Random Quotes of the Week


“I’m going to make your blog my home page.” — Anonymous

“I’m going to tell my friends on Facebook about your blog.” — son


“Yes, men, what we have here is a really huge shit sandwich, and we’re each going to have to take a bite of it.” — Officer explaining to Stars and Stripes reporters during a briefing that Viet Cong, contrary to prevailing public opinion, have not been vanquished, have in fact launched huge counter-offensive to coincide with Tet Festival, and have over-run the city of Hue, in Stanley Kubrick‘s eerily prescient Full Metal Jacket

“Inside every gook is an American waiting to get out!” — Colonel screaming at Matthew Modine‘s character, Joker, while standing over a recently discovered mass grave of Vietnamese civilians, in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket


“This tree is dead.” — son, observing Christmas tree

“Your skin is soooo soft.” — Ewan McGregor’s character, Lincoln, to babe clone played by Scarlett Johansson in ludicrous The Island


“Storm system coming our way” — KRON News Weekend Weatherperson

“This is a live feed!” — Hubby explaining why he has just switched channels from KRON News to soccer match between Liverpool and Watford

Curses, you lame excuse for a computer, you! Why have you chosen to freeze 15 times this morning, requiring frequent pressing of Re-start key?


NYTBR Dec. 17, 2006: The “War” Issue

Books I Am Interested in Reading (After Perusing the Dec. 17, 2006 Issue of the New York Times Book Review):

(1) After reading Brad Leithauser’s review of Robert Fagles‘ translation of Virgil’s The Aeneid:

Robert Fagles’ translation of Virgil’s The Aeneid

(2) After reading Josiah Bunting’s review of Max Boot’s War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today:

Max Boot’s War Made New: Technology, Warfare, etc.

(3) After reading Michael Goldfarb’s review of Rajiv Chandrasekaran‘s Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone:

Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone

(4) After reading Julia Scheeres’ review of Lydie Salvayre’s novel, Everyday Life:

Lydie Salvayre’s Everyday Life

(5) After reading the End Paper, “War: A Reader’s Guide”, the following books and the authorities who recommended them:

Paul Fussell’s The Great War and Modern Memory and T. E. Lawrence‘s Seven Pillars of Wisdom, recommended by Fouad Ajami

Karl von Clausewitz‘s On War, recommended by Eliot A. Cohen

Robert L. O’Connell’s Of Arms and Men, recommended by Barbara Ehrenreich

ThucydidesHistory of the Peloponnesian War and Erich Maria Remarque‘s All Quiet on the Western Front, recommended by Jean Bethke Elshtain

Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate: A Novel and Gert Ledig’s Payback, recommended by Niall Ferguson

William Tecumseh Sherman’s Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman, recommended by Victor Davis Hanson

Vera Brittain‘s Testament of Youth, recommended by Tony Judt

Philip Caputo‘s A Rumor of War and Jonathan Shay’s Odysseus in America, recommended by Anthony Swofford

Michael Herr’s Dispatches and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, recommended by Anne-Marie Slaughter

Home, Never Called

Back from a short run to Menlo Park and post office. Amazingly, got to my target store just 2 minutes before it closed. And there was no line at the post office. Feel like I must be in a zone.

No word from son or hubby when I can expect them home. Called at lunchtime; were in the middle of the potluck, heard many shrill female voices chattering in the background, son said he was “sooo full”. Given the fact that he was treated to breakfast buffet at Sharon Heights Country Club very early this morning (7 AM), can predict he will arrive home gorged, possibly nauseous.

I’m sitting alone in front of HDTV again. Really, it’s hopeless to try and write a book at Christmastime, there are just too many distractions. For instance, this show I’m watching (“The View from the Bay”) in which a young chef with tattoos down both his beefy arms prepared a “snack” of mozzarella balls, prosciutto, and crostini (Oh, hey, ideas for snacks tomorrow! Perhaps should do last run to Whole Foods around the corner!). And after this comes “Oprah.” Decide I will not make myself feel guilty for not writing (Plenty of time for that later; for instance, when book review for San Francisco Chronicle comes due, on Jan. 13–!!).

Dean at xxxxxxx community college e-mailed that she wants a course description for a course I’m supposed to teach in the spring. Last year, this course was cancelled for low enrollment. Suppose she’s only trying to be helpful. But if course is cancelled again for the same reason, I will not weep. Still, Dean indicates she wants course description by Jan. 2. Suppose I must comply.

Also, decide I’m not going to pick up the phone again. Made the decision just in the nick of time, because just then phone rang and Caller ID said “Blocked Call.” Yesterday, it was K, but that was pure luck. Don’t have that many friends, never get calls on consecutive days. So hands stay firmly attached to my sides. Later I check the message and it’s from a solicitor. Yessss!!!

Tried being a “good girl” and called mom in the Philippines. Naturally, I’ve missed her again, the fourth time this week. Have nice chat with our cook, Irene. Irene tells me everyone will be in eldest brother’s fancy house in Alabang for media noche. Trying to decide whether I really want to call there at midnight and be told how everyone is enjoying lechon and pancit and ensaymada. Maybe not.

More later, after done with “Oprah” šŸ™‚

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