Archive for September, 2008

First Presidential Debate

September 26, 2008

Decoy subject line . . .

What I really want to know is which is cooler: Hollister or Abercrombie & Fitch. I see that about 20% of all college-age men are wearing one or the other of these brands’ T-shirts, with slightly fewer women wearing them. The philosophical question is WHY are these considered cool . . . or maybe find out if Obama & McCain would be predisposed to wear one or the other. If they decided to try to dress like 19-year-old clowns.


Gas and food

September 4, 2008

Just got gas yesterday for the first time since June 28th, and I saved some $$ by waiting . . . when I filled up in June, diesel was $4.64 per gallon. Yesterday I got it for $3.90. That is the first and probably only time in my life I’ll ever have a 74-cent-per-gallon difference between consecutive fill-ups. They were 67 days apart, which means I drove an average of about 8.5 miles per day during July and August. I doubt I will surpass my record for longest time between fill-ups, which took place in the early 00’s and was something like 128 days. I pretty much drove nowhere for a whole semester.

100 days ago I started keeping track of how much I spend on food. So far, $7.51 per day. I guess that’s not too profligate, to average $2.50 for each of the day’s meals. I guess that also indicates that food prices are not as out of control as I sometimes hear people complain—though it is true that 2 or 3 years ago, when I also kept track of my grub prices, I was eating for about $5 a day. 33 times in the past 100 days I have bought food at restaurants, averaging $6.34 per purchase (with 4 of them being $10 or more).

Judge Judy, how could you?

September 2, 2008

I’m probably the last to know about this, but Judge Judy is in favor of gay marriage:

From a NY Times article on Michael Feinstein’s new Sinatra album:

The walls of his town house are plastered with vintage movie posters and photographs that lend the home he shares with his companion of 11 years, Terrence Flannery, the feel of a lively show business museum (with elegant furniture). He and Mr. Flannery, who owns health facilities in Indiana, are planning to be married on Oct. 17 in Los Angeles with their friend Judith Sheindlin, better known as Judge Judy, officiating. She will be assisted by Gabriel Ferrer, an Episcopal priest and a son of Rosemary Clooney. Ms. Clooney, who was a mother figure to Mr. Feinstein and to many other musicians, was the biggest influence on his style.

And whaddya know, the Episcopal Church is also involved! Who’d have guessed . . . Feinstein and Flannery are set to pretend to be married on National Black Poetry Day.