Wednesday, June 23

Marketing Honesty

The cat had a rough weekend, and J & I wound up at the local pet store in the five minutes before they closed. I could tell, because there was a guy pushing a giant red vacuum cleaner around the store, leaving dirt and hair behind him; I remember that type of ineffectual vacuuming from when I worked in retail.

The cone purchase for Vera had to be figured out quickly. But as a quick add-on, I bought her kitty toothpaste along with a special toothbrush. Looks like this:


I was impressed by the honesty in the packaging. Check out this zoomed-in picture of the cat on the front label:

That white cat is totally cursing you out for even considering brushing her teeth. She's a forewarning of how terrible it will be when I brush Vera's teeth.

Monday, June 21

Not First

This was linked to from everywhere today, but I didn't actually get a chance to read Errol Morris's "blogpost" until tonight, riding home on the B train. It's long, and footnoted (thus the quotation marks around blogpost), but worth a read. The part I liked the most builds off that old Rumsfeld quote about the known knowns, the known unknowns, and the unknown unknowns. (I should clarify, this is an extended quotation Errol Morris includes in his post; it's not him writing.)

If I were given carte blanche to write about any topic I could, it would be about how much our ignorance, in general, shapes our lives in ways we do not know about. Put simply, people tend to do what they know and fail to do that which they have no conception of. In that way, ignorance profoundly channels the course we take in life. And unknown unknowns constitute a grand swath of everybody’s field of ignorance.

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Gummy Bears in Russian

We went to Brighton Beach this weekend and bought snacks.

Tuesday, June 8

Vera Gets a Haircut

Can you feel Vera's misery in this picture? I've never seen her sleep with a paw over her face, just totally resigned to muggy, miserable, unrelenting heat.

So we gave her a haircut! Vera almost purred louder than the buzzing clippers, until she got sick of it all, and cried and squirmed her way out of the bathroom.

April Books

Time to turn to cliches: Better late than never!
  • A Happy Marriage* - Rafael Yglesias - library - My expectations for this book might have been a bit (too) high given how much I'd read about it on blogs. The first part of the book was amazing although difficult to read on the train: it reveals the lovableness of a major character (through the eyes of her husband, falling in love with her as a young man) and her eventual death (through the eyes of her husband, 30 years into their marriage). Other parts of the book felt cheesy to me, and some sections--graphically about her cancer--are excruciating to read.
  • The Kids Are All Right - multiple authors - nonfiction - One of my favorite coworkers lent me this book -- a hardcover -- so she must really trust me. The second book I've read this year that takes place in a friend's town, so I kept picturing her in place of the people in the book.
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson - library - No question, my favorite book that I've read so far this year. Subtle, funny, sad, and meaningful. Also, I like reading books that take place in the UK that have American characters running around, being gauche & missing all the subtleties.
  • Juliet, Naked - Nick Hornby -- library - A quick read. What I liked most about this book was the descriptions of the depressed town where the main character lived. At points, I might have accidentally sympathized with the antagonist, an obsessive fellow who totally miscalls the value of a recording from a cult artist.

*It's possible I read this in March? Being organized is hard!