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

Tonight the new season of the documentary series P.O.V. debuts on PBS, with an episode called "The Smith Family":

The Smiths of Salt Lake City may have America's most common surname, but their story is anything but ordinary. With two boys, a dog, a nice house and a strong commitment to the Mormon Church, Steve and Kim Smith believed they had achieved the American dream. But after nine years of marriage, shattering revelations of betrayal came—enough to test the strongest bonds of faith and love. When Steve confessed to infidelities with men, and they both find they are HIV+, Kim makes an unlikely choice. "The Smith Family" is a searing account of one family's struggle to preserve family and faith, while redefining forgiveness in the face of daunting tragedy.
It's on at 10:00 pm tonight Eastern time. Go here to check your local PBS station's schedule
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The privileged class

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So I prepared a manuscript for submission this morning, and I stopped by the post office on the way to work to mail it. This was the post office on 34th Street between Park and Lex, at about 10 am.

As I approached the propped-open front door, I had to step lively to keep from being run down by woman pushing a cart full of brown-paper packages of all sizes. The woman was fifty or so, potato-shaped, with ill-advised red-dyed hair and ill-advised tight white stirrup pants.

I bounced through the outer door and prepared to hold the inner door open for the cart woman, as I am usually wont to do, well-mannered fellow that I am. However, when the woman said, "Hold that door open for me," in a tone that made it clear that she was the lady of the manor and I was the servant in grubby livery, with nary a please or a question mark or an ounce of courtesy in earshot, I nearly balked. I nearly—and the words were right there on my tongue—nearly said, "I was planning to before you asked me like that," but, thanks again to my good manners, I said nothing. I just held the door.

When she was through the door, I stepped lively again to beat her to the end of the line. I was damned if I'd let her and her bushel of parcels on line in front of me. I reached the end of the queue and took my place—but the woman didn't even glance in the direction of the line. She went straight to one of the counters. "These are all unopened," she announced in a loud voice to the nearest postal worker. "Can I leave them with you?"

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Flip-flop on thongs

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Here's an amusing article about the BYU dress policy from a recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, sent to me by my friend Bob:

Flip-Flop on Thongs
by Christopher Flores
June 14, 2002

When some incoming freshmen at Brigham Young University's Idaho campus read the institution's dress code this spring, they were surprised to learn that "thongs" were taboo on the Mormon campus.

Incredulous, they called the dean of students' office, demanding to know how officials justified underwear regulation and how such a rule could possibly be enforced. That's when officials realized they needed to get with the terms of the times: "Thongs" today suggests a skimpy type of underwear or bikini bottom, not flip-flops, to which the university's years-old policy referred.

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Unhappy in Utah

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Check out this article on depression in Utah, from CBSNews.com:

Unhappy in Utah
Yes, this is the happy state where I grew up.

The most disturbing bit of the article is the part where they quote statistics on suicide in Utah among 5- to 22-year-olds. Are we to infer from this that there are 5-year-olds committing suicide?

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I just ordered three of Kenn Brown's wry T-shirts, for me and my movie-going buddies Bob and Ken:

http://www.kontent-online.com/kontenttshirts.htm
I think they're hilarious.
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Blond over blue

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I'm afraid this may be the entry in which I make myself sound vain and pretentious. So be it, if I haven't already done it many times over.

Laura and I have been trying to get our hairdresser Brian over for an appointment. Brian is Danish, he makes house calls, and he's affordable, so every few months we have him over. I get my hair bleached and cut, and Laura does ... well, what she gets done to her hair. It costs us each a hundred bucks.

My hair's been getting shaggy*, and there are a couple of big events coming up in the next month or so—a wedding for our friends Ron and Edie, and a reading for me at KGB. So it's high time for a cut and color. We've been trying to get Brian on the phone for weeks and arrange for him to come, well, this evening. Finally he called yesterday and said, "Sorry, I can't come Thursday, but would a week from today work?"

Laura, exasperated, agreed, but didn't remember that I have an engagement that night.

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Bilmo sells out

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Or at least I hope to. Get some Inhuman Swag today!

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The Dilbert Hole

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A friend who works for United Media points out this site, which was just discovered infringing Dilbert's, er, copyright:

      The Dilbert Hole

No minors please. Even though we minors are the only ones who will find this funny.

Hurry before they're sued out of existence!

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Oh, God

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19

I act like I'm 19. This test was brought to you by Mel - She'll bite you ;o). Take it here.

That makes me a missionary all over again. I guess that makes sense—it's no secret that I've been arrested at that age.

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Family incest

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I just received a spam message advertising FAMILY INCEST. Gee, I didn't realize there was any other kind.

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