Colin Timothy Gagnon (sacredspud) wrote,
Colin Timothy Gagnon

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Calvin and Hobbes, dental appointment and radio optimism

First things first, I suppose. This week's United Way Casual Day at work is presented by Calvin and Hobbes.

The first e-mail:

The reminder e-mail:

I'm really pleased about the positive response these particular e-mails have elicited. Who doesn't like Calvin?

Anyway, I had an appointment at my dentist's office today, and the dentist discovered a cavity -- first one in quite awhile. Slightly bummed about that. While I was waiting, I picked up a copy of Newsweek from May (it was either that or Highlights. Or GQ). In it was part of an interview with Madeleine L’Engle (who wrote A Wrinkle In Time, which you probably read before I did). The rest of the interview was only available online, but I found it when I got home, and have linked to it here. It may not interest you, but I found it fascinating.

Others might appreciate this interview with John Flansburgh, courtesy of Three Imaginary Girls. Probably not, but they might.

The drive home from the dentist rocked. The tape adapter for my MP3 player died (meaning that one of the wires is broken), and rather than fiddle with it I ejected the tape and hit the Scan button on my radio for the hell of it. This, you have to understand, is a big deal for me. I ONLY listen to NPR these days, so I have no idea whatsoever what's on the rest of the radio. I don't feel like I've missed much. Anyway, the first song it landed on was Don't You Forget About Me by Simple Minds. Something I didn't want to hear came on after that song, so I hit Scan again and it took me to Take A Walk on the Wild Side by Lou Reed, followed by Stop Dragging My Heart Around by Joan Jett, and then some cover of Hazy Shade of Winter which I'd never heard before. And so on. Apparently there is good music on the radio, just none of it is new. Or it's a speed-metal cover of a Simon and Garfunkel song.

At one point I turned to a different station -- 92.1, I think -- and there was a well-produced annoucement that they'd soon be an Air America affiliate. I'm probably the last person in Madison to have heard this, but I'm looking forward to it nonetheless. I just checked out their website and found (among other things) this article by Garrison Keillor about the gradual but radical transformation of Republican party. It's a good read.

It's late. I'm finishing a bottle of sparkling cider. I should put on a movie. Something crappy. Maybe Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter or The Phantom Planet.
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