Random flash of sesame street.

Lower-case N.

In a cold and far-off place
There was a lower-case N.
Lonely and cold, she would stare off into space
And it was known that she would cry now and then.

Lower-case N, standing on a hill.
The wind is very still, for the lower-case eh-en…

(occasional, unearthly “oohs” in background now)

And then one day a rocketship
Came racing from the sky.
It landed on the hill and there opened up a door
And somethin’ started comin’ outside…

A lower-case N!
(She’s not lonely anymo-o-re)
They are standing on the hill
(There are two that stand for su-u-ure)
The wind is very still
For the lower-case eh-ens!

Censorship in the news….

NEW YORK (AP) – Harry Potter made the list. So did The Catcher in the Rye and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The most popular children’s books? No. The ones adults most wanted removed from library shelves in the 1990s.
“This just proves no book is safe from censorship attempts,” said Judith Krug, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. The top 100 titles – including The Handmaid’s Tale, by acclaimed Canadian author Margaret Atwood – were compiled and released in advance of the 20th annual Banned Books Week, which runs Sept. 23-30.

The ALA, the American Booksellers Association and the American Society of Journalists and Authors are among the sponsors.

The most disputed books were the popular Scary Stories titles, horror tales by the late Alvin Schwartz. Objections included violence, cannibalism and causing children to fear the dark. A complaint from the school district in Campbell County, Wyo., said the books made kids believe “ghosts are actually possible.”

Also in the top 10 were such classroom standards as Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

“The fact that teachers assign them is one of the reasons there’s so much concern,” Krug said. “They deal with issues a lot of parents don’t want to know about.”

The Harry Potter series, which Christian groups have attacked because of its themes of witchcraft and wizardry, comes in at No. 48. It was removed this year from a public school in Bridgeport Township, Mich.

According to the ALA, more than 5,000 complaints were recorded at school and public libraries in the 1990s. Krug said that represents about 20 per cent to 25 per cent of all challenges, although she does note the annual number has declined slightly over the past years.

“A lot of people are now spending more time thinking about Internet content,” she said.

“Sexually explicit” was the most common objection raised about books at libraries, followed by “unsuited to age group” and “occult theme or promoting the occult or Satanism.” Others included violence, promotion of same-sex relationships, racism and anti-family values.

Krug said about 5 per cent of those complaints lead to a book being banned.

“Usually, when the rest of the community hears about a complaint it speaks out in support of keeping the book,” she said.

But many books, even famous ones, do get removed. In 1997, Angelou’s memoir was taken off the ninth-grade English curriculum in Anne Arundel County, Md., because it “portrays white people as being horrible, nasty, stupid people.”

In 1993, Catcher in the Rye was removed from a California school district because it “centred around negative activity.” Four years later, the superintendent of the Marysville, Calif., Joint Unified School District banned Salinger’s novel “so that we didn’t have that polarization over a book.”

The list includes such children’s favourites as Maurice Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen and R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series. Acclaimed adult novels on the list include Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

Also cited are William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, removed in 1996 from an advanced placement English reading list in Lindale, Texas, because it “conflicted with the values of the community.”

Back to work! ::whip crack::

Sakes. Didn’t I just leave?

New info on Suzy, she has her hearing tomorrow, with a Judge that’s apparently not very ‘probation-friendly’. From the sound of it, she could lose her apartment, her car, and her job if she spends a considerable amount of time in jail. Right now, the figuring is about 9 months, mostly for breaking probation. Her Hearing is 8:30 am tomorrow, where she’s going to try and push the next hearing forward, in the hopes a different Judge will get her and show more mercy than her current one… getting rid of her lawyer and going with a puvlic defender should allow her to move the schedule along. I was talking with pals over at worldwide, and they think that she should get a ‘real’ attorney. Unfortunately, those cost some $$$… looks like a $5000 retainer is in order. I can’t help her there, as I’m not packing that sort of liquid assets. More to follow tomorrow after the first hearing.

no snow?

Pompano Beach Monthly Temperatures

                      Fahrenheit                     Celsius
                Average         Average      Average         Average
                Daily           Daily        Daily           Daily
                Maximum         Minimum      Maximum         Mimimum
                -------         -------      -------         -------
January         77.4            59.0         25.2            15.0
February        78.5            58.9         25.8            14.9
March           80.3            60.6         26.8            15.9
April           83.3            65.2         28.5            18.4
May             86.2            68.8         30.1            20.4
June            88.7            71.8         31.5            22.1
July            90.1            73.2         32.3            22.9
August          90.9            73.5         32.7            23.1
September       89.2            73.5         31.8            23.1
October         85.7            70.1         29.8            21.2
November        81.3            64.1         27.4            17.8
December        78.3            59.5         25.7            15.3

more meme spreading, pirated from applelard/petfish

Pierce your nose or tongue? Nose, through the septum, just to see… I’d be worried on loss of sensation on the tongue, and cracking my teeth on the barbell.

Be serious or be funny? situational ethics here. I try to at least be a little funny.

Boxers or briefs? I wear both, briefs when alone, boxes then I’m with someone.

Whole or skim milk? whole

Single or Taken? single

Simple or complicated? simplicity is wonderful, when things are good. more honest.

Law or anarchy? Law

Flowers or angels? angels

Grey or gray? Grey

Read or write? Read

Color or black-and-white photos? black and white, with few exceptions.

M&M’s or Skittles? m&ms

Rap or rock? Rock, generally.

Stay up late or wake up late? wake up late!

TV or Radio? radio, prefer netradio, where I can manipulate the format.

Is it POP or SODA? soda, which in my book is short for soda pop.

X or O in tic tac toe? O

Eat an apple or an orange? that’s like comparing… well, you know. Currently leaning to apple.

What came first the chicken or the egg? Egg… dinosaurs had ’em!

Hot or Cold? hot water showers, cold weather.

Tall members of the opposite sex or short? I’m 6’6″, would love to date a 7 footer sometime, but shorties are so cute!

Sun or moon? Moon

Emerald or ruby? Ruby.

Left or right? Left

10 acquaintances or 1 best friend? I’d trade 1000 acquaintances for a true friend.

Vanilla ice cream or chocolate ice cream? chocolate

High or Drunk? not right now.

Green beans or carrots? carrots

Low fat or fat free? whatever doesn’t cause ‘anal leakage’ via olestra.

What is your biggest fear in the world? losing friends

Kids or no kids? Kids

Cat or dog? Right now, cat.

Half empty or half full? yes. totally variable, depending on context.

Mustard or ketchup? mustard.

Hard cover books or soft cover books? soft cover

Newspaper or magazine? etext of news

Sandals or sneakers? sandals

Wonder or amazement? amazement

Red car or white car? White

Happy and poor or sad and rich? Happy and poor
(does anyone pick the latter?)

Singing or dancing? Singing!

Hugging or Kissing? Hugging, more people are comfortable with it.

Corduroy or plaid? plaid.

Happy or sad? Happy!

Purple or green? green, but just barely.

A year of hot sex or a lifetime of friendship? How long do I get to live? 🙂 Truly, friendship is my choice, hands-down

too much drama in my life?

ok. more weirdness to add to my current situation. I get a phone call out of the blue from my pal Chase. (I’ve not heard from her in about 3 months)… apparently she and her girlfriend of 10 years are ready to have a child together. Problematic, as they are both lacking testicles, and want to give birth, not adopt. Enter Scotto. “He’s got sperm! and I bet he’s not using all of it!” Well. Truth be told, I’ve just been using it recreationally, and not procreationally… but yeah, I guess so. Here’s the deal, they’d just as soon not go to a clinic and pay some guy to take it out of me, and plug it into Chase… they’d prefer the old fashioned, free installation that mother nature provides. Ok. I’m at the “Well, won’t there be jealousy, or something from you having sex with me?” part of the conversation… and Chase says, “No, we’ve talked it out, and you’re a nice guy… not emotional strings or anything, and we like what you have to offer…(she rattles off some stuff about me being healthy, etc, I come back with my apnea and back trouble, she says that they’ll cope with the advantages over the disads. *egoboo*) Then she mentions that if everything’s still cool, that her gf would like to have a baby about a year after the baby is born, and they’d like it if I agree to the first, if I’d agree to that too. Um. Well, let me think abut this, it’s pretty important stuff…

that’s where I am now. I think she expected me to agree right away, but was happy that I’m taking it seriously.

my immediate concerns are this –

I’ve really never had sex with someone I’m not attracted to ‘as just friends’. The closest I’ve gotten is some silly stuff with someone I had a crush on, and she was just fooling around, although I took it a little more seriously. It’s a good cause, and I’m honored they asked… but I’m not sure what my responsibility to the baby will be, should I draw up some sort of contract? Should I sire a baby with someone else, when I haven’t had any of my own kids yet? I don’t know what my feelings to a child I’m just serving as donor semen for will be, especially since I’d probably be there with them here and again, visiting.

Something for me to think seriously about.

propagating bethany, cider, and latraviata’s meme

1.) What is your favorite place to visit, and why?

locally, definitely the beach or park to kite fly, and just walk around.

anywhere? Bremen, Germany, where I have loads of relatives, and a sweet time every time I go. Good food, good humor, free room & board. 🙂

2.) Do you possess any unusual interests? If so, what are they?

unusual is a tricky word. I love weird stuff, from candy shaped like skeletons from Mexico, to people who hear voices. I’m fascinated by all sorts of bright lights and shiny objects. too many to list. 🙂

3.) Describe the worst place you ever lived.

With friends that were total slobs. (I love them to pieces, but the cleanliness habits were vile.) They owned several animals, and never cleaned house. retch. I think I actually preferred living outdoors than staying in there, even when it rained. I tried to clean the place, but it made me physically ill, and ultimately gave up on staying there. I’m dry-heaving just remembering, now.

4.) What activity/hobby do you wish that you could spend more time pursuing?

philanthropy. I would love to be comfortable enough with my income to spend all day working at a shelter or soup kitchen.

5.) You receive an extra $1000. How would you spend it?

set it aside as emergency money, and look even harder for a new job, probably taking the first one that came along that met my needs.

6.) What trait(s) do you look for in your friends?

loyalty, reliability, kindness, a sense of humor, a sense of irony, and at least smart enough to remember to breathe.

7.) What is your favorite holiday?

Halloween (closely followed by candelmas)

8.) Favorite cartoon character?

yikes. That’s so hard I can’t even say. First one that comes to mind? Monkey from Dial ‘M’ for Monkey… or Mojo Jojo. Or Grape Ape. … definitely a simian theme. Captain simian & the Space Monkeys! argh… I don’t know. Fave Live action ‘toon is Wonder Woman, baby.

9.) What do you have on the walls of your room/apt./house?

Wood Paneling, African masks, Japanese masks, poster of Boston, poster of ‘Classic Doom Patrol’, autographed photo of Julie Newmar, photo of Sean Young as Rachel form Blade Runner, bookshelves, full to the max.

10.) What is your most distracting pet peeve?

mine is the way my brain’s focus works. random thought processes sometimes step on my stream of thought.

in others, any bombardment on my senses… loud voice, foul odor, punching me.

Welcome to my wall scrawls.