John Updike By Way of NYTBR 12 May 2013

“America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.”  —  John Updike

Self pondered this.  She felt like adding, Yeah, spoken like a man with money.  Spoken like a man with a job.

But then she remembered:  This is America!  You don’t need money!  You just need a credit card!  And if you go broke, you can just declare bankruptcy, and then rise, Phoenix-like, from the flames!

She had uncles and aunts who did this all the time.  Repossessed Jaguars and Mercedes Benzes were all over their credit records.  But that never seemed to stop them from getting loans for new Jaguars, new Benzes.

She’ll never forget the saleswoman in the glass store in The Venetian (Las Vegas).  Browsing, self saw the most fabulous amber-colored drop earrings.  She didn’t have enough cash, so she asked the saleswoman, “Do you take Discover?”

“Honey,” the woman said.  “This is Las Vegas.  We take American Express, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, Diner’s Club, check, post-dated check, you name it!”


Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says 2

Emerson Street, downtown Palo Alto

Emerson Street, downtown Palo Alto

Did anyone see that movie?  Self just rented it on Netflix.  It left her scratching her head.  It is possibly the only adaptation of a Tolstoy classic that turns it into —  high camp.  Rent it and watch for the scene with the dueling tongues —  BWAH HA HAAA!

Stay tuned.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says

Sign self taped to her printer, three years ago

Self taped this sign to her printer because she wanted to make sure she looked at it every day.  It’s been there approximately three years.

Last Day of May (2013)

Where does the time go?

Today just flew by!

Self found a copy of Sole Fruit of Her Loin’s birth certificate.

She spent the afternoon in the company of son:

  • We saw a movie together in Palo Alto Square (Sarah Polley’s absorbing documentary about her parents’ relationship:  Three out of four stars)
  • We walked along the strangely sparse corridors of Fry’s Electronics, and gazed upon a low, brick building advertising itself as GROUPON offices.
  • We walked along California Avenue and self showed son one of her discoveries, Spice Kit, right across the street from erstwhile favorite The Counter.

It was the second incredibly hot day of the year.  Self ran her car’s air conditioner at full blast (Thank goodness she had it fixed last year!) and listened to an old Mariah Carey CD.

She stopped by the Palo Alto Baking Company and bought two cream puffs (The Man’s favorite).

As soon as she got home, she watered and watered.  Then she made dinner:  broiled baby back pork spare ribs.

Now, time to rest.

Looking at the backyard at the end of a sweltering day . . .

Early Evening

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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