There are many relationships we form in life: friends, house mates, lovers, classmates, work colleagues, roommates, best friends, table mates at assigned seating on cruises, etc..  I've been thinking about some of those and have noticed a disturbing trend regarding diminishing returns.

For one type of relationship, the trend is 14 years... 12 years.

For another, the trend is 8 years... 6 years.

I'm about to consider reembarking on both types, so am guessing 10 and 4 respectively.

Let's see if I can reverse 'em.


Does it matter?

Today's news is being taken over by Anthony Weiner's latest revelations. I'm very unsure why this is national news - why are shows like Morning Joe, the Today Show, Fox News and papers like the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor and the Los Angeles Times spending so much time on a sleazy mayoral candidate? Granted, New York City is a little different than SmallTown but still - it's not national news.

One of my FB friends posted, "So instead of us worrying if wiener sent a dirty text can we learn more about what all of these candidates want to do? In this day and age we all have a electronic history."

As someone who can no longer vote in NYC elections, I'd like less coverage of this aspect of the campaign. Ok, I'll be honest, I'd like no more coverage, but all my "local" tv stations are based in New York so that's not happening. I've ranted before about how politics has changed over the years (I'll wait while you read that old post). What's adding to the problem is, as my friend says, "we all have a[n] electronic history".

So now, in addition to regular mudslinging we'll get digital mudslinging and hacking into social media accounts to see that - gasp - this candidate went topless sunbathing, or drinking, or may have crossdressed at a party. Because all those private photos can now be made public with incredible ease. Remember the fuss over Obama and his cocaine usage? Yeah, neither do I.  And Bill Clinton didn't inhale, he apparently ate brownies. Who cares?

My friend is 22.  He voted in his first presidential election last year (no, I don't know who he voted for - I can guess, but I've never asked).  And already he's sick of the political process.  Thing One first voted in 1972 and it took him until the 1990s to get sick of the way candidates conduct campaigns.  I worry about my friend, who only knows the current climate.  Because for him, why vote?  He's not going to asked to vote for a candidate who takes a political stance he agrees with, he's going to be asked to vote for the least sleazy candidate or one who belongs to a party (but may or may not agree with the party's platform).

Does it matter, what Weiner did?  Ultimately, no.  Now, let's just move on.  Please????


Notable Quotes

Random jams only  ever occur when traffic is heavy and bunched up.  I think they're triggered when something seemly trivial takes place, like somebody changing lanes suddenly, and the person behind brakes, then the person behind them brakes a little harder, and so on, until people further back are having to slow to a crawl and then a stop, while people changing lanes to avoid it just spread the blockage further... 
Lastly, it has occurred to me that the person who initiates a random jam probably never knows what chaos they've caused behind them.  I've seen six random jams over the last eight years... and it took me a while before I realised that they might stand as a symbol for life in general; trivial actions leading to proliferating consequences that affect hundreds of others, but which we never know about.

- The Quarry, Iain Banks


Notes from Mt. Bookpile

99 books read -  still managing to keep up with the pace needed to achieve my 2013 reading goal (upped from 300 to 365 because, well, why not?). I was keeping pace with Mt. Bookpile additions, but then ALA Annual happened and now I'm really behind.  Oh well.  Live and read, right?

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