The Hard Way

Human beings are determined to learn things the hard way. Never take good advice, never believe the wisdom of others, never accept that your misguided notions can lead to disaster. Then they do. And you learn something. Maybe. The hard way.

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Smooth

Right now, at this minute, a row of Frankenstein staples line my knee. It looks like the dickens, I can tell you that for sure. The staples come out today and soon I’ll have a knee smooth as a baby’s bottom. Okay. Maybe not quite that smooth. But smooth. Yeah, I’ll be as smooth as they come.

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67%

Isn’t it kind of strange that we read books on electronic devices that tell us exactly how much of the book we’ve read? You can say to someone, “I’ve only read 67%, so don’t tell me the ending.” So precise. None of this looking at the bookmark sticking out of the pages and saying, “Oh, I’m about 2/3 of the way through.” No, none of that.

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Joni Mitchell

I’m an old person. I like music from the old days. Yesterday I threw a Joni Mitchell CD on the player in my car and turned it up really loud. Young people don’t know who Joni Mitchell is. They think Billie Holliday is a man and never heard of The Beatles. I think I have an advantage when I know all those old voices, yet can appreciate Beyonce and Mumford and Sons.

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Come Together

It’s so difficult for people to come together. For just two people to find each other and agree to come together is amazing. Yet we are asking millions of people to come together to vote. The vote is so important this year for so many varied reasons. Do vote. Do.

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Sweetie

Is it safer for gay men to act normal now? You don’t see many¬†of those flaming, flamboyant men who call everyone “Sweetie” and swish about these days. The outrageous certainly has its charms, but I think I like it better now, where people are just people.

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What’s that smell?

Do you ever think about how much of your life is devoted to identifying smell? You walk in the kitchen after someone’s been cooking Brussels sprouts and ask, “What’s that smell?” You open the window early in the morning and wonder at the aroma of burning toast from some neighbor’s open window. You look for the source of phantom smells, like cigarette smoke, that don’t even exist in your house. You stick your nose in the washing machine to see if that vinegary smell comes out of it.

Do you smell that? What’s that smell?

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What’s On?

“What’s on?” People want to know what’s on your iPod, your TV, your stereo, your X Box, your bedside table, your car radio. They think it says something about you. It probably does. So you should know that I watched “Marcella” all weekend, I listened to Natalie Merchant and Al Jarreau in my car, keep my radio tuned to NPR and I finished reading “The Marriage of Opposites” this weekend. Now you know all my secrets.

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The Five Paragraph Essay

A few years back I worked as a contractor at IBM. One of the women I worked with had kids in middle school. One day she sent me an email about something. It was a perfect 5 paragraph essay. The opening paragraph with her 3 points, the 3 supporting paragraphs, and the summary. She’d been helping her kids with their homework, I’ll bet.

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