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Randee Dawn

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Archive for November 2007

I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen

So I don't normally do this, but I sense one or two folks reading this might want to contribute. Monday I'm talking to John Cusack. I have 20 minutes. Clearly, I can fill it. But if you've always wanted to ask him something — and it's not "will you stand in front of my window…

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Book ’em

I am a book lover. But I'm cheap. Well, hardly flush with cash. That's the main thing. If I had tons of money to toss around I'd buy hardbacks left and right. But my general M.O. is this: Hear of book.Find book in library.Reserve book.Wait.Tap foot.Wait.Get book.Read book.Love book? –> Get hardback.Like book? –> Return.…

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Bald, scary — and in charge

Australia's new government is looking up already. From the BBC: Australia's prime minister-elect, Kevin Rudd, has announced the make-up of his new government. He appointed his deputy leader, Julia Gillard, as education minister, and a former rock star, Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett, as environment minister. Methinks he'll be having Midnight Oil's 1984 album cover…

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Dear Ethicist, Part 2

Pull my finger A quick update on Found Money. I thought it was interesting how about half of the folks who commented felt the money should be given away — to themselves (in jest) or to charity. (Total: 4 people) Three people said I should try to make some effort to give it back. Halves…

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Thanks and giving, and giving, and giving….

Chef Combo First, there were nachos and cheese and crackers. Then there was ham and turkey breast and stuffing and corn (with a whole stick of butter!) and gravy and cranberry and pickles and rolls and mashed potatoes and green bean casserole and I think that's the whole schmear but I could have forgotten something.…

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Dear Ethicist

So, a bit of a quandary here. I know what the "right" thing to do is, but at the same time, I'm kind of on the fence about it. A little detail: What if you made a purchase of an item of not small money — say, over $100. Then, you decided you no longer…

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NYC – Austin, 5:35 flight

Brokeback celeb, first class w/ iPod. I'm Not There, I'm Here Post Flight Update: In case you're wondering who you should be looking at, it's the blond dude with the little pony tail in first class. Only person in first class. The flight attendant came over to my seat later (the one next to me…

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The sweetest thing

Phew! That was a whirlwind. I think I can literally and figuratively say this was the sweetest birthday I've ever had — and the nicest part was it lasted just about a full week. Since I'm about to run out the door to Thanksgiving in the state I like to mess with, this'll all be…

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No second acts

I signed up for America Online in the early 1990s, jst as I was reading a new book, "Harlot's Ghost." It featured a curious and interesting female character named Hadley Kitteredge Montague. And as I first put a toe into the waters of what was for me — and still for most people; bear in…

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Goody goody (again!)

Thanks, y'all! Vox "Gooded" me again. For this! Apparently, the secret is to drop a name or two. Or a shoe, in the case of George Clooney. Heh. Good for you Totally the best November ever, so far!

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