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Saturday, February 5, 2005

Here’s how my to-do list worked out last week: I had fifty-nine items on my list, of which I completed twenty-nine (about half). I couldn’t complete two items. Most of the things I couldn’t complete were those daily tasks that I’ve found I’m poor at completing daily. So, I’ve set up next week’s task list so that I’ll do them less often, but for longer periods of time. […]

Friday, February 4, 2005

And this is why I love Terry Teachout’s theater criticism columns in the Wall Street Journal: Even if the constituent parts of “Good Vibrations” were better, though, I doubt it would be worth seeing, for it is a disastrous example of a fundmanetally flawed genre, the “jukebox musical,” in which pre-existing songs are loosely strung together to tell a new story. The problem with building such a show out of rock songs is […]

February 3, 2005

The best-laid plans of mice and men…. My recent illnesses have reminded me of my childhood allergy to dust mites, and suggested that my allergy has perhaps not dissipated with the passage of time. So, I decided to buy a dehumidifier. According to, Wal-Mart sells half a dozen brands of dehumidifier. After work, I stopped by my nearest Wal-Mart and spent half an hour wandering its aisles. They didn’t have any. None at all. The two employees I asked […]

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