December 27th, 2007


Obits are all about meeeee

Choreographer Michael Kidd has died. His daughter Susan was in my Calculus IIIB class freshman year (B being harder than the standard A but not insanely theoretical like C). She had long hair, was bright, articulate and sort of bohemian (which would describe most students at CU at the time), and I never saw her again after that.

Susan is not listed in the online alumnae directory. Googling finds a news anchor who is definitely not her, and I don't see anything in news items updating my dim recollection.

In an even more tenuous connection, Benazir Bhutto was assassinated. This seems to happen a lot to leaders of India and Pakistan. The connection is that Bhutto was in the Radcliffe class of 1973, the same class I was rejected from. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, daughter of RFK, made it ahead of me also. I have to admit that Bhutto and Kennedy did a lot more with their lives than I did, so the admissions decision was probably correct. If only I had known I'd be a future crossword champ, it would have looked more impressive than Guidepost copy editor, Spanish club president, mathlete and majorette.

Not quite an obit, but yesterday would have been my parents' 57th wedding anniversary. Except my father died a little over 4 years ago (ON his 90th birthday, which still freaks us out), so they only made it to almost-53 years.

Ho ho ho

After the event-filled last several weeks, it's quiet now that the actual holidays are here.

I brought the building staff cards to the office Wednesday and people have been thanking me, so they were safely distributed. I still need to catch the mailman.

I had a pass thru for "The Orphanage" tonight (followed by a discussion with horror film experts), but watched the trailer and decided it looked too creepy. I'm not a horror fan. There was another pass available for tonight's showing in the Big Apple Screenings Yahoo group, and IFP had a screening a few weeks ago on a night I couldn't go. So I keep not seeing this movie.

Instead of going to the AMC Times Square, I stood on a long line in the post office and mailed out 4 books and bought stamps for at-homes, got groceries (and can report that Turkey Hill Moose Tracks is not as good as Edy's Peanut Butter Cup), went to Duane Reade for Sweet 'n Low only to find they were out (they had it at Gristede's but I was holding out for DR store brand), unloaded the groceries at home, and went to Rite Aid for the Sweet 'n Low (non store brand, the same price as Gristede's after all).

I was not looking forward to a doctor's appointment first thing in the morning January 2 (10:45 am, though these days 2 pm is more like first thing in the morning), so I didn't mind getting a phone call today postponing to the end of the month.

There are some movies I'd like to see at museums over the weekend, so we'll see if I can get myself out of the house. I think today was the first time outside since working at the Times Saturday. Oops, those movies are NEXT weekend. But I still should get out more.

While inside, I've been reading a lot. I finished "I Don't Know How She Does It" by Allison Pearson, British chick lit about a woman trying to have it all. Like most women, she has to compromise. (SPOILER: There was one point where her boss asked for her password to take care of some work while she was on vacation, and I was hoping he'd discover her flirtatious e-mails with an appealing American client, but the password was not mentioned again, and the flirtation eventually fizzled out.)

I used to pick the next book by just randomly taking a book, but more recently I'm going to each pile, box or shelf in order. At J's party, B mentioned picking his next Netflix selection by generating a random number between 1 and x (= number in his queue), and moving the chosen number to the top (he thought this was really geeky, but it sounded just fine to me). I'd love to do something similar - pick the xth down the list on LibraryThing, maybe. However, given the name of a book, chances are I have no idea where it physically is, so I'll probably have to continue to move along the piles/boxes/shelves. Unless I choose the random number and CAN find the book. This is what passes for excitement in the En household.

I'm almost caught up on Newsday puzzles, which I do using the applet (and on Sunday thru Wednesday go for speed without even looking at all the clues - gasp!). For some reason, the Puzzle Society pages I get these from load reaaaallllly slowly so I have to do other things while waiting. I e-mailed them about it a while ago, with no response. My Java just updated and these puzzles are still slow.

When I finish Newsday (one month to go), online Puzzle Pointer puzzles will be caught up and current. I have plenty of print books to do, and indeed need to solve on paper, but not too much or my hand hurts - sucks to get old. I'm a few years behind on online Universal and USA Today, but don't see rushing to do those unless I go on MGC (unlikely) and need to get in a Timothy Parker mindset.

Someone put a Kakuro book in the laundry room book exchange with a Post-It saying he/she'd done all the puzzles but someone could erase them. I love Kakuro but, uh, no thanks. I'm all for recycling and giving books new homes, but that seems a bit much.