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January 31st, 2003

television and leisure

I consider it a sign of immense personal weakness that I never watch the Howard Stern cable television show, except when the interviewee is Emma Caulfield. Even though I still think that the Howard Stern show is moronic, I'm not positive that Ms. Caulfield is moronic. Meanwhile, ER seems truly rejuvenated this season, and can even provide a Law and Order style twist once in a while. I wish that the last few seasons had not increased the gore count so much, but I suppose that it is a show about an emergency room, after all. For that matter, Law and Order is doing interesting things with both Senator Thompson as DA and with Elisabeth Rohm's character. I really wonder if that show must always have an attractive female sidekick for the assistant DA character. That seems to have been the pattern since the first assistant left. I suppose that cosmetics models and clothes horses must try cases, too, so that they can be role models for the pageant entrants of the world. I tried to watch part of the show about Julliard on public television the other night, but for some reason, once I'd gotten the gist, I was ready to move to other programs. Julliard sounds like one tough place, which generates lots of success stories. I'll bet being in that intense competitive pressure cooker at 16 is rather a stressful experience.

I got one hobby pursuit back on track, finishing a couple of responses to mail art calls. I liked the call by the Orangedale, IL high school class. Its topic was "Fear". Fear is something we all know first hand, but summarizing it on a postcard was a fun experience. Today I have a schedule filled with meetings, and tomorrow I will probably need to work also. But the weather for the weekend looks grand, and I have long hikes in mind as well.

on trust, on words

"Spare me? Don't spare me anything troubling.
Trouble me, disturb me with all your cares and your worries.
Speak to me and let our words build a shelter from the storm".

--from the 10,000 Maniacs song "Trouble Me"

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