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February 22, 2005

breaking through the ice

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 12:16 pm




Heaven’s River

     of stars

   in my soup




the old woman’s mouth

        painted on






breaking though ice

     in the outhouse



    David G. Lanoue from his novel Haiku Guy


madly flipping

pages — 

today’s haiku!





“tinyredcheck”  In an editorial today that summarizes the proposal, the NYT has it right: “The

Democratic Senate bill, introduced last week by Senators Hillary Clinton, Barbara Boxer,

John Kerry and Frank Lautenberg, is now the gold standard for election reform.”  Rick Hasen

covers the Democratic proposal here, and a Republican alternative here.



penny over  A lot of people are getting worried about the dangers of too-much personal information

available on the web. Steve Minor points to the somewhat obnoxious — but telling –tactics

of one woman in Virginia, Betty “BJ” Ostergren), who is trying to prevent the publication

online of all circuit court records. It’s a thought-provoking tale.


tiny check  Many Baby Boomers seem to consider audiobooks to be tacky, or a less significant way to enjoy

fiction or non-fiction.  So, I was happy to see Prof. Althouse admitting that she listens to books (even

though it’s in the context of helping her fall to sleep).  Humans sure do get into ruts.  When my friends

are reluctant to try an audiobook, I’ve been known to say something like:  You know, when the first story

was written down, and later when the printing press came along, some old-fogey surely complained, “Phooey,

stories were meant to be spoken and heard!”  

  • I discovered audiobooks at a time when eye problems and overall fatigue made it almost

    impossible for me to read more than a few pages a day.  Books on tape are now a very

    important part of my daily life, and I certainly “read” [consume, enjoy, become acquainted

    with] at least fives times more books by listening than I ever could by eyeballing them.  

  • A tip: Get the unabridged version, whenever possible.  The abridged versions are often less

    than 20% of the original text.

naughty child–
instead of his chores
a snow Buddha


                 Kobayashi Issa – translated by David G. Lanoue 




just enough snow

for a Buddha —

too much snow


                                [dagosan, Dec. 31, 2004] 



tiny check  Speaking of audiobooks, I am greatly enjoying Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True

I heard a few years ago that the two main characters were identical twin brothers, but I picked up

the cassette case at the Library and I discovered that the fictional brothers were born three weeks

after my twin brother and I (in the week we were expected to arrive), and that their mother’s name is

Concettina — ours was christened “Concetta”).  One of the novel’s brothers is paranoid schizophrenic. 

When my brother Arthur visited me for a day this weekend, we were wondering which of the twins

was our own counterpart.  Neither of the novel twins is a lawyer.  Guess they lucked out.

medbag  Did you say Visiting Twin?:  My mid-50ish friends find it somewhat amusing

 that we sound like old-timers comparing maladies whenever we run into eachother.  Well,

it’s ten times worse when your former wombmate shows up and you discover that you’re each experiencing the same bodily breakdowns and annoyances a few hundred

miles apart. (I shall spare you the details)  Proof of our aging is here.


update:  Old guys breaking down, is a good lead into today’s NYT article “Companies

Fight to Ensure Coverage of Erectile Drugs” (Feb. 22, 2005).”  As we suggested a week

ago, deciding whether (or when) to cover “lifestyle” drugs is sure to cause big headaches. 

 E.g., One challenge: trying to decide when a reduction in the ability to perform a bodily

function well is merely a sign of old-age, that we should just learn to live with, and when

it is a medical problem worthy of insurance coverage.    Both the Grabbiest Generation and

their Boomer children seem to want every malady covered.  Who shall pay?   This would be

a wonderful challenge for a mediator.  Too bad my health has left me retired.

  • Which Member of Congress will be deciding how many ED pills a

    month is reasonable?  DeLay?  Kennedy?  Clinton?  Hatch?

  • Isn’t sexual intimacy often very important to the Family Value of

    keeping a couple together?


comparing aches 

before the show —

senior organ recital




dinosSG  If the study cited by south(west)paw is correct about household dust leading to 

learning disabilities, those dust dinosaurs that have been under my beds, ever since

leaving Mama G.’s place four decades ago, may explain a whole lot about my foggy brain.

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