Saturday, June 20, 2009

Loo Humour

A few weeks back The Freelancer was playing a Twitter game where you had to describe your relationship with your mother in five words or less.

I replied: "I am my mother."

Now, it seems, I am also my father.

I have punned. Twice. Same pun.

And I still think it's funny.

Leopold did not (1).

[At Heathrow - On the way to baggage claim]

Me: I'm going to "skip to the loo."
Leopold: *

[20 minutes later - still at Heathrow - waiting to board the "vulgar blue bus"]

Leopold : Where's C.? (2)
Me: She "skipped to the loo, my darlin.'"
Leopold: *

1. Though I'm going to operate on the assumption that he just didn't hear me clearly. Because that means it was funny. And I can use it again.
2. That's right fans of early British novels. It's first initial time!

Friday, June 19, 2009

I Think I Love U(k)

The blip in postings was trans-Atlantic air travel.

We're now in England where Leopold is leading his choral group on a concert tour.

This means that we are being shuttled about the English countryside on what the US concert tour travel agency referred to as a motor coach and our British tour leader directed us to by instructing the group to look for the "vulgar blue bus."

We've been told not to worry though - as this bus will soon be replaced by another.

I'm hoping for something in a Mondrian-inspired print (1).

1. No such luck.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Just when I think it can't get any worse.

It does.


Monday, June 15, 2009

In which Jump the Snark gives Faith Popcorn a run for the $$$

As part of a completely random and unrelated e-mail exchange Jump the Snark noted, "There's a pandemic, so all the cool kids are doing bonfires now."

Cool kids like the Christian Civil Liberties Union. Those wacky censorists for the Lord are now suing to be able to burn copies of Francesca Lia Block’s 1995 young adult novel Baby Be-Bop.

Seems that the novel's lead character is a young man struggling to come to terms with his sexual identity...the book includes Dirk, the main character, being gay bashed (1).

Sad that this latest attack on literature is taking place at the West Bend Community Memorial Library. That would be the same library that found itself under fire by a group calling itself West Bend Citizens for Safe Libraries (2).

So now the CCLU is putting forward a new brand of crazy for the folks at the library (3).

From the American Library Association's blog:

Milwaukee-area citizen Robert C. Braun of the Christian Civil Liberties Union (CCLU) distributed at the meeting copies of a claim for damages he and three other plaintiffs filed April 28 with the city; the complainants seek the right to publicly burn or destroy by another means the library’s copy of Baby Be-Bop. The claim also demands $120,000 in compensatory damages ($30,000 per plaintiff) for being exposed to the book in a library display, and the resignation of West Bend Mayor Kristine Deiss for “allow[ing] this book to be viewed by the public.”

That's right. $30K because they were "exposed to the book in a library display."

If the CCLU wins, I wonder how much money folks could get for being exposed to a book burning?

1. I know what you're thinking. Why isn't the CCLU asking for more copies to be distributed?
2. Apparently, the only safe libraries are the ones where the books don't do things like talk about icky gay people. And probably witchcraft.
3. Sides? Why? Does it seem like I'm taking sides?