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March 16th, 2009

06:59 pm - According to my OB...
...as of my appointment this afternoon, I am 2cm dilated.

This doesn't mean the baby will necessarily be particularly soon - it could be weeks still - but it does mean that the risk of something going wrong / ending up with a C-section is now much lower. In particular, if for some reason the baby is induced, my risk of a C-section will be no higher than in the absence of induction.

And it makes it seem at least a little bit more possible that the baby might really be here pretty soon....


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May 20th, 2008

07:05 am - How we react to shocking things, and why, in an example that matters.
This may be the most fascinating and important look at how both members of the military and of the public have reacted to the military scandals of the past several years that I've ever read.

I find myself almost distracted by the skill with which so many different ways of looking at an event are drawn together to achieve an actually meaningful and important conclusion... except, of course, that it's not just a show piece, it's in and of itself a critically important issue.

(Mrs. Scarborough, I'd be particularly curious to hear your reactions, if any jumped to mind...!)

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October 20th, 2007

02:40 pm - very slightly alternate world
I just spent a few moments incredibly frustrated that my keyboard wasn't working at all - several times in a row, I hit "Shift-1", but instead of the roman number "I" that I wanted to see appear, all I got was a stupid symbol ("!"). What was wrong with the capital numbers?!

Reminds me of elementary school, after we'd first learned cursive, when I kept explaining to my mother that they'd left something out, when were we going to learn cursive numbers? She explained that there weren't any, but I was pretty sure she had to be wrong, because it just seemed so clear that there ought to (and there for must!) be.

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June 16th, 2007

09:34 pm - My news!
For those I haven't talked with yet, with apologies for not calling directly...!


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May 28th, 2007

09:25 am
Well. Just before the it's-been-a-year-I-guess-it's-officially-over mark, I figured, hey, what am I doing? Without a blog, I might have no identity left! It could happen. I heard it happened to this one guy, one time, that my friend's neighbor knew....

Two thoughts, then:

1) In general, life is good.

I'm painting my place 3 square feet at a time, and it's unbelievable how much trouble I have committing to paint colors, but it sure does look better. Those 9 square feet I've done so far, I mean.

I'm reading Freud's views on religion (thanks, Uchenna and Brent!), which is surprisingly delightful. The man is actually funny! He has conversations with himself, where he asks himself a question: "...would you care to elaborate on this?" and then answers it: "With pleasure! In fact, I was only waiting for the invitation...."

What with going to Home Depot so often to buy new paint colors since I as soon as I put one on the wall I realize I hate it and need a new one, I've gotten sucked in to the mad spring rush and put plants on the deck. Only edible ones, though, so it's still managing to be political, sort of, rather than domestic. I hope. Anyways, it's bizarre how much I like having them there. I mean, really really weird - I am stressed and anxious, and I go out and sit on the deck, and look around, and I can feel my breathing start to change. I'm starting to think those people who write about how green things and bodies of water convey subliminal messages that things are ok were actually on to something. Or perhaps it just helps me feel like I'm back in the green, green city of my birth? Either way: wow, I love fresh basil!

2) It's memorial day.

In honor of memorial day, here's an article that made me stop and think. It's by Andrew Bacevich, a professor of History and International Relations at Boston University, a vet, and a well known, long-standing vocal opponent of the war in Iraq. His son, who enrolled in ROTC in college, was killed earlier this month in Iraq. The article itself is about his duty as a citizen vs his duty as a father vs his son's duty as a soldier.

Best wishes on the holiday.

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August 8th, 2006

01:48 pm - VOTE!
St. Louis locals: remember to vote today! So far, turnout is incredibly low. In general not a good thing - but means your vote will really count! Important issues on the ballot include whether or not the small tax that is the primary source of income for keeping up all St. Louis parks will be renewed for another 10 years or allowed to expire, as well as a pretty contentious race for the 4th district missouri senate position (the one Jeff Smith is in).

Also, sorry for the loooong gap with no posts. Will get right on that. Um, soon. -ish. I hope.

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July 10th, 2006

11:58 pm - JASON: this one is for you....
Jason, there are two things lately that I've read and thought of you:

1) A terribly annoying article in Time or Newsweek (I can never keep them straight) that I read at the gym about "Why don't we have a Voice of Our Generation for Our Generation?" If you want to be annoyed, you should read it. Oh, wait - I found it with a quick google, in case you actually DO want to be annoyed: it's here.

2) I just came across a quote I thought you might appreciate:

One of my greatest pleasures in writing has come from the thought that
perhaps my work might annoy someone of comfortably pretentious position.
Then comes the saddening realization that such people rarely read. -John
Kenneth Galbraith, economist (1908-2006)

(Why, the general reader may be asking, am I making this a post rather than an email? Well, I thought perhaps other people would enjoy the quote, too. Also, I can't find Jason's email address.)

Ok, back to my own life now....

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July 6th, 2006

08:55 am - the most amusing quote from this morning's news
" 'George is not an overly introspective person,' his wife, Laura, once said with dry understatement... "

(from nytimes article on Bush's 60th birthday)

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July 5th, 2006

01:45 pm - dead birds
In the past two weeks I have, I think, seen more dead birds scattered about the city than in the past 10 years combined. It's possible that it's chance - eg, I just happened to see two close together in time and then became hyper-alert to dead birds and noticed many more I would have missed - but I kind of doubt it.

Makes me wonder if we'll start seeing "new west nile strain hits st louis" headlines or something popping up soon.

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July 2nd, 2006

04:39 pm - some good things.
I thought I'd post some good things I've learned of of late:

* You know that new pseudafed that replaced the old pseudafed in an attempt to combat meth? You know how it doesn't work at all? Well, I finally learned the other day that you don't have to settle for it - you can still buy the old pseudafed if you just go to the counter and ask for it!

* Although I worry a lot lately about the decline of the US economy and social security and fear for a future where the dollar is worth little but investments also provide small returns and the elderly are destitute... and although I tend to translate those worries into behaviors like investing in paying off my mortgage rather than investing more in mutual funds in my IRA... well, I finally set down the other day and calculated what my investing history is at this point: despite having started investing in April 2000 just before the entire market crashed, I have during my entire investing history averaged 12% annualized returns over the 6 years since this time. I'm still pretty pessimistic about the future, but... I also think I should spend more time being glad for the extent to which things still currently are good, at the same time.

* The most recent supreme court decision (that Bush's declarations of military tribunals are illegal) makes me really very happy. When my father and I discussed it, he mentioned reading about the reaction of the actual client to the verdict, which was total shock - almost as if this entire time it had just never occurred to him that he might actually be able to sue the president and WIN. And we shouldn't overlook this shock - because as much as I'm frustrated by what seem to me like recent failings in our system, it IS still amazing that it works at all. As his lawyer said, "It is a source of pride for the American court system that a man like Salim Ahmed Hamdan can sue the president of the United States in the highest court of the land without having to fear for his life." Now, we can add to that "and win!"

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