October 25th, 2007

Fallon bat

Charlotte

Things I have done:
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Printed TripTik with directions from airport to hotel, hotel to office, airport to office, hotel to Brian & Sissy
Printed reservations, itinerary and confirmation numbers
Put Darby O'Gill and the Little People on ipod
Replaced missing earbud cushion on favorite headphones
Established that we'll call Brian when we get in
Arranged back up plans for Friday afternoon and Sunday afternoon in case we're not spending them with family.
Spoke to office and alerted them to possible presence tomorrow
Packed Shabbos light cover for Dad. (which I don't think is as good as the old ones..but it's the only one they had, so it wins)

Things I have not done:
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Purchased batteries for camera, as am not sure whether to bring camera. I'm leaning towards yes, but then I definitely need to get batteries because I'm quite sure they don't sell them in Charlotte.
Packed cellphone charger(s)
Packed light pink yarn

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There were more things on that list. May edit during the day.

Oh, and fyi lowercaseb, since you didn't watch the game last night, you didn't hear the Fox announcers talking about the Red Sox are going to lose the World Series because they won Game 1 by too many runs.
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Abandoned books

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I would enjoy reading a meme about people's abandoned books. The books that you start but don't finish say as much about you as the ones you actually read, sometimes because of the books themselves or because of the circumstances that prevent you from finishing. So... what books have you abandoned and why?

I've not finished two books:
John Bunyon's The Pilgrim's Progress because I just couldn't make it through. Someday I will. I have faith.
George du Maurier's Trilby. I always wanted to read it and I barely made it into chapter 2. The book drips with such an ingrained anti-semitism, I was unable to focus on the story. It's hard to explain how the book affected me. It wasn't that the book was deliberately anti-semetic, or that it features a villainous Jew ala Oliver Twist or Merchant of Venice, it was that it was so steeped in anti-semetic thought that it didn't make any sense without that context. Unless you accept that premise, that Jews basically are manipulative jerks who generally suck and are a blight on the universe, the story is unreadable. And most people who accept that premise in this day and age aren't really going to read Trilby. I was unable to divorce the story from its basic ideology, and therefore I gave up. Unlike the Pilgrim's Progress, I'm not sure I'll ever be mature enough to attempt to finish it.
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