Inhuman Swill : Page 194
Why is my blog called Inhuman Swill? Because you can unscramble the pieces to make William Shunn.

Queensboro Bridge

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Laura and I have started riding bikes together early in the mornings. We just got helmets, and to celebrate I suggested we try the Queensboro Bridge this morning. Laura's done it many times; I've never tried. The bicycle/pedestrian walkway is longer and less steep on the Queens side. I didn't make it all the way to the top of the span. Well, I did, but I had to stop once.

There's a little battlement, for lack of a better word, about 2/3 or 3/4 of the way up the slope from Queens. I told myself that if I could make it there, I'd let myself stop and rest. It seemed to take forever. By the time I got there, I was riding so slowly I'm surprised I was able to stay upright. I stopped in the shade. My legs were like rubber.

Laura had powered on ahead. I thought she would vanish over the top of the span without seeing that I had stopped. After a couple of minutes I set out again, and I caught up with Laura without another rest. She was waiting at the top.

After a several-minute rest, we turned around and coasted back into Queens. Laura says we'll do this every day, and the day I can make it to the top of the span without stopping is the day we'll keep going into Manhattan.

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More "Two for Las Vegas"

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I've just discovered that our wedding will run on the Travel Channel again today and Wednesday. Check the program listing for times.

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Happy anniversary

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Laura and I were so gratified that the gay community in New York turned out to celebrate in the streets on the occasion of our first anniversary. But when the Brazilians started showing up too, we were just overwhelmed. Thanks, everybody!

It was a swell day, really. First we hit the new MoMA QNS, during the free admission period. Then we took the 7 to Times Square and had lunch at John's Pizzeria. At 3:00, we saw Into the Woods with Vanessa Williams and John McMartin. Then it was down the the Village, the heart of the day's celebration, for cold sake and a huge plate of sushi and sashimi at Yama.

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From an Associated Press report, 6/11/2002, on President Bush's intentions to introduce a "strike first" military policy in this fall's national security strategy presentation to Congress:

Cheney ... emphasized that the United States has a special responsibility to initiate military action if it will thwart grand-scale terrorist plots before they happen.

"The nature and scale of the challenge we face became apparent last year on the morning of Sept. 11," Cheney said. "It is now clear that every aspiration we have for the countries we serve -- our prosperity, our security and the peace of the world -- all depend upon our answer to that threat of global terror."

Specifically, he said, Iraq poses a threat because its leader, Saddam Hussein, has shown a willingness to use weapons of mass destruction, and because there is potential for Saddam's government to link up with terrorist networks.

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Left-mail

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Okay, I'm a very bad man, but I just emailed my relatives this Jon Carroll article from the San Francisco Chronicle. It's the one and only time I will spam them with unsolicited liberal propaganda, and I'm doing it to make a point.

The point will probably be lost, but what the hell.

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John Entwhistle, 1944-2002

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He was the calm eye of the storm amidst the swirling chaos that was The Who—one of the bands that helped open my ears to the possibility that rock music wasn't all as mindless and soul-destroying as I was told in church, and my mind to the possibility that my church was wrong about other things. John Entwhistle was a world-class bass player, and a very fine songwriter. In fact, he penned one of my very favorite Who tunes, "My Wife."

RIP.

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Family snaps

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I know you've all been waiting breathlessly for this, so here's my uncle's reply to my email from the other day about Muslim profiling and airport security:

I understand that you are a writer and perhaps tend toward the dramatic, but let's be real here. I don't know how you jumped to the conclusion that the comment of the person who originated the e-mail suggested not continuing the present pattern of screening. I didn't see that conclusion at all. The only suggestion I saw was to replace the benign, minimally effective "random" selection process with a more directed selection process.

I forwarded what I thought was some interesting historical facts. I made no comment on those facts, but since one is apparently needed, here goes.

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Bill is . . .

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IS

  • Bill is a Potemkin reform
  • Bill is ready
  • Bill is the only way forward
  • Bill is shelved
  • Bill is watching you
  • Bill is just smarter
  • Bill is getting nowhere
  • Bill is passed
  • Bill is read for the first time
  • Bill is focused on porn
  • Bill is worth $33.45 billion
  • Bill is worth 70.15% the value of all the gold in Fort Knox
  • Bill is all about unions
  • Bill is back on the table
  • Bill is the actual "anti-christ"
  • Bill is finally enacted
  • Bill is a $200 billion disaster
  • Bill is just not cricket
  • Bill is "Bush lite"
  • Bill is a windfall for corporations but a pittance for workers
  • Bill is returned
  • Bill is introduced in the Senate
  • Bill is finally with us
  • Bill is likely to fail
  • Bill is printed and released to the public
  • Bill is not what they say
  • Bill is also managing editor of the Journal of Combinatorial Theory
  • Bill is currently working on his new book
ISN'T
  • Bill isn't anyone's underling
  • Bill isn't perfect for Pennsylvania
  • Bill isn't perfect, but offers hope
  • Bill isn't dead
  • Bill isn't all that it seems
  • Bill isn't just a Bill
  • Bill isn't halting worldwide destitution
  • Bill isn't without reservation
  • Bill isn't about helping consumers
  • Bill isn't really important
  • Bill isn't stalled
  • Bill isn't even in the heroic position to be a front-line soldier
  • Bill isn't finished, though
  • Bill isn't like that
  • Bill isn't top priority
  • Bill isn't real
  • Bill isn't a fireman
  • Bill isn't the father
  • Bill isn't good enough
  • Bill isn't what he appears to be
  • Bill isn't paid on time
  • Bill isn't the right one
  • Bill isn't funny-looking
  • Bill isn't particularly keen
  • Bill isn't as historic as some
DOESN'T
  • Bill doesn't go far enough
  • Bill doesn't vouch for vouchers
  • Bill doesn't become law
  • Bill doesn't even mention gays
  • Bill doesn't pay
  • Bill doesn't get the job
  • Bill doesn't ban soft money
  • Bill doesn't speak for everyone
  • Bill doesn't help families
  • Bill doesn't have to be a chore
  • Bill doesn't doesn't call for the legalization of file-sharing
  • Bill doesn't include any specific legislation
  • Bill doesn't care about $1 billion
  • Bill doesn't care about Netscape anymore
  • Bill doesn't think you need to use it
  • Bill doesn't have a thing to do!
  • Bill doesn't address the real problem
  • Bill doesn't even keep up the pretense
  • Bill doesn't help you
  • Bill doesn't contain misguided plans
  • Bill doesn't make any sense
In case you were wondering.

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Errandman!

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I left for my lunchtime errands at 11:45 a.m. I took the 6 train downtown from 33rd Street to Bleecker Street to meet my wife at a little boutique for a fitting for some custom clothes. Then I bid my wife farewell and headed back uptown to the same post office from yesterday where I waited in line to mail five more stories out. Then I stopped at the bank for cash and to transfer some money around. Then over to Cosí for a special chipotle chicken sandwich and some Terra Chips. The line was about thirty people long. Still, I got myself and my food back to the office at 1:00 p.m. on the dot, which I think may be some kind of lunch-errand record. Well, my coworkers were impressed, anyway.

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Penicillin

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So, with Laura's strep throat, the doctor prescribed her a course of penicillin—and a course for me too. Now I'm taking these nasty 500mg tablets every six hours. I have trouble swallowing pills, and these mothers are big.

Oh, well, maybe they'll kill all my internal fauna and help me lose some weight. ;-)

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