Apr 302012

I never even got close to blogging this past weekend, though I try to do so at least once most weekends.

The reason is that apparently, I still have a little too much capacity for allowing life’s little crises to affect my mood.  I ruined my weekend over something that should have irritated me for an hour.

Thankfully, I don’t think I ruined anyone else’s.  Also thankfully, Lea is a wonderful perspective restorative who remains patient with me at such times, however infrequent they are.

I’ll endeavor to get something better than this down soon.  Thank you for reading BoWilliams.com.

 Posted by at 5:17 pm
Apr 272012

You know, there’s a real brotherhood with owners of expensive, rare, soul-stirring, high-performance cars.  Among other things, we trust each other, so we tend to park together to help avoid door dings and other unnecessary damage.

This is what we owners do at work, just as a matter of course.  Above is the Technical Writing Express parked between a Challenger and a Viper coupe.  Ah, the camaraderie!  Doesn’t it look at home?  There’s just nothing like a line of cool cars, is there?

(I also want to stress that my Nissan Versa is genuine, not a replica.  Sometimes you simply must avail yourself of the finer things.)

 Posted by at 12:01 am
Apr 262012
  • Nothing below a high of 77 ºF is forecast for the next ten days.
  • I have developed a rude habit of letting a person ask about me and my family, answering the person, and never returning the inquiry.  I’m not sure exactly what made me aware of it, but now I am.  Friends who call me on my shit—and you know who you are—please help me with this.  Thank you.
  • I picked up a Home Run Inn-branded pizza at Publix this week.  Turns out this is a small chain of pizzerias in Chicago (but not “Chicago-style” pizza), and the frozen products use exactly the same recipes as what is served in the restaurants.  I tried the sausage and pepperoni ultra-thin crust.  It is indeed good, if not particularly spicy (though Mad Anthony took care of that).
  • I’ve been using my Palm TX as a music player, and it works fine, but it’s slow and doesn’t hold much.  (Funny how that happens to seven-year-old electronic devices.)  I just loaded my phone up with about half my library, and I’ll see how it goes.  (One early comment I have is that the Smart DJ feature isn’t very smart.)
  • Both boys are practicing daily for their piano recitals.  It’s a few more bits of music I’ll never, ever forget.
  • As a smart and beautiful friend of mine asks:  if you have $459,999.99 for a diamond, are you going to drop it at Costco?
  • Speaking of notable retailing, who remembers the DAK (as in Drew Alan Kaplan) catalog?  It lives!
 Posted by at 12:01 am
Apr 252012

So Rosie O’Donnell took time out of her “busy” schedule to gnaw on Lindsay Lohan, in particular her suitability (or lack thereof) to play Elizabeth Taylor.

Yeah.  What’s Rosie O’Donnell doing again?

Anyway, Lindsay Lohan always gets lumped in with six or seven different young women I can’t keep straight, their common thread being narcissistic and wildly self-destructive misbehavior.  I always kind of pulled for her, though, because unlike most of that mass, she actually has considerable talent.  If she’s got a defiant, I’ll-show-you streak going, as she appears to in her reaction to O’Donnell’s comments, then good luck to her.  I hope she takes it all the way to a sustainable future.

It’s not the truly shocking thing I once suggested she do, but whatever works.

 Posted by at 7:20 am
Apr 242012

Here’s a tasty one.  When the Romney campaign uses the slogan “Obama Isn’t Working,” it’s RAAAAAAACISM, according to someone named Tommy Christopher at Mediaite:

The slogan is a multiple entendre, but one of those entendres, intentionally or not, is evocative of a nasty racial stereotype about black men.

When I first saw the banner this afternoon, the multiple meanings were clear: President Obama‘s policies aren’t working, the Obama presidency isn’t working, President Obama…isn’t working, as in, doing any work. That’s not a nice thing to say about any president, but like it or not, it becomes a more loaded accusation when leveled at our first black president.

Just to be sure it wasn’t just me, though, I asked several friends about the banner, and four out of four pointed out, unprompted, the stereotype of the “lazy,” “shiftless” black man. One of the people I called was cable news fixture Goldie Taylor, who, upon hearing my description of the banner, said “Are you kidding me? You have got to be kidding me.”

OK, are you with me?  Do you see how the race-obsessed, hand-wringing liberal mind works?  It’s immediately from “Obama Isn’t Working”—a straightforward and uncomplicated assertion—to black men are lazy and shiftless.

Oh, and it’s Mitt Romney’s fault.  These people have actually convinced themselves that they read something, assign some nasty stereotype to it in their own minds, and that it’s all the Republicans’ fault.

You know, when that’s how “racism” is spawned, it really is everywhere.

 Posted by at 6:12 am
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