I gave blood today, and as a result of my kindness, I'm told I saved three lives. I expect "Thank You" cards from each...
I'm kidding, of course. Not about giving blood or the cards, but about being kind: I did it for the free cookies (mmm, oatmeal raisin...).
Since my body has yet to fully restore the lost pint, I'm not firing on all cylinders right now. Which isn't really different from usual, but at least this time I have an excuse.
Anyway, in my depleted state, the best I can muster is a Round Up.
Tons of letters to the editor today. See if you can spot the differences between the Flier and the Times. Here's my favorite letter:
In evaluating the political judgment of the editorial board of the Columbia Flier/Howard County Times, we need only to harken back to this from the Oct. 21, 2004 issue: "But on balance, George Bush is resolved to doing the right thing. That's why he wins our endorsement."
Speaking of Patuxent Publishing, have you taken their online readers survey? While I'm glad to see them thinking about how to improve their (awful, out-dated) website, I have a concern with one of their questions. The third one asks how often you visit their site. I only visit once a week or so, but would go more often if I had reason to.
As it is now, the site is only updated once a week, which is pretty lame, even for a weekly paper. At the weekly paper I used to work for, we updated our site almost daily, because, you know, stuff happens every day.
--------------------Meanwhile, the new Kings Contrivance grocery store is already behind schedule. If I still lived there, I'd be up in arms. Or, at least mildly annoyed.
Here's an interesting "citizen journalism" experiment. The Polling Place Project is trying to get voters from each polling location around the country to submit pictures of "democracy in action." I'd say it's a pretty safe bet you'll see Oakland Mills Middle School, where I'll be casting my votes. How about yours?
Finally, since I'm pretty sure that after the election the number of people who read this blog is going to drop precipitously, now is probably my last chance for far-reaching shameless self-promotion.
As many of you probably know I'm not only a blogger, I'm also a musician (which I think is two strikes right there). In the spirit of reconciliation after being forced to choose sides, I'm officially making November "Let's Get Together and Drink Beer While Hayduke Plays Music With His Band" Month, or for the bureaucrats, LGTDBWHPMWHB Month.
My band, Hayduke and the Midnight Destroyers (really, Bittersweet), is playing several (well, two) local "gigs" this month, affording you multiple opportunities to experience the magic that is our live show. I can promise both a good time and a night without politics. And, really, what more can you ask for?
The first show is Friday, November 10 at Ram's Head Savage. The second is at Frisco Burrito on Saturday, November 18. For you early-to-bed types, I apologize, but the music doesn't usually start until 10ish.
Full schedule and more info about the band here.