened to her and it stuck.


  • Now that I have the sense not to, I can run for president.
  • I'm mo longer lumped in with that highly-sought-after 18- to 34-year-old male demographic.
  • No. 1 song when I turned 18, almost half a life ago? In the U.S., "Good Thing" by the Fine Young Cannibals; in the UK,
    "Back To Life (How Ever Do
    You Want Me)" by Soul II
    Soul featuring Caron
  • No. 1 songs today? Hot 100: "Promiscuous" by Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland; Hot Latin: Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie" featuring Wyclef; Hot R&B/Hip-Hop: Yung Joc's "It's Goin' Down"; Hot Ringtones: Koji Kondo's "Super Mario Brothers Theme"; Hot Country: Kenny Chesney's "Summertime"; Adult Contemporary: Daniel Powter's "Bad Day"; Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock: Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Dani California" (I've only heard three of these seven songs. I must be getting old or something.)

“Superman Returns”

Pretty savior-centric, sis. You WILL believe Jesus is magic. When I could, I focused on the media over the message.

  • The kid with the cameraphone producing what Frank Langella-as-Perry White calls an "iconic" picture vs. poor Sam Huntington-as-Jimmy Olsen's vague blur-caps. Kevin Spacey-as-Lex Luthor's goons documenting the evil-that-they-do with video cameras.
  • Kate Bosworth-as-Pulitzer-Prize winning editorial writer Lois Lane) clearly bugging the h-e-double-hockey-sticks out of Peta Wilson's spokeswoman with persistent questions about the shuttle launch, plus the one about why a single network was covering one particular related event.
  • A Daily Planet story meeting like none I've ever seen. And then, the next day? An elevator full of silent riders with their eyes glued to the newspaper.

Spacey? Scenery-chewing goodness from start to finish. Parker Posey? Not enough scenery left for her. Kal Penn? Screen time yay, but not a single word. Bosworth/Routh/Marsden? Bland. Marlon Brando? Surprisingly good for someone dead two years.

Gwen invents a new word

allaboutgeorge: Gwen. In *new hometown*
allaboutgeorge: Requires radical reorienting!
gwen: heh
gwen: it's only a couple miles
gwen: technically i could bike htere
gwen: [i'm not sure if i was typing here or there, but i guess it doesn't matter]
gwen: i'm not going through that tunnel though
allaboutgeorge: I'm blogging this
allaboutgeorge: as "Gwen invents a new word."
gwen: right now?
gwen: heh

Htere. When it doesn't matter if you're here or there.

Best. Fireworks. Ever.

When A. and I lived on 13th Street in downtown Oakland four or five years ago, I remember going up to our building's roof and looking southwest to Jack London Square and northwest to Berkeley for distant flares through thin fog and low clouds.